Gov. Greg Abbott weighs in on Confederate monument debate

by Alana Rocha
August 19, 2017

In the Texas Political Roundup: Lawmakers cleared out of Austin this week having passed bills for about half of Gov. Greg Abbott’s special session agenda. Will they be back for a second special session?

Plus, in the wake of the white nationalist rally in Virginia, Abbott weighs in on the removal of confederate statues, and Texas A&M blocks a similar rally from happening on campus.

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10 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • I Seigel says:

    Univ of Texas-Austin removed the statues in the middle of the night. No confrontations. Done deal. Case closed.

  • justinwachin says:

    So people think their lives will be better if a statue is removed? This whole debate is absurd. While we might debate the worthiness of someone being memorialized, those working to have the statues removed would be better off actually working to improve the lives of people. If people really want to improve the lives of people focus on finding jobs, improving health and improving opportunity. Most of these statues aren’t that large and they don’t move around. Ignore them and get on with life.

    I find it hard to believe that the same people who would object to book banning and censorship has no problem trying to ban statues and censor Civil War symbols.

  • roboteq says:

    Tributes to noteworthy Americans are not claiming that those being honored were perfect. Not one American of noteworthiness is without flaw. Do we only point out the flaws of American leaders of the past so we can claim that our entire existence was built on hatefulness? This is what Progressive Socialists want to do; demean all of those who helped make the United States of American the great nation it is.

    1. Bob says:

      Here’s a bold idea. Since Washington was a slave owner and a traitor to his country (he was a British subject when he rebelled), rename the obelisk in DC the “Clinton Memorial”. It surely represents his conduct in office better than any old “man on a hose” statue.

  • Rodney Steward says:

    The Dems. haven’t anything, and neither has the news! Everyone with half a brain knows who’s behind all this BS, and again Dems. you will lose more seats for all this dirty riots and and your home built Antifa and BLM thugs!

  • Bob says:

    Here’s a question that does not seem to be asked: Why are these statues, many of which have been in place for more than a century, all of the sudden become offensive? In the 8 years of Obama, they were not offensive. In the 8 years of Bush, they were not offensive. Nor in the 8 years of Clinton. Why now? Could it be the radicals on the left, NOT the right, have been emboldened by the election of Trump to make demands and cause rioting that they now feel the time is right to make a mountain out of a mole hill of these statues?

    1. mort_f says:

      The seating of Kagan and Sottameyer, added to the existing Ginsburg, almost totally emasculated the Supreme Court from a court of law to one of so-called compassion. Obama and Holder put paid to the Justice Department as an enforcer of law. The result has been the reign of Mob Rule. While far right ‘mobs’ were held in check, those on the left were given the proverbial ‘free pass’. Reestablishing the Rule of Law, checking the prominence of the far left, will take some time to undo the damage of the past eight years.

    2. Rodney Steward says:

      Exactly, this is the thinking of Soros and his Dem. party, do anything to make Trump look bad, even though he has nothing to do with this!

      1. Bob says:

        Remember the “good old days” when President Obama said the party of the person losing the election should make every effort to ensure a smooth transition of power? That they should not use political tricks to hold up the Cabinet and other appointments so the new President could “hit the ground running? Remember when we were told it was un-American to continue to rerun the election after you lost and you should accept the defeat and move on to help you opponent succeed? That it was not appropriate to say you would not accept the outcome and demand recounts, calling into question the votes for your opponent? My, what a difference 3 to 4 weeks made.

        1. Rodney Steward says:

          LOL, I remember those days, didn’t know we had any good ones under the clown, but he was coming from the heart till Hillary lost, and he still has no legacy, and has moved in just blocks from the White house, and Big Mike is gone and the 2 girls went back to their real homes, and now it’s GOOD!!! 🙂

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