I feel like it’s the Fourth of July and a new era of independence from an arrogant and unresponsive federal government.
Hard-working men and women whose incomes have been flat and those looking for work have found their voice and delivered the election to someone who heard them. Americans are tired of being told what to do and think by liberal politicians and the media.
The American people want a president who will put their interests first, not expand the government's control over their lives. They have rejected bad trade deals, open borders, heavy-handed regulations, Obamacare, a liberal Supreme Court, political correctness, and business as usual in Washington, DC.
When I learned I was the first member of Congress to contribute to Donald Trump, I didn't know whether to smile or frown. Now I realize that few actions have given me as much satisfaction. The walk-on quarterback has won the Super Bowl!
(Washington, DC) May 13, 2016 – Today, nine Chairmen in the U.S. House of Representatives – Steve Chabot (Small Business), Michael Conaway (Agriculture), Jeb Hensarling (Financial Services), Candice Miller (House Administration), Jeff Miller (Veterans’ Affairs), Tom Price (Budget), Pete Sessions (Rules), Bill Shuster (Transportation and Infrastructure), and Lamar Smith (Science, Space and Technology) – endorsed Donald J. Trump for President
By Congressman Lamar Smith
Donald Trump may not have been on all Republicans’ short list of favorite presidential candidates (he wasn’t on mine), but he is the presumed GOP nominee now. We can embrace his policies even if we grimace at his past personal lifestyle or some of his public comments (a few of which he may regret himself). We need to become committed, even enthusiastic backers for many reasons.
Consider the alternative. Whoever the Democratic nominee, their policies will produce four more years of slow economic growth, stagnant wages, stifling regulations, and unprecedented executive orders.
In the general election, we will be voting not only for president but also for the future of the Supreme Court, since the next president likely will get three nominees confirmed. A Democratic president will appoint liberal justices who will lock in laws increasing government control of our daily lives, restricting our personal liberties, and further eroding family values.
Donald Trump, on the other hand, has declared he will reduce the deficit, lower taxes, dismantle Obamacare, restrict illegal immigration, fix unfair trade agreements, and repeal unconstitutional executive orders. Mr. Trump’s policies are geared to help working Americans, especially those who have lost out in recent years. That could well explain why he has received a record number of votes for a Republican presidential nominee.
In considering Donald Trump, we should also remember the national media’s blatant liberal bias. For starters, don’t believe what the media/liberal Democrats say or write. Their slanted coverage of Mr. Trump is off the charts, often irrational,misleading and hateful. Take the issue that has propelled his candidacy – illegal immigration. If you listen to the media, he called all immigrants “rapists and criminals,” which is taken out of context since he also called immigrants “good people.”
Furthermore, there was an element of truth to what Mr. Trump said about illegal immigrants that is almost never reported by the media. In fact, one-third of all federal prisoners are illegal immigrants who were convicted of serious crimes including rape and drug trafficking. Since illegal immigrants comprise 3.5% of the population, they are almost ten times more likely to be convicted of a federal crime than the population as a whole.
It is also obvious that most of the national media will go easy on any wrong-doing by Hillary Clinton, if she is the Democrat nominee. Her use of a personal server for official emails endangered our national security. Her negligent role as Secretary of State during the deaths of four Americans at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi is still undisclosed. But her war onsmall businesses, taxpayers, and free markets is there for all to see.
If you screen out the biased treatment of Donald Trump and listen to his personal interviews, you can glimpse a candidate who loves America, wants to protect the long-suffering American worker, and feels our country is on the wrong track, as do 65% of the American people.
No one should doubt he represents most of the American people on many subjects: reduce the deficit (56%), secure the border (67%), reevaluate the recent trade agreement (52%), rein in political corruption (75%), and recognize media bias (70%)*. He also appears to be a conscientious father, a respected employer, and without question a straight-talking candidate.
Worried about President Trump’s approval ratings? Not long ago a presidential candidate was known as a Vietnam draft dodger, a womanizer, and had acquired the nickname, “Slick Willie.” At one point, only 13% of the public thought him trustworthy, one-third of Donald Trump’s approval rating today. Bill Clinton went on to be elected and re-elected president.
