Texas' GOP's High Stakes Game

“Let us remember that our national unity is a most priceless asset.”

GERALD R. FORD, an American politician serving as Speaker of the House and as the 38th President of the United States (albeit unelected)

“Peace is not unity in similarity but unity in diversity, in the comparison and conciliation of differences.”

MIKHAIL GORBACHEV, a Soviet and Russian politician who served as the last leader of the Soviet Union from 1985 to the country’s dissolution in 1991.

“A little matter will move a party, but it must be something great that moves a nation.”

THOMAS PAINE, American Founding Father, French Revolutionary, political activist, philosopher, political theorist, and revolutionary

“Then join hand in hand, brave Americans all! By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall.”

JOHN DICKINSON, a Founding Father of the United States, was an attorney and politician

“Unity is strength… when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.”

MATTIE STEPANEK, an American poet (or, as he wanted to be remembered, “a poet, a peacemaker, and a philosopher who played”)

Texas’ GOP’s High-Stakes Game: Introduction

Texas' GOP's High Stakes Game

Texas’ GOP’s High-Stakes Game is aimed at undermining American unity and security. The state decides to confront the manufactured migrant crisis at Texas’ southern border. And the nation slips deeper into divisive crisis politics. Not since the American Civil War has there been so deep a divide tearing the nation apart at the seams. This defiance can only lead to a national disaster if not contained at the root. Both Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Attorney General, Ken Paxton are playing a dangerous game. In defiance of the political structure of the United States must somehow be reined in. If we fail we may well face a second Civil War.

In the escalating saga unfolding along the U.S.-Mexico border, the Texas GOP’s brazen defiance of federal authority, If allowed to continue it will pose a grave threat to the foundations of the United States. Governor Greg Abbott’s dubious invocation of Texas’s “Constitutional right” to defend itself, coupled with the support of 25 Republican governors expressing “solidarity,” is akin to playing with political dynamite, with consequences that could reverberate for generations.

Texas’ GOP’s High-Stakes Game: SCOTUS Rules Against Texas’ Outlandish Moves

As the Supreme Court rules against Texas, Governor Abbott’s rhetoric intensifies, declaring an “invasion” and asserting Texas’s right to “self-defense.” Such language mirrors historical precedents that ultimately led to dire consequences. As witnessed in the Civil Rights era’s integration stand-off at Little Rock in 1954.

The dangerous ambiguity in the GOP governors’ solidarity statement leaves crucial questions unanswered. Are they rejecting the Supreme Court’s order outright, or merely expressing dissatisfaction with President Biden’s immigration policies? This lack of clarity fuels confusion. But also opens the door for other states to contemplate similar challenges to federal authority.

Texas’ GOP’s High-Stakes Game: The Texas National Guard at the Border with Mexico

The Texas National Guard’s presence at the U.S.-Mexico border, fortified with fencing and razor wire, is a symbol of defiance against the rule of law. The potential for a standoff between state and federal forces looms large. It is reminiscent of past clashes that scarred the nation’s history.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s incendiary remarks accusing the Supreme Court of enabling a “foreign invasion” fuels further division. This inflammatory rhetoric undermines the delicate balance between state and federal powers. Thereby pushing the nation closer to the brink of a constitutional crisis.

While President Biden’s commitment to legal resolutions is commendable, the fragility of the situation demands careful navigation. The Texas GOP’s apparent willingness to risk secession for political gains underscores a concerning trend that threatens the unity of the United States.

The Nation Watches This Childish Fight

As the nation watches, the responsibility to prevent a full-blown constitutional crisis rests on the shoulders of leaders on both sides. Cooler heads must prevail, and a reevaluation of the consequences of such brinkmanship is imperative. The fate of the Union hangs in the balance, and the nation can ill afford to witness the potential demise fueled by reckless political gamesmanship. The time for responsible leadership is now, as the echoes of history warn against the devastating consequences of toying with the fundamental principles that bind the United States together.

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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