05/06/05 Pearl chokers
do not make you a Republican.
||Why is it
whenever Mayor Miller wants to communicate with North Dallas Republicans she
dons a string of pearls and speaks earnestly into the camera, spouting
clich? and generalities?
I have no idea whether those are real or faux-pearls. I am sure they
are expensive, but they do not make her a Republican.
If you live in North Dallas and
voted in the Republican primary, you likely got the Mayor's flyer "An urgent
message from leading Republicans". If you live in South Dallas or
voted in the Democrat's primary, you did not get the flyer. How is that
It says "Read why respected Republicans
are voting 'Yes' on Proposition 1." There's a bit of a problem with the
flyer. Two of the Mayor's "respected Republicans" better not be voting on
Proposition 1 at all because they don't live in Dallas. One of them does
not even live in Dallas County.
I don't know whether Wick Allison is a Republican or not. I've never seen
him at a campaign rally or an election watch party. Certainly, I have
never seen him volunteering for a Republican candidate. As a so called
journalist, I would not expect him to have contributed financially to any
politician either. I doubt he has ever lived in the city limits of Dallas,
but he lives in the Park Cities now. Wick Allison best not
be voting in our city election.
Mark Davis is a Tarrant County guy who knows nothing about Dallas politics other
than what he hears from his buddies on the banquet circuit. He not only has never lived in our
city; he has never worked in our city -- unless you count his column gig
with The Dallas Managed News. Mark
Davis best not be voting in our city
It speaks volumes about the desperate
situation of Mayor Miller's Stronger Mayor, Stronger Dallas Committee when they
would mail out such a deceptive flyer, but then the entire Blackwood escapade
has been deceptive and fraudulent.
Commissioner John Wiley Price has a radio ad that says "Blackwood will put us
back in the wood". The Mayor's people are screaming that he's using the
race card. What he says about Blackwood pertains to all of us who are
community activists, citywide. Last time I looked, my eyes were still blue
and my skin was still white.
Blackwood will put us back to the days when Robert Folsom threw up monstrous
apartment buildings in and near our single-family neighborhoods, and we were
powerless to intervene. Without the codified power of Blackwood, Mayor
Folsom was a strong mayor who did what he pleased. It was not good for
Citizens need a representative at City Hall to protect their neighborhoods from
becoming the dumping ground for other more affluent and connected areas.
Northwest Dallas would truly suffer under a strong mayor system because we are
increasingly becoming a community of immigrant homeowners, who not only can't
vote but are reluctant to challenge authority. We would have less
influence with Our Mayor under Blackwood than we have now -- and I can tell you
we currently have less than none of Our Mayor's attention.
Several reporter types are falling on the Blackwood sword. Can't
follow their logic, but there's a real pattern. I'm still trying to figure
out Jim Schutze's thought process in his
column. He was won over a couple of weeks ago when a rich former boss had
lunch with him, and now he's trying to justify an illogical position.
According to his reasoning in
basically thinks we should do away with our council-manager system of
government because Terrell Bolton wept in public after he was fired from a job
he should have never held in the first place.
One thing Schutze says is just a mind blower:
|The kind of neighborhood autonomy that
guys like me applauded and encouraged 10 years ago has already tilted
downhill toward gridlock.
He's talking about 14-1, which
was the battle cry of all Dallas liberals in the late 80's.
Which brings to mind the old warning, BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR.
Park Cities resident, Judge Jerry Buchmeyer imposed 14-1 on Dallas. Park
Cities resident Buchmeyer has single-handedly done more harm to Dallas than all
the mayors and council members elected since he forced 14-1 on us. Dallas
voters had just approved replacing our 10-2-1 (mayor and 2 at large) system with
10-4-1 (mayor and 4 at large), when Buchmeyer overturned our election.
That was the first Park Cities coup d'?at in a decade long process to take
control of Dallas City Hall and reduce Dallas residents to their serfs.
Since Annette Strauss was dominated by Lordi Palmer, no one at City Hall
appealed Buchmeyer's usurpation of a political decision of the citizens of
Liberals like Lordi Palmer claimed the smaller districts would give neighborhoods more power.
They then proceeded to draw district lines based on individual power bases,
rather than neighborhood interests. The districts were actually drawn to
split up powerful neighborhoods like Oak Lawn.
Little did we know at the time that Jerry Buchmeyer was laying the groundwork
for Vance Miller and his Park Cities Cabal to officially take control of our
This week, there were two big stories about corruption in the Mayor's office of
both Chicago and Detroit. You didn't hear about either in
The Dallas Managed News or on any local TV station
because it would have confirmed what the opposition to Blackwood have been
Detroit Mayor Ran Up $210K on Credit Card
U.S. agents seize files at city offices
(Chicago Mayor Daly's offices). Strong mayor systems inevitably result in
Do you want Dallas to emulate Chicago or Detroit? Or would you rather
Dallas be Dallas?
San Antonio has gone past us, and they have a council-manager system. Ft.
Worth is prospering, and they have a council-manager system. If we have to
emulate another city, why not make it one of our successful Texas cities?
With the limitations of our current system, other mayors have been able to get
things done -- things that I did not particularly support. We should
not change our system of government because our current mayor cannot get 7
We have an election to get through Saturday, and you will have 12 hours to do the
right thing. Don't let anyone tell you we need Blackwood to shake
things up at City Hall. By such logic, we need a train wreck to fix our
Jim Schutze admits he's usually on the losing side of elections. It's because he likes to be a contrarian. It may also be that he works for
a newspaper. He likes bosses -- that's what he knows.
I like democracy. Dictatorships are much more efficient than democracies,
but self-government is a necessary component of freedom.
||Don't be fooled by the Mayor's pearls and earnest TV ads. She's no
Republican, and Blackwood is no solution to our current problems.