Starting in October, Washington is rolling out a vaccine mandate insisting the National Guard get the jab. Has Washington already forgotten whose troops these are? More importantly, has Abbott?
Gov Abbott may be ok with rolling over on this groundless vaccine mandate. But Lt. Col. West is not. Here’s what he had to say about the issue in his press release.
Garland, TX, September 28, 2021 — Governor Abbott is the commander of the Texas National Guard and under his leadership he is allowing vaccine mandates to take effect this October. He is kowtowing to federal overreach and not standing up for liberties of Texans who have stood up to serve the Lone Star State.
The Governor cannot blame President Biden for this mandate. As Governor of Texas, he is well within his authority to stop the medical overreach from occurring. Since the Texas National Guard is not currently under neither Title 10 nor 32 orders, it is not under federal authority. The buck, instead, stops at the Governor’s office. Blaming the Biden administration for the mandate and wringing one’s hands is not a policy decision that a principled leader would take.
Lt. Col. West stated:
“It is highly disturbing that our Texas National Guard members are being ordered — mandated — to take a COVID shot. Unless on active-duty orders, the Commander-in-Chief of the Texas National Guard is the Governor, not Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin.
It is an unlawful, unethical, and immoral order to mandate, not for deployment purposes, that service members of the Texas Military Department receive this inoculation, especially when it wasn’t mandated for 15,000 invading Haitian illegal immigrants. As Governor of Texas, I will defend our Texas Military forces from this onerous and intrusive violation of the sovereignty of Texas.”
Will Abbott cave on Biden’s ‘mandate’? Will he do the right thing at the last minute, and block it?
Even if he does eventually do the right thing, did it take a rival telling him what his job responsibility was before he did so?
Is THAT what true leadership looks like?
Or do leaders take action, the way Lt. Col. West does?