Skip to main content

By Christine Gutierrez-Boswell

     The City Council of League City, Texas just passed a resolution, 6-2, banning all requests by the federal government to house children, in her town, who are coming into the U.S. as refugees. Heidi Thiess, a councilwoman, proposed the legislation based on a vague “health and safety concerns” explanation. It is prudent to note that while Ms.Thiess is concerned about the dangers of refugee children in her city, she vehemently supports Second Amendment rights to bear arms, as she owns a small firearms shop in League City. Also, she is a Tea Party activist who believes in “conservative values” and served in the military, where she claims the rank of Second Lieutenant.

    Her biography reads like the buildup of a character from a Tom Clancy novel.  She is all about “patriotism” and “sovereignty,” but, unlike the late Clancy, this character has no appeal, there is no substantial endgame and definitely no surprises in her story. Middle-aged, presumably White women (as she claims no other ethnic background), husband and two kids, Tea Party member, and “Abortion is genocide” believer, who is all about small government, lowering taxes (unless it is for her causes), tradition (her traditions) and solving key problems (her problems), like keeping brown people away from her city who haven’t any papers because she fears they all carry disease and most must be criminals! (Did I mention she owns a gun store?) She even quotes, on her website, reminders about the importance of our duty as citizens to usurp “unconstitutional acts” (typical Tea Party playbook stuff) citing the 1871 case of Norton v. Shelby quote, “An unconstitutional act is not a law. It confers no rights. It imposes no duties. It affords no protection. It creates no office.” And why does she stress this importance? Her fear of the repeal of the Second Amendment, of course:

“The federal government CANNOT pass any legislation abridging our Second Amendment, or we can rightfully and legally consider such an unconstitutional act to be NULL & VOID, and we are not obligated to obey it. To NOT comply with an unconstitutional act is our civic duty.”  
These seem to be fighting words. You know what really struck me on her site? Aside from her desperate and bizarre need to cite different SCOTUS cases about the definition of “unconstitutional,” her latest rampage on what she calls “illegals.” Thorough explanations, apparently on how to pass a resolution in “your town” (using the anti-refugee one as the prototype), as well as the “The Law Against Hiring or Harboring Illegal Aliens” repeated in full.

      I would like to draw up a resolution! How about one that states: “I hereby declare Heidi Thiess is not allowed to leave League City, Texas until she gets a grip on reality because I think she poses a danger to democracy and herself.”  It means just as much as the heartless, anti-government laced resolution she “passed.” In other words: It’s all talk. (If you read through her website, she points out why she passed this resolution and equates it with walking the walk, instead of talking the talk, obviously not realizing that is all she did with this resolution...just “talked” as it has no merit in the real world.)

     First, with all her huffing and puffing about what is “unconstitutional,” she needs to remember we are a Federalist government, and OUR Constitution only outlines powers for federal and state governments. State laws do not supersede federal laws (not to say they don't try, here in Texas, all the time) and local governments are at their state’s mercy. As a city official and front row Christian, why it is she feels unobligated to serve as a balance to all citizens in League City and not skewed beliefs aimed towards her Tea Party following is for her to answer. Who she represents, however, comes to light, reflected from this one-sided piece of nothing she calls a “resolution.” In her blog she specifically writes, “Speak with selected Council Members or County Commissioners who claim to be Conservative…” and “Contact your local Tea Parties, veteran’s organizations (which have large networks of contacts), grassroots groups, etc - they will help you spread the word,“ when explaining how to pass the “no refugee” resolution in other towns and states.  

     As a military person why does she not understand the Homeland Security Act of 2002, section 462, signed by President Bush in 2003 which explains how unaccompanied children coming into the U.S., refugee or not, are protected, housed and cared for, until they can be repatriated, BUT are definitely NOT just set free to roam the U.S. like a bunch of kids being let out to recess? (The first refugee legislation was established in 1948, was utilized big time in 1975 after the fall of Saigon and the end of Vietnam, followed by the Refugee Act of 1980, 2000 and it was in 2003 when President Bush established that unaccompanied children were to be deferred to the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) and then updated again in 2005, 2008 and 2010. However, we have been taking refugees of all ages all throughout.) Also, why hasn’t she read and understood that under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ ORR, that children are given full health exams and if a communicable disease is found they are quarantined?  In terms of being affiliated with gangs, doesn't she know that it is often the situation they are escaping and they, themselves, are not violent?  I mean, we have gangs and crazies here in the U.S.; she does not seem too concerned about making resolutions about other groups of violent criminals. As a matter of fact, in any of her “resolutions” have I ever read about banishing potential Timothy McVeigh’s or pen “The Mexican Cartel,” or the “Zetas,” as the subject of her “resolutions” for health and safety reasons.  Or how about the anti-vaccinators? Or vacationers coming back from exotic countries?  Just child refugees? Because you think they carry disease or could kill people in your town? (Did I emphasize she owns a gun store in a city that has the most Concealed Handgun Licenses per capita in the nation?)