As the saying goes, “Where there is no choice, there is no problem.” While Donald Trump may not be a perfect Republican presidential candidate, the alternative would be far worse. The time has come to unite behind someone with whom we have more in common than we might have thought.
(Rep. Lamar Smith, R-TX, is Chairman of the House of Representatives’ Science, Space, and Technology Committee and is a former chairman of the Judiciary Committee.)
This week, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the lawsuit led by Texas against President Obama’s lawless executive amnesty. I recently joined Texas’ lawsuit with Senators Cruz and Cornyn. We have been successful in the lower courts and hope the Supreme Court will rule that granting amnesty to five million illegal immigrants is unconstitutional.
Just want to thank you for all your help with this year's election. We enjoyed a strong win-60%-and I am grateful to my constituents for their confidence in me. I look forward to continuing to hold this Administration accountable and to representing conservative values in Congress. I really appreciate your good support. Stay in touch and hope to see you soon.
Election Day is finally here! As your representative, I have successfully fought President Obama's executive amnesty, voted to stop Syrian Refugees from entering the country, and repeatedly fought this Administration’s overreaching regulations. With your vote, we can continue to hold this lawless President accountable!
The polls will be open until 7 PM, so please encourage your friends and neighbors to vote.
I’m grateful to have been endorsed by the National Rifle Association, Texas Right to Life, Texas Farm Bureau, and many grassroots conservative leaders throughout the 21st Congressional District.
If you have already voted, thank you!
With your support, I will work hard to continue my proven conservative record and represent our conservative values.
Early voting ends tomorrow! I would like to thank you for your support throughout my campaign. With your vote, we can work to secure our border, repeal Obamacare, and keep our nation safe.
It is my responsibility as your representative to introduce conservative legislation that contrasts with President Obama's failed liberal policies. I have consistently co-sponsored a Balanced Budget Amendment to rein in Washington's out-of-control spending, issued the Science Committee's first subpoenas in 21 years targeting the EPA, and introduced legislation to stop Syrian Refugees from entering the country.
I am honored to have been endorsed by the National Rifle Association (NRA), Texas Right to Life, Texas Farm Bureau, and many grassroots conservative leaders throughout the 21st District.
With your support, we can continue to fight the Obama administration's agenda and defend our Constitution! As your representative in Washington, I will continue to uphold our conservative values.
We are one week away from the Texas primary election! I wanted to make sure you have seen our latest campaign video highlighting my work in the House of Representatives. From voting to fire IRS employees who illegally target conservatives, to voting to defund Planned Parenthood, I've worked to hold this liberal President accountable.
Have you seen our most recent campaign video? Check it out now, by clicking on the link below!Posted by Lamar Smith on Friday, February 19, 2016
I'm honored to have been endorsed by the National Rifle Association (NRA), Texas Right to Life, Texas Farm Bureau, and have the highest rating of the Texas congressional delegation for stopping illegal immigration and working to secure our border. Also, I have a lifetime conservative rating of 90%.
With your vote on March 1st or during the early voting period, I will continue to represent our conservative values.
Early voting has begun! I want to personally thank each and every one of you for another year of your fantastic support.
This year, I casted votes to defund Planned Parenthood, co-sponsored legislation to halt the flow of Syrian refugees, and repeatedly stopped federal agencies from overreaching into state’s affairs. To take a further look into my voting record please click here.
It's my hope that with your vote, we can continue to fight against the liberal agenda and work harder than ever before to defund Obamacare, balance the budget, defend the Constitution and secure our border!
I am honored to have the support of my constituents and to hold conservative ratings from National Right to Life, the National Rifle Association, and the American Conservative Union.
As your Representative, I am committed to continue representing Texas conservative values in Washington. Please remember early voting takes place now through February 26th and Election Day is March 1.
I appreciate the kind words from fellow Congressman Louie Gohmert.
"Along with leading on other critical issues, Congressman Lamar Smith has been a true leader in Congressional efforts to battle illegal immigration and secure our border which is actually a fight for our national security. He is the reason I am on the Judiciary Committee which has jurisdiction over immigration and has fought to keep me there, for which I will always be grateful."