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El Paso Mayor to Indict Voters Who Don't Support His Agenda?
Townhall.com ^ | March 25, 2012 | Joel Oster

Posted on 03/25/2012 6:51:53 AM PDT by Kaslin

In El Paso, Texas, Democrat Mayor John Cook is literally doing whatever he can to cram his political preferences down the throats of El Pasoans who voted against him. His latest effort in this regard has been convening a grand jury in El Paso to possibly indict those who oppose his policies, based solely on their speech.

It all began in 2010, when the City Council passed a measure granting taxpayer-paid benefits for same-sex couples. The citizens responded by passing a city-wide referendum overturning the measure. Not pleased that his policies were thwarted by the people, Cook went to the City Council again and instituted the benefits anyway, basically telling the people whom he represents that they’re not running the show—rather, he is.

Making matters worse, Cook himself cast the tie-breaking vote in the City Council vote that “overrode” the referendum and the will of the people.

As a result, various citizens, including pastors, people associated with ministries, and pro-family groups throughout the city, have united and collected the signatures needed to hold accountable public officials who threw out their vote. Not to be outdone, the Mayor has now sued these Christians and is using a Texas election law to stop the recall election. The city’s district attorney has even convened a grand jury and is threatening to prosecute every church member he can who took part in gathering petition signatures.

If this seems like a Rod Serling moment to you, and if you’re listening now for the Twilight Zone music to start playing, I regret to inform you that this is reality. This is really happening. This is how those in power abuse that power. Just as President Obama has ignored the rule of law and the will of the American people via his abortion pill/birth control mandate, so too the mayor has run roughshod over the citizens of El Paso and doesn’t plan to do anything but continue his stampede.

The very mayor who told one woman at a city council meeting, “You can take your freedom of speech outside,” is not about to be challenged.

We have to remember—for ideologues, the vision they want to implement is always more important than the people they represent.

Fortunately, the Christians in El Paso who have fought against this measure are not without a voice and legal representation. The Alliance Defense Fund has come along beside them and has collected more than 250 signed affidavits from local citizens who are terrified that they may go to jail for their legitimate political and free speech efforts.

ADF understands that the mayor can’t be allowed to put his opponents in jail just because they participated in a valid effort that he doesn’t favor – unless El Paso has suddenly relocated to Communist China.

The citizens of El Paso deserve better, and ADF is trying to make sure they get it by seeking a change in the Texas election law so that there is no longer any ambiguity about every state law’s need to respect rights protected by the First Amendment. In the meantime, the mayor cannot abuse this election law, intended to regulate financial political contributions, to stifle the political activity of his opponents. That battle is on appeal to the Texas Supreme Court on an expedited basis.

This isn’t Cuba or North Korea: it’s the United States of America. And here, where religious liberty and freedom of speech and assembly are constitutionally protected, the will of the people takes precedence over the arrogance of those who wish to set up their own kingdoms.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: New Mexico; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: calls4directaction; directactioncalled4; elpaso; needsdirectaction; stockpilesong; texas

1 posted on 03/25/2012 6:51:56 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Bump


2 posted on 03/25/2012 6:59:30 AM PDT by lowbridge (Rep. Dingell: "Its taken a long time.....to control the people.")
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To: CedarDave

Of possible interest to the NM Ping List..

(Those of us in the southern end of the state, anyway.. )


3 posted on 03/25/2012 7:00:13 AM PDT by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: Kaslin

When does Cook face reeelection? Aren’t there two-year terms in El Paso, a liberal stronghold? There is no city manager but a strong-mayor/council government. Grand juries are for felonies, or are they in the nation the American people have created themselves?


4 posted on 03/25/2012 7:02:05 AM PDT by Theodore R. (Past is prologue: The American people have again let us down in this election cycle.)
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To: Kaslin
New Mexico's political history has been replete with this kind of political shenanigan (up to and including murdering your opponent), and El Paso has suffered it as well, being so close to the southern tip of New Mexico.

I'm not blaming New Mexico for El Paso's problems, but I see it hasn't calmed down that much...

I just finished reading Murder In The White Sands. That'll give you some idea of what I mean...

5 posted on 03/25/2012 7:04:57 AM PDT by bcsco
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To: Kaslin

Why anybody would want to live in that hell hole is beyond me.


6 posted on 03/25/2012 7:06:00 AM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: Uncle Ike
Of possible interest to the NM Ping List..

Yep. See my post #5...

7 posted on 03/25/2012 7:06:05 AM PDT by bcsco
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To: Kaslin

This is not surprising since this is a Democrap. Corruption reeks from bottom to top and top to bottom. These morons who use their dirty tactics used against conservatives are too stupid to realize that one day those tactics will turn and be used against.


8 posted on 03/25/2012 7:10:24 AM PDT by Patriot Babe
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To: Kaslin

Time for a recall election.


