Josh Brodesky calls himself a “Texan by choice”, but he’s just another liberal transplant hired by the liberal San Antonio Express-News. His opinion piece, published on Sunday, July 17, shows how out of touch he is with grassroots Texans and how the SA Express is shamelessly promoting Texas Speaker Joe Straus by proposing that Straus should run for president in 2020!
Brodesky says the nation could benefit from Straus’ “steady and thoughtful leadership”, and he would unify people and serve the public “with dignity, grace, pragmatism and compassion”. But let’s do a reality check on Brodesky’s comments.
His first observation is the only accurate one, as he concludes that Straus probably would not win a statewide Republican primary in Texas. He recognizes Straus’ own Bexar County GOP organization voted “no confidence in” him, but he wonders if Straus could win in New Hampshire, Iowa and Nevada. People can also wonder if pigs will ever fly.
Brodesky reminds us that Straus called Gov. Greg Abbott’s Special Session “manure”, but he omits that the legislative agenda is the result of grassroots citizens/voters’ input. To the arrogant Leftist media, they know what’s best, and common citizens should just follow their lead…not lead.
He calls the bathroom bill “unnecessary” and says it will “spark an economic boycott”. He describes it as “targeting a vulnerable group of people for political points”.
Brodesky. like all Leftists in the media allies, ignores the fact that all of the bathrooms bills to be discussed will leave businesses free to set whatever policy they wish. The bills simply prevent the federal government from forcing a policy on Texas schools or other governmental entities. But why would Brodesky, Straus, and the Left support this form of local freedom?
He says Straus’ “strongest case for president” is his experience. He lists the many positions Straus has held since the Reagan and Bush administrations, and his speakership in five sessions, but it’s apparent Brodesky champions a “professional politician”.
Another reason Brodesky likes Straus is that he feels government is the solution. He says Straus is effective in running government and tries to improve it, but at what cost and at who’s expense?
Brodesky also applauds Straus’ willingness to compromise and work with Democrats. However, another way to look at it is Straus’ refusal to stand on the set principles or convictions.
According to Brodesky, the government is broken because of inaction. But a constitutional government is not broken when voters/taxpayers/citizens determine the political agenda and prevent the government from exercising the will of professional politicians, lobbyists, and know-it-all elitists.
Brodesky concludes noting that Straus “supported increased border security funding — but not with a blank check”. The truth is that Straus dragged his feet while thousands of illegals poured across the border and while Obama handcuffed the Border Patrol from acting two years ago.
Brodesky’s complimentary piece for Straus is like putting lipstick on a pig. He conveniently doesn’t mention that Straus opposes the will of the people who put the Republicans in power in Texas because he is owned by lobbyists and special interests.