Democracy is dead in Austin: Elections in Austin, Texas, are a farce… corrupt city council regime does whatever it wants, regardless of choice of voters

Friday, November 20, 2015
By Paul Martin

by: J. D. Heyes
Friday, November 20, 2015

Democracy – a cornerstone of American constitutionalism – seems to be fading fast in many quarters around the country, and that includes the very Red State of Texas, unfortunately, where iron-fisted political liberalism is about to trump the will of the people.

In recent weeks, voters in the capital city of Austin – perhaps the bluest part of the entire state – went to the polls and rejected a $287 million bond for a new civil courthouse that would have been built on extremely expensive property downtown.

Granted, according to the Austin American-Statesman newspaper, the vote was close – only about 1,000 votes separated the yays from the nays, a margin of less than 2 percent. But it was a rejection nonetheless, with only 5.4 percent of registered voters approving the huge expenditure of tax dollars.

That didn’t seem to matter much to County Judge Sarah Eckhardt.

While the issue looked like it would pass throughout the day, a late surge of “no” votes ultimately decided the issue, ending “an emotional roller coaster for those who had worked for or against” the measure, the paper reported.

But after the final votes were tallied, Eckhardt – in a “fiery speech” to bond supporters – pledged that the voters’ decision – the same voters who would be required to cough up the tax money to build the new courthouse – would not be the end of it. Speaking at an Austin Bar Association event, she said that county officials would return to work on the project within a few days.

“The low voter turnout in this election was not a rejection of the project or of the location. It was a lack of interest in our democracy,” she said. “We are back in the saddle 48 hours from now because we need this capacity. This is the most important thing that Travis County government delivers. This is not only a constitutional mandate but it is a duty under our democracy to provide justice to our entire community in a building that is fit for that calling.”

Who cares what voters think?

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