9 posted on 03/25/2012 7:12:43 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Kaslin
The citizens of El Paso deserve better...

My suggestion is to vote with their feet.

I had the extreme misfortune to be in El Paso on several occasions.

To put it quite bluntly: It sucks.

Period.

It is a bastion of liberals nitwits, almost as bad as Austin.

The elected officials are arrogant, corrupt and borderline fascist pieces of crap.

I really, really cannot see why anyone would want to spend any time whatsoever in the stink hole.

Just my opinion.

Your mileage may differ.

10 posted on 03/25/2012 7:16:02 AM PDT by OldSmaj (I am an avowed enemy of islam and obama is a damned fool and traitor. Questions?)
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To: Kaslin

From Wiki

John Cook (born February 27, 1946; Brooklyn, New York) is an American teacher, businessman, veteran, civic leader, and member of the Paso Del Norte Group. Cook has been Mayor of El Paso, Texas since defeating incumbent Joe Wardy in June 2005, and was reelected in 2009 to a second four-year term.[1] Due to the City Charter’s term limits clause Cook will not be eligible for a third term in 2013.[2]


11 posted on 03/25/2012 7:18:28 AM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (Anyone not wanting an ID or purple thumb to vote isn't worthy of voting privilege.)
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To: OldSmaj
My suggestion is to vote with their feet.

What a stupid idea. If the people who oppose this corrupt regime simply leave, the regime will be left behind with even more of an electoral mandate to do whatever they please.

12 posted on 03/25/2012 7:25:21 AM PDT by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class!)
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To: unixfox
If they closed the border on election day these clowns wouldn't be in office.

Check out Sunland Park.
Half the Rat's around here are under Federal indictment for charges ranging from "money laundering" to "conspiracy with intent to distribute" and they still keep getting re-elected.

13 posted on 03/25/2012 7:28:43 AM PDT by TexasSecede79366
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To: reg45; OldSmaj

“What a stupid idea.”

Reason #1 why I don’t spend more time here. You can’t write “respectfully disagree?”


14 posted on 03/25/2012 7:30:22 AM PDT by Lady Lucky (Rallies for religious freedom today - probably one near you.)
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To: TribalPrincess2U
We had a similar case in nearby Jackson, California.

It's involved but extremely alarming -- locals expressing their opinions in Letters to the Editor were threatened and I think actually hauled into court. The Robert Womack Case

It's been years since I read this. I cannot point to anything specific about the case. Dentist Dr. Womack wanted to buy an out-of-business service station and convert it to a parking lot. The environment nutcases, government and private, got involved and pure insane horror followed. You'd think that they'd caught him planning the 9/11 attacks.. no wait, he would have been treated with more respect than we was -- even after 9/11.

15 posted on 03/25/2012 7:33:26 AM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: TribalPrincess2U

>>Due to the City Charter’s term limits clause Cook will not be eligible for a third term in 2013.<<

Why not? He has shown that he will do what he damn well pleases, regardless of what anyone or anything says. But then, what do you expect from a Demoncrat, from a Yankee, who thinks that the South should be punished forever, etc.


16 posted on 03/25/2012 7:39:26 AM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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To: Lady Lucky
I apologize, I should have said, “not fully thought out” instead of "stupid".

Even so, it is an example of what Thomas Sowell calls "stage one thinking" - concerned with immediate remedies without regard to long term consequences.

17 posted on 03/25/2012 7:47:53 AM PDT by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class!)
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To: Kaslin

This citizens of this community need to spend a half hour or so studying the actions in Athens TN where citizens with backbone took action against a corrupt government and won.

In Athens TN, corruption could not be removed at the ballot box so loyal Americans took up arms against the vermin in power.

Every community which does not go after corrupt government just puts us ALL at greater risk.

Government power is no different than cancer. If you ignore it it will get bigger and more consuming and almost impossible to eradicate.


18 posted on 03/25/2012 7:48:22 AM PDT by Wurlitzer (Welcome to the new USSA (United Socialist States of Amerika))
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To: WilliamofCarmichael

We’re getting closer and closer to being a third world country.

Eventually violence and bloodshed follows crap like that. IMHO


19 posted on 03/25/2012 7:57:01 AM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (Anyone not wanting an ID or purple thumb to vote isn't worthy of voting privilege.)
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To: BenLurkin

“Time for a recall election.”

...and/or Pitchforks and torches!


20 posted on 03/25/2012 8:04:40 AM PDT by READINABLUESTATE ("We must hang together, gentlemen...else, we shall most assuredly hang separately." - Franklin)
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To: Wurlitzer

The Battle of Athens is what came to my mind as well on reading this. The one troubling aspect of both stories is the nagging issue of supporters. No matter how tyrannical a clod like this guy - or the Cantrell Clan were, they couldn’t have kept their positions except for those folks who continued to support them.

