I chose Congressman Steve Stockman (R-TX) as my Very Important Person (VIP) this week because I believe he is a man who has the courage to stand on his principles. He appears to me to be unafraid of speaking the truth and does not mince words. I think he is a man worth noting.
On August 23, 2013, Congressman Stockman released his statement about the Obama Justice Department attempting to invalidate voter identification laws in Texas: “This is a clear attempt by a lawless White House to aid and abet voter fraud. Whether it is blocking the prosecution of voter intimidation in Philadelphia, illegally running guns to Mexican drug lords or assisting voter fraud in Texas, Barack Obama has decided the rule of law takes a back seat to `Rules for Radicals.’
“A Marist poll conducted July 25 shows 83 percent of minority voters support voter ID laws. Obama’s actions [are] what you see in Venezuela, a president falsely claiming to [act] on behalf of people to cover up an unpopular political play.
“I encourage the federal courts to do their constitutional duty and thwart this latest attempt to abuse presidential power to pervert free and clean elections. The only people with an interest in preventing voter ID are people engaged in voter fraud.”
On August 20, 2013, Congressman Stockman, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement about Egypt: “Both Israel and Saudi Arabia, important allies of the United States in the Middle East, have asked President Obama to remain neutral in the ongoing conflict in Egypt.
“Obama’s decision to cut off support to the Egyptian military trying to preserve order is not in the best interests of the region.
“Not only does it provide relief to the Muslim Brotherhood, it poses a threat to the security of Israel, Saudi Arabia, and other allies in the region.”
I first heard of Congressman Stockman on August 24, 2013, when he invited the rodeo clown from Missouri to perform in Texas. As you probably heard, a clown at the Missouri State Rodeo chose to wear an Obama mask while he performed there. Liberals were offended that a clown would “mock” President Barack Obama and demanded that something be done about this horrible behavior. The clown was banned for life from performing at the rodeo and ordered into “sensitivity training.” Congressman Stockman invited him to perform at a rodeo in Texas’ 36th District.
“Liberals want to bronco bust dissent. But Texans value speech, even if its speech they don’t agree with. From Molly Ivins to Louis Gohmert and every opinion between, Texans value free and open political speech. I’m sure any rodeo in Texas would be proud to have performers.
“Disagreeing with speech is one thing. Banning it and ordering citizens into reeducation classes for mocking a liberal leader is another. Liberals have targeted this man for personal destruction to create a climate of fear.
“The liberal reaction is straight out of Alinsky. They want to crush dissent by isolating and polarizing anyone who questions Obama, even if it’s a rodeo clown with a harmless gag. The idea [is] to create a state of fear and make people afraid to trivialize Obama. No one tried to personally destroy the rodeo clown who wore a George H. W. Bush mask.”