The inauguration of Greg Abbott as Texas governor Tuesday at 11 a.m. on the Capitol grounds will usher in a new era not only for Texas, but also the United States. For while Abbott’s domain will officially only include the boundaries of the Lone Star State, his actions will undoubtedly affect citizens all across the world’s strongest democracy.
Tuesday morning Abbott and new Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick will attend a prayer service at the First Baptist Church of Austin, according to the Dallas Morning News newspaper. That first stop is not insignificant as it reflects the new governor’s strong defense of Americans’ individual religious liberties. Abbott traveled all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court to personally argue in support of Texans’ right to maintain a monument of the Ten Commandments on the Capitol grounds not far from where he will be sworn in. Abbott’s argument was persuasive and the Ten Commandments still stand in Austin despite the opposition by an atheist who filed a lawsuit to have it removed.
As an increasingly secular mood sweeps the nation with Christians being persecuted for their beliefs in the military and being fired from their positions in Atlanta and other places, Texans may feel reassured that for the next four years their religious liberties will be protected by the most powerful man in the state. After the prayer service Abbott and Patrick will travel to the Capitol grounds for the beginning of the official inaugural ceremony.
As an expected overflow crowd looks on, Abbott and Patrick will both be sworn in to their respective offices and make speeches. As is appropriate for Texas, Eddie Deen will cater a barbecue lunch following the swearing in ceremonies. He previously prepared barbecue bashes for governors Rick Perry and George W. Bush. While, Memphis, Kansas City and other cities may claim their barbecue is the best in the nation, there are quite a few cities in Texas who assert the best barbecue is created within the Lone Star State. A longtime debate has ensued between Lockhart, Luling, San Antonio and Austin as well as other Texas locations as to being the true capital of the world’s best barbecue. Some even claim the governor’s hometown of Wichita Falls, Texas is home to the best barbecue.
A parade will follow beginning at 2 p.m. through downtown Austin which will begin at the Ann Richards Congress Bridge. She was the last Democratic governor of the state.
Finally, the Future of Texas Ball which will probably feature the wearing of more tuxedos per person than anywhere in the state, will feature country mega-stars Lady Antebellum and singer Pat Green.
While no one except the new governor knows for sure what he will say during his inaugural address, some sources have said he will likely address improving education, relieving suffocating traffic, keeping the economy strong and protecting citizens from oppressive taxes. He is already well-known for his pro-life and strong secure the border positions.
Abbott already provided a hint of what Americans can expect in one of his last actions as Texas Attorney General. He revealed Texas would lead a 17-state coalition filing a lawsuit against the Administration’s immigration executive action. Abbott alleges in the lawsuit that the president is abdicating his powers to faithfully enforce laws enacted by Congress, according to an article in the Austin American-Statesman.
As part of his plan to secure the border, Abbott will add 500 more DPS officers, more Texas Rangers and increased funding at the local level for community law enforcement. He has also said he would support training of people for occupations which don’t require a college degree. He said in some of these areas people can start out making as much as $100,000 a year.