Mark McCaig is the kind of Republican that makes you say, “Who needs Democrats with Republicans like that?”
McCaig has made it his business to try to annoy AgendaWise for some time now. He got legal rights to our old name, “Fix the Facts Foundation” when it temporarily expired, and acquired a DBA for “AgendaWise”.
The first was fine, since we don’t use that name. We simply got reinstated under the name “AgendaWise”. The second is fine too, since DBAs are basically unregulated in Texas. It isn’t until he uses our name that we get to sue him, something we have privately put him on notice about.
Frankly, we’re glad Steve Mostyn’s employee is targeting us. We take it as a compliment.
Nevertheless, McCaig makes it his practice to deal in fake conservatism, efforts to confuse and divide the majority Texas voting block called conservatives.
Mostyn gave $10 million to Democrats in 2010. While working for Mostyn gives McCaig’s game away, it is still useful to discuss how fake conservatism works since fake conservative schemes can be expected to continue as the Texas Democrat Party continues to operate in the wilderness.
McCaig runs Texans for Individual Rights, which is a textbook liberal handmaiden in conservative clothing. The “about” page on TXIR’s website acts like a meeting ground for the issues and groups routinely used to confuse conservatives and give cover to fake conservative candidates.
TXIR has three issues.
The top one is “Civil Justice Reform”. This is a fancy way of carrying water for the trial lawyers, who own the Democrat Party. They, like virtually every Democrat, oppose the tort reform that has helped make Texas a destination for job creators and put the Texas Democrat Party on the back bench.
TXIR’s second big issue is private property rights. This is an issue on which liberals jerk libertarians around as if on the end of a chain.
Green energy has been earmarked by liberals nationwide as the liberal movement’s Spindletop. All they need to do to become politically dominant is use regulation to raise the price of oil until expensive green energy is finally cheaper. As high as our gas prices are, we still have a long way to go for their scheme to work, but they are certainly well on their way.
Leftists politicians and donors are positioned to make massive fortunes if that day ever comes. This is why they so strongly oppose new drilling, new pipelines, lizard death, and any measure that would decrease our gas prices and create new American jobs and wealth.
As a result, libs all over the country consistently gin up outrage against eminent domain even when needed to build hugely beneficial oil pipelines and infrastructure projects. They’ve been bitter enemies of the Keystone pipeline.
However, theirs is an anti-eminent domain campaign, not an anti-eminent domain abuse campaign.
It is an anti-common sense campaign, since infrastructure would be virtually impossible to build without eminent domain, as our founders clearly understood when they ensured through the 5th Amendment that just compensation was always provided.
Behind the scenes of most of these eminent domain protest movements you’ll find liberals using libertarian activists, benefitting from their reputations as principles-driven people. The political purpose of the activity is nearly always the electoral defeat of a conservative and the election of a freedom-squashing liberal.
The third issue on the website is “Corporate Welfare”, and this is one of the biggest legitimate sins alive in the Republican Party, and it comes straight out of the lobby. This is one of the Democrats favorite issues to run campaigns on, even thought hey are often as guilty as anyone with regard to corporate welfare. President Obama’s massive Wall Street bailout package is a good example. Good conservatives must be vigilant in stamping it out of the Republican Party.
TXIR, however, has enough of a track record fighting on the Democrat side of things that there is good reason to distrust the ends envisioned in their anti-corporate socialism efforts.
Finally, TXIR has received praise from Texas for Life Coalition, which has become a bit of a black sheep in the Texas pro-life movement.
In Texas, every state level Republican (except for Jeff Wentworth) is pro-life. It is simply impossible to be elected and stay elected as a pro-choice Republican (except for Jeff Wentworth).
However, in the pro-life movement fake-conservatism is alive and well.
Texas Republicans must be separated into two groups: pro-life hawks and pro-life doves. The hawks are the real McCoy and the doves are social moderates or social liberals saying what they must to get elected in Texas’s one relevant party.
When they get to Austin, hawks fight hard, while doves can eventually be counted on to stand idly by on pro-life legislation or else work behind the scenes against pro-life outcomes.
Unfortunately, Kyleen Wright of Texans for Life Coalition seems to have been collected by Charlie Geren, the legislative ringleader of Team Straus. Team Straus members are mostly pro-life doves (when challenged by a pro-life hawk in the speaker race, Straus stunningly converted to pro-life after a political and family history with Planned Parenthood).
The upshot is, Texans for Life Coalition has a habit of providing endorsements for pro-life doves against pro-life hawks, while more reliable groups such as Texas Right to Life back hawks.
For example, Bill Zedler is one of the best friends of the unborn in the state of Texas, an official with the guts to fight hard. Even as an incumbent pro-life hawk, Texans for Life Coalition endorses against him.
Mark McCaig has roots in YCT, a great organization. How he went from beginnings in YCT to working for the ringleader of the Texas trial lawyers and the Democrat Party is hard to say, but it isn’t the first time someone got their wings in the conservative movement only to later sell out to somebody offering a salary or campaign cash.
We’ll continue to keep an eye on McCaig and TXIR, and supply updates when useful.