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Mayor Eric Johnson said that Democrat policies in America’s large cities have “exacerbated crime and homelessness.” He clearly wants to disassociate himself from the party that has done that.
Mayor Johnson, who was committed to fighting crime and making the city more livable, announced the big change in the Wall Street Journal.
“I have always tried to be honest and say what I think is right for my city,” wrote Johnson. “The future of America’s great urban centers depends on the willingness of the nation’s mayors to champion law and order and practice fiscal conservatism.”
“Our cities desperately need the genuine commitment to these principles (as opposed to the inconsistent, poll-driven commitment of many Democrats) that has long been a defining characteristic of the GOP,” he continued.
Johnson explained how the country has changed since the birth of his hero, Teddy Roosevelt, from a place where the majority of Americans were rural with only 20% living in cities to the complete inverse — now a whopping 80% of Americans live in cities.
“American cities need Republicans and Republicans need American cities,” writes Johnson.
He explains that the policies that Democrat politicians put in place have made cities terrible places to live with crime and homelessness out of control in some places.
Unfortunately, many of our cities are in disarray. Mayors and other local elected officials have failed to make public safety a priority or to exercise fiscal restraint. Most of these local leaders are proud Democrats who view cities as laboratories for liberalism rather than as havens for opportunity and free enterprise.
Too often, local tax dollars are spent on policies that exacerbate homelessness, coddle criminals and make it harder for ordinary people to make a living. And too many local Democrats insist on virtue signaling—proposing half-baked government programs that aim to solve every single societal ill—and on finding new ways to thumb their noses at Republicans at the state or federal level. Enough. This makes for good headlines, but not for safer, stronger, more vibrant cities.
Source: Wall Street Journal (archived)
“[T]he overwhelming majority of Americans who call our cities home deserve to have real choices—not ‘progressive’ echo chambers—at city hall,” concludes Mayor Johnson.
Amen, Brother! Preach it!
Texas Governor Greg Abbott weighed in on the news on X.
Texas is getting more Red every day.
Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson switches to Republican Party.
He’s pro law enforcement & won’t tolerate leftist agendas.
Two of the 10 largest cities in America now have Republican Mayors & they are both in Texas. https://t.co/Qn9SM7UZ1G
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) September 22, 2023
Let’s hope so. As Mayor Johnson said in his op-ed, “As America’s cities go, so goes America.”
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