Keynote Speakers Announced for Annual Young Conservatives of Texas Convention

In a press release on Tues. Mar. 9, The Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT) announced its keynote speakers for its annual convention, which will be held April 23-25, 2012. Each of the two days of the convention will feature educational panels throughout the day, along with larger events featuring notable keynote speakers in the evenings. On Saturday night, the keynote speakers will be U.S. Congressman Chip Roy (R-TX) and Representative Mayes Middleton (R-23). The speakers for Friday night’s reception will be Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and the honorable Steve Munisteri, former chairman of the Republican Party of Texas and founder of YCT.

YCT announced in a press release on Wed., Feb. 3, that Cruz would be the keynote speaker for Friday night. Manfred Wendt, the Executive Director of YCT, expressed his excitement for YCT to host the senator in the press release, saying that “Senator Cruz has proven to be a rock-ribbed Conservative who fights for the people of Texas.”

The keynote speaker for Saturday night, Congressman Roy, serves as the Congressional Representative for Texas’ 21st district and as a member of the House Freedom Caucus. In YCT’s second press release, Wendt describes Roy as “the leading conservative in Washington” who “leads the fight in support of conservative principles and serves as a role model for young conservatives across the state of Texas.” Roy has had a long history of working with YCT, including serving as the keynote speaker for their convention in 2019. YCT has been heavily involved in both his 2018 and 2020 campaigns.

Representative Middleton is currently serving in his second session in Texas’ House of Representatives. In YCT’s legislative scorecard, wherein they provide a score to each state legislator according to how conservative their voting record is, Middleton was awarded a score of 97 for the 86th legislative session, the highest of all the house members and senators. He currently serves as the chairman for the Texas Freedom Caucus, which is composed of members all ranked highly by YCT.

According to YCT’s press release from Mar. 9, there is an expected attendance of over 200 at each of these speaking engagements.

Congressman Chip Roy Zooms to Trinity University

Local Congressman Chip Roy (R-TX) met with students at Trinity University to discuss conservative issues in Congress and in their district.

On Tues. Mar. 2, 2021, Congressman Chip Roy (R-Texas) came to Trinity University to speak to students. The event was run and sponsored by the Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT) chapter. 

Nathan Darsch, Class of 2022 and Chairman of YCT at Trinity University, said that he “asked Congressman Chip Roy to speak at the meeting because he is what we need more of in Congress.” Darsch also said that Roy “is a true conservative who will put his principles before party and I wanted my members to see that there are people genuinely fighting for conservative values and trying to make life better for future generations. My hope is that by listening to Congressman Roy it will encourage my members to help get more people like him elected in the future.”

Roy spoke about Texas Independence, COVID-19, and the importance of preserving individual freedoms. Roy spoke to the students for about 30 minutes, and then spent the last 30 minutes of the meeting answering questions in a Q&A format. Attendees of the event asked questions about COVID-19 relief bills, upcoming gun control bills, and fiscal responsibility (or lack thereof) of the United States government. 

When asked about fiscal responsibility and the government’s infringement of individual freedoms, Roy asked his audience to consider one important fact: “You cannot fund the people who are taking your freedom away and expect to have freedom.” Roy told students that states should use their power to keep the federal government in check, especially states like Texas that have citizens whose freedoms are being infringed by the federal government. The government’s primary function is to protect its citizens, and state governments should protect their citizens even from the federal government if it is necessary.

Roy made sure to clarify that he did not support a physical uprising–nor does he condone the the events at the United States Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021–but he did say that states should take legal action against the federal government if things get out of hand and it is necessary to do so in order to protect the freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution. 

Students who attended the event felt positively about Roy and his talk. Joseph Burrhus, Class of 2024, said that “Our meeting with Congressman Chip Roy was both inspiring and educational. He was able to communicate powerful arguments and explanations about important issues while also expressing his passionate love and devotion toward the country and the people he serves.” When asked about how the event influenced his views of YCT or his desire to attend future meetings, Burrhus said “After the meeting with Chip Roy, I feel more incentivized to go to YCT meetings because they are a great opportunity to learn about different issues, why they are important, and what can be done to fix them.”

