(RightWing.org) – Texas expects that President Joe Biden will pick up where former President Barack Obama left off. During the Obama-era, Texas sued the Obama administration dozens of times for violating its Constitutional rights. The state sued to stop Obamacare and the horrendous health insurance mandate, the Clean Power Plan, and other unconstitutional actions. Now, the battle is being reignited.
Now that Biden is back in office, this time as president, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) and Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) said Texas would once again attempt to thwart any actions it deems unconstitutional and hurtful to the Lone Star State.
Biden Warned If He Shifts Leftward
As Biden begins to move the federal government leftward, Texas Republicans are ready to mount legal challenges to the new president’s liberal agenda. Issues such as Obamacare expansion, the Green New Deal, taxes and regulations, immigration reforms that include citizenship for more than 11 million illegal immigrants, and re-entrance into the Paris Climate Accord are all on the president’s docket of things to do.
In the days leading up to the inauguration, Gov. Abbott tweeted a warning that Texas will not tolerate its rights being trampled on by the federal government. Abbott qualified his statement by adding that Texas will fight for private property rights and the right to earn a living. This last point is in reference to the potential of the federal government trying to shut down the Texas economy in any way to combat COVID-19.
On inauguration day, Paxton tweeted that he wished the “country the best.” However, he stated unambiguously that he would fight against any actions the new administration takes if it overreaches or infringes on state citizens’ rights, and will serve as a check and balance against lawlessness.
He added, “Texas First! Law & Order always!”
Republican Voters Want Resistance
The news out of Texas comes as a Pew Research study shows nearly 60% of Republicans in the state want the GOP to stand up to Biden and challenge him on big issues. If the majority of Republicans want resistance from their state leaders, it appears they will get it.
It remains to be seen how many other states would join Texas in a lawsuit. However, if the election lawsuits filed in December are any indication, it could be a substantial number.
Don Purdum, Independent Political Analyst
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