"Whereas, we are saddened and outraged at the recent escalation of hateful rhetoric against Muslims, those perceived to be Muslims, immigrants, and all people of color, and we are particularly concerned to see political figures and elected officials leading this escalation and using it to gain power".
-Greensboro City Council resolution from the October 18, 2016 meeting
I only recently became aware of this "resolution" stuff when the council decided to make a resolution to tell our District Attorney how to do his job as they were apologizing to a convicted habitual felon for having the nerve to arrest him after not allowing him to break into his mother's house for the third time. As it has been explained to me these resolutions are not introduction of ordinance or law and are only meant to be "suggestions" or perhaps "policy stances". Fortunately, our District Attorney gave the previous resolution to reconsider charging a police officer in a case where he did nothing wrong (again) the appropriate consideration by rejecting it immediately for the piece of comedic material it was. Our DA knows a good "joke" when he sees it. So do I.
As I watched the video clip of last night's episode of Progressive Smoke and Mirrors", my first thought was a very basic one; what the heck does this have to do with the effective running of city government? Answer; not a doggone thing. This is another in a long line of resolutions, creations of "special" days, and targeting of a large quantity of Greensboro residents in an effort to deny, deflect and distract from the massive failure this Mayor's and this Council's policies and lack of action on important city matters has been. The very wording of the above paragraph is hypocritical and Jamal Fox's efforts to not answer a question last night from Tony Wilkins by attempting to put him on the spot and offering to add Wilkins' name to the resolution was bush league at best. Fox has followed Nancy Vaughn this past year, skipping merrily down the path of boisterous left wing extremism in lieu of actually presenting even one single morsel of positive ideas or legislation that would be helpful to his constituents. You see, as happens everywhere else that progressive politicians have had significant time to rule. the economic failures are such that they have to convince city residents that social issues are more important to tackle than the business of running the city. Deny, deflect, attack dissenting opinions and assign them the blame; take no responsibility.
BUT, when in Rome......right?
Whereas, I am saddened and outraged;
That Greensboro has the highest unemployment rate and non-participation in the work force rate in North Carolina and YOU, City Council have done absolutely nothing to address it.
That Greensboro has the second highest rate of poverty of comparable cities in North Carolina and we are about to overtake Durham for first, and YOU have done nothing to address it.
That Greensboro has the highest percentage of food stamp usage in North Carolina and YOU have done nothing to address it.
That YOU still assess the highest property taxes in North Carolina on Greensboro citizens despite your failures in all other economic areas.
That Mayor Vaughn and her council minions have undermined the police department administration and imposed your extremist social agenda on how officers perform their duties, placing them in more danger than they normally would be, taking away their discretion and choosing which laws you deem unfit to follow. This government suppression of proactive policing and refusal to enforce ALL state laws have given rise to Greensboro's violent crime rate; a 25% increase. Mayor Vaughn and the Greensboro City Council are destroying our police department.
That YOU are allowed to make resolutions such as this one while providing zero evidence of your claim. Yes, this is a claim; you are claiming that you have specific evidence that is unquestionable that there is "recent escalation" of these items mentioned in your resolution. Since you are charged with representing the people of Greensboro we can surmise that you are speaking of Greensboro citizens. To speak of anyone else would simply not be your concern or what you have been elected to do.
That council is wasting time and effort on ridiculous resolutions that accomplish nothing but further division and isolation of citizens that have no representation or voice on this council.
That Jamal Fox used this issue last night to "to gain political power". Your amateurish attack on Mr. Wilkins and your grandstanding to the crowd was evidence of your lack of ability to bring anything positive to this city. I'm used to you ignoring and deceiving the folks in my area of District 2 but now you seem empowered the past few months to be more aggressive in your criticisms of anything to the right of extreme left. Quite frankly you look foolish doing it.
That city government has slowed to a social issue crawl, never seems to attack the real issues and has not come up with one effective idea to right the sinking ship that is Greensboro. Our Mayor and her minions spend more time pissing off state legislature and giving undeserved thousands of tax payer dollars to criminals than they do governing.
That this council who regularly celebrates tolerance, displays absolute intolerance of any dissent to their agenda. Was that really Sharon Hightower lecturing on decorum last night?
I could go on and on and on. Rehashing what we know is now the consistent norm for this council would be an exercise in futility. Only a sweeping change in our next city election will solve Greensboro's ills. The only way that occurs is a sweeping change in our voter participation. We know the 11.5% of registered voters that did vote is not a mandate by any stretch yet these left wing extremists council people act as if it was. What do the other 88.5% think? Or are they the ones with their house for sale and looking to escape to a place in North Carolina where the economy is trending positively? Their choices are many; that's most every place but Greensboro.
One of my facebook friends posted a thought provoking, insightful and seemingly accurate post.
"Blue lives don't care about Red lives in Greensboro".
For a Mayor and Council that are constantly touting their ratings on tolerance and inclusiveness, why don't you try these traits out on your own population. I found it very interesting watching Nancy Vaughn call down and invoke decorum on Mr. Wilkins last night. When I see you do that as quickly and as fervently on Lewis Pitts or any of Nelson Johnson's crew, only then will I take you seriously.
I make the resolution that we stop with useless resolutions that are specifically designed to cause more division and target citizens that do not agree with left wing progressive agendas. Try to paint it anyway you like; this resolution was created to specifically target conservatives in general and yes Mr. Fox, Tony Wilkins in particular. Your intent was to corner him into voting for this resolution or portray him as something he is not if he didn't vote for it.
"I can attach your name to it if you want Mr. Wilkins? Either vote yes or no"
You just did attach his name to it Jamal. Bush league. Non professional. Cheap political ploy to gain power. You used this issue to gain what you stated you were "saddened and outraged" about. That makes you Jamal Fox, a hypocrite.