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By Jeff Pack
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Temecula city council members propose resolution 'denouncing socialism/communism'

 

Last updated 4/20/2019 at 12:17pm

Courtesy of City of Temecula

City of Temecula Mayor Mike Naggar, along with councilmember Matt Rahn, have written a resolution 'reaffirming the principals outlined in the Constitution of the United States of America' that they will bring to the rest of the council at Tuesday, April 23 next council meeting.

TEMECULA - Temecula city Mayor Mike Naggar on Friday, April 19 announced on his "City talk with Council Member Mike Naggar" Facebook page a resolution "denouncing socialism/communism" which he wrote with Temecula City Councilmember Matt Rahn.

The resolution, which will be proposed during the city council business portion of the council's next regular meeting on Tuesday, April 23, is described on the agenda as "A resolution of the city council of the City of Temecula reaffirming the principals outlined in the Constitution of the United States of America."

In his Facebook post, Mayor Naggar wrote, "Council Member Matt Rahn and I have placed on the council agenda for Tuesday 23rd, a Resolution denouncing socialism/communism, upholding the elements of the constitution and the oath of office and reasserting that anyone who wishes to change our government without proper constitutional amendment may be considered an 'enemy' either foreign or domestic including elected officials."

Reaction to the proposed resolution was met with mixed results with more than 180 comments on the post, many questioning the need for such a resolution from the council.

"Every city of all sizes and their elected officials should be upholding the Constitution and their oath of office," Rahn said via email. "Temecula has always been a leader. We simply thought that it was worth reminding folks of a solemn and essential responsibility, particularly as we witness other jurisdictions at all levels attempting to undermine these principles by introducing new laws, policies, and regulations that slowly erode away at our foundations. This has not gone unnoticed and can no longer go unanswered. We thought this was a good start."

Commenters questioning the action used words like "gaslighting," "causing division," and "partisan politics," referring to another sentence in Naggar's post, which read, "Will you come out and speak for liberty? Our young people need to know the foolishness that is being peddled, the value of liberty and what it cost."

When asked whether it was fair to consider the resolution to be a partisan action meant to target one political party in particular?

"Not fair," Rahn said. "The city has and always will remain nonpartisan, as is the Constitution.

"I was happy to work with Mayor Naggar in crafting the language for this resolution. He and I both recognized the importance of reminding our colleagues and community of foundation upon which this great country was formed, reinforcing our commitment to the oaths we have sworn. We cannot just sit idly by silently watching the persistent erosion of those fundamental beliefs.

"While the language in the resolution may seem controversial on its surface, it is anything but that. These are the words in our Nation's guiding documents and spoken in our oaths of office. It is important that we remember and honor that."

Rahn said it was the culmination of his experiences that led him to join in writing the resolution.

"The more involved I became with politics and government, the more I began to recognize events and actions that (in hindsight) were either unconstitutional or on the fringe, damaging the fabric of our country," he said. "Also, I simply cannot ignore the many blatant socialist policies espoused by several of our Congressional leaders. While I realize much of that is political grandstanding, it is unfair and disingenuous to their constituency to put forward ideas that they (hopefully) recognize are unconstitutional."

Many other commenters on Facebook praised the mayor and councilman for taking the steps to reaffirm their commitment to upholding the Constitution, praising the two councilmembers for their commitment.

When reached for comment via email, Naggar backed his resolution.

"I completely concur with Matt," Naggar said. "I might also add it is clear that the 2020 election is a referendum on socialism. When I think of Valley Forge and troops eating shoe leather, when I think of the blood spilled to protect liberty and then a new form of government is being put forth that flies in the face of liberty and freedom, that cost so many so much, I/we must speak.

"What happened to give me liberty or give me death? We are a constitutional republic, not a socialist republic. If the country wants a socialist republic then there is a way to change the constitution and it's been done before. Any other way is subversion or revolution and it's about time we call it what it is.

"All elected officials and military take an oath to protect and defend the constitution from all enemies, foreign or domestic without purpose of evasion (another purpose). Anyone putting forth another form of government is not upholding the oath they took.

Courtesy of City of Temecula

Temecula City Councilmember Matt Rahn co-wrote the resolution with Mayor Naggar.

"My country tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing! Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrims pride, of the I sing."

To read the full agenda for the next meeting, visit https://temeculaca.legistar.com/DepartmentDetail.aspx?ID=37301&GUID=CEF957AD-6BF0-4179-AD92-34F601D480E3&Mode=MainBody.

To read the resolution in its entirety, visit https://temeculaca.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=3925033&GUID=6029B31A-81B8-46E7-980B-AE2CB9F84742.

The item is No. 23 on the agenda under the council business portion of the meeting. The Temecula City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, in Temecula City Hall Council Chambers, at 41000 Main Street in Temecula.

Jeff Pack can be contacted at [email protected]

 
 

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tomsuttle writes:

Gotta love living in Southwest Riverside County. Temecula, Murrieta, and Canyon Lake have some of the most talented, patriotic, and politically bold representatives in all of California. The voting citizens of these communities deserve a proud salute for electing such folks to both local and upper level offices. (The same communities of citizens, by the way, who have done their share in making their cities count among the safest not only in California, but in the entire nation.)

 
 
 

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