To preface this post:
When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.
Those are the 1st few lines of the Declaration of Independence. They applied to the mood of the moment as the future United States declared its independence from England.
Now, maybe We, The People of Rowlett need to declare OUR independence from the ever increasing dictatorship that our Mayor is attempting to foist off on us.
Our city has a charter, a set of rules, and in it, we are, to the best of my limited understanding, a Mayor, Council and City Manager type of government with the city manager being the CEO of the city andÂ the Mayor, along with theÂ Council in an oversight position.
No ONE person can run this city, and no ONE person should be allowed to. That is the very reason for an ODD number of members on the City Council, no one can enact a plan of action without a majority vote from the Council. That’s the democratic way we hear so many constitutional scholars espouse.
Mayor Harper knew this when he took the job, and now, because he can’t persuade, or bully the Council into accepting HIS plan, and his plan only, the Council has, in Mayor Harper’s words, “turned on him”. There is no compromise in the attitude exhibited by Mayor Harper. Government is meant to be give and take, well, in most places.
The rules are, and have always been, MAJORITY RULES, that’s government in action, and IF the members of the Rowlett City Council are wrong in their decisions, it is then up to US, the citizens of Rowlett, to take them to task come election time. It is certainly NOT the duty of the citizens of Rockwall to meddle in OUR affairs, and quite frankly, Rockwall needs to butt the hell OUT of Rowlett business and government.
The picture below if from the ROCKWALL TEA Party, not ROWLETT, from ROCKWALL.The Rockwall TEA Party members were in attendance at this TEA Party gathering in Rowlett yesterday in support of Rowlett Mayor John Harper, at HIS invitation.
Two troublesome individuals were soon gone – the only
negative response to Mayor Harper’s presentation.
The picture caption is added by the Rockwall TEA Party, aka: The Rockwall Republican Men’s Club, on their Facebook page, found at TEA Party Rockwall.
What the caption doesn’t tell you is this; those troublesome individuals are Rowlett City Councilmen Chris Kilgore on the left, and Doug Phillips on the right. The only trouble that these two gentlemen were causing was a troubled mind for Rowlett Mayor John Harper.
From John Harper via the Rowlett TEA Party page on Facebook:
I invite everyone, Rowlett and Rockwall, to come hear the whole story! http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=204817956196465
What Mayor Harper meant to say was apparently this:
Everyone except those pesky RINO Council members from Rowlett that hate me and are in open rebellion against my benevolent dictatorship, uh, leadership…
I’m sorry to hear that our City Council is not a part of the community, at least in John Harper’s opinion.
I am also rapidly becoming more convinced that a censure of Mayor Harper is in order and an exploration into a recall or NO confidence vote is indeed in order and needs to be launched ASAP, with censure being the least severe action to befall our Mayor.
1. An expression of strong disapproval or harsh criticism.
2. An official rebuke, as by a legislature of one of its members
Something has got to be done, and drastic measures may well be the only option if the Mayor isn’t willing to engage in a CIVIL debate with the Council.
I am certain that Mayor Harper will see my recent posts as me having turned against him and as having abandoned him too.
I did not abandon you John…you drove me away.
I have sat on the sidelines, watching, listening, garnering information from many sources, not the least of which is the recorded and archived footage of Council work sessions. I have seen your anger in those videos, I have seen you claim that you had other things to do and walk out of Council work sessions.
That is fairly disconcerting for the Council members, and quite frankly, it doesn’t inspire much confidence from those of us sitting on the outside looking in when our Mayor has other pressing engagements when there is CITY business that needs to be addressed on OUR behalf.
Mr. Mayor, your reactions to Councilman Michael Gallops and Mayor Pro Tem Todd Gottel yesterday was the most unprofessional exhibition I have ever seen. You should be ashamed of yourself!
And so you know, so youÂ don’t bear any ill will against Todd for the City Council walking in to this dog and pony show you put on for the Rowlett and Rockwall TEA Parties, Sir, I am the one that instigated their attendance, I am the one that contacted Messrs Gottel, Kilgore, Phillips and Gallops and encouraged them to attend what was indeed, a PUBLIC MEETING.
Now, Mr. Mayor, it appears that you need to contact Merriam-Webster and have them publish your interpretation of PUBLIC MEETING.
You sure as hell redefined it yesterday.