NOT ASHAMED OF CHRIST

The Left is pouring tens of millions of dollars into Texas to defeat Ted Cruz.  But they are not just after his policies they are after his faith.  He knows it but he refuses to be ashamed of Christ.
It is the Left that has turned this into a spiritual war.  They claim they are contending for justice.  But we already have justice.  They claim they are fighting for equality.  But we already have equality.  They claim they are battling for prosperity.  But we already have that too.
No, what they want is something darker.  They oppose Christ.  They dislike the Bible.  They are comfortable with witches using witchcraft on Justice Kavanaugh.  They can’t speak without using obscenities and vulgar references.  Who always shows their hatred for America?  Who is always looking to help the workers of other nations more than American workers.  Jobs not mobs is not a slogan it is the unvarnished truth.
Ted Cruz is a brother in Christ who refuses to back down on his faith even when it means a firestorm from the Left.  It is time for Christians to draw a line in the sand.
Right now, that line in the sand is being drawn by Senator Ted Cruz.  He openly declares, “Faith and Christianity, will help restore the country to greatness.” The Texas senator and son of a Carrollton pastor is sticking to his Christian roots.
“For too long there has been a spirit of fear and timidity in Washington,” Cruz told The Dallas Morning News. “We should not be ashamed of Christ. We should be willing to speak the truth with a smile.”
Cruz believes the nation must return to its Judeo-Christian roots. “Pulling this country back from the cliff we’re facing will require us remembering who we are, rediscovering those values that built America in the first place,” he said.
His faith is not the wispy kind.  He sees that a man of God takes care of his own. His conviction to build the wall does not contradict his faith in Christ.  “One of the most important elements to dealing with the drug problem is finally securing the border,” he said.
Along with the wall, the U.S. senator from Texas would triple border patrols, establish an e-verify system for employers, develop a biometric entry-exit system for visas and enforce existing laws.
“We know how to do this,” he said. “The only thing that is missing is the political will.”
 “As the voters get close to Election Day, they’re looking more at the records of the candidates,” Cruz told The News. “People are tired of being burned. … As the voters compare my record, there is a marked difference. I have been fiscal conservative, a social conservative, a national security conservative.
At every point on his campaign, Cruz asks voters to pray for him and the country, using one of Ronald Reagan’s favorite Bible verses, 2 Chronicles 7:14, as inspiration.
“If my people, which are called by my name, would humble themselves and pray, and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear their prayers and will forgive their sins and I will heal their land,” That says it all.  Pray for Ted Cruz and if you can vote for him.

If we understand the times, we can see a golden age for America were righteousness is exalting us again.  Let’s surround President Trump with strong Christian men like Ted Cruz.  If we fail to stop the Left we are inviting untold misery.  Never has the choice been clearer.

THE CALIFORNIA AGENDA: COMING SOON TO YOUR STATE

God is warning us in advance.  He wants us to lose our denial.  Don’t look at your red state, or your on fire church, and laugh off the threat.  It is a real and present.  The Holy Spirit is calling for immediate action.  He has a plan to stop the California agenda.

Don’t forget, there was a day not long ago when believers in California could not imagine the laws that have just passed here—laws that will lead to banning Bibles and shutting down Christian services.

Can this agenda really spread to the other states of America? It’s already there. Here is how it got there and why it will spread even further:

Teachers unions:  The National Education Association is the largest interest group in the United States.  That means the roots of radical indoctrination on gender are already in your child’s classroom.  This union is waiting for the events in California to unfold and gain wider acceptance before they make their move.

The Democratic Party: This November, you will see these elements of California’s agenda slipped into their political platform.

Universities:  The local university your child attends already includes these tenets as a part of education.  Students will earn their grades based on agreeing with these values.

Hollywood celebrities: They are getting bolder and bolder about sexual immorality.  They are pushing the idea that young people who don’t agree are already labeled intolerant and ignorant.

Social media: In a speech at Google headquarters, LGBT activist Samuel Brinton promised to “figure out” how to stop “pastors…” “I may not be able to find every little camp … every pastor, but I can make it something that is culturally unacceptable,” he said.”

The captains of social media—Bay area based, Twitter, Facebook, Youtube—want this agenda to take over of America.  Every American young person has at least one of these accounts.

Lukewarm Churches: They are the biggest reason this radical agenda will spread.  The combination of leftist radicals and lukewarm churches created the perfect storm in California.  That weather pattern is now all over America now.

