Joe Straus, Texas Speaker of the House

Joe Straus, the John Boehner of Texas

Moderate Texas House Speaker, Joe Straus like U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, has declared war on true conservatives. Dr. Schlech lays out a very convincing argument for the need of a more conservative Speaker in the 83rd Texas legislative session.


“Legislative Acts and Misdemeanors”

by Barry A. Schlech, Ph.D.
Dec 11, 2012

It is difficult for me to understand why anyone would not see a “conservative Texas” as the shining star in the nation. People are flocking here to get a job, buy a reasonable home and have the individual freedoms and liberties that our forefathers valued so dearly. It is a haven of sanity in a nation lost and filled with nonsense.

This is why I can’t comprehend why our Texas Legislature wouldn’t be doing everything possible to maintain, preserve and espouse these precious conservative values here in Texas.  We have proven that conservative ideas work. Look at the cities and states run by liberals for decades…. Their plight and blight are evident….on the cusp of bankruptcy, welfare havens, urban decay, lousy schools, high unemployment, bloated government, out-of-control public employee retirements, and silly or destructive bureaucratic policies. Their nirvana or utopia has yet to be reached even after decades of control.  Simply, the Democrat dominated entities are not working.

Joe Straus - The John Boehner of TexasSo, back to Texas. We have a Legislature battling for control of liberal vs. conservative ideals. With paragraph #2 above, why would we even consider a move to parallel liberal cities or states? A conservative Texas is the light of the nation going forward. What is it with House leaders?  U.S. Speaker of the House, John Boehner, is coming under fire from conservative Republicans for buckling under liberal pressures and being a bad negotiator with Obama. He also is the face of ‘moderate Republicans” who are too willing to “work across the aisle” and “compromise” those solid Republican and conservative principles.  Such is also the case in Texas. Joe Straus, the Speaker of the House for the last [82nd] Legislative Session, is also being pummeled with criticism for not supporting those conservative principles widely supported by most Texans.  He has gone counter to these principles and even undermined the very strong conservative components in the Texas House. Joe Straus may be a Republican, but he is no conservative. Although very powerful, he has polarized the state party and is not a leader of mainstream Texas that happens to now be mostly conservative.

Why would the citizenry of Texas or any fellow House member support a man who was

  • Booed at our own State Republican Convention in Fort Worth in June 2012.
  • Garnered an entire, state-wide campaign labeled “Oust Straus”
  • Derailed or delayed a myriad of significant conservative legislation from coming to the House floor for a vote
  • Allowed staff members and advisors to blatantly malign fellow [conservative] Republicans with vile and vulgar emails.
  • Funded liberal candidates in the other party during Primary contests
  • Strong-armed fellow legislators in supporting him as Speaker via quasi-legal, if not illegal, threats and promises that violate codes of government behavior.

Why?…money?, influence?, power?, enhancing his business enterprises? Are these his motivations? Of course they are!

For their very first vote in the 83rd Texas Legislature, any Republican House Representative who votes to re-instate Joe Straus as Speaker of the Texas House is making a grave mistake.  Their conservative constituents will be rightly out-raged since many tea party and conservative groups helped them win their primaries and the general election. A vote for Joe Straus will be seen as a serious betrayal of their trust and vote. It also will be clear, documentary evidence that they see their political careers and advancement as more important than their representation responsibilities to their citizens. “We, the People” will be very angry. We have money, passion and …memories.

Barry A. Schlech, Ph.D.
VP Communications/Webmaster
Texas Patriots Tea Party
Burleson, Texas


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About the Author

Barry SchlechDr. Schlech is a pharmaceutical microbiologist and graduate of the University of Texas where he received his B.A. degree in zoology, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in microbiology. In 1989, Dr. Schlech completed the executive Program for Management Development at the Harvard Business School. Now retired, Dr. Schlech spends his time as an advocate for conservative causes and is an active leader in the TEA Party movement.View all posts by Barry Schlech →

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