By Tony Farkas
COLDSPRING — Former Houston City Council member and radio talk show host Michael Berry expressed concern about the country’s future and the role leaders will play in that.
Berry was guest speaker at the annual Reagan Dinner Saturday, the fundraiser put on by the San Jacinto County Republican Party.
While the event was festive, there was a pall on the evening as a mass shooting in the county left five people dead. Speakers and organizers offered prayers to the law enforcement officials.
Berry did say that while the population of Houston were not there by choice, he admired the residents of small towns that want to stay where they are and preserve their way of life.
He also said that he is worried about the course the country is taking, and that for decades, things have gotten progressively worse and that has become normal.
“Things are bad in the country,” he said. “We may not have hit rock bottom, but we’re getting there. But we have to hit it, so it will force us to make decisions and changes that we normally wouldn’t.”
Berry said that much like with alcoholism, the country has to hit bottom to be fixed. He said we are in this position because of politicians wanting to create and maintain power bases.
He also said that honesty should be the best policy, which will lead to discussions and possibly solutions, but discussions have changed into attacks — not about policy but about hate.
“Doing the right thing is the best approach,” he said.
Berry talked about other topics based on questions from the audience, including school choice, digital currency, immigration, criminal sentencing, Tucker Carlson, elections and the electoral college.
He admonished the crowd to not focus on the negative, but to find the positive in every instance.
The event culminated with a live auction.