     As a self-proclaimed Veteran’s advocate and Tea Party activist (irony to the fullest), I would like to know, instead, where she stands, fiscally, on this Veteran’s bill which was recently passed in the Senate 93-3, only to be held up by Republicans in the House because they felt the bill is too expensive? (Did I mention it was Senators John McCain and Bernie Sanders who drafted the bill?) Even though it would provide for:

“…the construction of 26 new Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) clinics in 18 states, as well as the hiring of additional VA medical personnel. The bill also allowed veterans currently living more than 40 miles away from a VA facility to see a private medical professional.”
The bill was passed in the Senate a month ago! I mean if she’s are going to roar about something, then here is her opportunity! [Crickets] I have to say it does not surprise me she would say nothing because Tea Party people are all about proving their fiscal conservatism, going as far as saying out loud that veterans, who are on disability from the VA, need to make sacrifices (Blake Farenthold)!

     Finally, as a traditionalist, what about the traditions of questioning our laws through due process? After all, if everyone acted upon their opinion of what is considered “unconstitutional,” there would be repeats of Shay’s Rebellion, or worse, the Whiskey Rebellion, over and over again!  There are other traditions, such as loving thy neighbor, equality and justice, being kind and I KNOW there are traditional teachings Christians must follow, like helping in times of trouble, and not just raising your hands in the front row, but, rather, your hearts to others…why not use those traditions? Then there is the biggest tradition of all: What about the tradition of our country, as it stands to today, being built by immigrants? I would be interested to know her family bloodlines.

     I’m not fooled. Personally, I think this is about her playing it up to her voters. I am sure that most who support her are poorly informed, extremely non-progressive, doomsday-prepping people she feeds off of in order to feel like a leader.  She’s not—except to that part of the universe. She’s a clown, in the middle of a circus, honking her horn just to draw attention to herself. (The government is not even considering putting up a detention center in her town.) I am just glad she does not represent me or anyone near me. And speaking of… I am the daughter and sister of two decorated, combat Marines (Semper Fi) who are Wounded Warriors and who are on disability; she’s wrong in terms of veterans being mostly conservative, Tea Party and anti-refugee (as she implies on her site about appealing to Veteran’s groups when trying to pass this crappy resolution in other towns and states). See, it’s disrespectful to clump everyone into that tiny group of self-soothers (the Tea Party, NOT our Veterans), who feel their rights are being taken away! She loses a LARGE majority of us, every time, with her very narrow (minded), cultural perspective. There are THOUSANDS of Latino Veterans, alone, in the Rio Grande Valley who would HATE her rhetoric…imagine the rest of the country—poor people and people of Color who went off to fight rich man’s wars? Only to come home and be spat on? As we say in the South: “You ain’t foolin’ no one but yourself!”

     I see her boy is at West Point who loves and supports his mother, and that is understandable, but will a large part of the country ever have confidence in his abilities to protect ALL PEOPLE who are in the United States? Will we ever trust his leadership skills? We shall see. I have learned this kind of thinking is taught and, therefore, needs to stay out of positions of trust. Leaders should stand for equality and justice for all and I will hold every single one of them accountable when they do not!

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” –Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

  •  Tip Jar (11+ / 0-)

    "Fatigue makes cowards of us all" -Vince Lombardi

    by cboswell on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 02:47:21 PM PDT

  •  Grew Up There and Went to High School There (9+ / 0-)

    I emailed council member Thiess the other day before the vote. This is what I said:

    "Dear Council Member Thiess: As a former resident of League City (I lived there as a child and graduated from Clear Creek High School), I was dismayed to read an article today that the League City City Council is considering passing a measure to keep undocumented immigrants out of the city. I have many friends and family who still reside there, and know for a fact that this is not what League City is about. Our country is currently facing a humanitarian crisis that involves children – many unaccompanied – because of violence in their own countries. In my view, it is the duty of every community in our great state to reach out and help these people – who are, after all, human beings. Please do not let League City become a place known for anti-immigrant and inhumane sentiment. For these reasons, I strongly urge you to vote against this measure. I am also urging my friends and family to get involved to express their dismay over the possibility that this measure could be passed in such a great place as League City. Thank you for your time."
    Of course, I received no response. Thanks for posting this diary. It's disgusting that League City has taken this position.

