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Letter: Difference between legal, legitimate power




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September 19, 2012 | 1,191 views | 18 comments

Editor:

I was shocked and appalled to read the front-page story on Sept. 12, titled “Tejada Sues Floresville Council Members.” It seems the tyrant who occupies the mayor’s office in Floresville is suing councilmen Jesse Flores, Mario Morones, John Guerrero, and Sherry Castillo.

It appears as though Mayor Tejada and Floresville Economic Development Corp. (FEDC) Executive Director Jesse Perez -- who is not a resident of Wilson County and therefore will not be subject to tax increases -- want to build a sports complex, costing millions of dollars, against the wishes of their constituents.

It is also apparent from the Wilson County News article that the people of Floresville have exercised their God-given right to petition the city council for a vote on the sports complex. It is quite clear what the First Amendment says on this matter, that the people have “the right to peaceably assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

According to news reports, the city council and the FEDC have agreed to circumvent the wishes of the citizens by going around the “certificates of obligation” specified in the petition! These actions are appalling for a banana republic, but shocking in Texas!

All fair-minded citizens realize our elected officials must, by virtue of their position, exercise power. There is a clear difference between legal power and legitimate power. Our Founders only recognized, and codified into our Constitution, the exercise of just (or legitimate) powers. Just powers are defined to be “from the consent of the governed.” Thomas Jefferson wrote, in the Declaration of Independence, that government powers must be just when he wrote, “Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”

Just prior to the ratification of our Constitution, Alexander Hamilton wrote “Federalist 22,” where he defined the type of power given to our new government. He wrote, “The fabric of the American empire ought to rest on the solid basis of the Consent of the People. (Emphasis in the original document.) The streams of national power ought to flow immediately from that pure, original fountain of all legitimate authority.”

It is clear from his actions that Mayor Tejada has not exercised legitimate authority. Mayor Tejada may argue that what he is doing is legal, but it certainly is not legitimate. His actions prove he is more of a tyrant than a mayor. I urge the citizens of Floresville and of Wilson County to vow to never re-elect Mayor Tejada to any future position of trust. In my opinion, his actions prove he is not trustworthy.

CARTER THOMAS

Floresville
 

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In the know  
Floresville  
September 22, 2012 4:21pm
 
Alvin, you are kidding, right? Not eventually, the Mayor is being replaced. There will also be new city council representatives. If the city is being run correctly then we will be sure that our tax dollars will be spent wisely, ... More ›

 
Alvin Charmaine  
September 22, 2012 3:00pm
 
If Jim Miller wins, and eventually the Mayor is replaced, and city counsel runs correctly, and there isnt anything to entertain us any longer... Whats to come of us? Is this a hollywood plot to get us to watch more movies? Jim ... More ›

 
7th Generation La Vernian  
La Vernia  
September 22, 2012 2:41pm
 
In the know: Careful what you ask for.

 
In the know  
Floresville  
September 22, 2012 1:13pm
 
Thank you Jim for setting me straight. I knew you would be the only one that could do that. You will be a great asset to the city by being elected to the council. You are what this city needs to be sure city business is handled ... More ›

 
Jim Miller  
Floresville, TX  
September 22, 2012 7:06am
 
In the Know - A couple of points for clarification. 1. The Mayor did NOT use the justice system to get his way. The lawsuit against the entire Council was dropped by the City Attorney. This happened after the attorney ... More ›

 
In the know  
Floresville  
September 21, 2012 6:10pm
 
As a result of the Mayor using the justice system as a means of getting his way, I would like to suggest that the City Charter be amended to avoid this fiasco again. 1. A mayor may not file a lawsuit against the City Council ... More ›

 
Carter Thomas  
Floresville, TX  
September 21, 2012 5:34pm
 
Facts only please: I didn't vote for him, nor would I. Just because my mailing address is Floresville does not mean I'm a City resident. I certainly wish I had the opportunity to vote him out of office, but since I can't, ... More ›

 
Concerned Tax Payer  
Floresville, Texas  
September 21, 2012 12:49pm
 
Factsonlyplease, yes we voted for the mayor and contributed to his campaign. That does not mean that we don't now regret it. And yes, we even voted for Castillo and Flores. Fool me once, shame on me, fool me twice, shame on you!!!!!

 
Airborne Trooper  
wilson cty  
September 21, 2012 12:44pm
 
Well said dots, but you missed the biggest arrogant and incompetent of them all, the city manager will be the first to go

 
Facts only please  
TX  
September 21, 2012 11:29am
 
CARTER THOMAS: You guys voted for these guys, why are you complaining? Just like the current president, why complain? The citizens voted.

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