Subject: Resolution Sanctuary Cities (letter)
Tim Snyder in, On Tyranny, Twenty Lessons From, the Twentieth Century, says, “Anticipatory obedience is a political tragedy.”
Snyder’s book expresses his fears that Americans have become too acquiescent in the Era Of President Donald Trump.
And here in Deep South Texas elected officials’ silence as the Texas Legislature readies its harsh measures against Sanctuary Cities is another example of tyranny’s encroachment.
I know it would be very difficult. in reality impossible, for cities and counties to declare themselves “Sanctuary Cities,” and thus lose millions of state funds as a penalty under the upcoming law.
But there is nothing other than a lack of will and conscience that prevents all elected entities, including school boards, from passing resolutions, in the very least, against the law,
No, such resolutions carry weight, moral correctness and compassion, especially as a counter to the “heedless acts of conformity,” as Snyder states.
Is there even one elected official who has the courage to at least introduce a such resolution, even one?
Tyrants depend on the “politics of the everyday,” again from Snyder, to impose their will, and the numb reaction (inaction) of thousands of Deep South
Texas officeholders and their equally removed constituents will embolden them and their minions even more,
Eugene “Gene” Novogrodsky
Author: Gene Novogrodsky
Eugene “Gene” Novogrodsky, a Brownsville resident for nearly three decades, writes North American border slices, from eastern Canada to central Mexico, and in between. He is one of the founders of the Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center Writers Forum in San Benito. He sometimes participates with the informal Resaca Writers Group in Brownsville. He prefers, however, to read to two or three attentive listeners – when asked!