    -5.25, -6.31 "Fascism is capitalism plus murder." - Upton Sinclair

    by butchergirl on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 03:02:01 PM PDT

  •  I like YOUR resolution! (5+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    cboswell, skohayes, DRo, YucatanMan, OooSillyMe
    I hereby declare Heidi Thiess is not allowed to leave League City, Texas until she gets a grip on reality because I think she poses a danger to democracy and herself.
    If she were required to stay in town, maybe the voters would want get rid of her!

    "Let each unique song be sung and the spell of differentiation be broken" - Winter Rabbit

    by cotterperson on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 03:48:31 PM PDT

  •  Christian values... (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    cboswell, YucatanMan, OooSillyMe

    "I KNOW there are traditional teachings Christians must follow, like helping in times of trouble, and not just raising your hands in the front row, but, rather, your hearts to others…why not use those traditions?"

    Both of my sisters are extreme Christians. By extreme I mean everything that anyone else does that isn't up to their standards, they go batshit about it.

    Two women took care of my mother for 5 years. Mom had 5 strokes and we had to have someone here daily. One of the women's sons had a baby out of "wedlock" (never liked that word) and the baby died. One of these dear women went to my sister's house and asked my BIL to officiate at the services. He is sort of a self-taught minister and a very good man. My sister took him back into the house, to talk  to him, and when they came out he told K that he couldn't do the service. Later my sister told K that it was because the baby was wasn't conceived in a marriage. I was furious with her. To think that she is the 'best' Christian in this valley and pulled a stunt like that. I didn't speak to her for a year. K's feelings were crushed and I understood.

    So Christian values have nothing to do with the idiot in League City, Tx. She is a monster because she  can turn her  back on children who are here without their parents and undoubtedly scared out of their wits. She is evil and will pay for this one day.

    End of vicious rant.

    “Listen--are you breathing just a little, and calling it a life?” ― Mary Oliver

    by weezilgirl on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 04:20:40 PM PDT

    •  I hear you... (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      YucatanMan

      You just bring that anger here. I am always ok with a good rant that has purpose!!!

      "Fatigue makes cowards of us all" -Vince Lombardi

      by cboswell on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 04:24:56 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Thank you! I don't know what I would (2+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        cboswell, YucatanMan

        do without friends here at DK. I am surrounded by Republicans and have no one to talk to in the valley. Well, I do have a cousin and his wife. But here I learn so much from different people and can safely use four-letter words. :)  

        I really appreciate your understanding of my rants.

        “Listen--are you breathing just a little, and calling it a life?” ― Mary Oliver

        by weezilgirl on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 06:32:18 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  The idea that these kids will spread disease (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    YucatanMan, cboswell

    seems to be surfacing everywhere. I believe the ignorant Americans repeating that script have been exploited by Karl Rove types who've most likely subjected all the possible angles to focus groups to determine the ones most likely to catch fire in their specific demographic. And, then we have the media repeatedly asking these obvious dim wits for their opinions. Sheesh.

    "Portion of the adolescent prisoners in solitary on Rikers Island who have been diagnosed with a mental illness: 7/10." Tell someone.

    by RJDixon74135 on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 05:46:22 PM PDT

    •  because limbaugh has been calling them a WMD (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      YucatanMan, cboswell

      no telling if the other 400 other rw blowhards are saying the same thing but i'll bet that's it- it usually is- and there's no written record to search so once again the GOP think tanks feeding these ignorant hate mongers can do what they want and the left has no clue where this stuff gets going, and still gives the carnival barker army a free speech free ride.

      here's rush yesterday, but he's been doing this meme since the start :

      Let me ask you this, folks, and I don't mean to sound coarse.  Can't avoid this, though.  Could a weapon of mass destruction also be some children carrying highly communicable diseases?  Could that be a WMD?

      This is not something that the Regime wants stated, that massive gang and terror networks could easily be slipping into the country in the midst of this so-called humanitarian crisis.
      Now, you attach that reality to everything we've learned so far about how these kids are being processed and dispersed. They're being processed with very little time and attention. They're not being medically screened anywhere near properly or thoroughly. They are being sent to all corners of this country.  We do not know if the people who are accepting them as sponsors are even citizens.  Do we know if there's even a paper trail per immigrant?  If there's not, then there's some serious malfeasance going on here.
      If there's not a paper trail, if we don't have a record, if we're not getting some form of identity, identification for every one of these people that we're processing in these detention camps and then dispersing all over this country, if we're not keeping track of who they are and where they were sent and to whom they were sent, then we are just inviting chaos. We're inviting a big mess.
      we could be welcoming across our borders with no stoppage whatsoever, with no investigation whatsoever, terrorists, criminal gangs, and all that entails.  And we're doing it on the basis of humanity. We're doing it on the basis that, well, these are starving children and they're coming from oppressed worlds and they just want a better life and we must do it.  And we're not allowing photos. We're not allowing cameras. We're not allowing visits to these detention camps except by Sheila Jackson Lee and Nancy Pelosi.  No Republican member of Congress is being permitted into a detention camp.  There are no photos of the arrivals, children or otherwise.  And there likely is not a paper trail.  It's not good, folks.

