WAX: Republicans Better Prepare to Learn Lessons From the Texas Gubernatorial Primary

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If only Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s voracious appetite for a third term matched his political will in office, this upcoming cutthroat GOP primary could’ve been avoided. Now that Allen West is in the race, Republicans nationwide better be paying attention.

The Lone Star State still evokes a special sense of Americana for much of the country, but there is no question that the mythos isn’t quite what it once was. Even before the state’s winter storm that killed 57, Texas’ star dimmed throughout much of the most hysterical Covid-19 timeline.

Governor Abbott has been playing catch up with not only Florida Governor Ron DeSantis but even South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem as well, with regard to the defining issue of the last 18 months, Covid and its lockdowns and other consequences.

Abbott was by no means the last Republican governor to lift restrictions and a mask mandate, but it did take until March for him to do so. Of course, Texas’ coronavirus numbers only improved from then on. The last year had been political theater, with disastrous consequences for the people’s well-being mentally, physically, and economically.

This raises serious questions about his leadership abilities, given that he’s been governor since 2015. Not to belabor the point, but he’d been the state’s attorney general for 12 years leading up to that time too. Why did Abbott get it so wrong?

The coronavirus wasn’t the only test of political will that Abbott failed. Not long after the winter storm passed, Abbott declared victory over the free speech social media site Gab.com, which he referred to as an “antisemitic platform.”

What a foolish move this was, to curry favor with some special interests at the expense of Republican Party unity. The state GOP had a Gab page. After all, Gab is a popular platform for conservatives. It became that by offering something different than Big Tech’s censorship, the same sort of censorship and canceling that Abbott condoned by going after Gab.

The state party chairman at the time was Allen West, the former US congressman and retired Army lieutenant colonel. West has since resigned from the party leadership post, in order to pursue this campaign for governor.

West offers what Texas deserves, which is what Abbott can’t deliver. Bold independence and unflinching conservatism.

“I can no longer sit on the sidelines and see what has happened in these United States of America,” West said in his campaign announcement. 

When West says “these United States,” it’s not a mere rhetorical flourish. He knows what makes America great is that it’s a pluralistic system, a constitutional republic. The people and their states retain great powers, and they aren’t to be pushed around by the federal government or any detached bureaucracy. 

Imagine if neither Florida nor South Dakota went their own way in 2020, but instead followed the Fauci playbook. Would Texas have ever reopened? State sovereignty, the principle of subsidiarity, and the Tenth Amendment are all hanging by a thread, even though these ideas formed the cornerstone of the American Revolution.

West raises these issues not just because he’s a man of integrity who speaks his mind but because he wants to inspire the same in others. He wants Texans to think and act for themselves.

“Perhaps law-abiding states should bond together and form a union of states that will abide by the Constitution,” he notoriously said last year in a letter from his desk as Texas GOP chair.

That was in reaction to the Supreme Court denying Texas’ lawsuit that was supported by 18 other states to challenge the 2020 presidential election results. 

The media’s reaction, which was predictable, was to label West a radical who supported secession. Pay no attention to Allen West, citizens! Where was Abbott? Not in West’s corner, nor in the corner of any Texan pushing for transparency and accountability.

Abbott is working hard to convey the opposite lately. He just showed up to the border with President Donald Trump, who has endorsed his campaign for a third term. 

Abbott recently acted unilaterally to build a wall for Texas along its border with Mexico. But if he has this power now, then he had it for all the years he’s been in office prior, so why the big spectacle all of a sudden? 

If Texans wake up to Abbott’s cynicism and demand something bigger and better, then millions across the country will feel a deep gratitude. It may, however, take a rough and tumble primary to stir up enough voters willing to rock the boat. Now is not the time for tepidity, but action. West shouldn’t hold back one bit, and if he doesn’t, it could prove to be one of the most educational primaries for Republicans nationwide to watch in recent memory.

The opinions expressed by columnists are their own and do not necessarily represent the views of TrumpTrainNews.com


Gavin Wax is the 74th president of the New York Young Republican Club, chairman of the Association of Young Republican Clubs, digital director of the Young Republican National Federation, an ambassador for Turning Point USA, and an associate fellow at the London Center for Policy Research. You can follow him on Twitter at @GavinWax.


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Mikey
Mikey
2 months ago

Texas needs to be careful. I was living in Arizona for the 1976 senate race to replace retiring Republican Paul Fannin. The GOP primary between John Conlan and Sam Steiger was a cutthroat, messy affair. With the result that disgusted voters in deep red Arizona sent democrat Dennis DeConcini to the senate.

Keep it civil, gentlemen. Keep Texas red.

