Have you noticed that lately our local media has been doing articles attacking those who disagree with the Mayor? The Plano Star did an article about the Plano Citizen Coalition a few weeks back. The Plano Profile did glowing multiple articles on the Mayor in their most resent issue. Both media outlets discredited those who happen to disagree with him. While the Star stuck to the issues, The Plano Profile called the Mayor’s opposition racist. The magazine and the Mayor also called his top political opponent, Lily Bao, in the 2017 Mayoral election, a bigot.
This is a common play used by the Democrats. You don’t agree with them they call you racist, bigot, sexist, homophobic, etc. When the left can’t win the debate on the merits, they bully their opponents into submission often dehumanizing them in the public’s eye so no one will listen to them. There is just one problem with using this play on Lily Bao; she is a double minority. Lily is a woman and an Asian American. If someone wanted to they could say the Mayor and Plano Profile is being sexist, misogynist, and racist by attacking Lily.
So, what are the issues Lily disagrees with the Mayor on? Well, according to the Mayor it is apartments, low income housing, and the Plano Tomorrow Plan. It is humorous that the Mayor and Plano Profile claim that Lily is against low income housing because she is a member of the Plano Housing Authority Board. You know, the origination where low income people go to get housing? Clearly if Lily was against low income housing she would not be handing it out. So the Mayor’s attack is just a way for him to belittle and show a sense of superiority over Lily and those who agree with her.
The Plano Profile does not stop at just attacking Lily. It also attacks Plano Future and anyone against the Plano Tomorrow Plan calling all of them bigots. Again, a group of people disagree with the left, so they must attack and discredit them. It can’t simply be that people who are against the Plano Tomorrow Plan have valid reasons for their opinion. No, they must be evil. Of course, this is ridicules.
Are the people who oppose the Plano Tomorrow Plan against all apartments? Well, if the writer from Plano Profile bothered to even ask anyone from Plano Future, he would have learned that they are not opposed to all apartments. Plano had apartments before the Plano Tomorrow Plan, and people from Plano Future did not have a problem with all of them. What Plano Future and others from all races are against is high density. They don’t want to cram lots of people into a small area. Packing folks in like Japanese trains is not good for their quality of life, as studies have shown. It causes traffic and pollution and, according to a Psychology today article, high density causes stress and mental health issues. We see this with the developments at Legacy West and Shops at Legacy. In a recent Community Impact issue the newsletter talked about the traffic problems now caused by the Legacy development. Gee, who would of thought cramming large amounts of people in a one mile radius would cause traffic problems? Oh, the people who opposed the density of the development, that’s who!
Perhaps if the Mayor had listened to the concerns of the residents the problems could have been avoided. However, the Mayor thinks he already listens to the residents. He is quoted in Plano Profile as saying, “I’m always ready to listen and do what’s bests for our city, but I’m going to do it in a manner that’s going to unite the city not divide us.” Clearly the Mayor is in complete denial about his behavior. He may listen, but he only listens to what he wants to hear. Calling people racist due to differences on an issue is not what most would call listening. It also does not unite it divides. Saying they are not smart at city council meetings is disrespectful as well, of which he has done many times.
In the same article the Mayor said, “Some people simply don’t like the look of giant apartment buildings, [but] Plano has property standards and [it] will make sure certain areas look and feel consistent.” Perhaps the Mayor has not passed the massive five story apartment building on Preston and Plano Pkwy. It is across from a single family housing development, that was against the massive structure, commercial businesses, and next to a car dealership. The builder apparently could not decide on a color, so the building has a range of different colors. It would be an understatement to say the building is completely out of place with the surrounding area.
So why attack those who disagree with the Mayor? Simple, the 2019 local elections. The Mayor does not want people who disagree with him on council. He wants people who will go along with his agenda. In order to make sure people he likes wins, he must discredit those he does not like so people won’t elect them. He must attack their character because that is the only way he can win, even if the character he makes them out to be is untrue. If he could win on the merits of the debate, he would not resort to character assassination. Instead he would stick to the issues. However, it is easier to call groups of people names than engage in an actual debate on ideas. The question for the voter is are you going to give all the candidates a fair chance by listening to their ideas, or are you going to disregard the candidates based on a title given by someone who disagrees with them?
This is Plano’s Political Pit Bull Signing Off
Plano’s Political Pit Bull is not endorsing any candidate in this years local elections. You can find a list of the candidates at https://www.plano.gov/312/Elections
Please do your homework on them. Attend the forums that groups around town will be having. Then you can make an informed decision about who to vote for.
Psychology Today article mentioned.