On Oct. 11, a majority of the Stallings’ Council voted to cease and desist discussions on an issue now and in the future.
Perhaps the majority believes in the desired result; maybe they fear controversy or lack understanding of their oath and obligation to the people. Or perhaps they just want to placate the citizens who have advocated for an end to the issue before it was even considered or discussed by council.
What they need to understand is that ending discussion ‘now and in the future’ on an issue before it even appeared on the agenda is inherently un-American. The Stallings’ Gag Rule of 2010 shows the value that four elected officials place on uninformed decision-making, ineffective government and the denial of representation to Stallings citizens.
What’s next? Will the council majority try to correct their action by now attempting to tell the Finance Council what finances they are permitted to analyze? How does that improve informed decision making and analysis of the issues?
Why is the council majority from Monday scared of an open, honest debate with ample information and data in the council chambers?
On Tuesday, we discussed the Stallings’ action over breakfast with our children. They were shocked that a government would actually consider ceasing and desisting of discussions on an issue or idea. They easily recognized the importance of public discussion and the First Amendment.
It is a shame that four elected officials in Stallings do not.
Ironically, this decision comes just weeks after the same council passed a resolution in support of Constitution Day.