Of four qualified to win presidency in 2024, only two pass national security, executive scrutiny

Of four qualified to win presidency in 2024, only two pass national security, executive scrutiny

Image: Texas Governor Greg Abbott (left) and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (right).

The Golden Hammer Staff Reports

Tallahassee (Florida) and Austin (Texas), January 24 – Americans should choose the next president in 2024 based upon the key function of that office, decision making in national security matters.

The United States of America faces serious national security problems. As Pasquinelli Produce Company President and Arizona farmer Alex Muller explained:

“When they say the borders are closed, they’re 100% not closed. And it’s very alarming. And it’s not just food safety. I feel like it’s a national security issue. Everybody should be alarmed.”

On November 7, 1973, after passing Congress by a two-thirds vote to override President Richard Nixon’s veto, the War Powers Resolution became law. The Purpose and Policy of the Resolution made clear that “imminent involvement in hostilities” includes “a national emergency created by attack upon the United States, its territories or possession, or its armed forces.” The Resolution does not define such an attack but subsequent use of the Resolution has included any circumstance in which the United States, its territories, its possession, or its armed forces are under threat of invasion or even an indirect threat to the national security of the United States.

Since the Biden administration came into office in January, 2021, illegal immigration across the southern border of the United States with Mexico has been approximately 171,840 illegal migrations per month, or a total of over 4.1 million. The number of illegal migrations during the Trump administration’s four years was approximately one-quarter of that amount each month.

As Muller, the Arizona farmer, expressed, no national security issue impacts and threatens Americans more than our porous southern border. Illegal immigration is the greatest national security issue facing the United States of America. Illegal immigration brings drug trafficking, human trafficking, sex crimes, hungry mouths, and an easy ability for terrorists to enter the United States.

As Muller, the Arizona farmer, expressed, no national security issue impacts and threatens Americans more than our porous southern border. Illegal immigration is the greatest national security issue facing the United States of America. Illegal immigration brings drug trafficking, human trafficking, sex crimes, hungry mouths, and an easy ability for terrorists to enter the United States.

To analyze who meets the qualifications to become the next president after the 2024 presidential election, we must look to see who, if anyone, has focused on enforcement of American immigration laws to meet the national security threat illegal aliens pose. The reality is that four Americans holding government office have sought to enforce federal immigration laws vigorously: (1) former President Donald Trump, (2) Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, (3) Texas Governor Greg Abbott, and (4) Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who has become the de facto chief immigration law enforcement officer in the United States.

Those four individuals are the clear choices among Americans who have actually confronted the number one national security threat, while President Joe Biden has attempted to ignore it until recent squawking from fellow Democrats.

Former President Trump’s mishandling of classified documents should disqualify him from consideration as the next president. That’s a shame, but it’s also the reality. His mishandling of such documents reflects a misunderstanding of the importance of national security matters to Americans. His successor in office, Biden, has the same problem.

Ken Paxton is arguably the most impactful Attorney General in the history of Texas. By filing lawsuit after lawsuit against the Biden administration, and winning many of them, Paxton has become the primary enforcer of federal immigration laws in the United States. His service as Texas Attorney General has been nothing short of superb. The problem with Paxton, however, is that he has never served as a chief executive. While he runs a large state agency, he has not been in the difficult position of a chief executive. Furthermore, realistically, Paxton doesn’t have the national stature to run for president.

Two other American political leaders have engaged the illegal immigration problem squarely, Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. Both are excellent fundraisers and campaigners. Both have national name recognition. Both have taken the lead on illegal immigration enforcement problems in their respective states. Both are creative and have keen political sense.

Abbott has faced a bit of a problem with the job he holds, Governor of Texas. In Texas, the Governor constitutionally is little more than a ceremonial position with a major exception: when the Texas Legislature is in session, the Governor acts as a “super legislator,” because he does have the veto power of a normal chief executive. Otherwise, the Texas Governor doesn’t have much power, because he doesn’t have control of the vast majority of state agencies.

Abbott has worked around the limitations of power of his job in a manner which has created a lot of controversy. In March, 2020, Abbott declared a state “emergency” arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Governor’s emergency powers under the Texas Government Code are vast and give him the control over state agency functions he would not otherwise enjoy. Unlike most other Republican-controlled states, Abbott has re-affirmed the COVID-19 disaster declaration continuously now for almost three years.

DeSantis ended Florida’s COVID-19 disaster declaration on May 4, 2021. Nevertheless, the Governor of Florida enjoys substantially greater executive power than does the Governor of Texas. DeSantis has used that power along with his very adept media instincts to provide himself with a continuous national spotlight.

Americans should face the reality that on the issues, which count the most, there are really two highly qualified candidates for President of the United States in 2024, Ron DeSantis and Greg Abbott. In many ways, they’re very different. In many ways, they’re also similar to each other. American voters should examine them closely during the next two years and make a strategic choice.

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