San Bernardino City Councilman Rikke Van Johnson to seems to have some interesting views on the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.
At the June 3, 2013 meeting of the San Bernardino City Council, Rikke Van Johnson publicly called the constitutionally protected Free Speech activities of the San Bernardino Police Officers Association as acts of “terrorization.”
Councilman Van Johnson further went on to call the Police Officers public criticism of his record on the City Council as “villainous.”
What’s going on here? Why is Rikke Van Johnson speaking out against Free Speech?
Didn’t Van Johnson take an oath when joining the San Bernardino City Council to protect and defend the United States Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic?
Yes he did.
What’s really happening here is that Councilman Rikke Van Johnson – like his colleague Wendy McCammack – has his eye on the Mayor’s job in the November election.
However for Rikke Van Johnson to run a successful campaign to be San Bernardino’s next mayor, he needs to successfully hide and distort the record of failure he has so willingly supported as a member of the City Council.
Rikke Van Johnson doesn’t want people to know that San Bernardino made a $22.6 million accounting error when it filed for federal bankruptcy protection.
Rikke Van Johnson doesn’t want the people to know that the City amazingly hired a new city manager who has twice declared personal bankruptcy.
Those are facts. They are not villainous and educating the people of San Bernardino on these facts is not an act of terrorism.
It’s a sad day in our democracy when an elected official like Rikke Van Johnson so desperately wants to hold on to power that he is willing to trample over the Bill of Rights to prevent his record on the City Council from being discussed and disputed.