There is a glaring example in deep red Texas—Houston is a contradiction of mega churches and radical city government.

Beloved, I don’t care if you are in New York State or Alabama…this hideous agenda is at festering and God wants us to take action now.  I believe we can reverse this curse and see nationwide revival.  Do these things:

Pray in a way you have never prayed before:  It is time to call together a unified company of intercessors. It is time to divert them away from separate issues and focus prayer on a specific target.

I said this before: Stand between heaven and earth as a true intercessor.  Invoke the Name above all Names to get to the very Throne of God with your petition.  Do what Moses did who raised the rod of Aaron over the battle. When you pray, pray violently, pray exactingly, detailing the damage you want done and where you want it done. By the Spirit, speak directly to evil powers. Call them out and cast them down.  Cut their power over America.

Get out of the lukewarm churches.  Stop supporting them.  Stop kidding yourself that you are there to minister to people.  We no longer have that luxury.  If you are not hearing the Bible preached, and you are not seeing the Holy Spirit move, get out.

Never mind all of the perks.  Consider the word of God which says, “Better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud. –Proverbs 16:19

Even more direct are the words of Paul: “having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!” -2 Timothy 3:5

I promise you there is a man or woman of God not far from you who is staying true and fighting the battle of their life.  They are getting it from both sides:  A godless generation and seeker church models that mock their integrity.  Join them!  Watch the Holy Spirit raise up an army.   Follow this link to read about these right churches  https://wp.me/p1vrzp-5rP

Become an informed witness.  I have written to you about stolen thunder How Ben Shapiro and Jordan Peterson reach millions because the expose lies.   Follow this link to read the article Stolen Thunder  https://wp.me/p1vrzp-5oR

Christians have an even greater capacity to expose lies and oppose bad government.  Proverbs 28: 2 says, “Because of the transgression of a land, many are its princes; But by a man of understanding and knowledge Right will be prolonged.”

Even more powerful is this promise from Jesus: Luke 21:13 “But it will turn out for you as an occasion for testimony. 14 Therefore settle it in your hearts not to meditate beforehand on what you will answer; 15 for I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your adversaries will not be able to contradict or resist.”

Someone reading this is not supposed to be a preacher.  You are supposed to be in government and in journalism…perhaps even television news.  The point is that if Christians would just stop hiding and let the Holy Spirit train them and embolden them we would be able to disrupt Satan’s plans for America.

At the very least, we need to go to our children’s schools armed with an understanding of parental rights and a firm knowledge of our convictions.  We can stop radical teachers and politicians if we obey the Holy Spirit.

It is not too late for any state in America…it is not even too late for California.  We just need to be bold and obedient.  However, we are running out of time.

Finally, I must say what I have said to you before: When God sees someone take up the mighty weapons of God—in the Name of Jesus—and attempt the impossible—God will muster all of the resources of heaven to bring that someone total victory.

Americans do not trust Obama: The World is on Fire

WASHINGTON, DC – At a press briefing with Republican leaders today, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) took President Obama to task for his recent unilateral action on immigration, saying the president’s overreach has made “it harder for the American people and their elected representatives to trust his word on any issue.”  Following are Boehner’s remarks:

“The American people want both parties to focus on solutions to our still-struggling economy.  This week we’ll pass important legislation to help families with special needs and to prevent tax hikes on millions of families and small businesses.

“The president, on the other hand, has ignored the will of the American people and he’s refused to listen. … His decision to take unilateral action on immigration – action he himself said exceeded his authority – makes it harder for the American people and their elected representatives to trust his word on any issue.

“I said before Thanksgiving that Republicans would fight his unilateral actions.  We’re looking at a variety of options, both for right now and when Republicans control both Houses of the Congress next year.  And we’ll continue to discuss with our members a number of options, in terms of how we will deal with this, in consultation, again, with the members – but no decisions have been made at this point.”

– See more at: http://www.speaker.gov/video/boehner-president-s-unilateral-action-immigration-undermines-americans-trust#sthash.GC9E0IYe.dpuf

TED CRUZ: ‘The World Is On Fire’

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) attacked what he described as “the Obama-Clinton foreign policy” in a wide-ranging speech on Tuesday.

“It’s almost as if the whole world is on fire right now,” Cruz said at a Washington event hosted by Concerned Veterans for America. “Leading from behind doesn’t work.”

