Conservative parents and property owners in Austin and Southlake, Texas voted
overwhelmingly in the state’s May 1 elections to end failed Leftwing progressive social experiments in their communities.
And in so doing they showed voters in the rest of America they don’t have to put up with destructive Leftist nonsense from their Democrat local elected officials.
In Southlake conservatives opposed to the teaching in their schools of the progressive racist doctrine of Critical Race Theory fielded a slate of conservative candidates that defeated the progressives 70 percent to 30 percent.
Conservatives in Southlake rejected the school diversity plan as an effort to indoctrinate students with Critical Race Theory, a far-left ideology that would institutionalize discrimination against white children and those with conservative Christian values.
According to reporting by NBC News, candidates and voters on both sides described the election as a "fork in the road" for Southlake, a wealthy suburb 30 miles northwest of Dallas. "So goes Southlake," a local conservative commentator warned in the weeks leading up to the election, "so goes the rest of America."
In the end, reported NBC, the contest was not close. Candidates backed by the conservative Southlake Families PAC, which has raised more than $200,000 since last summer, won every race by about 70 percent to 30 percent, including those for two school board positions, two City Council seats and mayor. More than 9,000 voters cast ballots, three times as many as in similar contests in the past.
In Austin, long considered the most liberal city in Texas, a similar “fork in the road” vote took place, with similar results.
On May 1, Austin voters overruled the Far Left Mayor and City Council and approved Proposition B, which reinstates a public camping ban that was reversed by the progressive majority on the City Council in July 2019. The results were 57% to 43%, with the majority voting to approve the proposition.
After the Democrat-dominated Austin city council lifted the public camping ban, violent crimes involving the homeless increased. Austin experienced at least a 10 percent rise crime in 2019 after the ban was lifted, and in the face of that increase in crime the progressive majority on the city council pulled funding from Austin’s police departments. Little wonder concerned citizens finally had enough and struck back against the failed policies of their Far Left tormentors on the city council.
The newly passed camping ban makes it illegal to camp in any public area not designated by the Parks and Recreation Department; to sit or lie on a public sidewalk or sleep outdoors in and near the downtown area and the area around the University of Texas campus; and to panhandle at specific hours and locations.
Austin Mayor Steve Adler and Far Left Austin City Councilmember Greg Casar tried to cast the vote as one demanding a solution to homelessness, but that was merely a lame effort to dress up the stinging setback they suffered in their effort to turn Austin into San Francisco South.
KVUE’s Britny Eubank reported the genesis of this grassroots conservative victory was in February 2020, when the PAC Save Austin Now started a petition to put an item on the November 2020 ballot to reinstate the City's camping ban. In August, the City clerk ruled that the group's petition did not succeed due to an insufficient number of signatures.
And believe us – the Left fought tooth and nail to defend their disastrous policies in the most liberal city in Texas. In March, area Democrats launched a campaign against Proposition B claiming it discriminated against people experiencing homelessness in Austin.
However, Save Austin Now continued its efforts to get the item on the ballot by starting a second petition. A day after the group reportedly secured enough signatures to potentially put the item on the May ballot, Gov. Greg Abbott announced that if Austin didn’t elect to reinstate its camping ban, the State would step in.
On Saturday night, Save Austin Now tweeted, "WE JUST WON BIG-LY."
And Save Austin Now was right – it was a big win for the quality of life, public safety and property rights of those living in the neighborhoods affected by Democrats turning Austin into a homeless magnet by allowing camping in public spaces and on sidewalks and public right of ways.
We congratulate our old friend Matt Mackowiak and the rest of the Save Austin Now organizers who brought about this win for common sense and the quality of life for all of Austin’s citizens and visitors.
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