Exclusive: Texas State Senate Candidate Veteran CJ Grisham: “The States Need to Start Asserting Their Tenth Amendment Powers”
CJ Grisham has been a contributor for a couple of years now. We first heard about CJ during an episode with the Temple police, who failed to follow the law regarding the open carry of guns in Texas. Now, Grisham, a retired United States Army First Sergeant, has set his sights on the Texas Senate to fight against the corruption and lawlessness in his state.
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Grisham took time to talk to The Washington Standard last week to confirm his run for the senate. He told us the incident he faced with the Temple Police Department was the start of his desire for office.
“Obviously, what happened in Temple, got me more focused on gun rights and police accountability,” he said as he acknowledged that his bid for the Texas Senate is in 2016.
However, it was not until he went through his court case concerning the matter that he realized there needed to be judicial accountability.
“The extremely corrupt manner in which my case was handled needs to be remedied,” Grisham said. “Not just for my sake, but I don’t know how many other people are effected by this kind of thing. We’re turning law-abiding citizens into convicted criminals.”
Grisham said that he has received great support in his district from the people, as well as county Republican, Tea Party and Libertarian groups. He also said that he would be interested to see how the debates would turn out as he believes his opposition will attempt to paint him as a convicted criminal.
The problem in that scenario is that he violated no laws and that will be easy to demonstrate to the public at large. Grisham acknowledged that and said it would be “great” to have that come up so that the conversation could be had about the law and the rights of gun owners.
He said he would add into the conversation how “a guy with a squeaky clean record, a top secret security clearance and former military record goes from that to convicted criminal.”
“If anything comes out of this election, whether I win or lose, that conversation is going to be had,” Grisham told us. “And if I can have that conversation in a public forum, then I have succeeded whether I get elected or not, but I’m going to get elected.”
I asked Mr. Grisham about the previous attempt by the Texas legislature to kick the TSA (Transportation Security Agency) out of Texas that ultimately failed after the capitol received a fax from the federal government informing it that Texas would then be considered a “no-fly zone.” I was curious if he supported such a measure.
“I think the states need to start reasserting their Tenth Amendment powers,” he immediately responded. “I think we should kick the TSA out… if the federal government makes Texas a no-fly zone, then we make the federal government a no tax zone and we don’t send them money.”
I could not agree more and he agreed that we should then handle whatever money is sent to the federal government be managed by the states, not go through the individual.
“If they want to play that power game, the ultimate power is with the people, then the states and then with the federal government,” he said. “So, the federal government loses. You, know, Barack Obama’s cronies are up there and they can play that game all they want, and Texas will play it stronger.”
To add to that, Grisham’s campaign slogan is “Texas: Free and Strong.”
Grisham believes that Texas should be the freest state in the Union, including economic and military independence from the federal government.
Grisham does not desire to secede from the Union saying the he “loves being an American and a Texan.” However, he does believe in “weaning” ourselves from the federal government.
Yet, he does agree that secession is a natural right of the states and that our federal government is no longer “American,” but rather Marxist and socialist in nature on both sides of the aisle. For secession to occur, Grisham wanted to make clear that there would be a three step process involved before a state would get to that point. He laid those steps out and the percentages to which he believes they are at currently:
- Failure of the police force
- Failure of the courts
- Failure of the State legislatures
Overall, Grisham put the percentages of failure by the police force and the legislatures at 70-75%, though he did say the courts were “hit and miss” and evaluated them at “about 50%.”
On the issue of police, Grisham believes that good cops are in the minority. He, like myself, deems those who are silent in the midst of police officer lawlessness as just as bad as the ones committing crimes against the people. He wants to introduce legislation that makes it easier to deal with criminal police officers.
You can listen to the entire interview below.