As an alternative, Cruz presented his own three-part plan for “reasserting American leadership in the world.” The first step, Cruz said, was making sure the US government again becomes a voice for freedom.

“We should be a clarion voice for freedom. Never underestimate the power of the bully pulpit of America,” Cruz said, citing former President Ronald Reagan’s speech urging the Soviet Union to tear down the Berlin Wall. “One of the most striking and inexplicable aspects of the last six years is the almost complete absence of American leadership speaking out for freedom.”

The second step of the Cruz foreign policy plan is presenting a clear vision for the deployment of US military force. Cruz accused Obama and Hillary Clinton — the president’s former secretary of state and likely Democratic front-runner in 2016 — of being focused on press releases, photo-ops, and “international norms” rather than national security.

“The second critical element is resolutely defending US national security. The singular failure of the Obama-Clinton foreign policy has been a failure to focus on the vital national security interests of the United States,” Cruz said. “If and when we have to [use force], it should be with a clear, stated objective up front. We should go in with overwhelming force and then we should get the heck out. It is not the job of our military to produce democratic utopias across the world.”

 Throughout the speech, Cruz took Obama to task for having a lackluster approach to a whole host of issues including; nuclear negotiations with Iran, the showdown with Russia over Ukraine, the military operations against the Islamic State (also known as ISIS), and backing democratic activists in despotic regimes.

For this third point, Cruz also critiqued Obama’s handling of his own administration. Cruz noted Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel just announced his resignation — the third such departure of Obama’s last six years in office.

“What a failure of leadership at a time when the world is on fire,” said Cruz. “It seems what the administration is looking for is a defense secretary who will follow the orders of a political White House.”

The administration’s failures, Cruz said, were starting to become comical.

“You literally cannot make this stuff up. If ‘Saturday Night Live’ were parodying a hapless, ineffective president, they couldn’t make up things up worse. Look, just a few months ago, Jimmy Carter criticized this president for being weak on foreign policy! Holy cow!” he exclaimed to laughs.

 

Obama is doing it out of revenge

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“To the last, I grapple with thee; From Hell’s heart, I stab at thee; For hate’s sake, I spit my last breath at thee.”   -Captain Ahab in Moby Dick

 

Obama is doing it out of revenge.

By Mario Murillo

Listen to me America.   You must wake up!  What is a man of God if he does not warn when the Lord tells him to speak out?  tonight is the eve of a great misery.  I hate to bear evil tidings but everything within me tells me I must warn you.  Obama is obsessed with hurting us in that way that Captain Ahab was obsessed with killing the whale Moby Dick.

He knows it will bitterly divide the nation.  He knows that it will destroy an already fragile economy. He knows it will take jobs away from black people.  He knows it will overwhelm all social agencies.  He knows it will increase crime.   In short, he knows that there are few things he could ever do that would hurt the nation he swore to protect as much as what he is about to do…but he will do it anyway and make no mistake, he is doing it to hurt you and those you love.

Obama is about to bring upon us the most preventable disaster in our history.  He is not doing it for humanitarian reasons.  He is doing it completely out of spite and revenge.

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He is vicious, full of rage and will take his revenge.  He will eviscerate the Constitution.  He will do whatever he can to hurt us now that we rejected him.  The midterm elections enraged him because the opposition voted against his policies and his own base, disillusioned with him, stayed home.  It was the final humiliation for an utterly narcissistic president.

So with one sweep of his pen he will take his revenge on you and your children.  He will create an illegal law to legalize 5 million illegal immigrants.  He will tell the world to just sneak in here and take our dwindling resources. He will take the money of hard working Americans and give it to 5 million people who are illegally here.

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He is bringing upon you and your children the most preventable disaster in our history.  He is not doing this for humanitarian reasons.  He has proven that he does not care about illegal immigrants.  From 2008 till 2010 Democrats had control of the House, the Senate and the White House and did nothing.  They could have passed comprehensive immigration reform but they did not, he did not.

He can wait but he won’t.  He is only interested in illegal immigrants now because they can hurt those he hates.

He can give the new Congress a chance but he won’t. To the last he will rage against us, to the bitter end he will show malice and depraved indifference.

Wake up my friend!  It is time for the entire church to become one voice of righteousness in America.  Time is up, what we do we must do right now.

Perry doubles down against ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion.

