Our CenTex 9-12 Project Year in Review

Lots of blogs are writing retrospectives on 2010. And a lot of important things happened.

The Health Care Reform bill passed.
We heard a lot of talk about “Quantitative Easing.”
GM paid back the TARP money they borrowed. With more TARP money, sure, but hey! It’s paid!

We got full body scanners in various airports. And if you don’t allow that, they have alternative means of making sure you’re not toting explosives in your underpants.

We had a census!
There was a bit of bother in the Gulf of Mexico.
Despite a really good effort, we didn’t get bombed in Times Square.
We caught a bunch of Russian spies! In New York!
Finance Reform!
New Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan!
Rod Blagojevich convicted on one of 24 counts of corruption.
We officially ended combat operations in Iraq!
We didn’t elect a witch to Congress.
We got a tax deal!

Phew! What a year.

I’ll grant you, the things I’m pointing out above seem to have a consistent slant to them. That’s because it’s tempting to say that 2010 was a banner year for conservatism. From a Republican taking “Ted Kennedy’s Seat” in the Senate to a pretty sweep for Rs in the most recent election, we showed that conservative grassroots 9-12 and tea party groups have an impact, perhaps a startling impact, on the course of the country. And continue to do so despite the best efforts of our “free press”. (Did I mention Helen Thomas? She retired!) But if that influence is to mature and ripen, it will be necessary for us to stay engaged. It’s also necessary to reiterate that whatever victories the Republicans have had this year, we’re keeping our eye on them as well as the Democrats. We’re looking for better and smarter ways of doing that.

In 2011, we’ll continue to unite, educate, and act. We’ll be watching our elected officials and holding them accountable. Possibly our most important job this year will be to remind those elected officials that we’re out here, that we’re paying attention and that as the people who elected them, we are going to start exercising our own oversight responsibility.

We’ll look for ways to help others remember how great this country has been in the past, how good this country is now, and while we may have fallen on some hard times and there may be tough times ahead, we can be great again, by returning to those bedrock principles that made this country great.

We’ll continue to educate ourselves on those principles, and seek better ways of communicating them and the natural consequences following or ignoring them will bring.

And we’ll continue to find more effective ways to act in support of those principles.

2010 was an interesting time – in both the usual and Chinese meanings of the phrase, “interesting times”.


2011 promises to be a year full of problems, but remember that another word for “problem” is “opportunity”.

Let’s work to make 2011 a year we really do get some “change we can believe in.”

–Zach Ricks

One Response to “Our CenTex 9-12 Project Year in Review”

  1. OneCitizenOfTheRepublic says:


    Citizenship made a big comeback in 2010..Thank you all for your part in raising this almost dead concept.

    We should all be grateful that we made the impact we did. Now we must renew, start fresh on additional actions that will continue to small flame that we have created and grow it into a warmng fire that protects the nation from the enemies within.

    The attached clip shows just how far apart we are from some in this country. There is an entire generation that have been bottle feed on government teats…instead of the breast milk of freedom and independence. They have been mislead, deceived, and lied to. All of this has happened on our watch…while it has been our duty to pass on the values, ideals, belifes and culture that sets America apart from the rest of the world…and the price has beeen dear….most costly to our nation.

    We are a resilient people…a proud people, even a brave people…at least our forefathers were…now is the time for us to live up to our forefathers hopes for us. Our own freedoms have been deminised through many new laws, and our economic liberty stolen from our wallets as we slept…

    But we can still begin the turn back to prosperity and liberty for our children, and their children’s children. We can again restore hope into our nation’s future. And like our parents/grandparents who lived through a great depression, so shall we.
    We can only do so, with a deep faith in God, and by taking individual responsibility to be good citizens and faithful to our God. The values, principles, and moral rule of law that made our nation great for 230+ years are self rewarding for those who follow them. The constitution is not so difficult to read and understand.

    May God Bless all the Citizens of America with His protection, His mercy, and devine guidance of our leaders.

    Psalm 127:1b
    Unless the Lord watches over the city,
    the watchman stays awake in vain.

    2 Chronicles 7:14
    if My people, who are called by My name,
    shall humble themselves
    and pray,
    and seek My face
    and turn from their wicked ways,
    then will I hear from heaven,
    and will forgive their sin
    and will heal their land.

    2 Timothy 3:1- 9 – But understand this,
    that is the last days there will come times of difficulty.
    For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud,
    arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful,
    unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control,
    brutal, not loving god, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit,
    lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,
    having the appearance of godliness but denying its power.

    Avoid such people. For among them are those who
    creep into households and capture weak women,
    burdened with sins and led astray by various passions,
    always learning and never able to arrive at a
    knowledge of the truth.
    Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses,
    so these men also oppose the truth, men corrupted
    in mind and disqualified regarding the faith.
    But they will not get very far,
    for their folly with be plain to all,
    as was that of those two men.

    Deuteronomy 16:19
    You shall not pervert justice.
    You shall not show partiality,
    and you shall not accept a bribe,
    for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise
    and subverts the cause of the righteous.

    “Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom.
    As nations become corrupt and vicious,
    they have more need of masters.”
    Benjamin Franklin
    Deuteronomy 4:5-9 –
    See, I have taught you statutes and rules,
    as the Lord my God commanded me,
    that you should do them in the land that you are entering
    to take possession of it.

    Keep them and do them,
    for that will be your wisdom and your understanding
    in the sight of the peoples,
    who, when they hear all these statutes will say,
    ‘Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people’
    For what great nation is there that has
    a god so near to it as the Lord our God is to us,
    whenever we call upon him?
    And what great nation is there, that has statutes and rules
    so righteous as all this law that I set before you today?
    Only take care, and keep your soul diligently,
    lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen,
    and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life.
    Make them know to your children and your children’s children.

    Revelation 2:10 –
    Do not fear what you are about to suffer.
    Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison,
    that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation.
    Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.

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