The Melting Pot Meets the Voting Booth

"Immigrants’ political and ideological opinions will not shift American policy in a big-government direction."


An enduring argument against reforming the immigration system is that new immigrants will become a solid voting bloc for the Democratic party and support liberal economic policies. Neither of these assertions is true. New evidence shows that immigrants have, or come to have, about the same political views as long-settled Americans. Read more »

Fighting Against Government Overreach


Last week, we saw an example of executive overreach through an executive edict issued by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). The draft regulations seek to ban common rifle ammunition – yet another attempt to bully law-abiding gun owners and infringe upon their rights for purely political reasons. The problem is not the ammunition; the problem is that those who use firearms to harm and kill others will at any cost. Read more »

The Final Toast


They once were among the most universally admired and revered men in the United States. There were 80 of the Raiders in April 1942, when they carried out one of the most courageous and heart-stirring military operations in this nation's history. The mere mention of their unit's name, in those years, would bring tears to the eyes of grateful Americans. Read more »

Congressman Smith Supports Bills to Increase Choice and Accountability at the VA


I am in favor of the two bills sponsored by House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller. These bills represent our ongoing efforts to improve veteran care and repair a broken system. The Long-Term Care Veterans Choice Act would open up more choices for veterans outside of a traditional nursing home setting. Another bill would give the Secretary of the VA the ability to recoup employee bonuses for poor performance. Read more »

FCC Power Grab


When the FCC decided to approve net nuetrality by a partisan 3 to 2 vote, pushed by the White House, two things happened. The independence of the FCC was destroyed as Democrat Tom Wheeler carried the White House water and opened the door to the intensive intervention by the government of the Internet. Read more »

Iran is a Threat to the United States

The U.S. should not accept any deal that allows Iran to maintain a nuclear program


Following Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to a joint session of Congress, I released the following statement.

A nuclear Iran is unacceptable.

Iran’s turbulent past, along with its unstable central government prove that the country cannot be trusted, especially when negotiating issues like weapons of mass destructions. Read more »

The Republican Caucus welcomes John Cyrier and Leighton Schubert as the Newest Members to the Texas House Republican Caucus


Today, House Republican Caucus Chairman Tan Parker welcomed newly elected State Representatives John Cyrier (R-Lockhart) and Leighton Schubert (R-Caldwell) to the Texas House Republican Caucus.  Read more »

Net Neutrality Equals Censorship


There is an economic impact of net neutrality, but there is a more sinister reason behind Obama's push to control the internet: controlling political speech. As I have shown in previous columns, the left is no longer defending free speech but looking for ways to control speech. Read more »

When Freedom and Security Matter

Two values important to every American are security here at home and freedom to live our lives without government interference. Even though the new American Congress has only begun its work we are faced with major threats to our border security, internet freedom and Second Amendment rights. Read more »

A View from West Texas: What’s Happening to Local Control Republicanism?


TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO, the Texas Republican revolution forged west of I-35 and up the Caprock to limit government and entrust us to govern ourselves (as well as to implement term limits, but that’s a subject for another time). Read more »


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