Tag: Shelley Luther

Open Letter to Dallas Mayor, Eric Johnson

The phrase “the Arrogance of officialdom” is said to come from the sage words of Roman statesman Marcus Tullius Cicero. I am quite sure neither the mayor of Dallas, Eric Johnson, nor the Dallas County judge, Clay Jenkins have read Cicero, but they are surely examples of what Cicero was warning us about.

Yesterday I was honored to be a part of a rally in Dealey Plaza, downtown Dallas, advocating for the complete reopening of the Texas economy. I was honored to be a part of the event which featured Shelley Luther, the recently jailed and released salon owner who stood for her right to earn a living wage.

Today, I read the disgusting, cowardly opinion commentary of the Dallas Mayor, Eric Johnson, in the abysmal Dallas Morning News.

“I don’t know Shelley Luther, the owner of Salon à la Mode. I don’t know her life or her character beyond what I have read in court documents and in countless news stories. And because our city attorney has pursued litigation, I have avoided commenting on the details of the case.

But I will say that I have been troubled by the reaction to this spectacle. The intense reaction we have seen is endemic of the larger devolution into partisanship during this COVID-19 response.

I ran for mayor in part because I wanted to leave behind partisanship and focus on solving problems. Partisanship offers a reprieve from nuance by providing for the tantalizing convenience of a simple us-versus-them narrative featuring white hats rather than shades of gray.

In this made-for-TV conflict, state District Judge Eric Moyé is either the honorable hero or a sinister villain for sentencing Luther to jail time for contempt. Some may have made heroes or heavies of Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, Gov. Greg Abbott, Attorney General Ken Paxton or me.

We’re all characters in this story to varying degrees, but it’s not really about any of us. It’s about all of us, and it’s about fear. We’re all afraid right now. We’re afraid for ourselves and for our loved ones and neighbors.

That’s why I see no value in all the hubbub over a hair salon. We can’t afford to make martyrs out of those who flout the rule of law. And we can’t send the mixed message that public health guidelines are critical unless it’s unprofitable for you to follow them. That is an affront to those who follow the rules and act responsibly in these incredibly challenging times.

We are going to have to continue living in uncertainty, and we will have to learn to make our peace with it, even as we look for treatments and cures and push for increased testing, contact tracing and public health measures.

Bravado, haircut photo ops and partisan antics are not cures in this fight of our lives. Put down your arms. Only love and empathy will see us through.”

I find this a most offensive and condescending letter.

I find this a most offensive and condescending letter, @DallasMayor Johnson. Its arrogance produces a grand stench in my nostrils. #ShelleyLuther Click To Tweet

Mayor Johnson, it is the epitome of cowardice for you to write this letter after the rally held on Saturday. If you had any understanding of what leadership is, you would have been there yourself. Let me educate you a little on civics: laws are passed by a duly elected legislative body of representatives of the people. Edicts, mandates, decrees, and orders are not the way we operate in a Constitutional Republic.

Shelley Luther did not break any law and neither Governor Abbott, Clay Jenkins, nor you have the enumerated right to dictate to us and suspend our unalienable constitutional rights, especially over a virus that has a 99.6 percent recovery rate.

The arrogance of your letter produces a grand stench in my nostrils. The fear, panic, paranoia, and hysteria have all been produced by a lack of leadership resulting in an unnecessary burden upon law-abiding citizens of Texas. You, nor any other elected official, have the enumerated power to determine who or what is “essential.” You are not responsible for protecting our health, your charge is to protect our rights, freedoms, and liberty. While you are at it, fix the doggone roads and reduce crime.

@DallasMayor, you are not responsible for protecting our health, your charge is to protect our rights, freedoms, and liberty. While you are at it, fix the doggone roads and reduce crime. Click To Tweet

Public health guidelines? That is correct, give us guidelines, and we can adjust our lives to accommodate, but idiots such as yourself have taken the state with the 10th largest economy in the world and turned it into a massive jumble with unemployment claims of over 10 percent. There are some 2.1 million Dallasites, and if my research serves me correctly, there have been less than 200 COVID-19 related deaths. Any death is tragic, but consider the number of citizens in Dallas who are now unemployed, businesses that may never recover, and the long-term effect that has upon the quality of life, not to mention the uptick in suicides.

Again, all of this over a virus with a 99.6 percent recovery rate.

Standing up for the indomitable individual entrepreneurial spirit of Texans — Americans — is not bravado. Standing up for our individual unalienable rights, freedoms, and liberty should not be partisan. Since April 19, 1775, and October 2, 1835, Americans and Texans have understood that we are not subjects, we are free people.

Perhaps, Mayor Johnson, you should read Thomas Paine’s 1776 pamphlet “The Crisis.” I will leave you with his immortal words:

“These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.”

The spirit of Texas is the spirit of sacrifice, not subjugation to illegal martial law and house arrest. As a young 26-year-old wrote from The Alamo, “Victory or Death.” Mayor Eric Johnson, choose on which side of the line in the sand you will stand. If your letter is any indication, we all know which side you have chosen…that of cowardice.