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Perry doubles down against ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion

By Elise Viebeck – 04/01/13 06:10 PM ET

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) doubled down Monday in his opposition to expanding Medicaid under President Obama’s healthcare law, even though opposing it could cost his state $90 billion.

At a press conference where he was flanked by other conservatives, Perry argued expanding the health insurance program for the poor would make Texas “hostage” to the federal government.

“It would benefit no one in our state to see their taxes skyrocket and our economy crushed as our budget crumbled under the weight of oppressive Medicaid costs,” Perry said at the state capitol.

States can choose whether or not to allow the federal expansion of Medicaid under the Supreme Court’s decision last year to uphold ObamaCare.

Allowing the expansion, in the case of Texas, would insure 1.5 million low-income Texans and bring $90 billion in federal funding to the state over the first decade, according to estimates.

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Texas has the highest share of uninsured residents in the United States — about 29 percent of its adult population — and confronts billions of dollars worth of uncompensated hospital care every year.

That puts Perry in a tough spot.

While his state could use the money, the conservative stalwart and former GOP presidential candidate has been vocally opposed to growing Medicaid, and doing an about-face now could damage his political brand.

Jay Root, a reporter for the Texas Tribune who wrote a book about Perry’s last presidential run, said he could easily return as a presidential contender in coming years.

“The conventional wisdom in Austin is that he’s not running for governor,” Root said. “If he’s going to run for anything, he’s going to run for president.”

Last month at the Conservative Political Action Conference, a venue known for hosting GOP presidential aspirants, Perry slammed the “unlimited role of government.”

“We care about our poorest Texans,” he said, turning to the Medicaid expansion.

“We want them to have the best care possible, and that cannot happen with a program that is on its way to bankruptcy.”

Perry was surrounded at Monday’s press conference by top Texas Republicans, including rising conservative star Sen. Ted Cruz.

Each leader slammed Medicaid, which is run jointly by federal and state officials, as an example of government ineptitude.

“Why in the world would we keep expanding this flawed system, and jamming more and more people into a program where they can’t find a doctor who will see them?” said Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas).

Perry’s staunch opposition to the Medicaid expansion stand in sharp contrast to other conservative GOP governors who have chosen to embrace the policy.

Jan Brewer (Ariz.), John Kasich (Ohio) and Rick Scott (Fla.) — all vocal critics of ObamaCare — have heeded calls from hospitals and advocates and chosen to back wider Medicaid eligibility.

But Perry said Monday that those leaders will “come to rue the day, because Medicaid will take a larger and larger share of their state budgets.”

Under the Affordable Care Act, states are encouraged to extend eligibility in their Medicaid programs to people living at or below 133 percent of the poverty line.

The law provides mostly federal funding for the expansion in order to entice states to accept it.

The heat surrounding the debate was evident Monday, as protesters who want Texas to expand Medicaid reportedly sought to shout Perry down during the press conference.

The group shouted “Perry, take the money!” and other slogans in support of the expansion, distracting attention from the Republicans’ remarks.

Why Obamacare Will Fail

Stanley Feld M.D.,FACP,MACE

Obamacare will fail because none of the stakeholders’ vested interest are aligned.

The storm is brewing in the healthcare system.

Even Democrats are concerned.

Recently, I have been criticized for blaming the impending failure on President Obama. President Obama would rather blame the impending failure on congress.

A reader wrote;

“President Obama is a nice guy. He is trying very hard. Give him a chance.”

It is true. He seems like a nice guy. My criticism is not personal. The fact is his philosophy and tactics are responsible for the mess. As time goes on it seems more likely that Obamacare will not work out.

There are multiple reasons for the impending failure. A major reason is Obamacare is developing new perverse incentives for stakeholders rather than aligning all the stakeholders’ vested interests.

Obamacare is extraordinarily complex. It is confusing to all the stakeholders,  especially as new rules and regulations are being written.

By forcing the development of programs such as health insurance exchanges, accountable care organizations, pay for performance plans, functional electronic medical records, and the consolidation of healthcare hospital systems and physicians against their will, Obamacare is creating tensions and uncertainties that will be difficult to overcome.

Patients’ medical care and their relationships with their physicians are personal issues. Obamacare is commoditizing medical care. It is destroying the patient physician relationships. These relationships account for at least one half of the therapeutic effect of medical treatment.

