Yesterday, Austin Mayor Steve Adler used fancy words to twist the Council’s duty to defend democracy into a "disgusting display of duplicity." Those were the words sent to us by one angry Austinite who watched yesterday's proceedings.
Duplicity, a fancy word for dishonesty, is a good match for the fancy words used by the Mayor to force petitioners to go to court for your right to vote.
We’ll take it Mayor and we’ll see you in court!
The Mayor claims it took courage for the slim pusillanimous majority (Kitchen, Renteria, Casar, Garza and Flannigan) to deny you the right to vote in favor of the rich and powerful pushing CodeNEXT. Pusillanimous is a fancy word for cowardly. No Mayor, it takes both courage and heart to stand up for democracy.
Ora Houston, Not a Lawyer
Councimember Ora Houston, nailed this very point in today’s Statesman stating,
“I have personally been in situations where the law has disenfranchised me of that right,” and “I never want to be in that position (to vote for something) that legally might be the right thing to do, but morally it is the wrong thing to do.”
Many thanks to the forthright four — Councilmembers Houston, Tovo, Alter and Pool — and a bunch of other folks who spoke to the City Council yesterday. Y’all can watch the proceedings here. (Scroll down to Item 37.)
On Memorial Day you might revisit these words spoken by the father of our country. He knew how to use fancy words FOR democracy. Maybe that’s because our George refused to be king:
“However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.”
Farewell Address, 1797
Have a safe and reflective Memorial Day. Get some rest because we have a lot of work to do to save democracy in Austin.
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