Why I am Suing the Governor!
I am one of hundreds and soon to be thousands of plaintiffs in a lawsuit against Governor Greg Abbott.
As most of you know, I have always supported Greg Abbott, long before he became Governor. I am also an opponent of lawsuit abuse. I don't like to be involved in a lawsuit, as a plaintiff or as a defendant. So it is natural that you would wonder why I am suing the Governor of Texas.
The bottom line is that I believe that the government-imposed "lockdown" put in place by our city, county, and state officials is worse than the disease we are fighting against. Politicians across the country have taken extreme measures based on flawed "models" that have been subject to revision after revision. But the extreme shutdown tactics are still in place! They have adopted a one-size-fits-all response to an epidemic that has hit different parts of the country in very different ways. As a result they have created an economic crisis that will lead to another public health crisis that could be far worse than COVID-19.
To make matters worse, our leaders have done this in violation of the Texas Constitution! Governor Abbott's orders are based on a 1975 statute that purports to grant certain powers to suspend laws in the state of Texas. This is a clear violation of the Texas Constitution's prohibition against any person or entity having the authority to suspend laws other than the Texas Legislature, requiring a two thirds majority of the Legislature, and a majority vote of Texas voters.
I applaud the fact that the Governor has announced that he wants us to open back up. That is the right thing to do. I also acknowledge that our Governor is leading other governors to make the same move and that he has avoided some of the more draconian shut-down orders in other states. These are needed corrections.
So, why sue now? Won't this all be irrelevant once Texas is open for business again?
I am concerned about the next time. Our leaders need to know that Texans will not stand for suspension of our constitutional rights. We cannot endure this kind of shutdown disaster again. Our leaders need to go back to the drawing board about how to fight a pandemic while keeping our economy as open as possible. Finally, they need to do it in a way that is constitutional!
Here is a link to my interview with Channel 2 news. Please watch it.
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God bless you and may He lead us out of the wilderness.