The 2300 page law usurps the power of the legislative branch of government and shifts it to the executive branch. This is dangerous. It has created additional tension and uncertainty for the nation.

Many congressmen who voted for the law did not read the law’s 2300 pages. The implications of much of the law were not understood. It did not have bipartisan support.

In 2012, the executive branch of the federal government issued another 70,000 pages of guidance for participants in Obamacare. The executive branch has created at least 22,000 new regulations and 68,000 new ICM codes.

The more complex a law becomes the more likely it is to be unsuccessful.

There is no question the healthcare system nears repairing. Healthcare costs are exploding. Waste and bureaucracy are expanding.  Dysfunctional interactions between stakeholders are mounting.

All of this results in an inability to deliver effective medical care.

At present 55% of Americans of all ages receive healthcare insurance through an employer sponsored healthcare plan. An additional 32% receive healthcare insurance through government programs.

Thirteen percent (13%) of the population are uninsured or under insured. Obamacare’s goal is supposed to provide healthcare insurance for that 13%.

Present predictions are that Obamacare will not provide universal care. It is predicted that it will not save $850 billion dollars. The CBO, on the basis of numbers provided by the administration, predicted the law would save $850 prior to the passage of the law.  The CBO’s current prediction is Obamacare will cost the nation an additional  $1.2 trillion dollars over 10 years.

Healthcare insurance rates are rising by double digits each year. Employers are passing the costs of the increasing insurance rates to their employees through higher deductibles and copays along with lower healthcare coverage plans.

Obamacare will require employers, who offer skimpy healthcare benefits such as Mini-med insurance, to provide more robust ones.

To date the Obama administration has waived more than 2000 employers from providing more robust healthcare insurance coverage. At the time these waivers expire companies with waivers, such as McDonald’s, will scream bloody murder.

They will opt out of providing any healthcare insurance at all and avoid government penalties. They will accomplish this by decreasing the number of hours an employee will work to less than 30 hours a week. This is not good for minimum wage workers. The uninsured rolls will increase.

The penalty of $3,000 per employee is less than the $15,000 healthcare insurance cost per employee for employees working more than 30 hours a week.

Surveys have been published concluding that more than 50% of employers are planning to drop healthcare insurance coverage.

The federal government is trying to discourage this by invoking the IRS anti-abuse rules;

“The IRS has indicated that anti-abuse rules will be implemented to curtail the use of Obamacare loopholes to dodge the play or pay requirement.

Yet as some have already questioned, can the IRS legitimately utilize rule-making to modify core components of a federal act? Or will this rule-based clean-up effort simply spawn more lengthy litigation?”

Obamacare’s health insurance exchange program is in big trouble. Less than half the states have signed up to participate.

States have opted out because of the potential cost overruns. States are struggling to balance their budgets. The federal government is only going to pay for health insurance exchanges’ development and execution for the first two years.  The cost burden will then fall on the states.

The federal government keeps extending the deadline for states to sign up. The federal government does not have infrastructure or manpower to set them up.

The health insurance exchanges are supposed to be up and ready to sign up consumer up in October 2013 and operating in January 2014.

Physicians do not know what to do about Obamacare. Physicians feel helpless. They know Obamacare cannot work. Physicians do not have a leadership organization that can direct physicians to have an effective voice.

Accountable Care Organizations (ACO’s) will fail because physicians are trained to use medical judgment. They have not been trained to obey the rules of hospital administrators.

They bristle when their value is determined by hospital systems or federal agencies such as IPAB. They prefer to have their value determined by their patients.

Physician leadership needs a new mentality to enable physicians to act and articulate  the steps needed to be taken to repair the healthcare system.

Physicians want the healthcare system to function equitably for all the stakeholders and effectively for their patients.

Medical organizations have been consistently losing membership because it has not represented or articulated the needs of practicing physicians.

If Obamacare works as President Obama hopes, he will have secured his legacy and solved the long-festering problem of the uninsured.

Obamacare will not solve the problems of increasing healthcare costs nor provide universal care in its present form. This has been a pipe dream all along.

Another reason Obamacare will fail is because it does not consider the cost of defensive medicine significant. President Obama is not interested in tort reform.

Obamacare doesn’t align any of the stakeholders’ vested interests.

When Obamacare fails it will provoke a citizen backlash that will be very difficult to overcome.

