This article by John Austin appeared in the Cleburne Times-Review, April 5th, 2018.
A brief commentary by Curt Hubatch, Community Rights US media team member: Let’s not forget one of the primary reasons why the American Independence movement declared their independence from the King of England: The King, it says in the Declaration of Independence, failed to assent to the colonist’s local laws.
“He has refused his Assent to Laws the most wholesome and necessary for the public Good.” — The first grievance listed in the Declaration of Independence
Here We The People are, over 200 years since the signing of that fateful document, faced with a similar situation. Except this time it’s not the King; it’s a carefully concocted system of laws that serve corporate interests going back to 1819.
To learn more about this history, the system of law the makes democracy and sustainability illegal, and the communities fighting for their right to local, community self-government please explore our Community Rights US website where you’ll find a wealth of information at your fingertips.
AUSTIN – Austin made headlines earlier this year when it became the first Texas city to pass a mandated paid sick-leave policy for private employers, but within hours a state lawmaker vowed to kill it.
“I support employers providing paid sick leave for their employees, but it is not the role of government to mandate that employers do this,” state Rep. Paul Workman, R-Austin, said at a press conference where he promised to file legislation to reverse the Austin ordinance. “They have clearly declared war on the private businesses which make our prosperity happen.
“It’s not about whether they’re taking on a state role,” Workman said. “It’s about whether they should be doing this at all.”