TX gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott talks about suing the Obama Administration and his campaign against Wendy Davis

Glenn has been highlighting several Texas politicians over the last few weeks because he believes that the future of the nation lies in the success or failure of Texas. On radio this morning, Texas Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott joined Glenn to discuss his campaign against lionized State Representative Wendy Davis (D-Ft. Worth) and what he is doing as attorney general to combat the Obama Administration.

Davis came under fire last month for a foot-in-mouth comment she made about Abbott not having the authority to criticize her because he has not walked a mile in her shoes. Abbott is paraplegic.

“Are you the kind of guy that has fun with that, takes offense of that, or what,” Glenn asked Abbott.

“I typically start out almost every speech I give making some kind of joke about me being in a wheelchair. My slogan in this campaign is: Texas needs to roll with Greg towards victory… I was a young man, 26-years-old, when I was out jogging and a big tree fell on me – crashed down onto my back, crushing my vertebrae, and that's what's left me in a wheelchair. But typically, when I tell stories like that, people are shaking their heads, wondering how slow was I jogging to get hit by a falling tree,” Abbott joked. “The point, Glenn, is that you have spoken to countless politicians who say that, you know, if they are elected, they will go into office and when they have to make the tough discussions, they will have a spine of steel. I really do have a steel spine that I use to fight for Texans every single day.”

As attorney general, Abbott has sued the Obama Administration a whopping 33 times in the last five years. So far, the state of Texas has won 10 of those lawsuits and lost five. The remaining cases are still held up in the courts. On the other hand, Abbott said Texas filed about three lawsuits against both the Bush and Clinton administrations.

“Some are mixed, like in the ObamaCare case, we won an our state's based issue, saying the Obama Administration and Congress violated the Constitution by forcing Texas to expand its Medicaid system, contrary to what we may want to do. However, the case was a loss because Chief Justice Roberts re-characterized Obamacare as the Obama tax,” Abbott said. “But here's the point you were trying to draw… during my studied life, I have never seen a president so cavalierly contradict and refuse to apply the Constitution and the laws of this country like we have the Obama Administration. I wish I didn't have to sue the President a single time, because I wish we had a president who would follow and obey the law, but we don't.”

While Davis is Abbott’s actual opponent in this year’s gubernatorial race, Abbott believes his real opponent is the sense of complacency that too many Texas voters have.

“I announced I was running for governor for Texas back in July. Month after month, I have been involved in a pitch battle against a very profound opponent. My opponent's name was complacency. A lot of Texans did not realize there really was this battle because they thought: Texas is a conservative state. We will always be a conservative state,” Abbott explained. “They were asleep about the fact the Obama Administration itself is working with the Democratic candidate for governor. Barak Obama's national field director, Jeremy Bird, is here in the state of Texas organizing neighborhoods and precincts to turn up like they did in Colorado and Ohio. Barak Obama's finance director is helping to raise money… Barak Obama's campaign team is helping energize the campaign.”

“This is the Barak Obama administration that is basically relocated to the state of Texas, to make Texas more like his liberal dream version of what the United States should be,” he continued. “This is extremely dangerous. There will be millions of dollars spent in this race – a lot of it raised from states outside of Texas that want Texas to become more like California.”

Abbott faces a long, drawn out fight against Davis and the Obama campaign machine, and Glenn encouraged listeners to continue learning more about Abbott’s campaign and consider donating.

Learn more about the Abbott campaign HERE.

“This is a fight for the whole country because millions are pouring in from the left," Glenn said. "And if Greg sound like somebody you can support, if you would like to help support Texas remaining free… If we lose Texas, we lose the country.”

Watch the entire interview below:

This was one of the first homesteads in the area in the 1880's and was just begging to be brought back to its original glory — with a touch of modern. When we first purchased the property, it was full of old stuff without any running water, central heat or AC, so needless to say, we had a huge project ahead of us. It took some vision and a whole lot of trust, but the mess we started with seven years ago is now a place we hope the original owners would be proud of.

