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Abbott's Damaging Rhetoric

“We, the people, are the boss, and we will get the kind of political leadership, be it good or bad, that we demand and deserve.”

John F. Kennedy, an American politician who served as the 35th president of the United States

“The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.”

Ralph Nader, an American perennial presidential candidate, political activist, author, lecturer, and attorney

“We have moved from an age in which government leaders sought to do what was best for the people to one in which the political leadership is convinced it knows what is best for the people, whether they like it or not.”

Ralph Peters, Retired United States Army lieutenant colonel and author

“The Only cure for nihilism is for liberal democratic societies – their electorates, their judiciary, and their political leadership- to insist that force is legitimate only to the degree that it serves defensible political goals. Thus implies a constant exercise of due diligence.”

Michael Ignatieff, Canadian author, academic, and politician served as the leader of the Liberal Party of Canada


Introduction

Abbott's Damaging Rhetoric

Governor Abbott’s Damaging Rhetoric regarding lethal force applied to asylum seekers and Southern Border migrants was perhaps made in jest. BUT WHO THE HELL IS LAUGHING. It is precisely language like Governor Abbott’s that inspires others to grab their handguns and AR-15 rifles and go hunting for aliens. What American would condone such violence, stand up, and applaud such insensitive and violent rhetoric?

When one chooses a life of political leadership in a nation based on Constitutional freedom, how dare one speak of killing innocents? Does Governor Abbott not recognize that unless you are a member of an indigenous community in the United States, WE ARE ALL DECENDENTS OF IMMIGRANTS? Even the indigenous people migrated from elsewhere, some say over 30,000 years ago. To joke about killing immigrants is an egregious breach of political responsibility. To mean that Governor Abbott is only restrained by the threat of criminal murder prosecution is to find Governor Abbott unfit to serve the People of Texas or take center stage in American politics.

Abbott’s Damaging Rhetoric: What Did Abbott Say?

Governor Greg Abbott’s recent endorsement of potential gun violence against migrants crossing the Texas border is an affront to morality. It signifies a leadership lacking the depth needed to address complex issues. In a state known for its staunch Second Amendment support, Abbott’s willingness to consider extreme measures, only restrained by the fear of federal charges, raises serious questions about the ethical foundations of his governance.

The Fallout from Governor Abbott’s Xenophobic Acts

Recent events, such as the $700 million lawsuit initiated by New York City Mayor Eric Adams against charter bus companies under Abbott’s directives, shed light on the governor’s questionable decision-making. The lawsuit alleges violations of New York City’s Social Services Law, revealing a leadership gap and a failure to comprehend the consequences of transporting migrants without a comprehensive plan to address their needs.

Democrats rightly condemn Abbott’s bloodthirsty approach, emphasizing the threat it poses not only to migrants but to the entire state. Representative Jimmy Gonzalez’s disbelief at Abbott’s mindset echoes the sentiments of many, highlighting the gravity of the situation. Federal law acts as the sole deterrent preventing Abbott from turning the border into a potential battlefield.

Abbott’s Damaging Rhetoric: A Failure of Ethical Responsibility

Abbott’s dismissive stance on Mayor Adams’ lawsuit further exposes a tendency to deflect responsibility. Accusing Adams of scapegoating, Abbott avoids addressing the core issues, leaving migrants in a state of uncertainty. This behavior reflects a leader evading accountability, prioritizing legal battles over proactive and compassionate solutions.

The ongoing feud distracts from the urgent matters at the border. A surge in migrant arrivals and criticism aimed at Mayor Adams for insufficient support emphasize the need for practical solutions. His fixation on legal battles mirrors a pattern of behavior akin to a child avoiding constructive dialogue and effective problem-solving.

Abbott’s Damaging Rhetoric: The Real World Consequences of Language Like His

Abbott’s conduct also recalls the divisive rhetoric that led to tragic events in El Paso in 2019. Representative Veronica Escobar rightly points out the consequences of such irresponsible language, drawing parallels to a mass shooting fueled by anti-immigrant sentiments. Texas cannot afford a repetition of this dangerous path.

In the face of a humanitarian crisis, Abbott’s emphasis on legal battles over proactive and compassionate solutions is indefensible. Murad Awawdeh, executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition, aptly urges leaders to prioritize tangible solutions over political grandstanding. Texas deserves leaders capable of rising above childish rhetoric and embracing responsible governance for the well-being of all residents. Abbott’s disturbing remarks demand swift condemnation and a collective commitment to a more compassionate and effective approach to border challenges.

As Americans, we must demand accountability from our leaders and reject any rhetoric that puts lives at risk. The path forward requires thoughtful, humane solutions, not the childish musings of a governor willing to play with the lives of vulnerable migrants for political gain.

By Politics-as-Usual

Roger is a retired Professor of language and literacy. Over the past 15 years since his retirement, Roger has kept busy with reading, writing, and creating landscape photographs. In this time of National crisis, as Fascist ideas and policies are being introduced to the American people and ignored by the Mainstream Press, he decided to stand up and be counted as a Progressive American with some ideas that should be shared with as many people who care to read and/or participate in discusssions of these issues. He doesn't ask anyone to agree with his point of view, but if entering the conversation he demands civility. No conspiracy theories, no wild accusations, no threats, no disrespect will be tolerated. Roger monitors all comments and email communication. That is the only rule for entering the conversation. One may persuade, argue for a different point of view, or toss out something that has not been discussed so long as the tone remains part of a civil discussion. Only then can we find common ground and meaningful democratic change.

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