Emma McMahan, Class of 2021 and a former officer of YCT, also enjoyed the meeting. She thought that Roy’s “ introductory speech in the beginning of the meeting reeled me into the discussion because he was obviously passionate about his beliefs, decreasing federal spending, for instance.” McMahan also commented on YCT’s friendly relationship with Roy, for whose campaign many YCT members from Trinity University have volunteered to blockwalk and phonebank. “I think YCT having a close connection with a U.S. Congressman like Chip Roy is a good thing because it gives us a good reputation as a conservative club.”

Ellis Jacoby, Class of 2024, also enjoyed the event. When asked about his reaction to Roy’s talk, he said that Roy “was really interesting and gave me some insight into how Congress really works. His explanation on how few chances he has to propose amendments to bills really shows how little influence individual Congressman have over the bills that Congress passes.” Jacoby also mentioned that Roy’s “level of concern for our national debt and his calls to have us hold our members of Congress accountable definitely encouraged me to do more to influence my representatives.” 

The event encouraged members of YCT to interact more with their local government and representatives, and to keep fighting for conservative values. The small event enabled for personal discussions and connections between club members and Roy, and students enjoyed the experience to meet with their Congressman and hear his opinions on important conservative issues. 

Chip Roy: Texas’s Rising Star

With the 2020 election coming to a close and the 2021 Texas legislative session beginning, conservatives have begun reflecting on the past year’s election results. One thing is clear: Chip Roy is something special. Representing the 21st congressional district, considered a toss-up going into election night, he easily won by seven points even while his competitor Wendy Davis outspent him $10.3 million to $5 million. Chip Roy was able to win a changing, increasingly suburban district that Republicans have struggled to stay relevant in. A fiscal and social conservative hawk, he was able to articulate a conservative message that appealed to swing voters. Of a boring, tame, and weak Texas congressional delegation, he is the shining star for conservatives. 

This begs the question: what is next for Congressman Chip Roy? With a law degree from the University of Texas, his conservative voting record, and previous experience in the Attorney General’s office, he is a strong candidate to replace Ken Paxton — who has shown himself to be a legal (and moral) liability to the conservative movement as a revolving door into and out of the courtroom. 

His conservative voting record makes him a conservative dark horse to take on Governor Greg Abbott, who is more and more at war with his party’s conservative base. Greg Abbott, originally embraced by Texas conservatives for suing President Obama, has gone on to infuriate conservatives by endorsing moderates in the 2020 Republican Primary Runoff. Additionally, Abbott has flip-flopped on his stance on the coronavirus pandemic, initially supporting similar lockdown measures being pushed by the left and Democratic governors like Gavin Newsom and Andrew Cuomo, and now is saying he does not plan on enforcing another statewide lockdown.

Abbott’s flip-flopping stance contrasts with Chip Roy, who has been a staunch supporter of reopening the economy and making sure lockdowns and mandates do not exceed their constitutional parameters or unnecessarily harm the economy and local businesses. With the current virus, we need leaders who will not exceed their own powers and make sure that actions taken during disasters like this do not cause more harm than good.

Winning either of these races would also bring younger and fresher faces to either position. If elected, Chip Roy, 48 years old, would not only be the first Gen Xer to hold the Attorney Generalship or Governorship in Texas, but would also be a decade or more younger than the incumbents.

Texans right now are looking for a conservative leader that can take them through this next decade. A leader with a fresh pair of eyes to tackle the upcoming issues and that will not buckle when put under pressure or exceed their constitutional authority when given the opportunity. Having proven himself as an attorney, a Congressman, and a firm believer in the United States and Texan constitutions, Chip Roy is that leader.

Wendy Davis: A Danger to Texas

We in CD-21 cannot afford to have someone like Wendy Davis represent us. She does not represent Texan values, and she would fight only for her personal progressive agenda.

On Nov. 3, residents of the 21st congressional district in Texas will make the choice between re-electing the incumbent, conservative Republican Chip Roy, and progressive Democrat Wendy Davis. Congressman Roy is an extraordinary conservative, one whom I have supported and admired since before his nomination in the 2018 primaries. I believe it is imperative that we re-elect Roy so that he can continue to fight for our fading liberty. As much as I think it is important to articulate why Roy is an asset, it is imperative that I explain why it would be extremely dangerous for Texas to send Davis to Washington in his place. 

