Although he was only elected governor a week ago and won’t be inaugurated until Jan. 20, Greg Abbott has already embarked upon a whirlwind schedule which would make the average person’s head spin. In the week since his historic election, he has promised on Fox News to sue President Barack Obama if he signs an executive order granting amnesty to illegal aliens, issued a strong statement supporting the military men and women of the U.S., promised to sign an open carry bill into law if the Texas Legislature passes it in 2015, made the first appointment to his administration and conducted numerous meetings around the state.
Abbott’s inspiring statement regarding veterans read in pertinent part as follows: “America is the brightest beacon of freedom the world has ever known for one simple reason. It’s because of our veterans—-the men and women who put service above self. Our country remains the greatest force for freedom the world has ever known, and that freedom has been preserved, protected, and defended by the mightiest military in the history of the world. In times of war and in times of peace, heroes among us have stepped forwarad. We knew them first as fathers and mothers, sons and daughters, brothers and sisters. We thought them ordinary people until they put on a uniform of the United States Armed Forces.” And significantly, in this increasingly secularized culture of today, he finished with the words: “May God continue to bless all who wear the uniform of the United States of America.”
The idea that someone as powerful as the 48th governor of Texas believes in and is willing to fight for religious freedoms is encouraging. As Attorney General he successfully argued in front of the U.S. Supreme Court that Texas be allowed to maintain its Ten Commandment Monument on the grounds of the State Capitol in Austin.
Evidently able to work on a minimum amount of sleep, the energetic Abbott also named his first nominee. Carlos Cascos was tabbed this week as Abbott’s choice for Texas Secretary of State. Appearing with Judge Cascos at an economic development roundtable with a bipartisan group of Rio Grande Valley business and political leaders, and later at a press conference at the Capitol in Austin, the hard charging Abbott discussed Casco’s qualifications. Abbott said, “Because the Rio Grande Valley plays such an important role economically and for the future of our state, I will ask for the indulgence of voters in Cameron County for the greater good of the region and the State of Texas as I ask Judge Carlos Cascos to serve as our next Secretary of State. I know Judge Cascos will give the Rio Grande Valley a strong voice in Austin and will inspire the next generation of Hispanic leaders on behalf of all Texans.”
Judge Cascos is the current Cameron County Judge as well as a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Government Financial Manager and a Diplomat of the American Board of Forensic Accounting. Born in Matamoros, Mexico, Judge Cascos became a permanent resident of the U.S. and then a citizen when he was an adolescent.
On Monday of this week Abbott met with the leadership of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to discuss transportation-related priorities for the upcoming legislative session. TxDOT officials attending the meeting included Executive Director Lieutenant General Joe Weber, Deputy Executive Director John Barton, Chief of Staff Rich McMonagle, Chief Financial Officer James Bass, General Counsell Jeff Graham and Special Advisor Jerry Haddican. Abbott seeks to build roads without increasing taxes.
The extradordinary Texas Attorney General has also already been involved in a myriad of activities too numerous to enumerate in relation to the transition from the state’s top law enforcement official to the top official for the entire state.
His flurry of activity came during a time when a Salon article criticized Texas women for not voting for Wendy Davis in the gubernatorial race. Abbott has not been affected by such criticism and continued full speed ahead working for the citizens of Texas and America.
But probably his highest profile action is the looming showdown with Obama over the Texas-Mexico border crisis. Leaders of the U.S. House and Senate have told the President he should let them fashion an immigration bill. Obama has persisted in saying he will act unilaterally and sign an executive order granting amnesty to illegal aliens. Abbott has said he will sue the Obama Administration if the President attempts to go behind the backs of Congress and do such a thing.
With neither side showing signs of backing down, a collision appears inevitable. Abbott said a secure border is the first step to immigration reformation.
A look at history tells us one of the causes of the downfall of the Roman Empire was the overrunning of its borders by hordes of barbarians from the north. As a student of history, Abbott knows the integrity of the country is dependent on national borders. It is reassuring to know Texas has a governor in office during this critical time in American and Texas history who is not afraid to act in these times that try men’s souls.
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