Jan 30, 2010

H.D. Bailey - A Republican's "Common Man"


There is a good chance that you have never heard the name H.D. Bailey. Those in the Texarkana area probably do not even realize that a man named H.D. Bailey is running for any kind of office. They probably do not realize that H.D. Bailey is a Republican. They may not know that H.D. Bailey is a lawyer. They most likely have no idea that H.D. Bailey has been a justice. If you do not know who H.D. Bailey is, then you are not alone. Although, I’ve said “H.D. Bailey” enough now that you should at least remember his name.

H.D. Bailey is the kind of man I like to call a “common man”. He is from Gilmer, Texas (you know, west from Texarkana…over there somewhere) and he is the son of a farmer. Bailey is a lot more though and a few minutes of reading his website www.BaileyForChiefJustice.com will show you pictures of his family, testimonies of people he has defended and people he has presided over as a justice. Although you may not know the name, a few minutes on his website will ensure that you know he has affected some lives around Texas. His supporters range from physicians to psychologist and bankers. People from all walks of life have submitted testimony to his website about the character and the man (you know, H.D. Bailey).

As mentioned before, Bailey grew up on a farm. In particular, he worked that farm with his family picking cotton and doing chores that are routine to a farm. If you have ever had to pick cotton in your life, then you know it is not something the weak do. My own mother grew up on a farm similar to Bailey’s in Northeast Arkansas. Like Bailey, she had chores and picked cotton. This was long before the machines that now move across the cotton fields and gather the cotton. This time that Bailey and my mother picked cotton was a time when you carried a sack on your shoulder, picked the cotton and carried that full sack back to the scales to be weighed. You did this during the hot day, during the hottest of days and you did this in addition to your schoolwork and other chores. It was not an easy life, but like my mother’s life, it was a life that built character in a person and the appreciation for a hard day’s work.

Bailey went on later to serve in Vietnam and afterwards to go to college and law school. In the field of people running for office, Bailey is something unique. Bailey is a “common man”. He knows what it’s like to work. He knows what it is like to work hard. He knows what it is like to defend his country. He knows what it is like to have to work your way through college and through law school. Bailey is what many Republican supporters are today. He is a “common man” with the ability to make the hard decisions based on a lifetime of hard work.

As the March 2nd Republican Primary approaches, Republican voters on the Texas side need to remember that a “common man” with values and character wants to be your Chief Justice in the 6th Court of Appeals. If you ever have to go before the 6th Court of Appeals, I assure you that you want someone like H.D. Bailey sitting on the bench.