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As a member of the Texas House of Representatives, I am honored and proud to represent an estimated 170,000 East Texans in Hardin, Jasper, Newton, Polk, and Tyler counties. I and these East Texans believe that every Texan is born in the image of the Almighty and is a gift from God.

For East Texans, our three seminal American documents are the Bible, the U.S. Constitution, and the Texas Constitution. Our rights flow from God, and we remain subject to the U.S. Constitution to the extent that “those powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

In these perilous times, the expansive government auspices of public health, safety, and cancel culture have placed our enshrined constitutional rights under siege. This assault is so pervasive it is just not enough for national and state legislators to swear under oath to defend, preserve, and protect our God-given liberties or even fight for these freedoms. Lawmakers must provide a vigorous public example of how free men and women should live their lives in a republic.

It’s for these reasons I lawfully and unapologetically carry my firearm within the confines of the Texas Capitol, and encourage all law-abiding citizens that have a concealed handgun license to do the same. Enthusiastically, I applaud the efforts of newly elected Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert exercising her constitutional rights to carry her weapon on the grounds of the nation’s Capitol. The violence there on Jan. 6 and the lack of protection from Capitol Police provides a fresh case study for the importance of wisely preparing against danger.

To contrary, I am highly disappointed in Boebert’s Colorado colleague, Rep. Jason Crow, for describing Boebert’s decision to exercise her constitutional firearms rights as a “stunt.” Moreover, I am bewildered that Crow sees Boebert’s exercise of her Second Amendment rights as an expression of disrespect to the Capitol Police.

Boebert is a mother, wife, small businesswoman, and now a member of Congress. This is an exemplar of a law-abiding citizen.

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Our Second Amendment rights represent popular sovereignty and the true character of the American people. Only a virtuous citizenry deserves self-government. Due to their virtue, the American people can obtain, maintain, and use firearms in honor of their individual and family history and in the defense of their freedoms.

It is vitally important that the members of the legislative branch, the arena of constitutional primacy, express their fidelity, advocate for self-protection, legislate our rights’ preservation, and exercise and publicly exhibit these fundamental constitutional rights of freedom of speech, religion, assembly, petition and to bear arms.

Our Capitol and our 50 state capitals are shrines of liberty. From the halls of government, our laws emanate and our memorials stand august reminding us of the sacrifices and trials of our forefathers in laying the foundation of freedom and the rule of law.

If American lawmakers truly believe in freedom and the virtue of the citizens they represent, begin this year praying in your state capitol, welcoming the dissent from freedom of speech in your halls of government, encouraging the freedoms of assembly and petition on your capitol grounds, and most importantly, carry your firearm on the legislative floor. Let’s begin anew and revive liberty from the seats of government to the households of our sovereign — the People.

Rep. James White (R) represents District 19 in the Texas House of Representatives. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Houston.



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Son of prominent conservative leader Bozell arrested in connection with Capitol siege

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Leo Brent Bozell IV, the son of conservative leader L. Brent Bozell III, is facing federal charges in connection with the Jan. 6 breech of the U.S. Capitol.

Bozell is charged with obstructing an official proceeding, entering a restricted building and disorderly conduct, according to a federal complaint unsealed Tuesday.

The official affidavit includes photos and videos that appear to show Bozell inside of the U.S. Capitol Building, including the Senate chambers.

At least one photo shows Bozell wearing a sweatshirt emblazoned with a logo for a Christian school at which he once coached girls basketball, according to the Huffington Post.

The FBI obtained a photo of him posing with a student of a school, in Hershey, Pa.

His father founder, who founded the Media Research Center and other conservative groups, has condemned the riots, saying, “You can never countenance police being attacked. You cannot countenance our national capitol being breached like this. … I think it is absolutely wrong,” according to NewsBusters.

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Trump calls Limbaugh ‘legend,’ in first TV interview since Senate trial

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Former President Trump on Wednesday afternoon praised the career of conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh, who has died of cancer.

“He loved his country, and he loved his fans,” Trump said on the Fox News Channel. “He is a legend.”

The interview was Trump’s first since the conclusion of his Senate impeachment trial last week.

Limbaugh’s wife, Kathryn, announced her husband’s death earlier in the day on his radio show. He had been diagnosed about a year ago with Stage-IV lung cancer. He was 70.

The president also said he had a personal friendship with Limbaugh, who was an early supporter of his 2016 presidential bid and who, like Trump, thought the president won reelection in 2020.

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Trump also pointed out that Limbaugh was a provocateur in his views about conservative politics that often sparked backlash from liberals and other critics. 

Trump last year in his State of the Union address awarded Limbaugh the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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Rep. Bennie Thompson is targeting former President Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers in a suit alleging that they conspired to incite the violence that transpired at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

The lawsuit filed on behalf of the long-serving Mississippi Democrat by the NAACP and the Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll law firm claims that the defendants broke the 1871 Ku Klux Klan Act by attempting to meddle in Congress’s certification of the Electoral College count, according to NPR.

“The insurrection at the Capitol was a direct, intended, and foreseeable result of the Defendants’ unlawful conspiracy,” the lawsuit claims. “It was instigated according to a common plan that the Defendants pursued since the election held in November 2020.”

According to the outlet, Thompson told reporters on Tuesday: “I am privileged to partner with the NAACP to have my day in court so that the perpetrators of putting members of Congress at risk can be held accountable.”

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Trump was acquitted on Saturday in his Senate impeachment trial in a 57-43 vote. While a majority of senators voted that the former commander-in-chief was guilty regarding the single article of impeachment that was passed by the House last month during Trump’s waning days in office, the 57 guilty votes failed to clear the two-thirds supermajority required to secure a conviction.

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