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Profiles in Courage?
by David Stanowski
08 May 2013
The character of our City Council stands in stark contrast to that of this nation’s Founders, and is a painful reminder of just how far the nation has declined. The Founders pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor to declare their independence from a tyrannical king. In 2012, six candidates pledged to fight the Conciliation Agreement and rid the City of a segregated Public Housing system that concentrated all of the County’s Public Housing in the most poverty stricken neighborhoods in this city.
The Founders honored their pledge and gave us a great nation. Four of the Councilmembers broke their promises and gave us a City controlled by the Poverty Industry.
Shortly after the election, it was obvious that some of the newly elected Councilmembers never intended to fight; their plan was to make a deal with the bureaucrats in Washington and Austin. However, their deal ignored fair housing laws and would not fix the local problems with Public Housing, so it was no better than the plans of the previous regime.
The “deal” was quite simple; affluent communities on the Mainland did not want Public Housing, so if the Galveston City Council would “play ball” and continue the City’s role as the reservation of segregated poverty, for the entire County, the federal government would “bailout” the City by paying for some of the infrastructure that it had neglected.
The Gang of Five on City Council believes that they are entitled to take money from people in other parts of the country to repair the City’s crumbling infrastructure, even though the City failed to properly maintain it. They are willing to give up the City’s sovereignty, ignore the rule of law, and break their promises to the voters, in exchange for “free money”; and they have the support of the City Manager and City Attorney.
Needless to say, if the Gang of Five had been in charge in 1776, this country would still be ruled by a British King. Their actions have so demoralized the people that worked so hard to put them in office, for the expressed purpose of solving the Public Housing problem, that very few voters want to have anything to do with them. But a City Council cannot properly govern without continuing interaction with the voters that elected them, so it is now broken beyond repair.
And make no mistake, this broken trust and betrayal cannot be solved with another election. How can the voters trust any challenger to those Councilmembers who broke their promises, when they were specifically elected to fix the failed policies of the previous Council and made absolutely no attempt to do so?
The good news is that Councilmembers Beeton and Pappous kept their promises!
The bad news is that two people with character are not enough to implement the changes that will give Public Housing residents the opportunity to escape from poverty and attract new middle class residents to this city.
The last election changed nothing. The Poverty Industry still rules this city, so its decline continues!
It has been a disastrous, demoralizing, depressing, and disappointing year of further decline in the City since the last election. If someone had been knocked into a coma the morning of the election last year, on 12 May, and just woke up today, they could not even tell that there had been an election last year!
Do you remember:
The Devil Made Me Do It!
How Low Will They Go?