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Hispanics are the key to keeping Texas red

Hispanics are the key to keeping Texas red Republicans have been wringing their hands non-stop since Robert “Beto” O’Rourke came within 2.8% of defeating Senator Ted Cruz in the 2018 U.S. Senate election.  The hand wringing accelerated when a poll came out this spring showing former Vice President Joe Biden 4% ahead of President Trump in Texas.  On top of that, losing two congressmen, twelve state representatives, one state senator, and a score of appellate court judges have Republicans in a fear frenzy. They should all take a deep breath and relax.  There is one, clear decisive factor in Texas politics in the

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Remembering the Tiananmen Square Massacre – 30 Years Later

Thirty years ago last week, the tanks of the People’s “Liberation” Army (emphasis added, no irony whatsoever here) rolled into Tiananmen Square and cleared out thousands of pro-liberty protesters. Scores died and many more were injured in the quintessential brutal crackdown on human freedom of the late 20th century—it was a dark day, one of the darkest, for humankind. The Tiananmen Square Massacre was the Chinese Communist Party’s grim sequel to the catastrophic Cultural Revolution and Great Leap Forward, which led to the deaths of millions. As Americans, we must never forget this event, and we should honor and remember the victims. Protesters gathered on

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Perspective on Iran

The United States and Iran have been far from “bosom buddies” since our old friend the Ayatollah Khomeini overthrew the Shah and imprisoned over 40 Americans in our Embassy for over a year in 1979-1980.  Since that sad event, Iranian financed terrorists killed more than 200 Marines in Lebanon, leading to a Marine withdrawal, and seized American troops in a small military vessel during the Obama Administration. They have funded terrorist activity all over the globe, including in Iraq while Americans were trying to stabilize that country, Hamas in the Gaza Strip, Hezbollah in Lebanon, as well as terrorists in

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It’s Time to Hold China Accountable

Americans are just now starting to pay attention to the China tariff dilemma.  That’s a good thing.  The American voter needs to call both political parties to account for the state of our economy, and our economic and trade policies. Democrats view the China battle as a politically advantageous event that they can use to their electoral advantage in 2020.  If the American people have become the twitter/sound bite/MTV/talking point nation, they may well prove to be right. But I think they are wrong.  Since the beginnings of China’s transformation from a third world, backwards country into a global economic

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Letter about Rep. Ilhan Omar’s visit to Austin

May 15th  2019 From the desk of George Seay While on the surface of the matter, it may appear amusing to conservatives and patriotic Americans that U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar has been invited to speak at a Ramadan closing event/dinner on May 18, where the Mayor of Austin is the guest of honor, Ms. Omar has left the lightness of levity far behind after her comments on 9/11 and the Black Hawk Down engagement.  Representative Omar has a pattern and practice of siding with America’s enemies.  Here she is in her own words: On Jews and Israel – supporters of

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Christians Ministering to Syrian Refugees an Example for Us All

As the Chairman of the Texas-Israel Alliance, I recently led a Texas trade mission to Israel, to enhance business and trade between Israel and Texas.  Throughout the trip we had many first rate meetings with AT&T, Microsoft, cyber security firms, venture capital firms, Prime Minister Netanyahu’s national security advisor, the founder of Checkpoint Software, the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the Knesset, among many memorable meetings. Perhaps the most compelling meeting, however, took place over a traditional Israeli lunch in the Golan Heights.  The Golan Heights are the beautiful hills rising above the Sea of Galilee and the Jordan River Valley. Israel seized and kept

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In the Midst of Bad News, the American Dream is Alive and Well

It’s been a tough week for news.  From New Zealand, arguably the most beautiful place on the planet, 49 murders at two mosques, in a shocking display of racial, religious and ethnic hatred and bigotry.  49 deaths in New Zealand is the same % of its population as 9/11’s murders were to the US population.  New Zealand will not recover rapidly from this horrific tragedy.  Our thoughts, prayers and sorrow all go out to that beautiful country and its people. In the US, arguably the worst news of the week was the college admissions scandal.  What we all feared and

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Clements Center gets bigger and better

It’s a real pleasure to welcome Nick Rasmussen and Michele Malvesti to our growing cadre of elite professionals at the Clements Center for National Security at UT Austin.  Dr. Will Inboden, the Executive Director who is a star in national security circles, has already built a world class institution, and it’s getting better and better all the time. When I tell conservatives that UT Austin has a world class conservative national security institute that we have built from the ground up, most don’t believe it, as UT Austin is famous (or infamous depending on your perspective) as the most liberal

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Be Wary of Private Equity

For those reading tea leaves, last weekend had some interesting news.  Warren Buffet’s annual letter came out.  Although it was shorter and less interesting than historical precedent, it did include a blurb about that, despite looking for years, Buffett couldn’t find anything large (by Berkshire Hathaway standards, 10s of billions of dollars) to buy, as prices were too high, and that he preferred public stocks. Wow.  Eye opening and illuminating.  If you needed a blinking yellow light for investing in private equity, that was it.  An article also came out in the Financial Times stating that several upstart private equity

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Part III: Observations from Israel

The Texas-Israel Alliance trade mission to Israel is certainly closing out with a bang.  On Wednesday, February 20 we had several meetings at OurCrowd, a $1 billion venture capital firm that has invested in hundreds of Israeli startups, predominantly in life sciences and technology firms, particularly cyber security.  We also visited the Friends of Zion Museum, which details Christian support around the world in the 19th and 20th centuries for establishment of a Jewish state in British Palestine, as well as a visit to the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Second Temple Era Model of Jerusalem.  In the evening, we

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