Montgomery County, August 15 – Enlightenment philosophers brought down the autocrats who ruled the American colonies, France, and Texas by instigating ideological revolutions. In our community, seven ladies work diligently and effectively to bring down the “establishment” forces who attempt to rule autocratically while using secrecy as the primary tool of dictatorship.
How the Enlightenment worked
Thomas Hobbes published Leviathan in 1651 with the basic theme that all legitimate political power emanates from the consent of the governed people. 38 years later John Locke published his Two Treatises on Government in which he argued that western civilization did not need kings, because the people were fully capable of governing themselves. Locke explained that government is nothing more than a contract between the people and the government under which the rulers must provide national security and local policing.
The ideas of Hobbes, Locke, and other Enlightenment political philosophers directly inspired the three great revolutions of the later Enlightenment. All three of the revolutions arose out of the strong will of the people to end central autocratic rule and replace it with popular decision making. The three great Enlightenment revolutions generally occurred in the American colonies in 1776, in France in 1789, and in Texas in 1836. All three revolutions succeeded in breaking the rule of the autocrats.
Montgomery County in 2017
Montgomery County in 2017 has a lot of the problems that the leaders of popular movements faced in the late eighteen century: governments seeking to concentrate power, institutions operating in secret to hide their wrongdoing, corrupt individuals working within government bureaus to funnel money and other resources to themselves, their families, and their friends. Montgomery County has good reason for its reputation as one of the most corrupt County governments in Texas.
After the “good ol’ boys” lost power and control to the Republican Party in the late 1980s, the “good ol’ boys” simply switched parties and began to operate this place under the name “Republicans.” Still, however, the people cannot exercise their popular will, because the secrecy and corruption within government bars them from having the primary tool, information, which would permit the exercise of free popular will.
Nevertheless, Montgomery County citizens have an important tool which the the Texians, the Americans, and the French did not have before their respective great revolutions of 1836, 1776, and 1789. That tool is information, which the citizens have begun to extract from the secretive government through social media, the Internet, guile, and just plain acting smart.
The citizens enjoy some great leadership as well. Seven ladies in Montgomery County represent the greatness of that leadership. There are many others who do as well. It’s appropriate for The Golden Hammer to pay tribute to seven.
Seven remarkable, brilliant, and courageous ladies who lead Montgomery County
Julie Turner. Julie Turner of Magnolia is an amazingly brilliant lady. Soft-spoken, kind, and circumspect, Turner leads the Texas Patriots Tea Party PAC with firm leadership and and strategic mind. Elected officials from President Donald Trump to U.S. Senator Ted Cruz to Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon listen carefully to Turner when she advises them. Turner is a reformer at heart. She’s also a dedicated mother and wife who leads a real life outside of politics, which seems to strengthen her work inside of politics.
Kelli Cook. Kelli Cook of Montgomery is a firm leader with a keen mind, great sense of humor, and strong philosophy. Cook works outside of the political parties. Her impact on Montgomery County just during the last twelve months is breathtaking. Cook was instrumental in getting the Commissioners Court to enact the 20% homestead exemption. She was a leader on water issues, particularly working for the appointment of a pro-citizen Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District board member to replace LSGCD President Richard Tramm. Cook lobbied for direct election of LSGCD board members in Austin. She’s well known in Austin for appearing at state legislative hearings to lobby on a variety of issues. Cook is always well prepared and exhibits more knowledge than most full-time lobbyists and legislators.
Betty Anderson. Betty Anderson of Shenandoah leads with a strong Biblically-based compass. She is one of the most powerful and influential GOP Precinct Chairs in the history of this community. Her email list of tens of thousands consists of individuals who follow her recommendations closely when she endorses candidates in elections and recommends causes that individuals should follow. Don’t underestimate Betty Anderson. Behind the quiet exterior is a fierce political strategist.
Andrea Fahrenthold. Fahrenthold has focused her efforts on reform of the massive April Sound Property Owners Association, which runs April Sound like a medium-sized city. Fahrenthold has fought for transparency, endured frivolous lawsuits filed against her, lived through violent threats, and endured through setbacks when the POA just doesn’t follow rules of fundamental fairness. No matter what, however, Fahrenthold doesn’t give up. Eventually, she’ll get what she and hundreds of April Sound residents want: genuine POA reform.
Mesdames X, Y, and Z. There are three ladies inside of the Montgomery County government who are spearheading reform of the County government, even though their livelihoods depend on it. Sadly, The Golden Hammer can’t recognize Madame X, Madame Y, and Madame Z by name. They likely know who they are. They’re fierce advocates for good government, for transparency, and for an end to the corruption of the Montgomery County government which has thrived on secrecy.
A big difference from the Enlightenment revolutions
Don’t worry, Sheriff Henderson. The revolution which is rapidly approaching in Montgomery County, Texas, is not a violent one as were the Texas, American, and French.
The revolution in Montgomery County now will occur among the citizens peacefully through the exchange of ideas and the casting of the modern weapon of choice: the ballot.
We should thank Turner, Cook, Anderson, Fahrenthold, and the three Mesdames for their courage, their brilliance, and their leadership. Then, as citizens, we must all join the ideological fight alongside them.