To restore something like this is really does take a village. It doesn't take much money to make it cozy inside, if like me you are willing to take time and gather things here and there from thrift shops and little antique shops in the middle of nowhere.

But finding the right craftsman is a different story.

Matt Jensen and his assistant Rob did this entire job from sketches I made. Because he built this in his off hours it took just over a year, but so worth the wait. It wasn't easy as it was 18"out of square. He had to build around that as the entire thing we felt would collapse. Matt just reinforced the structure and we love its imperfections.

Here are a few pictures of the process and the transformation from where we started to where we are now:

​How it was

It doesn't look like much yet, but just you wait and see!

By request a photo tour of the restored cabin. I start doing the interior design in earnest tomorrow after the show, but all of the construction guys are now done. So I mopped the floors, washed the sheets, some friends helped by washing the windows. And now the unofficial / official tour.

The Property

The views are absolutely stunning and completely peaceful.

The Hong Kong protesters flocking to the streets in opposition to the Chinese government have a new symbol to display their defiance: the Stars and Stripes. Upset over the looming threat to their freedom, the American flag symbolizes everything they cherish and are fighting to preserve.

But it seems our president isn't returning the love.

Trump recently doubled down on the United States' indifference to the conflict, after initially commenting that whatever happens is between Hong Kong and China alone. But he's wrong — what happens is crucial in spreading the liberal values that America wants to accompany us on the world stage. After all, "America First" doesn't mean merely focusing on our own domestic problems. It means supporting liberal democracy everywhere.

The protests have been raging on the streets since April, when the government of Hong Kong proposed an extradition bill that would have allowed them to send accused criminals to be tried in mainland China. Of course, when dealing with a communist regime, that's a terrifying prospect — and one that threatens the judicial independence of the city. Thankfully, the protesters succeeded in getting Hong Kong's leaders to suspend the bill from consideration. But everyone knew that the bill was a blatant attempt by the Chinese government to encroach on Hong Kong's autonomy. And now Hong Kong's people are demanding full-on democratic reforms to halt any similar moves in the future.

After a generation under the "one country, two systems" policy, the people of Hong Kong are accustomed to much greater political and economic freedom relative to the rest of China. For the protesters, it's about more than a single bill. Resisting Xi Jinping and the Communist Party means the survival of a liberal democracy within distance of China's totalitarian grasp — a goal that should be shared by the United States. Instead, President Trump has retreated to his administration's flawed "America First" mindset.

This is an ideal opportunity for the United States to assert our strength by supporting democratic values abroad. In his inaugural address, Trump said he wanted "friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world" while "understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their interests first." But at what point is respecting sovereignty enabling dictatorships? American interests are shaped by the principles of our founding: political freedom, free markets, and human rights. Conversely, the interests of China's Communist Party are the exact opposite. When these values come into conflict, as they have in Hong Kong, it's our responsibility to take a stand for freedom — even if those who need it aren't within our country's borders.

Of course, that's not a call for military action. Putting pressure on Hong Kong is a matter of rhetoric and positioning — vital tenets of effective diplomacy. When it comes to heavy-handed world powers, it's an approach that can really work. When the Solidarity movement began organizing against communism in Poland, President Reagan openly condemned the Soviet military's imposition of martial law. His administration's support for the pro-democracy movement helped the Polish people gain liberal reforms from the Soviet regime. Similarly, President Trump doesn't need to be overly cautious about retribution from Xi Jinping and the Chinese government. Open, strong support for democracy in Hong Kong not only advances America's governing principles, but also weakens China's brand of authoritarianism.

After creating a commission to study the role of human rights in U.S. foreign policy, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrote last month that the principles of our Constitution are central "not only to Americans," but to the rest of the world. He was right — putting "America First" means being the first advocate for freedom across the globe. Nothing shows the strength of our country more than when, in crucial moments of their own history, other nations find inspiration in our flag.

Let's join the people of Hong Kong in their defiance of tyranny.

Matt Liles is a writer and Young Voices contributor from Austin, Texas.

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