(Republican Insider) – Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas came out swinging for the fences against Joe Biden in a recent letter that was sent out to the Adjutant General of the Texas National Guard Tuesday, announcing that he intends to sue the Biden administration for trying to force Texas National Guard troops to take the coronavirus vaccine.
In the document that was delivered to Major General Tracy R. Norris, the Texas governor issues a strong reminder that all members of the Texas National Guard are under his chain of command and that they then cannot be punished for not taking the vaccine.
“Do not punish any guardsman for choosing not to receive a COVID-19 vaccine,” Abbott said in the letter.
You see, the thing that Biden and his cronies seem to be forgetting is that Abbott is the commander-in-chief of the National Guard, not the president.
As commander-in-chief of Texas' militia, I will not tolerate Biden's efforts to compel Guardsmen to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
That is why I am suing the Biden Admin. over its latest unconstitutional vaccine mandate.
Read my full letter:https://t.co/kt4prg1w4c
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) January 4, 2022
“Although my order has been in effect for months now, President Biden has muddied the waters with a vaccine mandate from the U.S. Department of Defense,” he went on to explain. “To clear up any confusion, this letter addresses all Texas guardsmen who are serving in a Title 32 status or a state active duty status.”
Gov. Abbott then pointed out that “unless President Biden federalizes the Texas National Guard in accordance with Title 10 of the U.S. Code,” he is not the commander-in-chief of the National Guard under either the U.S. Constitution or the Texas Constitution.
“As long as I am your commander-in-chief, I will not tolerate efforts to compel receipt of a COVID19 vaccine,” Abbott continued.
According to the Texas governor, “President Biden still poses a career-ending threat to Texas’s unvaccinated guardsmen,” because the administration is making threats about cutting off retirement benefits for guardsmen who remain unvaccinated and is also trying to ban them from participating in specific training activities.
“[The Biden administration] has also warned that unvaccinated guardsmen will be discharged from the Texas National Guard,” Abbott wrote. “In short, the Biden DoD is threatening to take direct action against guardsmen who do not submit to a vaccine mandate that the State of Texas declines to enforce.”
“The Texas commander-in-chief also told his state militia members he’ll fight to protect their freedoms from the federal government, and that’s why he’s ‘suing the Biden Administration over its latest unconstitutional vaccine mandate,'” Infowars stated.
“On the second page of the letter, Abbott detailed how the federal courts will ultimately rule whether or not Biden violates the U.S. Constitution by undermining the Texas governor’s commander-in-chief power instead of federalizing the state’s guardsmen,” the report from Infowars said.
So really, the only way that Biden could actually attempt to force members of the Texas National Guard to comply with his vaccine mandate is if he federalized them.
“Win or lose, President Biden must be held accountable for his unconscionable willingness to hollow out the Texas National Guard,” Abbott stated in the conclusion of his letter. “Please know that I am grateful for your service and will continue fighting on your behalf.” (Screenshot here).
Ken Paxton, Texas Attorney General also put out a notice concerning the lawsuit, saying, “Neither the President nor federal military officials can order the Governor of Texas and non-federalized National Guardsmen to comply with a vaccination mandate or to direct a particular disciplinary action for failure to comply.”
Just Last week, Gov. Kevin Stitt, a Republican from Oklahoma, lost a similar case when he took bold steps to challenge the Pentagon’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for his own state’s National Guard members.
In the ruling, Judge Stephen P. Friot said, “Adding a tenth … vaccine to the list of nine that all service members are already required to take would hardly amount to ‘an enormous and transformative expansion [of the] regulatory authority’ the Secretary of Defense already possesses.”
However, in Texas on Monday, a federal judge in the state blocked the Department of Defense from being able to punish 35 Navy members who have refused to take the jab.
“The Navy service members in this case seek to vindicate the very freedoms they have sacrificed so much to protect,” the judge stated in the ruling. “The COVID-19 pandemic provides the government no license to abrogate those freedoms. There is no COVID-19 exception to the First Amendment. There is no military exclusion from our Constitution.”
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