By now you’ve heard about the Texas Democrats who jet-setted to D.C. to stop the legislative process and quash election reform, abortion, and female athlete protection bills. So far, the trip has been marked by embarrassment after embarrassment.

First, these Deserting Democrats set off a COVID-19 outbreak on their private jet, an outbreak that has spread, ironically enough, to several members of Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s staff. Rep. Michelle Beckley called herself “brave” for this clear dereliction of duty, to which one true American responded (hilariously): “Did you carry the case of beer or the case of COVID?”

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Don’t worry. It gets better.

Now these AWOL state legislators are upset because President Joe Biden has refused to meet with them. They’ve met with several senators and Vice President Kamala Harris, but they’re still “pissed off” because Biden has refused to acknowledge their childish behavior.

“He won’t meet with us on Zoom like this, and I’m trying to be tactful, but I don’t know how else to say it, man. I’m just pissed off at this point. He doesn’t give us the respect the way you have,” Rep. Richard Peña Raymond said, according to the Austin-American Statesman.

I don’t know whether Biden is making a calculated political move, or he just hasn’t noticed that the Texas Democrats are in town between his naps and Jell-o cups. Either way, Biden’s lack of acknowledgment has got to be galling, and I love it.

Most recently, the Deserting Democrats have asked that their supporters send them care packages. That’s right—care packages.

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Now, let me remind you that these are the same Democrats who dropped $100,000 on a private jet flight and are now staying at a hotel where rooms start at $189 per night. Last I checked, D.C. isn’t Afghanistan. Despite the constant mobs and violent crime, the city still has basic amenities, including an excellent retirement home located on Capitol Hill.

To treat these deserters like they’re soldiers far from home is an insult to the thousands of men and women who risk their lives every day to keep us safe. Our soldiers swear an oath to protect and defend the Constitution, which means they promise to protect and defend our right to self-governance.

Texas Democrats are doing the opposite. Rather than upholding our democratic processes, they’re stifling the will of Texas residents. They and their Republican colleagues were duly elected to represent the people of Texas, but they’re spitting in the faces of these Americans by fleeing the state in what will ultimately be a futile attempt to stop election reform laws.

Is it any wonder the American people don’t trust the election system in our country? Democrats claim that Republicans are damaging democracy, but they’re doing more harm to our system of governance with their antics than any of the laws being proposed by Texas representatives (which actually strengthen our system).

Historically, soldiers who desert their post in a time of war face the death penalty. That seems a little harsh, and we wouldn’t want the Deserting Democrats to spread COVID-19 in any Texas prisons. But I firmly support any and all efforts by Governor Greg Abbott to hold these deserters responsible—both for the good of Texas and for the self-governing rights of all Americans.

About The Author

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.