PRIVATE PROPERTY DESTROYED BY CITY HALL… INCOMPETENCE OR INTENTION? Around noon on Tuesday, September 13th, I received a call to come to Firetower Road about 1/4 mile south of Moffett Road (Hwy 98). The call was from Ms. Susan Jarvis, the owner of some properties on Firetower Road. Ms. Jarvis said that City Of Semmes employees were cutting down Camellias on property owned by her family. Upon arriving at Firetower Road I could see several Mobile County Sheriff’s vehicles and several personal vehicles.
On Tuesday, August 30, 2016, as prescribed by Alabama state law, Mayor Judy Hale along with all Semmes City Council members, convened for canvassing and certifying election results for the Semmes Municipal Election on August 23, 2016. Semmes City Clerk, Brandi Michelsen, as required by state law, was the caretaker of all voting materials submitted to election officials and returned by election officials to Semmes City Hall. At question in the canvassing and certifying was the winner for city council place #2. Results from voting machines credited incumbent Howard Smith with 272 votes and challenger Tony Ebright with 267 votes. The purpose of the canvass is to account for every ballot cast and ensure that every valid vote cast is included in the election totals.
Dear Mr. Hale, President, Semmes Volunteer Fire Department Board
It is laughable that you attempt to silence the voice of the people by having the city attorney send a Cease and Desist order to me. Let’s pursue this to the fullest. The origination and present location of the document posted on Talk Of Semmes will make a very good story indeed. The post of the document will remain. To The People of Semmes: there are those operating within our city government that will use every means within their grasp to prevent you from knowing the truth.
The philosopher John Locke wrote that all people have the right to life, liberty, and estate; under the social contract, the people could instigate a revolution against the government when it acted against the interests of citizens, to replace the government with one that served the interests of citizens. In some cases, Locke deemed revolution an obligation. The right of revolution thus essentially acted as a safeguard against tyranny. Locke further affirmed an explicit right to revolution when he wrote:
…whenever the Legislators endeavor to take away, and destroy the Property of the People, or to reduce them to Slavery under Arbitrary Power, they put themselves into a state of War with the People, who are thereupon absolved from any farther Obedience, and are left to the common Refuge, which God hath provided for all Men, against Force and Violence. Whensoever therefore the Legislative shall transgress this fundamental Rule of Society; and either by Ambition, Fear, Folly or Corruption, endeavor to grasp themselves, or put into the hands of any other an Absolute Power over the Lives, Liberties, and Estates of the People; By this breach of Trust they forfeit the Power, the People had put into their hands, for quite contrary ends, and it devolves to the People, who have a Right to resume their original Liberty.”
The second part of the Declaration of Independence declares that the THE PEOPLE have the right to change a government when it abuses their rights. It also says that governments are set up to protect these rights.
Councilman Lawrence Webb Verbally Assaulted By Tim Hale
Early this evening, Councilman Lawrence Webb observed Mr. Tim Hale, husband of Mayor Judy Hale removing Mr. Webb’s political signs from a neighbors lawn. Mr Webb confronted Tim Hale and the following occured:
A neighbor witnessing the incident stated:
“I was fearful for Mr. Webb. That man jumped out of his car cussing and screaming at Mr. Webb and I’m sure that if he had not seen me watching, he would have done harm to Mr. Webb.” A call to Councilman Webb, a true southern gentleman, resulted in a brief comment:
This is just another example of Judy Hale’s rules. City Council Members are not allowed to go on city property but Tim Hale can go on private property to steal signs.
A citizen of Semmes witnessed a City Of Semmes employee driving a City Of Semmes vehicle remove the political signs of Candidate David Baker from her property yesterday evening. When confronted the employee left before the Sheriff’s Deputy arrived. Hard evidence such as a Case # is difficult to refute. This is Mobile County Sheriff’s Office Case # S16-08-0234