The Bill of Rights prohibits government from violating inalienable rights and commands government to protect them. Nothing is so sacred as the freedom of conscience, which is expressed in the ideas of our five first amendment freedoms. James Madison called conscience “the most sacred of property.”
This week, the justice system decided to assert first amendment protection of Savannah citizens and anyone who exercises their duties to hold its elected officials accountable. Mayor Van Johnson stepped on the ‘liberty hose’ of the wrong independent journalist, Jessica Szilagyi.
An investigative journalist with the Georgia Virtue, based out of Brooklet, Szilagyi reports on city and county activities throughout South Georgia. In doing so, she engages city governments across the area on common platforms. Though repressive and replete with censorship, Facebook remains the social medial platform of choice for local government communication. Adding personal ego to the interaction generates another layer of boldness with tyrannical government officials like Savannah’s Mayor Van Johnson. The Mayor, when he feels challenged, often chooses to violate the civil liberties of others by blocking them from his official government pages.
Thankfully, justice still exists. The entire report was written by Szilagyi in her Georgia Virtue article.
The Georgia Record has featured the Mayor of Savannah in several pieces, referenced here:
This article and video dramatically display Mayor Johnson’s desperate suppression of civil liberties and open public meetings this summer. These actions were directly against the rights of a Navy Veteran and his family attempting to testify at a public property tax hearing, but they were instead held in the Savannah City Hall entry way for over two hours, surrounded by ten “law” enforcement personnel. To lend expertise or other support to this case, please email: [email protected]
Citizens served Mayor Johnson with a notice and demand for an additional public hearing after they were sent home from City Hall, and then the action was covered up by the City Clerk’s office.
Mayor Johnson abuses crowd-funding via his person pay apps to “raise money” for charity on his weekly mayoral calls.
Freedom Rings in Savannah, despite the tyrannical overreach of Mayor Van Johnson and those who would gain by following his misleadership.
If we lose the right of conscience, we’ve lost all rights.