Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson officially announced he was ditching the Democratic Party and joining the ranks of the Republican Party, citing the failed policies of the left in other major cities as the major reason for the switch. Hey, this is a man with a good head on his shoulders. Democratic Party policies are the main reason so many of our country’s big cities are basically nothing more than dumpster fires as rampant crime and poverty continue to cause misery for residents who call them home.
Johnson’s announcement came on Friday in an opinion column published by The Wall Street Journal, where he said that “American cities need Republicans — and Republicans need American cities.”
I would like to offer one particular clarification on this comment, which I largely agree with. It’s not that cities need Republicans themselves, but the ideals, policies, and solutions that are necessary to help rehabilitate and heal cities that have been ripped apart by the socialistic agenda of Democrats who have used residents for their own personal gain.
“I don’t believe I can stay on the sidelines any longer,” Johnson stated in the column. “I have always tried to be honest and say what I think is right for my city. 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.
“Before becoming mayor in 2019, Johnson served as a Democrat in the Republican-led Texas House of Representatives where he sought ‘common-sense solutions,'” Newsmax reported.
“With my change in party affiliation, I recognize that the number of Republican mayors leading the nation’s 10 largest cities has increased from zero to one,” Johnson said in the WSJ piece. “This is hardly a red wave. But it is clear that the nation and its cities have reached a time for choosing. And the overwhelming majority of Americans who call our cities home deserve to have real choices — not ‘progressive’ echo chambers — at city hall.”
The newly minted member of the GOP also went on to say that other big cities across the nation are “in disarray” under the leadership of Democrat mayors.
“Mayors and other local elected officials have failed to make public safety a priority or to exercise fiscal restraint,” Johnson said. “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,” he added in the column.
Another great point made by Johnson was that since cities in the U.S. are continuing to grow, the need for conservative principles and policies has become far more urgent.
“When my political hero Theodore Roosevelt was born, only 20% of Americans lived in urban areas,” Johnson’s column said. “By the time he was elected president, that share had doubled to 40%. Today, it stands at 80%. As America’s cities go, so goes America.”
He then concluded his op-ed by saying, “Next spring, I will be voting in the Republican primary. When my career in elected office ends in 2027 on the inauguration of my successor as mayor, I will leave office as a Republican.”
Every time a Democrat switches parties an angel gets its wings.
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