Lawrence Hurd
Lawrence Hurd
2 months ago
Reply to  Mikey

Well that was then this now and a lot of people are a wake and not woke. We The People have been being screwed for a long time now and a lot of us know it… But that word needs to cover Texas and the rest of the states These people that are the problem have been in office far to long as Texas.. although Abbot has done some good things. But I am not sure he is on board with what the hell they been doing I could be wrong idk but we have to fight to get our dam country back before it turns kinetic. That would just in boldens our enemies that want to see out country evaporate.. What we are fighting is a global cabal that want to enslaver the entire planet which it has sort of has already done but they want to go way further Just read the Georgia Guide Stones, see evil needs to tell you what they intend to do and if you say nothing and do nothing they will do it and that is what they been doing ever so slowly since 1913

robert6391
robert6391
2 months ago
Reply to  Lawrence Hurd

Lawrence Hurd
Now what is this we the people when the Conservative party is the minority party in this USA, only about 33% of the population are Conservative minded in any way. Now being the Constitution was set up for the people to run the country through their elected representatives and some states make it so hard to vote through Gerrymandering and voter suppression in many different ways just to control the majority of ther people.

MikeyW
2 months ago
Reply to  Mikey

All the more reason to heed the 11th Commandment as promulgated by Ronaldus Magnus: “Do not speak ill of a fellow Republican.” Bring forth facts and programs and argue about them, but abjure any personal attacks.

Jack
Jack
2 months ago
Reply to  Mikey

thanks for posting, great observation!

William
William
2 months ago

REPUBLICANS BETTER STICK TOGETHER OR THE DEMOCRAPS WILL VOTE TWICE FOR THEIR LIBRAL CANDIDATE.

Robert
Robert
2 months ago
Reply to  William

They won.t have to vote twice, William! (Although they will if they get the chance!) They’ve got high-tech machines already programmed! Why do you think they want ER-1 and S-1 so badly as well? “FOR THE PEOPLE ACT my ass!! But you are right, oh,so right, about Republicans sticking together–cannot afford not to, now or ever! Paratroopers such as Col.West and myself exit the aircraft in two-second intervals! NO hesitation! And I believe that’s what he brings to the table–no hesitation in doing the right thing for America!

Jeanne
2 months ago
Reply to  Robert

I have followed Col. West for several years. I had the honor of meeting him in D.C. at a rally. Ted Cruz was also there but not known by many at that time. The one thing that has struck me about Col. West is that he did not use a teleprompter or notes. He spoke from the heart and I believed in him. He has a long history of being in the military which I feel is very important in this day and age. He is not a professional politician. He is an American Hero.

Jack
Jack
2 months ago
Reply to  William

Don’t forget, repubs can snatch defeat from the jaws of victory…

robert6391
robert6391
2 months ago
Reply to  William

William
Now when Republicans are only about 35% of the voters in this USA, and have 12 MILLION less voters than the Democrats and the Independents who lean Democrat at about 60%, which means that the Republican party is the minority party in every sense of the word.
‘In February 2020 the numbers were:
Democratic: 45,715,952
Republican: 33,284,020
ind & misc: 33,530,123
Libertarian: 609,234
Green: 246,377
Constitution: 118,088
Wk Families: 50,532
Reform: 6,665
oth parties 1,712,747
The February 2020 tally is the only one in U.S. history in which the number of voters registered independent and miscellaneous was greater than the number in either major party. But between February and now, Republicans regained their second-place position.”

Carol
Carol
2 months ago

Republicans STAY THEY COURSE & STICK TOGETHER

Dee S
2 months ago
Reply to  Carol

Yes, if they are honest and want whats best for America and the people, watch out that the rinos who claim to have Republican values don’t deceive people.

david
david
2 months ago

Abbott is a good soul…We need more people like him and need to keep him in office…I can’t believe West is trying to unseat him…Why isn’t West running to take out one of our worthless Democrat congressmen? Why is he trying to take out a good guy…I really, now, have my doubts about WEST….I think he is on the power hungry train…I alway thought he was a good guy, but now, I have my suspicions about him and certainly will not vote for him … be careful my friends!

TheVonz
TheVonz
2 months ago

Abbott waited way too long to act against the communists with their lockdowns, masks, etc. I suggested many times that he take control of the border, support Texas private citizens, stop sending illegals further into the USA, take away ALL Funds that go to illegals, and stop letting the communist feds telling him what to do.
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He did nothing until it became clear that those things were the “right” thing to do, instead of the “political” thing to do.
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I will fully support Colonel West in the Primary election in order to remove Abbott and to elect a true patriot as Texas governor.
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StaffSargent Smith
StaffSargent Smith
2 months ago
Reply to  TheVonz

You and your ilk will screw this election up!

david
david
2 months ago

Abbott is a good soul…We need more people like him and need to keep him in office…I can’t believe West is trying to unseat him…Why isn’t West running to take out one of our worthless Democrat congressmen? Why is he trying to take out a good guy…I really, now, have my doubts about WEST….I think he is on the power hungry train…I alway thought he was a good guy, but now, I have my suspicions about him and certainly will not vote for him … be careful my friends!

CountryBoy
CountryBoy
2 months ago

Allen West had his own share of problems as the  Texas GOP chair..

MY Vote is going to Abbott …..

StaffSargent Smith
StaffSargent Smith
2 months ago

I smell a rat in this article from New York…trying to spread division in the GOP!

Jay Smith
Jay Smith
2 months ago

Abbott’s scorecard on the priorities Texans gave him for the last legislative session was 1 of 9. He signed his own pink slip.

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