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Texas Governor Greg Abbott Comes Home to Wichita Falls for Re-Election Campaign Tuesday

Ed has been fascinated by government and politics both as a youth growing up in Texas and as student at Baylor Law School.

Governor Greg Abbott Promises to Save America by Winning Texas

Texas Governor Greg Abbott returns to his birthplace of Wichita Falls, Texas, Tuesday, December 7, promising to "save America by winning Texas." Abbott made that vow at a recent campaign stop in Edinburgh, Texas.Abbott is scheduled to make a noon stop at The Forum in his hometown before meeting later the same day with voters at a private residence.

Greg Abbott Warns of Socialism

In a recent speech the Texas governor emphasized the dangers of socialism, saying, "Whichever socialist they put up, we're going to defeat. We're fighting more than just people on the other side; we''re fighting an ideology, an ideology that is trying to ruin Texas and ruin the United States of America. And it's a fight that I can't wage alone."

Abbott Asserts Beto O'Rourke is Socialistic

Abbott emphasized the significance of socialism in the upcoming gubernatorial campaign. He said, "You need to understand why it is that someone as socialistic as Beto O' Rourke got within two percentage points of beating Ted Cruz. The way he did it. He raised $80 million."

O'Rourke recently announced as a candidate for governor with the Democratic Party.

Texas Governor's Race Has No Limits to Contributions

The incumbent governor further said, "With no campaign limits like we have in Texas, he can easily raise more than $100 million in a campaign against me."

Abbott then added, "We can't let that happen again. There's no room or latitude to get within two percentage points of allowing a socialist to take over the state of Texas."

Abbott Background

Abbott was born in Wichita Falls, Texas, on November 13, 1957. He graduated with a B.B.A. in finance from the University of Texas at Austin and a J.D. from Vanderbilt University.

He had a distinguished career at Butler and Binion LLP from 1984 until 1992. He then served as a district judge in Houston from 1993 until 1995 and justice on the Supreme Court of Texas from 1996 to 2001.

Abbott as Attorney General

Before he was elected governor of the Lone Star State, Abbott established a strong record supporting law enforcement. He successfully argued several landmark cases in front of the United States Supreme Court supporting freedom of religion.

One of his most significant courtroom victories was in a case cited as Van Orden v. Perry in 2005. The issue was whether or not a display of the Ten Commandments on a monument given to the government at the Texas State Capitol in Austin violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.

Ten Commandments Case Protected Freedom of Religion

Abbott successfully argued the Van Orden case all the way from the lower courts to the highest court in the land. In October of 2004 the High Court agreed to hear the case at the same time it heard McCreary County v. ACLU of Kentucky, a similar case challenging a display of the Ten Commandments at two county courthouses in Kentucky.

In a historic decision, the Supreme Court ruled on June 27, 2005, by a vote of 5 to 4, that the display was constitutional. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott argued the Ten Commandments should stand. Renowned constitutional scholar Erwin Chemerinsky of Duke University argued the display should be removed.

Background of Landmark Case

The monument defended by Abbott was six feet high and three feet wide. It was installed in 1961. Donated to the State of Texas by the Fraternal Order of Eagles, a civic organization, which had received the support of famed Hollywood director Cecille B. Demille. Demille had directed the film The Ten Commandments (1956).

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The monument was erected on the Capitol grounds, behind the capitol building in Austin.

Abbott Persuaded Supreme Court Monument Constitutional

After hearing argument from both sides, the High Court ruled with Abbott that at monument was constitutional. The main text is that of the Ten Commandments. Carved above the text is an eagle grasping the American flag, an Eye of Providence, and two small tablets with what appears to be an ancient script.

Greek Letters at Bottom of Monument

Below the content of the monument are the Greek letters Chi and Rho, which represent Christ. The bottom of the monument bears the inscription "Presented to the People and Youth of Texas the Fraternal Order of Eagles of Texas 1961."

William Rehnquist Delivered Opinion

Chief Justice William Rehnquist delivered the plurality opinion of the court. Ironically, the Kentucky case was decided in the opposite direction the same day. Rehnquist wrote that the Court looked to "the nature of the monument and...our nation's history" in allowing the monument to stand in Texas.

Greg Abbott And Family

Governor's Office

Governor's Office

Gov. Greg Abbott at Work


Abbott Biography

Abbott served as Texas Attorney General from 2002 through 2015. He was re-elected Attorney General in 2006 and 2010.

He was first elected governor in 2014 and was sworn ion January 20, 2015.

The governor's primary will occur on March 1, 2022. The general election takes place on November 8, 2022.

Matthew McConaughey Not Running for Governor

Hollywood actor Matthew McConaughey announced Sunday he will not be running for governor. The celebrity said, "As a simple kid born in the little town of Uvalde, Texas, it never occurred to me that I would one day be considered for political leadership. It's a humbling and inspiring path to ponder. It is also a path that I am choosing not to take at this moment."

For months there had been speculation the avid Longhorn fan might stick his toe into the political waters and run for governor. That rumor has been laid to rest.

Abbott's Positions

Abbott has said some of his major goals as governor include fighting crime, fighting to secure the border, protect the Second Amendment and create jobs.

© 2021 Edward Lane

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