The Texas Supreme Court granted a major win to Gov. Greg Abbott in both Dallas and Bexar counties Sunday, upholding his executive ban on mask mandates that will nullify new mask orders signed in both regions.
The Austin American-Statesman reported, “The ruling by the Texas Supreme Court blocked rulings by lower courts that allowed two cities to impose mask mandates.”
Going back to July 29, temporary restraining orders were obtained by district court judges to prevent Abbott’s executive order banning municipal governments from imposing indoor mask mandates.
The lower court judgments permitted San Antonio and Dallas to ignore the governor’s directive and adopt mask laws; however, On Sunday the lower courts’ restraining orders were overturned in the judgment.
Well, this certainly is a win for freedom.
The Texas Supreme Court has demonstrated what it is like to have a legal system that upholds the rule of law. Many of today’s activist judges are not always like this.
People might not be so opposed to masking mandates now if their implementation had not gone beyond the “two weeks to flatten the curve” deadline in the spring of 2020, however, the ship has sailed, Mask mandates, however, are not universally accepted. Despite Abbott’s decision, numerous Texas jurisdictions have implemented their own rules, as per American-Statesman.
Many of the mandates that have been instituted have focused on schools Because children under the age of 12 are still unable to get the COVID-19 vaccines.
Last Monday, Austin’s Democratic mayor, Steve Adler, issued his own order forcing people to wear face masks in all government facilities and public schools, on Sunday; Adler claimed that his order was still valid as the Texas Supreme Court ruling did not specifically deal with school mask mandates or the city of Austin on Twitter, he also urged parents to continue fighting for mask mandates in schools.
This ruling does NOT address or decide whether school mandates are valid, nor does it rule against the local @AustinISD order, mine, the @AusPublicHealth or @TravisCoJudge‘s. While we await a final decision, we believe local rules are the rules. https://t.co/lNt5etPwby
— Mayor Adler | Get vaccinated! (@MayorAdler) August 15, 2021
According to the American-Statesman, while the Texas Supreme Court upheld the governor’s order in some areas, an Austin district judge issued his own set of interim restraining orders on Sunday. The outlet reported that these decisions permitted any Texas school district to implement mask mandates.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton wrote on the site that Sunday’s ruling makes it clear that local mask mandates are illegal, Contradicting what Adler wrote on Twitter.
Breaking: TX Supreme Court sides with the rule of law. Today, SCOTEX has ordered Dallas Co & Dallas ISD to follow Exec. Order GA-38. Local mask mandates are illegal under GA-38. Let this ruling serve as a reminder to all ISDs and Local officials that the Governor’s order stands. https://t.co/s7AUVCXlJ1
— Attorney General Ken Paxton (@KenPaxtonTX) August 15, 2021
Texans should make health decisions for themselves rather than the government deciding for them, Abbot believed.
And His ban on mask mandates does not prevent anybody from wearing masks, Abbott reiterated Sunday on Twitter.
BREAKING: The Texas Supreme Court imposes a temporary halt to lower court decisions that overruled the State ban on mask mandates.
The ban doesn’t prohibit using masks. Anyone who wants to wear a mask can do so, including in schools.https://t.co/QeVipZMPWH
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) August 15, 2021
When it comes to mask mandates, the two main viewpoints on the issue ultimately reflect one of the biggest — if not the biggest — ideological differences between America’s two major political parties. Should Americans be free to make their own choices and live their lives as they see fit, or should the government make those decisions for them?
When you pull away from the deceptive layers of how this issue is spun, that is ultimately what this boils down to.
Admittedly, this may be a tricky area for some conservatives. When it comes to what level of government should have more control, people on the right side of the political aisle will tend to side with whichever government entity is smaller. State rights over federal rights. Local rights over state rights.
The actions of government at the local level often have more of a direct impact on citizens than at the state or federal level. Local government often can be more effective than other levels of government as well.
In this instance, there may be an urge to support the local government over the state government. But when it comes to the fundamental rights of citizens versus a freedom-restricting mandate from the local government, at the end of the day, the local government is still the government.
The debate surrounding whether the citizenry should be free to make decisions for themselves and their children is still a major difference between the Democratic and Republican parties.
One can see that the left believes that it is the government’s responsibility to think, decide and act for us. The right believes that people are smart enough — and should be free enough — to make these decisions for themselves. One comes from a place of elitist arrogance in the lust of power, while the other comes from a place of earnest relatability and a desire to extend liberty.
Sunday’s decision from the Texas Supreme Court should be lauded for upholding the rule of law and preserving individual liberty. Let’s just hope that the court continues to rule this way.