trmpld-constionAs most of you already know, city council last week ordered the city attorney to bring forth an ordinance requiring any city council member to gather two additional signatures in order to put something on the agenda for discussion and action. Today, city council is expected to vote on the item. As I wrote last week, when I originally shared the information with you, I was withholding commenting on the item until city council actually voted on implementing the new requirement. To be honest, the whole thing disgusts me to no end because it is simply a naked and blatant attempt to circumvent democracy.

I honestly thought that the item would simply vanish into thin air once the reality of the item sunk in with all those involved. The more I thought about it the more I realized that I could not, in good conscious, allow this fraud to be perpetuated against Democracy without at least expressing my disgust.

What city council proposes to vote on today clearly shows that the process of Democracy in El Paso is not only nonexistent but it is laughingly mocked by the elected officials that have allowed this fraud to go on as long as it has.

For many years, I have written numerous articles about how corruption is rampant in El Paso, even today. Many of my friends have grown weary of my continued harping on the corruption permeating through El Paso. I continuously point out that El Paso has no place arguing that Cd. Juárez, or Mexico for that matter, is corrupt, especially today when the notion of Democracy will be made a mockery of.

Everyone agrees that El Paso government is based on a representative form whereby each elected representative is elected to represent the district that placed them into office. The notion being that each district has equal standing before the community – through its elected officials.

Often times, individuals have argued with me by stating that a representative form of government is what the country’s forefathers installed. Thus, elected officials are tasked to represent their own morality instead of the wishes of the electorate. This was especially often repeated during the ballpark fiasco discussions.

Whether you ascribe to notion of voting based on the elected official’s moral standards or voting the needs of the constituency is immaterial. In order to act on behalf of their constituency it is assumed that the district’s elected official would be allowed to bring forth items to the entire governing body, open and transparently, in order to convince the majority that the city would benefit from the action.

What today’s item proposes instead, are background deliberations behind closed doors just to get the proposed measure out for the elected body to deliberate and vote on in plain view of the constituency. If the secret negotiations are not successful in gathering the necessary additional two signatures, the public action of the item would never be witnessed by the community.

In other words, those items that are inconvenient for the horde to discuss openly and transparently will never see the light of day.

How anyone can argue that is not corrupt is beyond me.

Although, I am sure the rhetoric will be thick on the notion of efficiency, the fact is that what is driving this action is nothing more than a power grab to curtail dissention from the policy agenda that has been driving El Paso into financial ruin.

The action is targeted into silencing the Mexicanos that have become too uppity for the horde. Too many have awaken to the realization that the renaissance of El Paso is nothing more than the gentrification of those the horde considers undesirable.

Are you one of those targeted for gentrification?

You are, if you fit the mold of undesirables that the Glass Beach Study identified back in 2006.

Now look closely at who is voting in today’s power grab and you will clearly understand who is being targeted for gentrification in the El Paso utopia.

Martin Paredes

Martín Paredes is a Mexican immigrant who built his business on the U.S.-Mexican border. As an immigrant, Martín brings the perspective of someone who sees México as a native through the experience...