Wendy Davis might be a familiar name to Texans who have paid attention to state-level politics in the past several years. Davis was a member of the Fort Worth city council from 1999-2008. After that, she held the Texas Senate seat in SD-10 from 2009-2015. Despite being involved in policy-making for fifteen years, she is really only known for two things in her political career, both of which are failures. 

Her first claim to fame occurred while she was a member of the Texas Senate. In 2013, SB5 was introduced to the Senate floor. SB5 would ban abortion after 20 weeks of gestation (which is very close to the point of viability outside of the womb). It also would require that abortion facilities maintain the same medical standards as other surgical health care facilities, and that they have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. Davis so badly wanted to keep legal the killing of viable babies that she filibustered for eleven straight hours in front of the Texas Senate, famously wearing pink tennis shoes and a catheter so she could urinate herself on the floor of the Texas Senate.

Davis broke the rules of the filibuster multiple times, so Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst called for a vote to end her filibuster so the legislature could vote on SB5. However, the crowd in the gallery and outside the chamber raised such a ruckus for two extra hours (also in violation of the rules) that the vote on the bill was successfully delayed beyond the end of the special legislative session. However, then-governor Rick Perry called a second special session where SB5 was reintroduced as HB2, and it passed less than a month after Davis’ filibuster. Despite the ultimate failure of her efforts, Davis garnered national fame for this singular act, and earned and the nickname “Abortion Barbie.”

Her second time in the spotlight was her failed gubernatorial campaign in 2014, in which all of her perceived legitimacy came from the celebrity she gained from her filibuster. She succeeded in getting the nomination of the democratic party but was beat by Greg Abbott, who was then the Texas Attorney General. Davis garnered a mere 38.9% of the vote to Abbott’s 59.3%

Davis has been out of politics for the last five years since her loss. In that time, she has busied herself by founding a nonprofit organization called Deeds Not Words. This organization seeks to get radical legislation on gender issues passed by using female members of Generation Z as its footsoldiers. The organization’s website, which uses terms like “womxn,” “menstrual equality,” and “FEMZ agenda,” makes it clear that that Deeds Not Words centers around sex-related issues. The organization holds progressive social beliefs, such as the ideas that gender is not absolute, that voter ID laws are oppressive, and that masculinity is toxic. As a perfect example of how far off the rails abortion advocacy has gone, Deeds Not Words seeks to get rid of the famed notion that abortion should be “safe, legal, and rare.” Although the organization claims that it “won’t stop until all Texans have the ability to make their own reproductive choices,” nothing has been posted in the “news” section of the site in over a year, indicating the group is not currently making waves, and little else has been posted since March.

But let’s get back to Davis’ current bid for the congressional seat in Texas’ CD-21, currently held by Congressman Chip Roy. Davis has a lot of money behind her, and she has been using much of that money to disingenuously attack Roy. If only disingenuous attacks on her rival candidate were the beginning of Davis’ historical misuse of campaign funds. During her run for governor in 2014, Davis was (rightly) accused of using campaign funds to pay for lavish living expenses in Austin. This practice is not necessarily illegal, but it is pretty scummy.

Davis also has ads of her own. In these ads, she performatively throws around the word “family” every chance she gets. “I’m running for our children and grandchildren, so they can live and love and fight for change themselves,” claims Davis in a self-promotional video she humbly titled “Amazing.” This statement is obviously ironic and somewhat darkly comical, considering that her stance on abortion means that she does not in fact want children to “live and love and fight for change themselves.” She wants parents to be able to kill their fully formed children. 

Clearly, as progressives often do, Wendy Davis is putting on a face to appeal to Texan values so she can sneak her harmful radical policies through. She avoids talking about policy, knowing that she would lose were she to tell the truth about what she wants to do to our state. Place Davis side-by-side with Roy, as was done in their debate, and you will notice how she tends to talk about lofty ideas rather than telling us how she plans on practically enacting change or paying for all the things she wants. She has shown many of her intentions, but she hides them for the most part, knowing that if Texans were aware that she is a proponent of abortion until birth she would never get elected. We in CD-21 cannot afford to have someone like her represent us. Wendy Davis does not represent Texan values, and she would fight only for her personal progressive agenda.