Conservative Activists Rally Against “Socialism” In Sugar Land

Speakers, including former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, linked socialism to everything from illegal immigration to abortion.

Conservative activists held a "Stop Socialism" rally at Sugar Land Town Square on Monday. A Who's Who list of Fort Bend County Republicans spoke to a modest crowd, as they embraced a fairly broad definition of socialist ideology.

The rally kicked off with opening remarks by Republican Congressman Pete Olson, who said there’s little difference between self-declared socialists like Senator Bernie Sanders and mainstream Democrats.

"Still the fact is, they are so far left that right now a socialist is in charge of their national party," Olson said, referring to current Democratic National Committee chair Tom Perez, who served as labor secretary under President Obama.

Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay closed the rally, lashing into historical leaders of both parties.

"Socialism started back with Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson, when they started shredding the Constitution," DeLay said. "And the Republicans/conservatives just let them inch their way – Woodrow Wilson, FDR, almost every president that we've had except for Reagan and George W. Bush.”

In between, speakers linked socialism to everything from illegal immigration to the Federal Reserve to abortion.


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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

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Andrew heads Houston Public Media’s coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments across Greater Houston. Before taking up his current post, Andrew spent five years as Houston Public Media’s business reporter, covering the oil...

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