New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has epitomized the progressive approach to law enforcement during the current riots by saying he expects the NYPD officers to use a “light touch” with “protesters.” Further emphasizing this progressive arrogance, Hollywood stars have developed a fund to pay the bail for arrested rioters. In the meantime, police officers are injured, and private property is being destroyed.
Dear Mayor de Blasio and other progressives, these are NOT protestors exercising their First Amendment rights. They are vandals and criminals, and they don’t deserve a light touch.
The San Antonio Police Department has installed a new touchless temperature detection camera system at its headquarters that will be able to scan 2,000 persons an hour quickly and accurately. The question is, “then what?” Is this a role for law enforcement, and if someone tests with a higher or lower temperature, what will happen?
According to the report, the Temperature Detection Cameras can scan a person and alert the officers instantly if an elevated temperature is present. A person who has high temperature will be reported and probably denied entrance to the building.
But after that what? Other detection cameras will undoubtedly be operating at other buildings in the near future. Will “sick” people be quarantined or segregated? If AIDS has privacy protections, why not COVID-19?
Will law enforcement officers or other government officials carry detection cameras to identify “sick people” in public? Isn’t this a role for health professionals and the privacy of citizens, or is this another route to push a national government public health system?
We are entering a very dangerous, questionable, and unconstitutional for the government. This new action by the City appears to be another infringement by local tyrants on individual rights in the name of public safety.
Dictators always use the greater good as an excuse to limit personal freedom.
While national attention has been given to Dallas salon owner Shelley Luther, two Laredo women were also arrested for providing beauty services in violation of the city’s stay-at-home order. Ana Isabel Castro-Garcia and Brenda Stephanie Mata were arrested on April 15, two separate sting operations for allegedly offering hair and cosmetic services in their homes.
Their arrest exposed another example of the local tyranny that has surfaced in communities across the nation. State and local governments have used “public health” as an excuse to limit individual freedoms and mobility.
According to local prosecutors in Laredo, Castro-Garcia and Mata were facing fines or jail time. However, Gov. Greg Abbott amended his executive order on Thursday, May 7, which eliminated confinement in jail.
Liberals and leftists have used this health crisis at the federal, state, and local levels of government to advance their political, social, and economic agendas. It has also been used as a weapon to try to bring the Trump administration down.
Citizens often focus only on the national or state government, and they forget to challenge city hall tyrants who oppose constitutional freedoms and raise taxes. It’s up to citizens to remove them from office in the next election, or things could get worst.
The citizens must remember that the defense of freedom and liberty starts in your backyard, at the voting booth.
San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and the entire city council passed a resolution yesterday, Thursday, May 7, condemning hate crimes, discrimination, and aggression against Asians and Jews in the City and “across the country.” However, the City already has a Non-Discrimination Ordinance passed in 2013. It is also ironic that neither the local liberal press nor the city leaders defended former city councilwoman Elisa Chan when she was secretly taped expressing some personal religious views and opinions.
This resolution is another example of using the COVID-19 fears to further the leftist, anti-Constitutional (free speech) agenda. The SA City leaders should cut back on city spending to save taxpayers money in this time economic stress instead of limiting free expression and personal opinions.
Government, whether national, state or local, should address issues of common concern to everyone instead of seeking to “protect” special groups and interests. All violence and crime against everyone and anyone should be punished, rather than define one group over another.
New York City recently passed an ordinance outlawing the use of the phrase “illegal alien,” and the liberal press has condemned anyone using the words “Chinese virus,” however, both are accurate descriptions. It is dangerous when politicians, especially leftist liberal ones, define crimes for special singled-out groups.
New photos have surfaced of former Democrat U.S. Congressman and current Bexar County Justice of the Peace Ciro Rodriguez, campaigning for his daughter, a candidate for Texas Senate District 19, despite state laws forbidding judges from campaigning on behalf of another person. This incident is the second time Judge Rodriguez violate state law in openly campaigning for his daughter, Xochil Pena Rodriguez.
The Texas Code of Judicial Conduct prohibits judges from endorsing other political candidates. In response to earlier reporting by KSAT, Rodriguez — a former congressman — left a voicemail with the station apologizing for passing out campaign literature on Peña Rodriguez’s behalf.
However, how can the public trust a judge who has repeated lapses of judgment?