Grit: stubborn courage; brave perseverance; pluck
When Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson receives a speaking invitation from a small group of young conservatives, he is known to accept it without hesitation despite his busy schedule. One young Texan was overheard saying, "He's always so easy to work with and so supportive of us. He thinks the stuff we do is important and he treats us with a great deal of respect." For that reason, and because he's known to stick to his guns on issues he's passionate about, regardless of the political winds, I say Land Commissioner Patterson has a great amount of true Texas grit.
When Attorney General Greg Abbott took time away from a fundraiser held in his honor to greet a brand new Texan and then help to shut down the Texas-based moving company who was scamming her and others, the gesture did not go unnoticed. As a result, many people now know about this hard-working Attorney General and true tales of perseverance by Abbott and his staff circulate through the community. We need "stubborn courage" in a Texas Attorney General. And we have it.
Now, this writer intends to keep her ear to the ground to listen for stories of political whistleblowers. Texas needs more of them. They are the grittiest of the grit, for many of them stand to lose everything. I speak in general terms...for now. It's time to clean house. It's time to set a high standard for those in public office, in whom the public places its trust. The time for scandals, hijinks and dirty deeds is done. The Republican Party has lost much ground; truthfully, they have not deserved to keep it. That could reverse, and I hope it does, but it will take extreme doses of Texas grit starting at the highest levels.
Here's to Conservative Pluck.