St. Jerome Meditating over the Bible, Bernardo Strozzi’s (1581–1644)
St. Jerome Meditating over the Bible, Bernardo Strozzi’s (1581–1644)

It is time to re-establish our reputation as a country that welcomes the stranger and embraces our shared humanity.

“By granting amnesty to those here illegally, we are undermining the rule of law and the process for those who legally become citizens of our great nation. It rewards those who have broken our laws with additional rights & benefits, and incentivizes even more illegal immigration.” — Rep. Roger Williams (R-Weatherford), Twitter, 11/27/2020

I rarely bring up my faith online; it’s hard for me to do it justice in 220 characters or less, and I’m not sure I’ll do it justice…


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U.S. Army Soldiers with Alpha Company, 3rd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, stand in formation with Iraqi soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 12th Brigade, 2nd Iraqi Army Division, during the turnover ceremony of Multi-National Force — Iraq, Combat Outpost Power in the Aden District of Mosul, Iraq, June 7, 2009. (U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Kamaile O. Chan)

Since I began running to serve this district in Congress, we’ve made the drive between Austin and Killeen more times than I can count and we’ve knocked on 1000’s of doors and met thousands of people all over the district.

Those I’ve been able to meet and have conversations with in Killeen are nearly all connected in some way to Fort Hood, the largest, active-duty armored US military base in the world. If I had to make a rough guess, I’d say that 80% of those I’ve spoken with are veterans. …


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We don’t have to live like this.

On August 3, a white supremacist terrorist entered an El Paso Wal-Mart and killed 20 people. His stated purpose was killing as many Latinos as possible. Our hearts are broken. We’re sending love to all of our Texas family there. It is such a generous, loving and safe community. And we recommit ourselves to taking meaningful action to end the public health crisis of gun violence continues to take lives every day in this country.

We do not have to live like this. But our current state leadership has absolutely failed in their sworn duty to protect its citizens, and…


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Nixon leaves the White House, 1974.

Congress has a Constitutional duty to execute its role as a co-equal branch of government, and act as a check on the Executive. One of its most important functions is conducting oversight and investigations to consider pending legislation, to investigate issues that may require legislation in the future, and to investigate and oversee federal programs.

That role could not be more important given the abuses of this historically corrupt administration — from foreign governments bribing the president and his family, to hundreds of lobbyists working as heads of the organizations that regulate the industries that once paid their salaries, to…


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Lady Bird Johnson, former President Harry Truman, and Bess Truman look on as President Lyndon Johnson signs Medicare into law. Photo by Francis Miller/The Life Picture Collection/Getty

Those who use “socialism” as a pejorative term to fear-monger want you to think that America can’t afford to provide universal healthcare. But the fact is, we can’t afford not to.

In this piece, I’m going to make the case for 4 arguments:

  1. Universal healthcare is fiscally responsible.
  2. Not only is universal healthcare the moral thing to do, our current system is un-American and anti-entrepreneurial.
  3. The status quo props up a hugely wasteful, inefficient system — a.k.a., socialism for corporations and the rich.
  4. America has never been afraid of taking on the big, bold, ambitious and aspirational goals. Providing a basic necessity like healthcare to our fellow Americans is nothing to fear. Failing to do so is un-American.

tl;dr: Universal healthcare is fiscally responsible, and American taxpayers already provide socialism for corporations and for the rich. Our blended economy would derive enormous benefit by moving to single-payer healthcare.

In his State of the Union address, Donald Trump declared that “America will never be a socialist country.”

Dr. Martin Luther King would often point…


By now, it’s just too familiar.

There’s an unspeakable act of violence. People — often children — die at the hands of a someone wielding a weapon of war. Politicians offer thoughts and prayers, but, “nothing can be done.” We vent our collective anguish into social media, into each other. Flags are lowered, bromides are offered, speeches are made. Then Congress, the law-making body we have entrusted to protect us, does nothing.

Or Congress does worse than nothing — like making it easier for people with profound mental illness to obtain high capacity firearms so they can carry out massacres

Julie Oliver

Austin, Texas.

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