Michael Kubosh Fights for Civil and Religious Liberties in the City of Houston
Imagine you or a loved one finds yourself homeless. When one puts themselves in a homeless person's shoes, what's the first thing that usually comes to mind? If you're like me, the first thing that I think of is, how are they going to eat? The second thought that enters my mind is where will they sleep?
So back to that first thought, the food thing. As I've never been homeless, I can imagine that in the city of Houston, lots of homeless people are left to beg on street corners for money to buy food. Others may go into food establishments where they are often turned away by the proprietors of the businesses. Some might even dig through the garbage to find leftovers. There have been cases where this has happened resulting in food poisoning ( so much for protecting the homeless!!) Others might be fortunate enough to have food brought to them by various non-profit groups or religious groups to help stave off hunger pangs. Or at least they used to be that fortunate.
Non-profit and religious groups were free to feed the homeless people of the City of Houston in 2012. They were free to feed until the Houston City Council decided it needed to pass a feeding ordinance in order to regulate the distribution of the food. All in the name of safety, of course.
The ordinance was passed by an 11-6 vote after a month of testimony from groups such as Food Not Bombs, area churches and religious groups voiced their opposition to the proposed law. Opposition was universal, but the Mayor and those that profit off of the homeless prevailed. With few conservatives on the current city council, how can the city of Houston ever hope to reign in its spending and its overreach into our Constitutionally-protected rights? It’s enough to make a conservative give up on Houston and move to the suburbs and ignore the problems inside City limits.
But those problem affect all of us. Higher taxes on water in the City will eventually cost us more in fees. Crime doesn't go away; it only moves down the street. Having a single regional crime lab saves all area taxpayers money, and floodwaters don't recognize city limits. So again I ask, what can a conservative do?
One political truth that must be understood is that while the City is largely Democratic, the voters in City elections trend towards fiscal conservatism. This has been largely true for most, if not all, mayoral elections. Bill White pledged not to raise taxes and won 3 terms, and Annise Parker claimed to be the most fiscal conservative candidate in her first race for Mayor. That claim was never really challenged by Gene Locke, and subsequently Ms. Parker secured most of the Westside vote in the run-off and the election.
The last Mayoral election was a close-call for incumbent Annise Parker who was wounded after the mishandled red-light-camera campaign; not only did the voters vote to remove the cameras, but the mayor and the city unsuccessfully fought to overturn the election and keep the cameras up. The results were a public relations nightmare for the mayor, and she was vulnerable. Unfortunately there was not any one challenger strong enough to unite the fiscal conservative vote to unseat Mayor Parker, and she escaped a run-off by less than 1,000 votes.
Now enter Michael Kubosh, a city council candidate that not only stands for fiscal conservatism, Constitutional rights, and specifically religious freedom, he championed the cause of the red-light-cameras successfully after a long and hard-fought battle with the City of Houston and Mayor Parker. He also went to bat for the residents of our fair city when the feeding ordinance was proposed and then passed.
An article written in 2012 for the Houston Chronicle cites the efforts of Kubosh to form a group called Free to Give Houston as well as collect signatures "…to trigger a charter amendment election in November. The group sent out 30,000 letters last week urging voters to sign the petition." Kubosh himself presented the petition to Houston City Council, where he is quoted as saying: "You know, we have laws to protect private property without making laws to make petty criminals out of people who want to feed hungry."
Kubosh has worked closely with people from all walks of life. His work with the red-light-cameras and the City of Houston feeding ordinance brought him to work closely with David Welch, Executive Director of the Houston Area Pastors Council. Pastor Welch had this to say about Kubosh:
"Michael Kubosh has established himself as someone who has been willing to invest his life, his fortune and his sacred honor to restore integrity and accountability to city government in Houston. He has fought to defend the taxpayers on the red light camera issue, the churches and schools from being taxed through the drainage fee and the hungry and homeless on the city's ordinance to restrict feeding efforts. He is a servant leader whose integrity is above reproach and he is the kind of leader we desperately need on Houston City Council."
That sounds like the kind of representation we need, the type of conservatism that put Ted Cruz and Rand Paul in office. It’s the type of activism that Martin Luther King and Ronald Reagan inspired.
Michael Kubosh is running to represent the will of the people, the people who want to petition their government for change. He is willing and ready to work with any council member and any mayor as long as they are doing what is right for the citizens of this city.