With the home school community’s victories from the Primary still hanging in the air, conservatives waded into the Runoff election with a firm foot in the door. After battling hundreds of thousand of dollars from the liberal establishment and rebutting false accusations from left leaning “conservatives,” traditional values and parental rights finally emerged victorious when the results poured in last night.
Three out of four THSC endorsed statewide candidates scored huge victories. Conservatives solidified a win for Sid Miller (Agricultural Commissioner), Ken Paxton (Attorney General), and Dan Patrick (Lieutenant Governor), with Patrick and Paxton each winning their races with more than 60% of the vote.
Home schoolers have come a long way since the days of the Leeper decision, when parents could be fined and jailed just for teaching their kids. With these home school champions leading the way for Texas’ future, home schoolers can be sure that they will be afforded their full independence and protection under the law.
Combined with the landslide victories that home schoolers achieved in statewide races during the Primary, the prospects for Texas’ future are looking brighter. When the polls close at the General Election in November, Texans will have what is perhaps the most conservative statewide slate of elected officials this state has seen in recent memory.
A Conservative Senate?
The Lieutenant Governor, arguably the most influential elected position in Texas politics, oversees the Texas Senate and has enormous control over the flow of legislation. As the Education Committee Chairman in the Texas Senate, and a huge asset to the home schooling community in past legislative sessions, the political climate that Dan Patrick will set in the 84th legislative session will be the most home school friendly that Texans have seen in recent history.
This in conjunction with the unseating of two of the Texas Senate’s most liberal members and the addition of three home school advocates to the chamber, provides home schoolers with solid support in a typically liberal body of legislators. After replacing establishment Republican John Corona with home school dad Don Huffines in the Primary election, conservatives followed up by ousting anti-parental rights bill author Bob Deuell and ushering in home school advocate Bob Hall by 300 votes out of 36,000. This occurred while conservatives in the Fort Worth area were busy fighting their own battle to reclaim SD 10 from the left after abortion queen Wendy Davis vacated the seat in her rush for the Governors office. Liberals got the message loud and clear when THSC endorsed Konni Burton soundly defeated her opponent by more than a 20% margin.
House Under Foreclosure
Evidently, the establishment in the Texas House came up short on their promises to Texans one too many times, and Texans finally came knocking to collect the rent. With seven staunch conservatives joining the ranks from the Primary and the sound defeat of three establishment challengers in their attempt to oust conservative home school champions from the Texas House, the victories added to the mix from the Runoff election could not send a more clear message.
THSC endorsed Matt Shaheen stole the election from the left leaning establishment in HD 66, in spite of the thousands of dollars that they poured into the race against him. In HD 132, Mike Schofield won a resounding victory with more than 67% of the vote, reiterating the effectiveness of passionate grassroots support. When THSC reaches the legislature in 2015, there will be a crop of freshman legislators already standing guard and ready to defend parental rights in Texas.
With four out of six THSC endorsed judges winning their elections, some by margins as high as 55%, judges across Texas are all too aware of the grassroots activists ready to hold them accountable in defense of their parental rights. John Schumde (247th District Court), Crystal Chandler (Bexar County Court at Law 13), Russ Casey (Tarrant County JP, Pct 3), and Alicia Franklin (311th District Court), who ousted Texas Judicial Wall of Shame judge Denise Pratt, all defeated their opponents with room to spare. As home schoolers become more and more involved politically, judges become increasingly aware of the dangers of violating parental rights. In counties across Texas, other groups now look to home schoolers for recommendations on judicial candidates because of their reputation for being uncompromising on their defense of traditional values and the application of the law in the courtroom.
Although it is always beneficial to reflect on our efforts and learn from our mistakes, it is also important to remember that we aren’t quite done yet. The General Election in November marks the end of the election process, where candidates from multiple parties will take the public stage under the guise of our best interests and we will be forced to decide who we want representing us. With our victories from the Primary and Runoff elections ever present in the back of our minds, it’s time to put the gloves on one last time and reenter the ring to defend the rights that God has given us, and the future that we have been entrusted for our children. As we continue to defend God’s principles and the ideals that he has set for us to follow, he will continue to bless our efforts, defending his people where they are attacked and giving direction to those who seek it. For as he tells us in his word, “He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?”