[ASI] Amazing Conference and Debate in Texas

March 31st, 2012 at 12:49 pm EDT

Dear Friend of America's Survival, Inc.:

Faye Hardin had a great conference on energy issues in Lubbock, Texas, on Thursday, and that night I debated media bias before a student audience at Texas Tech. I also had the chance to meet Miss Lubbock of 2012 Brittney Bennett. What a delightful young lady she is. Her father Gary Bennett was a speaker at the conference.

Cliff Kincaid and Miss Lubbock 2012 Brittney Bennett, a student at Texas Tech.

I will be reporting in detail about Faye's conference. But let me tell you about one critical thing.

You have heard about President Obama traveling to neighboring New Mexico to tout his record on oil production. A number of speakers at Faye's conference examined the Obama record.

The facts, as disclosed by local Rep. Steve Pearce, are the following. He said:

"While I welcomed the President to New Mexico and greatly respect the office of the President, the simple fact is that his energy policies have failed New Mexicans. We are seeing rising gas prices and tremendous reliance on foreign oil sources. Additionally, New Mexicans are faced with the threat of losing their jobs in the oil fields as a direct result of this administration's determination to list the dunes sagebrush lizard as endangered. His visit did little to address these concerns, just as his energy policies have done little to actually help increase oil production. The President claims that he is increasing production, but the reality is that his policies are killing oil and gas jobs and have resulted in the decline of oil production on federal land."

Pearce went on to point out that Obama's policies have thwarted oil production: "With his denial of the Keystone Pipeline and his administration's persistence in the ESA [Endangered Species Act] listing of the lizard, the effectiveness of his energy policies has been called into question. While oil production on private lands has increased, according to the Institute of Energy Research, oil production on federal land was down 11% in 2011."

I will have more to report on this in the future.

I also wanted to point out that Texas Senate Republican candidate Ted Cruz, who spoke to Faye's conference, is a strong conservative. He gave a dynamic speech. Ted Cruz is running in the May 29 Texas Republican primary in the hope of ultimately replacing retiring Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison. His main opponent is a more moderate Republican by the name of David Dewhurst, backed by the establishment. Cruz has been called the conservative alternative to Dewhurst.

I don't make personal endorsements or use my organizations to do so, because we are educational and non-profit, but I do provide information that is useful to my conservative readers and newsletter subscribers. As you know, I am an independent conservative who is not afraid to take on others when I perceive them to be damaging the conservative cause. 

In this case, I was impressed by Ted Cruz and the Cruz record. Check it out for yourself. One of the things he did as Texas Solicitor General was fight the U.N.'s International Court of Justice, also known as the World Court, when it tried to save some Mexican killers on death row in the U.S. Cruz won that case, which went to the Supreme Court. You can watch a short video about the case here.

Senate Republican candidate Ted Cruz and Cliff Kincaid

The debate at Texas Tech was entertaining, as this poster shows:

My opponent Peter Hart believes the media are too conservative. He defended MSNBC host Al Sharpton's agitation in the Trayvon Martin case, saying Sharpton was just "concerned" about justice. I said Sharpton completely lost his credibility years ago when he was in on the Tawana Brawley hoax, a case in 1987 in which a black woman falsely claimed a group of white men had raped her. Sharpton was sued for defamation in that case and lost.

You may recall that in 2001 it was revealed that the Rev. Jesse Jackson was involved in an extramarital affair and had an illegitimate child.  Jackson was discredited, at least for a while, enabling Sharpton to emerge as a national black spokesman, with enormous access to the national media. But Sharpton himself had an alleged extramarital affair and a messy divorce.  Read about it in the Village Voice. I wrote about it in a 2005 column titled "Al Sharpton's Moral Values."  

Have you noticed that I despise hypocrites — on the liberal or conservative side?

Now Jackson and Sharpton are together in the Trayvon Martin case, with both of them exploiting the situation and provoking racial hostilities. Our media should expose and not assist these agitators.  Instead, they pushed the line from the start that a white guy had murdered a black teen for no reason in cold blood. We later learned that the white guy is actually Hispanic American and reportedly suffered injuries after being attacked by Martin.  

I've been outspoken about the need to clean up conservative talk radio; in this case, Sharpton should never have been hired by MSNBC. He is leading the protests and covering them too. He is a disgrace and has been for years. I don't understand how anybody on the left can defend him. He must go.

At least I got the chance to talk to students at Texas Tech and offer them a conservative point of view. For that I am grateful.

Email me with your thoughts at Kincaid@comcast.net 

For America's Survival,

Cliff Kincaid, President

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