Mr. Lilliquists letter is long and twisted with regret that he (and other Council Members) had to reject the “Bellingham Community Bill of Rights”l for the November 2012 ballot. If you stuck it out to and read to the bitter end of Lilliquist’s letter, you find that he vows to actively work to find some form of the “Coal Free” initiative “and” the “Community Bill of Rights”, are brought to a vote in Bellingham (and next Whatcom County).
This is the slow drip of progressive, communitarianism, also known as communism. This type of initiative promotes a “new” form of government and promotes sedition.
Is it legal for Councilman Lilliquist (and any elected official) to do? Is it moral of him to do this? I am asking…is this legal and/or moral…to have our elected representatives actively work to destroy our representative form of government?
YiT ~ Shelly
This is a pasting of the “last” two paragraphs from Councilman Lilliquist’s letter to an un-revealed recipient/supporter of the “Bellingham Community Bill of Rights”:
On Monday, I formally notified the other members of the City Council that I wanted to work on developing alternative ballot proposals to be put before the people, to address the coal train issues and the Community Bill of Rights in a way that would not be legally challengeable. Several council members quickly said that they would help me to develop those ideas. If the court decides that Prop 2 is invalid, the Council may be able to place alternatives on the ballot if we act quickly. Nothing has been decided or proposed yet, but the Council could choose to place two advisory votes on the ballot, one issue dealing with the coal train issue and the other dealing with a Community Bill of rights. As advisory votes rather than laws, these cannot be challenged or overturned. On the down side, of course, because they are not laws, they do not actually change the system or enact new legal tools.
At the same time, I will continue to work with the city administration to participate in a robust environmental review by the county, to identify all impacts and to hold the GPT applicants accountable. The permit review process will take months if not years. Please be assured that I will give the matter the attention and time that it deserves.”