One of our favorite childhood movies was The Alamo, particularly the scene where the leader took his sword and drew a line in the dirt for the defenders to cross if they were going to stay, fight and likely die, or leave in safety. This scene left a lasting impression that resonates to this day. It resonates with lines we had to memorize in school, “When in the course of human events…”
Like the movie “1776” imbues, some issues require citizens to demand of themselves a conviction for action. The action in that case meant risking “our lives, our property, our sacred honor.” The lasting impression resonates the issues requiring citizens to demand of themselves a conviction for action in times of injustice. The action at the Alamo meant risking our lives for “our sacred honor.” The result for children who watched and learned a lesson was a conviction or dedication to some cause at yet unknown, but a worthy principle.
No lives are at risk with the dog park, however, we believe, the political machinations dodging the construction of a dog park highlight that the principles at risk are as important as any other in the democratic process. The mayor is badgering all parties all parties, in and out of court, with argument designed to cloud principles: that has become the lack of principle at issue. Legal maneuvers, at taxpayer expense, have been erected to evade justice.
Judge Leon Emanuel emphatically made clear the mayor’s office responsibility to carry out the city council unanimously passed resolution. Only mayor Cedric Glover’s obstinate disobedience of the law stands in the way of acceptance of the dog park and the funds for its construction being tendered by the Red River Waterway Commission by the city.
We know the mayor will find ways to delay construction and implementation; obstreperousness has become his nature. Yet, step by step, the public will learn the character of Cedric B. Glover. And, today, his character appears more flawed.