The liberal City of San Antonio government along with local Leftist groups and elitist Establishment leaders are pushing one proposal and fighting another. They support a mandatory city sick-leave ordinance that would FORCE businesses to pay for sick-leave for their employees, but opposed three charter amendment petitions that would limit the City’s power.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton told city officials on Monday, July 9, that the city council could not act on its own and mandate paid sick time for private-sector employees. As a result, liberal SA Mayor Ron Nirenberg wants to raise the issue to the next level for a city-wide vote.
On Friday, July 13, Mayor Nirenberg announced that the city government would “move forward with the certification of petitions on Aug. 2, and likely council action on Aug. 16.” This means the mandatory sick-leave proposed ordinance will likely be sent to voters in November at the same time when the City will also be voting on charter amendments proposed by the SA Firefighters’ union to limited the city government’s power.
The Quiet Texas Democrats - Democrats across the nation have become more obstructionists, un-American, and unhinged in their behavior, but Texas Democrats seem to be very quiet in their rhetoric and behavior. Perhaps they are running away or hiding from their crazed Party leaders and supporters as a strategy in conservative Texas.
While Democrat leaders in D.C. declared their opposition against anyone President Trump nominated before anyone was even nominated, most Texas Democrats have been measured in their comments. They are being quiet and careful.
Non-Texan Democrats have visited the ICE detention centers and demand the abolition of ICE. But Texas Democrats, even those who represent the border communities like Congressman Filemon Vela and Congressman Henry Cuellar, have been careful in their criticism of ICE and border enforcement.
President Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., has withdrawn from a fundraiser for Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush in New York because of criticism toward his father, pres. Trump, by the Bush family. Trump Jr. had cautioned George P. in recent weeks that he would not be able to publicly support him if his father Jeb Bush continued to criticize the President.
Yesterday, Monday, June18, Jeb Bush tweeted, "Children shouldn't be used as a negotiating tool. @realDonaldTrump should end this heartless policy and Congress should get an immigration deal done that provides for asylum reform, border security and a path to citizenship for Dreamers."
The San Antonio city council seems to be following other liberal Democrat-led cities in blaming guns for violence rather personal behavior. Last week, on Tuesday, June 26, a city council committee discussed enacting gun control ordinances.
The SA city council’s Public Safety Committee discussed possible ordinances and regulations to address gun violence. The Committee voted 4-1 to discuss ordinances that could create a category of land use for firearm sales and modify bond conditions for people accused of family violence.
Texas law prohibits municipalities from regulating the transfer, ownership, transportation or licensing of firearms, but cities do have the authority to regulate the discharge of firearms, the use of a property and the location of a business that sells firearms.
District 6 Councilman Greg Brockhouse argued that enacting more firearm regulations amounted to “government overreach” and would not stop criminal offenders. But District 2 Councilman William Shaw, from the east side where most of the violence has occurred, said it was “a step in the right direction”.
Liberals continue to focus on and blame an inanimate object, the gun, for the behavior of people. Cars are not blamed for drunk drivers and knives are not blamed for stabbings, but guns are held responsible for shootings.
On the other hand, the culture of violence and anti-social behavior that is prevalent in high crime neighborhoods is rarely addressed. Whether the instrument of violence is a gun, a rock, a stick, a knife or bare hands, it is the person’s behavior that is responsible.
Gun ownership in America is protected by the 2nd Amendment because citizens rule the government, and they must protect themselves against it. Every tyranny in history has always disarmed its citizens.
Unfortunately, the City of San Antonio hasn’t learned from the failures of other liberal cities that strict gun controls (and liberal social policies) don’t stem gun violence or any violence. Chicago, Atlanta, Detroit, St. Louis and Baltimore, all liberal Democrat-dominated city governments with strict gun controls and liberal social policies, suffer from the nation’s highest rates of violence.
In the meantime, on Monday, July 2, another murder was reported in San Antonio when a man was found shot to death in a bathroom at an east side park. The city has been classified as one of the most dangerous cities in the state, while it adopts liberal social policies like raising the age for purchasing cigarettes and removing Confederate statues.
San Antonio citizens and voters need to recognize that governments and tyrants always claim to protect the communities by restricting rights, freedoms, and responsibilities. The defense of freedom and liberty starts in your backyard, at city hall, at your precinct, and with your vote.
This is an article written by my friend Chris Fails in response to an article written by Duke Machado titled “End the Libertarian Takeover in Texas GOP”. Apparently some folks think it's bad to support individual political and economic freedom and liberty. The state GOP convention will be a contest between grassroots constitutional conservatives and Establishment agenda donors and operatives.