      This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

      by certainot on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 07:10:57 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  You mentioned that she (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    YucatanMan, cboswell

    "...she claims the rank of Second Lieutenant...."

    So now we have a good idea of with whom an old military saying can rest:  "...a Second Lieutenant so stupid that even other Second Lieutenants noticed...."

    As a separate matter, I've never heard of anyone in the military stopping at the rank of 2d LT.  Did she retire or something--or maybe GOT retired?

    •  Got a bad fish smell coming from her bio! (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      gfv6800

      From Heidi's bio:

      ...Staff Officer, US Army Adjutant General Corps, Karlsuhe, Germany 1991 – 1993
      Enlisted in the US Army in 1987. Commissioned as an officer in 1991, graduated Top
      Honor Graduate from the Officer Basic Course, Ft. Ben Harrison, Indiana. Airborne
      qualified, 1992, Fort Benning, Georgia – recommended as Honor Graduate.
      Advanced ahead of peers to brigade level staff officer position as a second
      lieutenant. In charge of personnel assignments, deployments, transfers, awards, and
      documentation for over 2,600 soldiers in 4 battalions of 14 companies in Karlsruhe,
      Germany.
      As found at:
      http://www.heidifortexas.com/

      Does anyone who knows anything about the military really believe that a 2nd Lt would be "In charge of personal assignments, deployments, transfers,awards and documentation for over 2,600 soldiers in 4 battalions of 14 companies...?"

      •  Her responsibility to add to her bio. (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        gfv6800

        "Advanced ahead of peers to brigade level staff officer position as a second
        lieutenant. "

        As I said, " where she claims the position of 2nd Lt.."

        I agree with you in the sense that she had a long military career. I questioned that she "only achieved 2nd Lt." and therefore structured my words carefully so as to not make any statements that "she ONLY achieved 2ndLt." It struck me as odd that someone would leave or retire as a 2nd Lt. That is why I left it open with my statement.

        I grew up around Vietnam Veterans, until my brother. I certainly know about 2nd Lt. and their service in Vietnam.

        To answer your question: If that rank is what she achieved, only, (just strictly based on her bio), and based on your statement about Second Lieutenants, she should either update her info by way of the officer status or what she actually did. If and only if that what you are telling me is correct about Second Lieutenants and their responsibilities. It could be that they gave her extra responsibility.  As of two days ago, all she claimed was Second Lieutenant. I looked at her website and could not find any other rank as officer she achieved.

        Either way, I made no inaccurate statement about her military service and I linked to her website so people could look and judge or themselves.

         

        "Fatigue makes cowards of us all" -Vince Lombardi

        by cboswell on Fri Jul 11, 2014 at 08:29:06 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  Also at the "heidi...." website is a separate bio (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        cboswell

        with this:  "....She enlisted in the US Army as a 17-year old freshman in college and served simultaneously in the US
        Reserves and ROTC until her graduation and commissioning."  So she didn't (apparently) have an especially long military career--most of the service was in college.

        But looking at both her "bio" and resume on the website I found no indication of what she was doing from '93 when the supposed advancement ahead of her peers ended till an investment thing in '96.

        Strange!

  •  That's where I live. (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    cboswell

    Moving back to Austin next week.  ;)

  •  I want every single one of these uckers to go (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    cboswell

    down to the SOUTHERN border of Mexico and meet these kids and see just exactly what it is they're running from.

    LBJ, Van Cliburn, Ike, Wendy Davis, Lady Bird, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

    by BlackSheep1 on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 09:20:30 PM PDT

  •  Political Ambitions (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    cboswell

    I wrote Ms. Thiiss, too, as soon as I heard about her stance against the children. I had just been in League City for a wedding, and I lived near there for 20 years. I think Ms. Thiess is a Sarah Palin-Joni Ernst wannabe. Being a tea partier, I'm sure this will propel her forward. Steve Stockman is the congressman in that district, I believe, and so craziness abounds. This limelight will leave her forever tainted, however, and League City as well.

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site