Unconstitutionally Calling Businesses Illegal

If you have not noticed, things are crazy here in Texas. Yes, I am really pissed off about the situation with salon owner Shelley Luther. Then I read this headline from the Texas Tribune, a media outlet funded by George Soros, “GOP Lawmakers get illegal haircuts before Texas announces salons to reopen.”

Here is an excerpt from the article:

“On Tuesday, state Reps. Steve Toth and Briscoe Cain sat wearing barbers’ gowns in a Houston-area salon, ready for their haircuts. Both Republicans were breaking state law by doing so, but to them, it mattered no less — one was there to send a message to Gov. Greg Abbott, and the other was there as an act of civil disobedience.

“A little less on the sides,” Toth, from The Woodlands, told the hairstylist while on the phone with a Texas Tribune reporter, noting that “there’s absolutely no reason” why such businesses couldn’t reopen their doors under proper health guidelines during the coronavirus pandemic.

“I think these businesses need to be open,” Cain, from Deer Park, told Fox 26 while getting his haircut. Hours later, their wish was granted: Abbott announced that hair salons and barbershops were among the businesses that could begin to reopen Friday — several days earlier than he had previously signaled.

The news, made during a press conference at the Texas Capitol, added on to an announcement the governor made last week that allowed businesses such as movie theaters and malls to reopen under certain restrictions. And it alleviated pressure that Abbott had been fielding in recent days from mainly Republicans, who argued their constituents needed the businesses they either worked at or owned to reopen because their livelihoods depended on it.

“When you’re Greg Abbott and you have people screaming in your ear, you have to find a creative way to communicate with him; he’s going 24/7 right now,” Toth told the Tribune on Tuesday evening. “We wanted to get a message to the governor — everyone has to take a different tack trying to make sure the governor knows what our constituents are thinking.”

Hailey Lankford, a stylist at Tune Up: The Manly Salon in Montgomery County, where Toth and Cain got haircuts, said before Abbott’s announcement Tuesday that it’s “essential” for her to go back to work. “If I do not go back to work, my car will be [repossessed], I will be evicted, I have no choice,” Lankford told the Tribune. “I’m not getting the money from the government along with a lot of other hairdressers I know.” 

Now here is something for ya to ponder. State Reps. Toth and Cain are part of the Texas legislature. The legislature is where laws are made. As far as we know, the Texas legislature did not pass a law to shut down businesses in the Lone Star State. So why does this partisan leftist media outlet refer to getting a haircut as an “illegal” act? I mean c’mon, these are the same progressive socialists who back sanctuary states and cities harboring individuals who are in the United States “illegally.” Oops, I forgot, if something aligns with the leftist ideological agenda it is perfectly fine, acceptable, and right.

As I stated yesterday, we live in a Constitutional Republic, based upon the rule of law, and individual rights, freedoms, and liberties. Government is established and operates under the consent of the governed. Sure, business owners consented to closing their privately owned businesses, but not to the extent of their own ruin. It is not the place of government to deem who or what is “essential” in our America, certainly not in our Texas. What’s next? It is deemed “essential” for me to own a freaking Prius? All other vehicles are deemed non-essential, and ergo, illegal?

I send a special hat tip to Texas State Reps. Toth and Cain for reminding us that in a Republic, which is what Texas first was, laws are made by duly elected representatives of the people. We call them legislators. Governors are part of the executive branch and their enumerated duty is to enforce the laws passed by the legislature, not rule by decree, order, mandate, or edict. The judicial branch is to interpret the laws, not edicts, orders, mandates, and decrees. As to this idiot Judge Moye in Dallas County, he should be removed from the bench for his gross and heinous violation of the civil liberties of Shelley Luther.

The real bottom line, folks?

This is what happens when we do not study, understand, or comprehend American civics, or our US or state constitutions.

Ain’t nothing illegal about getting a haircut, however, it’s doggone is illegal to enter our country without our consent.

BREAKING NEWS: A Sad Day

Today is a sad day in America, in Texas.

Just yesterday, I interviewed Salon á la Mode owner Shelly Luther for this evening’s virtual event. I was just informed that a Dallas County judge has sentenced Ms. Luther to seven days in jail and fined her simply because she reopened her business.

What is happening in our country?

We have judges releasing violent criminals, but sentencing a woman to jail, and calling her “selfish?” If we have now entered into a phase in our country where elected officials and black-robed jurists can decide who and what is essential in America, under penalty of fine and incarceration, we are in a state of decline.

Shelley gave her consent and shut down her business, but she refused — as is her right — to have the government decide the future of her business, as the arbitrary extensions continue. She committed no crime.

In the press conference following today’s proceedings, Ms. Luther’s attorney stated, in remarks addressed to Governor Greg Abbott, “We are six weeks into this shutdown. Call a special session, do your job or get out.”

We will broadcast her interview tonight, as scheduled **. We need to hear her and not let her voice be squandered. Shelley Luther is our modern-day Rosa Parks, and she has sparked a movement. She is an authentic “Come and Take It Texan.” Are you?

** The interview will air at 7p CT on Facebook and YouTube.