“I WILL OPPOSE TRUMP AND HIS WALL!”
This statement was not made lightly, nor was it intended as a 15-second soundbite or for political gain.
“I will oppose Trump”;
I am a diehard believer in our Republic, this United States of America, and have the utmost respect for all offices and officeholders, especially the Office of the President of the United States of America. While I acknowledge President Donald Trump as THE president of the United States of America, I disagree with and will always oppose the type of rhetoric and contempt Mr. Trump has used towards other people for political gain.
I will not repeat the rhetoric or contemptuous remarks; we have all heard it over and over again. Any person seeking public office should show respect and compassion for all people. We are a nation of immigrants and a melting pot of diversity. This diversity makes us great, and anybody seeking public office should always in actions and words strive to unite not divide.
I also believe that in my capacity as Governor of Texas that I must defend Texans against federal overreach. When the federal government attempts to impose policies that harm Texans, we need a Governor that will defend Texas.
Greg Abbott will not oppose Trump on this issue. I will.
“and his wall”;
We the people of the United States of America have a right to secure borders and have our immigration laws respected, and it is the job of the President of the United States to secure our borders and to enforce the immigration laws passed by Congress. However, the massive wall proposed by candidate Trump, while it was a rallying point that helped him get elected, is also an issue that affects Texas directly and is in reality a foolish notion.
I will agree that there are places along in our southern border where existing barriers or walls need to be upgraded, expanded or totally replaced. The list of the reasons why a massive wall from sea to shining sea along our southern border is a foolish notion is much too long to address, not to mention the massive cost involved.
Modern-day technology such as satellites and drones to patrol and protect our southern border would be much more cost effective. If we used a fraction of the amount of effort and money to foster and maintain good relations with our southern neighbor, good relations that unite us would prevail instead of a wall that by its very nature divides. A united effort would secure our southern border for generations to come much better than any wall possibly could.
A wall across Texas is even more foolish considering California, Arizona and New Mexico do not have the natural barrier of the Rio Grande. If a wall were to be built, it would have to be built on the Texas side of the Rio Grande, depriving Texans from thousands of acres of fertile farmland, park land, and the gorgeous scenery, not to mention depriving us access to the Rio Grande itself.
Are we willing to give up our sovereign right to free access of the Rio Grande in exchange for a wall?. If these are not enough reasons to oppose Trump and his Wall I will be more than happy to expand.
We Libertarians are often accused of being isolationist, yet nothing will isolate us more than a wall.
OPPOSE TRUMP AND HIS WALL!