First of all I want to tell everyone in
North Arlington how very proud I am of them for filling up Shackelford Jr. High on Monday night. 150 people or more wanted to be informed and took time out of their evening to find out what is going on in their community. Wow, I’m impressed.
As for Tuesday nights Council Meeting, it was very insightful. There were two items on the agenda that were of significant merit. The first item was the amendment of an existing ordinance. Essentially the issue was to not allow people to walk out in the street and hand out material to cars or approach cars stopped at an intersection. This was billed as a First Amendment right to have free speech in our roadways. Open Carry Texas wanted to do this in our main thoroughfares. I took offense to this issue in that two people were killed in the very street where they were passing out material. The Council voted 8-1 in favor of this amendment. During this discussion, Mr. Tenderholt, a candidate for state representative, could not allow my free speech. He interrupted me twice and was removed from the meeting. Just what we want representing us in
. If he doesn’t hear what he wants just make a scene and be removed from the floor. I would vote for the other guy if I could in November, but he’s not in my district. We listened to him with respect, but he couldn’t see his way clear to respect the First Amendment when someone else was speaking. Too bad. Where is Diane Patrick when you need her? Austin
The other issue was one that would deny firearms to be carried into the Council Chamber during proceedings. All I heard from Open Carry Texas was that it was their Constitutional right to do so. That is simply their opinion and I will let the Supreme Court decide if they are right. The vote was 9-0 to deny weapons in Chambers.
What I learned from the exchanges this evening was that, Freedom of Speech and the First Amendment only pertain when you are saying something that they want to hear. Otherwise disrespect for someone else’s freedom of speech is their game plan. Although a few salient points were made tonight, it is my opinion that they simply can’t tolerate a differing point of view. If you would like to see for yourself, simply log on to arlingtontx.gov and go to the video of the council meeting for the evening of 22 April.