Laura Ainsworth, Staff writer
As a Texan, I am Texas-proud of my state’s attempt to set things right in Georgia, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan, where reports of unconstitutional and otherwise highly questionable casting and counting of ballots in the 2020 presidential election will forever linger. And I’m grateful to all the states that joined us.
The Democrat steamroller just keeps rolling along, with the courts so far staying out of it and Monday marking the day for the Electoral College to vote. No matter how much evidence of malfeasance is collected –- in the form of at least a thousand sworn eyewitness and expert affidavits, compelling video out of Georgia and some other counting locations, and wild statistical impossibilities –- the courts won’t look at it, the news won’t report on it (except to say falsely that it’s “debunked”) and social media, our new Big Brother, won’t allow mention of it.
I refuse to be gaslighted and am encouraged to see that many millions share my skepticism regarding this outcome. Joe Biden got millions more votes than Barack Obama did in 2008, when Obama was creating a sensation in his campaign to become the first black president? Really? Even when Donald Trump got more votes this time than when he first won four years ago? Even when Trump dramatically increased his share among black and Latino voters? Even when radical Democrats scared the dickens out of moderates with their talk of defunding the police, weakening the Second Amendment, throwing open the borders, packing the Supreme Court and locking the whole country down again for months? Even when Biden sat in his basement wearing two masks, barely able to read from a teleprompter, while Trump was campaigning like a force of nature, drawing many cheering thousands at every campaign stop?
No way. Or, in Biden vernacular, "Come on, man!"
Growing up in Texas, I always wondered about the meaning of our song “The Eyes Of Texas.” The tune, of course, is the familiar one from “I’ve Been Working On The Railroad.” The lyrics are as follows:
"The eyes of Texas are upon you, all the live-long day
The eyes of Texas are upon you --- you cannot get away
Do not think you can escape them, from night till early in the morn
They eyes of Texas are upon you, till Gabriel blows his horn!"
Yes, I'm aware that if you think too much about this, it sounds oddly paranoid, though right now I’m reminded of that old saying, “You’re not paranoid if it’s really happening.”
In other words, Georgia, the eyes of Texas really are upon you as you start early voting for the Senate run-offs. You had better straighten up and vote right! That means NO dead people voting, NO non-resident voting, NO double-voting, NO voting machine hanky-panky, NO fresh-off-the-copier ballots without any fold marks, NO unmanned dropboxes, NO breaks in the chain of custody, NO ballots mysteriously turning up in dribs and drabs after counting is supposed to be done, NO ballots found discarded in trash bins and ditches, NO poll watchers prevented from observing the process at any point, and NO vote counts inexplicably “flipping” from Republican to Democrat. Did I cover everything that could possibly go wrong?
Admittedly, Texas is known for at least one fraudulent election that changed the course of history, that of Lyndon Johnson’s senatorial primary win in 1948, which set him on his trajectory to the White House. So we still have some making up to do! I’ll let the folks at the Ron Paul Institute tell you about the infamous “Box 13.”
When I researched the history of the song “The Eyes of Texas," what I found surprised me, as it supposedly has a “problematic” past having to do with (what else?) racism. It apparently debuted at a minstrel show in 1903, and perhaps it was even performed in blackface, though we don’t know. I guarantee you, no one in my generation who grew up singing this song was remotely aware of this or has any racist motive whatsoever in singing it today. The concern seems to have only recently cropped up. Here’s what TEXAS MONTHLY had to say about it in June of this year.
So today, I’m giving “The Eyes Of Texas” a brand new meaning that has NOTHING to do with race. It means that Texas cares about the Constitution and the law and will be watching the rest of the nation and calling you out when you show a lack of respect for those sacred institutions. Most of us Texans have had up to here, and when I say “here,” I am holding my hand up as high as it will go. And those of you who think Texas is turning “blue” or even “bluish-purple” can just forget it. (We’re not going to let you cheat your way into it, either. Not in Texas, not if every Republican of legal voting age has to become a poll watcher.)
What has happened to voting, anyway? I can remember as a little girl, maybe in the third or fourth grade, going with my parents to my school --- Wm. B. Travis Elementary; remember the Alamo! --- and watching people vote in the auditorium. Everyone voted on Election Day. The atmosphere was...I don’t know how else to put it...REVERENT. Everyone was quiet, and as I recall they came in dressed nicely, signifying this as a special occasion, kind of like going to church. We lived in a smallish Texas town and still had those old-style machines that pulled closed with a curtain, like a confessional, for complete privacy. Your vote was between you and God.
I was in awe. Voting really did seem to me like a sacrament.
In my own experience voting, people have behaved well enough, but it hasn’t had that feeling of sacredness that I remember from my childhood. Certainly in the videos I saw this year from some counting locations, the importance of any individual ballot seemed nil. Republican poll watchers were ejected to applause and jeers as windows were obscured with cardboard pizza boxes. In particular, the video from Georgia’s State Farm Arena –- well, I’m sorry, but no one can convince me that this behavior was innocent. Ballots suddenly appearing by the thousands from underneath skirted tables when everyone else was gone? Give me a break.
Can Georgia Democrats get away with such behavior with the rest of the country paying close attention? Hundreds of millions of dollars are pouring in from leftist billionaires and organizations, like the one that paid for those unmanned dropboxes in Wisconsin. Stacey Abrams says she has registered over a million new voters in Georgia, specifically to vote by mail. Republicans, you have to secure the process, and you MUST VOTE as if your state and your nation depended on it, because they do.
Remember, Georgia, the eyes of Texas are upon you. Make sure it’s free and fair.