RERop-ed: Abbott And Godzilla

RERop-ed: Abbott And Godzilla

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Last November, when President Obama tried to make an end run around Congress by directing his DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson to grant amnesty to 5 million criminal infiltrators, Then-Texas Attorney General and Governor-elect Greg Abbott led a coalition of 27 States in filing for an injunction to stop the President’s illegal amnesty.

On 16 February, Abbott’s perseverance resulted in United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas Judge Andrew Hanen issuing an injunction halting Obamnesty and declaring Obama’s profligate use of his pen and telephone un-Constitutional.

Five days later, on 23 February, DOJ attorneys requested that Judge Hanen lift his injunction while the government appealed his decision.  Hanen refused, preventing the DHS from continuing with Obama’s plan to manufacture 5 million new Democrat voters.

Last week, on Tuesday 26 May, the 5th Circuit Court of appeals in New Orleans denied the government’s appeal, locking in Judge Hanen’s injunction and forcing Obama to either abandon his plot or take the case before the Supreme Court.  On Wednesday 27 May, one day after the announcement of the Appeals Court’s decision, the US Justice Department announced it would not pursue the latter action.

Has the out-of-control Godzilla monster of the Obama administration met its match in Texas Governor Greg Abbott?  It’s too early to tell whether the Criminal-in-chief will try another subterfuge, but one thing is for sure.  Godzilla can be stopped – and Greg Abbott has shown us how.

This was not Attorney General Abbott’s first victory over Godzilla.  On Thursday 9 October 2014, less than five weeks before the November election and less than two weeks before the start of early voting in Texas, Judge Nelva Gonzalez Ramos, a US District Judge in Corpus Christi, dumped a 147 page ruling that the Texas voter ID law “creat[ed] an unconstitutional burden on the right to vote.”

Attorney General Abbott immediately appealed to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, and in five days, on 14 October 2014, the appeals court issued a stay of Judge Gonzalez’ 11th hour ruling.

US Attorney General Eric Holder immediately appealed to the US Supreme Court to vacate the 5th Circuit Appeals Court’s stay, and four days later, on 18 October, the US Supreme Court declined to hear the case, thus allowing the State of Texas to apply its duly legislated voter ID law in the November elections.

It took Greg Abbott nine days to defeat Godzilla, two days longer than it took God to create the earth.  But Greg Abbott, after all, is only a mortal.

Greg Abbott, however, has shown us the way to kill Godzilla – by using the tools at our disposal.  And the most powerful tool we have in our arsenal is the Constitution of theUnited States.  If we can keep the pie-in-the-sky Article Fivers from facilitating its destruction, we can use it and the courts who are sworn to uphold it to defeat Godzilla and any other government dragons that may come our way.

Let’s just hope that the current Attorney General of Texas, Ken Paxton, is as fierce and tenacious a dragon fighter at his predecessor.  But Greg Abbott, of course, has not ridden off into the sunset.  He’s now the Governor of Texas, and I’m sure he will see that the assault on the federal Godzilla that he initiated will not falter.

G E Kruckeberg

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