Obama acting like he is a king. Rand Paul on 700 Club Texas joins Wyoming in making laws to arrest federal officials who try enforce illegal gun laws.

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Texas Proposal: JAIL Any Federal Officials Trying to Enforce New Gun Restrictions in the State

measure would make any federal firearms legislation passed by Congress or approved by Presidential order unenforceable in Texas

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A Texas lawmaker says he plans to file the Firearms Protection Act, which would make any federal laws that may be passed by Congress or imposed by Presidential order which would ban or restrict ownership of semi-automatic firearms or limit the size of gun magazines illegal in the state, 1200 WOAI news reports.

Republican Rep. Steve Toth says his measure also calls for felony criminal charges to be filed against any federal official who tries to enforce the rule in the state.

“If a federal official comes into the state of Texas to enforce the federal executive order, that person is subject to criminal prosecution,” Toth told 1200 WOAI’s Joe Pags Tuesday.  He says his bill would make attempting to enforce a federal gun ban in Texas punishable by a $50,000 fine and up to five years in prison.

Toth says he will file his measure after speaking with the state’s Republican Attorney General, Greg Abbott, who has already vowed to fight any federal measures which call for restrictions on weapons possession.

Toth concedes that he would welcome a legal fight over his proposals.

“At some point there needs to be a showdown between the states and the federal government over the Supremacy Clause,” he said.

The Supremacy Clause is the portion of the Constitution which declares that federal laws and statutes are ‘the supreme law of the land.’

“It is our responsibility to push back when those laws are infringed by King Obama,” Toth said.

Texas is the second state to propose a measure to shield the state from the impact of any gun possession restrictions imposed by Congress or by Presidential order.  A similar measure was introduced in Wyoming last week.

Don’t Mess With Texas

 

Texas sparks international row with election observers

By Julian Pecquet             – 10/25/12 03:04 PM ET

Texas authorities have threatened to arrest international election observers, prompting a furious response from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

“The threat of criminal sanctions against [international] observers is unacceptable,” Janez Lenarčič, the Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), said in a statement. “The United States, like all countries in the OSCE, has an obligation to invite ODIHR observers to observe its elections.”

Lawmakers from the group of 56 European and Central Asian nations have been observing U.S. elections since 2002, without incident. Their presence has become a flashpoint this year, however, as Republicans accuse Democrats of voter fraud while Democrats counter that GOP-inspired voter ID laws aim to disenfranchise minority voters.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott further fueled the controversy on Tuesday when he sent a letter to the OSCE warning the organization that its representatives “are not authorized by Texas law to enter a polling place” and that it “may be a criminal offense for OSCE’s representatives to maintain a presence within 100 feet of a polling place’s entrance.”

The letter goes on to accuse the group of having met with liberal organizations that oppose Voter ID laws. The OSCE put out an interim report last week saying that “recent state-level legislative initiatives to limit early voting and introduce stricter voter identification have become highly polarized.”

“The OSCE may be entitled to its opinions about Voter ID laws, but your opinion is legally irrelevant in the United States, where the Supreme Court has already determined that Voter ID laws are constitutional,” Abbott wrote. “If OSCE members want to learn more about our election processes so they can improve their own democratic systems, we welcome the opportunity to discuss the measures Texas has implemented to protect the integrity of elections. However, groups and individuals from outside the United States are not allowed to influence or interfere with the election process in Texas.”

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) also weighed in, tweeting “No UN monitors/inspectors will be part of any TX election process; I commend @Txsecofstate for swift action to clarify issue.”

In letters to Abbott and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, whose State Department invited the 44 election observers, Lenarčič reiterated that the group is only there to observe the elections.

“Our observers are required to remain strictly impartial and not to intervene in the voting process in any way,” Lenarčič said in a statement. “They are in the United States to observe these elections, not to interfere in them.”

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland sought to tone down the controversy during her briefing Thursday. The department is eager to avoid giving the impression that the United States is unwilling to submit to the same scrutiny it demands of others when it comes to human and civil rights.

“Since the initial issue with Texas we’ve received a letter, both for Secretary Clinton and one for Texas authorities, from the OSCE assuring us and Texas authorities that the OSCE observers are committed to following all U.S. laws and regulations as they do in any country where they observe elections and they will do so as well in Texas,” Nuland said. “To my knowledge [Texas] is the only state that came forward and said ‘please reassure us that you’re going to follow our state electoral law.’ And they have now been reassured.”