DUFF HALE: My reasons NOT to vote for Beto


Most people have issues that clearly resonate with them and given the circumstances determine whether or not they will vote for a candidate. That pretty much is the definition of a single-issue voter. In most cases I am a single-issue voter because a candidate’s dedication to protecting the Second Amendment and my right to keep and bear arms is extremely important to me.

Beto just does not fill that bill, quite frankly. In fact, he has talked very negatively about the NRA – which gave him an “F” and Ted Cruz an “A+.” I am a life member of both the NRA and Gun Owners of America and proud of both because they are on the front lines fighting against fools like Beto so he is insulting me.

He is one of those who like to cover up their push for gun control under the euphemistic guise of “gun safety” which is a bunch of hogwash. Why not have the guts to come out and call it what it really is: Gun control.

Beto voted against nationwide concealed carry reciprocity, wants to ban “weapons of war” and high capacity magazines so “firearms designed to kill as effectively and efficiently as possible on the battlefield aren’t used in our schools, our streets, our churches, and our concerts.” He would require background checks for ALL gun sales – even individual to individual – and close the non-existent “gun show loophole” as well as on-line loopholes. What a bunch of nonsense. He wants to support federal research on gun violence to understand its root causes. People with any smarts whatsoever know a gun never killed anyone, rather it is the person pulling the trigger.

According to the FBI the #1 weapon used in violent crimes is the baseball bat, yet you don’t hear Beto calling for restrictions on baseball bat ownership now do you? Hardly.

There are other troubling issues for which he stands that will make it impossible for me to vote for him. Let’s start out with the Environment. He is calling for rejoining the Paris Climate Accords and empowering the EPA to exercise oversight of those harming the environment, particularly drilling, fracking, and pipeline construction. Beto is clearly against any fossil fuel development and wants the U.S. to depend entirely on wind power, solar and other “green” sources of energy.

What is his stance on healthcare? Well, he is for a universal healthcare system, in other words a “single payer system,” which is nothing more than a euphemism for government run national healthcare that has been disastrous for any country ever implementing it. Impossible to escape from once its instituted. How hard has it been to get shed of Obamacare? Look no further than VA hospitals to see how well it would provide care for citizens.

Drugs? Beto has publicly stated he favors the legalization of all drugs, including heroin. That’s just plain foolishness! Pro-legalization folks like Beto tell everyone Prohibition failed after it was ratified January 16, 1919. No, it didn’t fail in terms of positive results because Prohibition resulted in startling reductions in alcohol consumption (down over 50%), cirrhosis of the liver (down 63%), admission to mental health institutions for alcohol psychosis (-60%), and arrests for drunk and disorderly conduct (-50%).

Of course, this doesn’t mean Prohibition was a good thing, but Prohibition is one of the strongest arguments against legalizing drugs. The reason Prohibition failed and was eventually repealed was alcohol became a respectable libation, a part of the social fabric in high society and low.

Beto’s stance on “Women’s Health” is not surprising. “Ensuring that a woman’s right to choose is not compromised by limited access to safe and legal abortion services or family planning help” is one of his issues. He has long been in favor of government funded abortions, including the ghoulish “partial birth” abortion, where a baby’s skull is penetrated as the infant emerges from the womb thus murdering the infant. That infant had no right to choose; its’ right to choose had been taken away by someone else.

Beto is clearly for open borders with no restrictions. He wants to pass the DREAM Act and ensure undocumented immigrants brought here as children find a permanent home and citizenship in the U.S. He has in the past urged elimination of ICE, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, whose job it is to investigate criminal and terrorist activity. Beto wants to reform the laws so as to legalize the status of millions of immigrants already in our country and give them a path to citizenship. I strongly disagree with this.

Considering his checkered past with the law; when he was the bassist for a band called the “El Paso Pussycats,” he was arrested in 1995 for burglary, plus a 1997 DWI arrest for which he received deferred adjudication. Perhaps he would be willing to regale his supporters with a song from the group while wearing his flowered dress. Given his campaign slogan “Texas Deserves Better,” as far as Beto is concerned, I couldn’t agree more.

Bottom line: I won’t be voting for Beto for all the reasons above and many more. Go to betofortexas.com, click on Issues and see for yourself how extreme and out of the Texas mainstream he is.

I sincerely urge all right-thinking Texans to vote for Ted Cruz and not let them turn Texas blue by electing an extremist to represent us in the Senate giving that swarmy Chuck Schumer, Dianne Feinstein, and Indian princess Elizabeth Warren another acolyte.

Remember, not voting is a vote for Beto.

I have tried to be as honest in the presentation of his positions as possible in order for you to make an informed decision as to whether or not to vote for him.

I still believe Democrats should change their symbol from a Donkey to the Hammer and Sickle so folks will know exactly where they really stand.