"It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world."
President George Washington's farewell address
Oy vey! Now, seven flags over Texas?
Back in 2016...
Texas Governor, Greg Abbott, flew to Israel on a private plane belonging to Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire casino owner and megadonor active in Republican national politics.
A spokesman for the governor confirmed Abbott flew on Adelson’s 737 after Jewish Insider and The Dallas Morning News first reported it Monday.
Adelson is a top spender in Republican politics known for his fierce support of Israel and his friendship with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Abbott met with Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Monday to discuss the Texas-Israeli relationship and reiterate Abbott's opposition to Iran — a nation whose relationship with Israel has long been tense.
Adelson made political contributions totaling at least $90 million in the 2012 elections, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, and is a highly sought-after donor in the 2016 Republican presidential primary.
Then, a little more than a year later...
Governor Greg Abbott today signed into law House Bill 89 (HB 89), known as the Anti-BDS (Boycott, Divestments, and Sanctions) bill, which prohibits all state agencies from contracting with, and certain public funds from investing in, companies that boycott Israel. The Governor hosted the bill signing at the Jewish Community Center in Austin.
"I am proud to have commemorated Israel’s Independence Day by signing into law Anti-BDS legislation in Texas," said Governor Abbott.
The bill, authored by Representative Phil King, prohibits the state of Texas from conducting business with companies involved in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel. After the bill becomes law, it ensures that certain public funds are not invested in any entities participating in this movement. Additionally, state contracts will only be given to verified businesses to guarantee that Texas maintains a strong and supportive relationship with Israel.
Yes, you read that correctly. All private businesses wanting to provide goods or services to the State of Texas, and get paid for doing so, must now sign a statement swearing allegiance to the foreign nation of Israel.
For example, just imagine that you are a Texas pediatric oncologist born in Palestine (the nation in the Middle East, not the town in Texas) and you choose to accept the very low fees to treat Texas' poor children covered by Texas Medicaid and CHIP. Apparently, you must now sign a statement supporting Israel's apartheid government, and swear not to refrain from buying Israeli merchandise, in order for you to be compensated by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission for your work as a physician. It does not matter if your niece happened to have her brain melted by an Israeli white phosphorus chemical weapon, while she was playing in a village in Gaza where your family has lived for thousands of years.
You may be asking yourself why the governor of Texas would sign such an Un-American law? Well, in addition to millions of dollars of Sheldon Adelson's campaign contributions, the answer may be that Texas oil and gas companies, like Noble Energy, want to do more business in Israel...
“The development plan approved by the Ministry of Energy on 02.06.2016, [June 2, 2016] will deliver natural gas to the Israeli market and to neighboring countries before the end of 2019. The Leviathan Production Platform is located 10 km offshore on the edge of the continental shelf and within the area approved by the National Planning Committee’s National Outline Plan 37H.
Exporting significant amounts of natural gas to neighboring countries...via pipeline...before the end of 2019?
If you are not OK with this, morally, then I invite you to discuss the following with your family, friends, neighbors, and elected representatives.
5) Enforce The War Powers Act and repeal The Patriot Act
Stop it with the boogey man scare tactics.
6) Close all 800 or so overseas military bases and cancel all foreign aid
Make America great again, not Turkistan, not Israel, not Afghanistan, not Poland, not the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, but America.
7) Pass a law that only people eligible to vote for a candidate may contribute to that candidate
So, it is bad for Russia to influence our elections, but ok for Mexico, Israel, and Saudi Arabia? Stop the hypocrisy.
Peace, prosperity, love, and liberty,