• January 9, 2021

Enough

Enough

1024 536 Dan Patrick, Lieutenant Governor

Like you, I have been disturbed and unsettled about the events of the last several days. I am sure we will continue to unravel this as our country continues to move forward, but I want to share my thoughts at this point in time.

Enough.
There are no excuses for those who stormed the Capitol on Wednesday. Five people died. And, sadly, it appears that most of the protesters inside the Capitol were Trump supporters. Antifa wears face coverings obscuring their identity.

Enough
Of blaming all Trump supporters for the crimes of a small group who attacked the Capitol.

I’ve spoken to and met thousands of Trump supporters across the nation. They love this country and the Constitution. They hate what they saw at the U.S. Capitol as much as I do.

Enough
Of the Democrats and the mainstream media’s sudden case of amnesia.  For months they encouraged and justified street riots, looting and the torching of police stations, court houses and businesses. Their protesters at so-called “mostly peaceful demonstrations” acted out as criminals just like those who stormed the Capitol.

Enough.
There is no such thing as justifiable political violence. Politics is never an excuse for criminal behavior.

Enough
Of the sanctimonious attacks by Democrats on Trump supporters who question the election results by those same Democrats who pushed a fake Russian collusion theory and trumped up impeachment charges for the last four years.

Whether or not the final election result would have changed, the fact that millions of mail-in ballots in swing states were never verified for legitimacy and ballots were counted in the middle of the night with observers held at a distance, created enough suspicion that a reasonable person could ask questions.

Enough
From Democrats demanding Ted Cruz resign for taking the same stand that Democrat
California Senator Barbara Boxer took in 2005 (along with 31 other Democrat senators) who wanted the Ohio election overturned. It was their right then, and his right today. Neither Sen. Boxer nor Sen. Cruz incited protesters to strike the Capitol.

Enough
Of the media’s double standard and pretending they are unbiased, instead of a front for the left wing.

Enough
Of the media’s condescending attacks on 70 million Americans because they don’t share their left-wing view.  Anderson Cooper’s mocking of Trumpers for eating at the Olive Garden and staying at the Holiday Inn is a classic example of media elites looking down on those they feel are beneath them.  Surely he knows that many Democrats also eat at the Olive Garden and stay at the Holiday Inn. Cooper’s words may seem trivial to some, but his were some of the most condescendingly hateful and divisive words spoken during this time.

Enough
Of media and left-wing elitists who have true hate in their hearts for the heartland of this country who are not rich and privileged. Their goal is to permanently divide us.

Enough
Of allowing Big Tech – Twitter, Google, Facebook and Apple — to silence our freedom of speech. We cannot let this happen. It will lead to more anger.  And enough of all the hate on social media toward those who have a different opinion than we do.

Enough
Of the relentless attacks on Trump.  He had a right to question the election results. Trump’s words did not call for a riot, but he didn’t lower the temperature of the moment.

The President’s many accomplishments are profound and continue to be supported by nearly half the country.  He reduced and simplified taxes, completed the largest deregulation in our history, appointed 3 Supreme Court justices, 54 appellate judges, 174 U.S. District court judges, returned the embassy to Jerusalem, passed criminal justice reform and opportunity zones, strengthened law enforcement, withdrew from the Paris climate accords, expanded oil and gas drilling and dismantled the Iranian deal. He also accomplished a miracle in getting us a COVID-19 vaccination in record time when experts said it was impossible and media elites ridiculed him.

The Operation Warp-Speed vaccine will save millions of American lives. Unfortunately, his accomplishments of the last four years will be diminished by the haters.

Enough
Of attacking the new President. I do not support the current items on his agenda. I will work to defeat the Democrats and retake Congress in 2022 and the White House in 2024.  But, I will pray for Joseph R. Biden as President just as people who opposed Trump should have prayed for him over the last 4 years, instead of trying to destroy him.

Enough.
If we as a nation have now decided to attack any President we elect because they are in the opposite party, our country will not survive much longer.

Many places around the world hate America and want to destroy us. We cannot deplete our strength by destroying ourselves from the inside.

Enough
Of pointing fingers and blaming others. It’s up to us. I believe most Americans are good people. We don’t hate each other. Both parties must renounce political violence.
The criminals who perpetuate political violence, whatever their political ideology, must be held accountable. And we must restore the faith of all people in our elections so that the Republic survives.

Most importantly, we must end the caustic hateful rhetoric toward each other that proliferates on social media, electronic, print media, and in our streets. If we cannot respect others political views and are bent on destroying everyone who supports a candidate we don’t agree with or who runs for or holds office, our nation is doomed.

I shall do my part to fight for conservative values.  I am committed to winning elections and stopping the far left radical socialist agenda. Political fights matter and I will not pull any punches. I never have.  But I will not destroy our country in the process by hating my fellow man. If others hate me for my views (and many do), I will not return the hate.  It will only make me work harder. That’s what God commands us to do. That is what made our country great.

Enough.

Dan Patrick

Dan Patrick
Lieutenant Governor of Texas