Here too they probably have residents who think (to themselves): “Well, he’s a miserable SOB, but he’s OUR miserable SOB”. They eschew the notion of better government for purely partisan reasons.


21 posted on 03/25/2012 8:33:07 AM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: Kaslin

You know he is a member of the rat party without having to look.


22 posted on 03/25/2012 8:39:34 AM PDT by jesseam
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To: TexasSecede79366

I was at a party on the West Side of El Paso in 1986.

There was a drunk City Councilman there, dim of course. He slurred to me, “Boy, that Lee Chagra, he was the smartest man I ever knew”.

I replied, “Then why is he a dead drug dealer?”


23 posted on 03/25/2012 9:30:59 AM PDT by darth
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To: Kaslin

“...That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”


24 posted on 03/25/2012 9:53:56 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: unixfox

Been to Austin in the last 10-15yrs? It’s worse.


25 posted on 03/25/2012 10:09:57 AM PDT by carriage_hill (I'll "vote for an orange juice can", over Barry 0bummer and another 4yrs of his Regime From Hell!)
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To: unixfox; carriage_hill
Why anybody would want to live in that hell hole is beyond me.

Five out of the six largest cities in Texas went for Obama in 2008 (including El Paso) and Fort Worth wasn't too far off from making it six for six.

Dallas elected an openly lesbian sheriff, Houston an openly lesbian mayor.

Too many liberals and RINOs moving in from California, New England, and Florida, not to mention the illegals.

Hispanics are about to pass up whites as the largest group in Texas, and will do so by 2020, if not sooner. As a group, they aren't going to be as pro-gay "rights" as a lot of whites though, so that's good. The Mayor of El Paso is finding this out the hard way, although he should know better.

The days of Texas being a Republican stronghold are coming to an end. I don't know what will happen when Texas finally moves back to the left in the Presidential elections because trying to make up those electoral votes elsewhere in the US will be tough. As it stands, in 2008 more voters either voted for Obama or didn't care if he won than voted for McCain. That's pretty frightening. 2012 or 2016 might be the last time Republicans easily carry Texas.
26 posted on 03/25/2012 12:03:46 PM PDT by af_vet_rr
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To: af_vet_rr

You’re 100% right. Many Texas cities have become *blue* - lib/RINO infiltration - and it’s not the Conservative bastion it once was; not for a long time, now. Parts of it still are, but like most border states, it’s going to become a very “different world”, very soon.

Wait a minute. What happened to “White-Hispanic”, as in the Martin-Zimmerman case? (Just kidding)


27 posted on 03/25/2012 12:34:28 PM PDT by carriage_hill (I'll "vote for an orange juice can", over Barry 0bummer and another 4yrs of his Regime From Hell!)
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To: carriage_hill
You’re 100% right. Many Texas cities have become *blue* - lib/RINO infiltration - and it’s not the Conservative bastion it once was; not for a long time, now. Parts of it still are, but like most border states, it’s going to become a very “different world”, very soon.

Wait a minute. What happened to “White-Hispanic”, as in the Martin-Zimmerman case? (Just kidding)


What's sad/pathetic is that if the GOP in Texas had their act together, they could appeal to a lot of Hispanics. Look at who is trying to reverse the El Paso Mayor's decision to hand out benefits to gay partners - most of the opposition to him is coming out of the Hispanic community and churches.

The GOP in Texas seems interested in trying to hold on to what it has rather than looking 5 years down the road and realizing that if it doesn't reach out to certain groups, those groups will automatically go to the Democrats, and the GOP will be at an end in Texas.
28 posted on 03/25/2012 12:58:18 PM PDT by af_vet_rr
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To: Kaslin

This Democrat thug needs a hard and fast lesson as to why there is a Second Amendment.


29 posted on 03/25/2012 4:10:17 PM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: Kaslin
This isn’t Cuba or North Korea: it’s the United States of America. And here, where religious liberty and freedom of speech and assembly are constitutionally protected, the will of the people takes precedence over the arrogance of those who wish to set up their own kingdoms.

Those folks are really living in the last century, aren't they.

30 posted on 03/25/2012 5:16:20 PM PDT by PAR35
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31 posted on 03/25/2012 5:25:12 PM PDT by CedarDave (Romney: The Etch A Sketch Candidate: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6NArPUFLRI)
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32 posted on 03/25/2012 6:31:19 PM PDT by Quix (Times are a changin' INSURE you have believed in your heart & confessed Jesus as Lord Come NtheFlesh)
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To: Quix

Thanks for the ping!


33 posted on 03/25/2012 8:43:25 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Kaslin

asshead, fo sure.


34 posted on 03/26/2012 3:59:07 AM PDT by wolfcreek (‘closed eye’ mentality is the reason for our current reality)
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