Jeremy Blosser of Tarrant County is the author of #RULE44 of the Republican Party of Texas. And, he may go down in history as one of the most influential liberty movement activists of the first half of the 21st Century.
#RULE44 was the wrecking ball and final blow that reduced the tyrannical Straus regime to rubble.
For Blosser, and others, #RULE44 was a long time coming. State convention, after state convention of the Texas GOP, a really effective tool to hold Republican officeholders accountable to the principles of the Party Platform was fought for. What could rid the Party of RINOs?
Foreshadowing what could possibly come with the creation of such a rule, Blosser pressed the issue of accountability and censure during the 2015 third quarter meeting of the State Republican Executive Committee (SREC). Blosser threw the Texas plutocracy into a hissy fit when he introduced what we called at the time a “rebuke resolution”. And, he named names.
There was only one legislative priority passed by the 2014 Texas GOP State Convention. Constitutional Carry. The 2015 Texas Legislature had no problems finding willing participants within the ranks to block all attempts to restore full 2nd Amendment rights to Texans. In his rebuke resolution, Blosser identified Speaker Joe Straus, Speaker Pro Tempore Dennis Bonnen, State Rep. Larry Phillips, and State Sen. Joan Huffman as the primary culprits of thwarting the will of the Texas people. In Huffman’s case, she actually attempted to make constitutionally carrying a felony – 180 degrees opposite of the legislative priority.
Pink Domers not even mentioned in the rebuke resolution began bombarding SREC members with phone calls to persuade and pressure them not to pass it. If the resolution passed, it would set a precedent that threatened every faux conservative in Texas. They simply couldn’t have that. And, led by then Texas GOP Chair Tom Mechler who was staunchly opposed to the rebuke, the resolution went down to defeat. Mechler and other party opponents fanned the flames of fear by screaming “party bankruptcy” if it passed. The money flow would dry up.
Nevertheless, Blosser had achieved proof of concept. If such a power was granted to elected party officials it could spell doom for the status quo. The desperate reaction of the elected class was all that needed to be witnessed.
Finally, a few short months later at the 2016 Texas GOP State Convention, the battle was won, and delegates passed #RULE44 – allowing a single precinct chair to initiate the process of censuring and penalizing Republican officeholders for not adhering to the Party Principles.
Then came 2017 and censure fever hit grassroots Texas.
A tsunami of censure resolutions was triggered by a “no confidence” resolution passed by the Bexar County GOP in the summer of 2017 calling for a change in Texas House leadership. Bexar GOP was sending a message to their very own homeboy, Speaker Joe Straus. By the time the tsunami had crested in the autumn, 60 Texas GOP County Executive Committees (CEC) had passed similar resolutions. But, they were not official #RULE44 censures.
That all changed on September 23 when the Anderson GOP CEC passed the first official #RULE44 censure naming State Rep. Byron Cook (R-Corsicana).
With a #RULE44 attempt in the works in Bexar, it was as if the Straus-ians saw the writing on the wall. On October 25, Joe Straus announced that he would not seek re-election. Four minutes later, the announcement that Byron Cook would not be seeking re-election was posted to the Quorum Report. The Straus reign of terror suddenly had an end date.
On November 25, Hill County GOP finished the job they started and #RULE44’d Cook, as well.
On November 30, State Rep. Travis Clardy (R-Nacogdoches) became the second officeholder to be #RULE44’d when Cherokee County GOP rebuffed his defense.
On December 2, the majority of the SREC voted to officially censure and sanction Cook at the state party level, although the vote did not meet the 2/3-vote threshold for passage.
On December 11, Bexar GOP finished the job they started and #RULE44’d Straus.
The spring of 2018 brings another Texas GOP State Convention. You can bet that a major battle will be fought over retaining #RULE44 and its power to rid the Pink Dome, and the guts of the GOP, of plutocratic RINOs.
Thank you, Jeremy Blosser.
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