We’ve got this lady named Debra Medina down here in Texas who is running for governor. I’ve read her email and her website, listened to friends who support her, found out Ron Paul supports her, got a bumper sticker and flyers and sent a few dollars to the campaign, and last night I finally got to meet Debra Medina. I wanted to observe her demeanor–to see how she carries herself and how she speaks. I’m impressed. She’s knowledgeable, authoritative, intelligent. And she’s real–nothing plastic going on there.
There was a Meet and Greet for her before a TEA Party Meeting and my husband and I went to Meet and Greet and listen to her speak. (We’re not members–just went for her part of the meeting.) Debra Medina is on the Republican ticket but I’m not holding that against her and here’s why. (After the Bush/Cheney fiasco I doubted I’d ever vote for anyone on that ticket again–unless it was Ron Paul and I’m not in his district.)
Ms. Medina believes we need to do away with property taxes. My husband and I totally agree. It always feels like we are paying yearly rent when we pay ours. How is it really our property if they can take it away if we don’t give them money? Ms. Medina recognizes that property ownership is foundational to a free and prosperous society. She has a link to the Texas Public Policy Foundation on her website which explains how the budget could be funded without property taxes.
Ms. Medina also has a great idea for right to carry law. If a person meets the criteria in Texas for carrying a gun they should be allowed to buy one, or more than one, without having to give info to the state. She said it ought to be just like buying alcohol. If you are 21 you can buy a beer without having to fill out paperwork for the government. If a person has no criminal background and would be allowed to carry a gun with a permit, then they ought to be able to show a card or something that says so and buy whatever they want with no paperwork. She said that just as the government doesn’t need to know how much alcohol we buy, it’s also none of their business what guns or how many of them a citizen owns.
She talked about the healthcare bill and asked a very good question. Where is Texas in the fight to resist this? States have been standing up to Washington lately on a variety of issues from Real ID to gun laws to medical marijuana laws. Some states are also ready to nullify any attempts by Washington to force federal healthcare on them. Last week she led the charge to get folks to contact Gov. Perry, Attorney General Abbott and their state senators and representatives and tell them we need to call a special session and be ready to legally resist.
Ms. Medina pointed out that we have 150 years of case law to overcome. The courts have been resisting the efforts of states to use the 10th Amendment for quite some time. (I think this Day and Time are different and they are not going to be able to stand up to an onslaught of resistance from states.) And she said this will take time but she believes we can push back against new unconstitutional mandates from Washington as well as undo some other things. Debra Medina said we “can’t give another inch” to Washington and also, “Either the Constitution means what it says or it doesn’t mean anything.” She pointed out something that I’ve finally figured out over the past few years. There are issues that we look at when we choose who to vote for but if we don’t elect people to office who understand how the government is supposed to work then we will–and DO–have big problems. I think we can push back against Washington, too, but it will take electing people like her. She has my vote and my husband’s as well. He told me last night that he didn’t know until he saw and heard her who he was voting for. He said will definitely vote for Debra Medina. If you want more info here’s her website: http://www.medinafortexas.com/