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Dallas Talk Radio Host Davis: US Needs to Follow Texas

By Bill Hoffmann   |   Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 04:47 PM

The United States is in serious trouble — but it may be able to pull itself out of the hole by following the lead of Texas for local and limited government, veteran Dallas radio talk show host Mark Davis says.

"In Texas we don't like Washington to do much…. Even in Austin, our state capital, we don't like them to do more than they should,'' Davis said Monday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"[It's the] localization of government, personal responsibility, the freedom to fail as well as the freedom to succeed – we're not a bail out culture.''

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Davis — author of the new book "Lone Star America: How Texas Can Save Our Country," published by Regnery — adds that Texas strictly follows the laws set down by the Founding Fathers.

"[It's] obedience to the Constitution, the Second Amendment and the rest as well,'' he said.

"It is a culture and a taste on the part of voters that has given us now 20 years of delicious one-party rule. We have been a solid red state since 1994.''

But Davis, who describes himself as a libertarian conservative, said anything is possible in the future.

"After the election of Obama twice, I'm through predicting what the electorate will do anywhere,'' he said.

"We have to stay on our game and make sure that the laboratory that Texas has been for conservative governance remains a clear example of the success of those policies.

"We do have liberals in Texas. We just don't let them run the place.''

He added that reports of the tea party's flagging influence have been greatly exaggerated.

"Look at the popularity of [Sen.] Ted Cruz. Look at the tea party flavor of the elections we just had. The primaries on the way to the gubernatorial level, Greg Abbott, Dan Patrick and Ken Paxton, our soon to be attorney general,'' Davis said.

"These are grass roots, tea-party flavored candidates. The notion that the tea party is struggling or is somehow in its last rose is crazy. It's not going to have the same kind of impact from popularity in every state, but in Texas all that tea party means is steadfast, unapologetic conservatism.''

Davis said Texas Gov. Rick Perry stands a better chance of capturing the presidential nomination in 2016 than he did in the last election.

"It's a much better shot this time because he'll be more ready. He'll be more seasoned,'' he said.

"I love Cruz, I love [Gov.] Scott Walker from Wisconsin, but Rick Perry! If Ted Cruz is the constitution's professor, Rick Perry is its cheerleader. There is value for both and we'll see what happens.''

Davis' radio show is heard weekdays 660AM "The Answer" KSKY. He also writes a column for the Dallas Morning News.

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