“Fast Cars, Firearms & Freedom – It’s a Texas thing!”
That is first sign I was greeted with when I went to hear Greg Abbott announce he was running for Governor of Texas. It was in San Antonio Texas on Sunday about 2 pm when he arrived, but the crowd of over 1000 had filled the outdoor meeting area at the La Villita Riverwalk since 11am in typical July temps of 98 degrees. So is this guy the next Governor to follow Rick Perry – No, he is much more conservative. Yes, I said it – it’s conservative without the excuses. I guess nobody told the liberals that the women of Texas want more of a great thing.
We did not get a Senator Ted Cruz without a Texas Attorney General Greg Abbot first appointing him as Solicitor General of Texas. Our politics start and end with conservative leaders on the local and state levels helping to blaze a trail for our new national leaders. A great way to know you on the right path, just look at what a liberal publication comments about your future candidate. If a magazine like Mother Jones says “Texas Republicans have a replacement who may just do the impossible—make progressives miss Rick Perry” that tells me that Greg Abbott is the right guy for the job. The saying “don’t change horse in midstream” was always the safe idea for conservatives in elections. Well times have changed in this midterm election and if you horse stops in midstream shoot it.
I have included a section of the announcement speech so you can get a feel for the fireworks that are going to start over the next 14 months.
Greg Abbott speech Sunday 15, 2013
“Each stop along my journey gave me a deep appreciation of the values and character of the people we call Texans. It instilled in me a sense of duty to fight for the values that make our state unique.
So when the Ten Commandments Monument on the Texas Capitol Grounds came under attack – I fought for that monument all the way to the United States Supreme Court. And
we won. Texans don’t silence voices of faith. We fight for them!
And when our 2nd Amendment rights were threatened, I led a team of states to protect firearm freedom at the United States Supreme Court. And we won! If you want to start a fight with Texans, just try taking away their freedom.
But my greatest fight began on this date – July 14th, 29 years ago. It was a challenge that made my even being here, highly improbable.
On a steamy summer day like this, I went out for a jog. While I was jogging, a huge oak tree suddenly crashed down on me. The falling tree crushed my spinal cord — piercing my body with pain – leaving me forever paralyzed. I would never walk again.
If you want to know the meaning of love look no further than my wife Cecilia, who stood by my side during the most painful period of our lives.
It’s easy to recite the marriage vow: For better, for worse…in sickness & in health. It’s awe inspiring to see Cecilia embrace that vow.
Piecing my life back together began with doctors piecing my vertebrae back together. Those doctors inserted two steel rods up and down my vertebrae that will remain in my back for the rest of my life.
Some politicians talk about having a spine of steel. I actually have one. I will use my steel spine to fight for you and for every Texas family!
After my accident, I realized our lives aren’t defined by how we’re challenged. Instead, we define our lives by how we respond to challenges.
This is the same principle that millions of Texans like you apply every day:
Single parents, trying to earn a paycheck to raise their kids.
Small businesses, trying to navigate the maze of regulations & taxes.
Seniors, trying to make ends meet.
All of us Texans share a common bond: We face tough challenges and rise above them. Texans may get knocked down, but we always get back up. And we always take on the tough fights.
That is what I’ve done as your Attorney General. I’ve fought for justice in the courtroom and in our communities. I’ve fought for the constitutional principle of federalism by suing an overreaching Federal Government 27 times. I didn’t invent the phrase “Don’t Mess with Texas.” But I have applied it more than anyone else.
The very day the President signed ObamaCare into law I took him to court to protect our constitutional rights.
I know the Constitution. I’ve enforced the Constitution. And I know the 2nd Amendment & the 10th Amendment are not suggestions: they are guaranteed rights:
I’ve fought against human traffickers and put away child predators.
I’ve fought for children and their families by collecting more than $25 billion in child support.
I’ve defended the most vulnerable in society – unborn children.
And when the World Court tried to protect an illegal immigrant who had raped and murded two teenage girls in Houston, I fought against the Court to ensure justice was served.
And I fought to keep th words “One National under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance. And we won.
When it comes to our freedom & our future I will never – never – stop fighting.
That’s why I am asking you — the people of Texas — to elect me as your next Governor.
I believe it’s high time that people on Main Street benefit just as much as folks on Wall Street.
Just as I’ve been a voice for Liberty & the Constitution, I’ll be a voice for you, for children, parents, homeowners, and small business owners.
As your Governor, I’ll fight for working middle class Texans.
Together, we can build an even stronger economy. One that allows 1st generation college graduates just as much opportunity as seasoned investment bankers.
Together, we will help all Texans climb the ladder of success, not with Obama-style mandates & handouts, but with a level playing field that gets government out of the business of picking winners & losers, and by reducing taxes on employers.
Government is supposed to be on your side – not riding your back.
Together, we will keep Texas the #1 economy in the nation by reining in our state debt, and by reducing the amount the state can borrow. Just as all of us make tough budget decisions, so, too, must government.
You can’t spend beyond your means. You deserve a state government that lives within its means, too!
Together, we can prioritize roads, water, and schools. Our water reserves are too low, our highways too congested, and our schools must do better. We will solve those problems not by raising taxes, but by right-sizing government and setting real spending limits.
Together, we will secure our porous border, keeping Texas safe from drug cartels and gangs that import crime to our state.
Our priorities are wrong when we live in a state that stops a valedictorian from mentioning God but doesn’t stop drug cartels from crossing our border. Some ranchers in South Texas can’t even walk on their own property unarmed. As Governor, I will marshal the tools we need to secure our border, and I’ll enforce the rule of law.
Together, we will also launch a new era of education reform! We can inspire an entire generation of children to stay in school, and graduate either college-ready or career-ready. We already have a 21st century economy. Now, we need a 21st century education system!
To do that, we must empower schools, teachers and parents. We have too many bureaucrats but not enough teachers. Too many educators being forced to teach to the test, and not enough graduates prepared to reach for their best.
Higher Education, too, must be more accessible and affordable. We can make skyrocketing tuition a thing of the past, so that more Texans can realize the promise of their future.
The future of Texas demands better education, safer communities and smarter government. The children of Texas deserve it, and we will deliver it.
Together, we will live up to the ideal that any child of any background has a chance to smile, to hope, to dream and succeed – not because of their zip code, their heritage, or their family history, but because we live in a Texas that includes all.
It is this Texas: a Texas of boundless opportunity and limitless imagination; a Texas that champions the human spirit while weaving together the fabric of community; a Texas that attracts jobs, promotes opportunity and rewards ingenuity. That is the Texas I will lead as your next Governor.”
Wow I can imagine a day when “Government is supposed to be on your side – not riding your back”, but that needs to start in our local and state governments. What would happen if a state government were to live within its real budget or defend its own border without Federal help? I guess you just need to look to Texas.