Saturday, September 10, 2011

Green and Problems of Democracy: Part III

By Rich Kozlovich

As I read the daily news I keep finding myself in a state of incredulous semi amused outrage. Sounds contradictory doesn’t it. Well there is a reason for it. People are nuts!

In Ohio we had protestors running around the Ohio State Capitol building demanding that the legislature defeat Issue 5. This dealt with collective bargaining for public employees. One person carried a sign saying, “Tea Partiers, Get a Job!” I thought that was particularly humorous because it wasn’t the Tea Partiers who were there; seemingly because they were at their jobs. I wondered if he ever connected the dots on that tiny bit of basic logic….then again, it did require a certain basic level of logical thinking; so probably not! After all, if he had it in the beginning he wouldn’t have written anything so stupid.

They were claiming they were being stripped of their “rights”, yet a woman from the Farm Bureau was spit on as she struggled through this crowd to get into the Capitol. That was an exception in my opinion, because they weren’t particularly unruly, but the general mood made anyone there cautious. They were blocking the entrances, shouting speeches on the steps with megaphones and demonstrating with a challenging surly attitude. In short; they were a mob, a mostly controlled mob, but none the less, a mob stirred up by the unions. 

We call it democracy in action.

I remain fascinated at people’s thinking. Today I read the headline, “Arkansas mayor 'pistol whipped' following dispute with council”.   Apparently the mayor of Gould, Arkansas was confronted by a council member over a dispute regarding an ordinance passed by a newly elected city council that forbid ……get this …..”Forbid” anyone from holding public or private meetings to discuss city matters within the city limits. Apparently this is an attempt to silence an opposing group known as the Gould Citizens Advisory Council.  How do so many decide to ignore Constitutional protections because of their elected positions?

While engaging in this heated argument people pulled up in a car “like gangsters” and pistol whipped Mayor Earnest Nash, who said, “I really did think I was going to die…”. He went on to say that this was the “culmination of months of abuse aimed at him and his family”.

Do we call this democracy in action? 

In the Arizona town of Quartzsite, AZ some residents are referring to their town as a “police state” because of the “authoritarian rule” being exercised by the town council and the chief of police.  Apparently on June 28 city resident Jennifer ‘Jade’ Jones had the floor at a town meeting expressing her disagreement with recent tax increases for water and sewage in the community. She was not allowed to continue speaking as a councilman “demanded she vacate the building or be escorted out by police”, above the objections of the mayor, he saying, "Officer, that woman has the floor. You're violating my rules of order here. Sergeant, I have control of the meeting."

As this thing escalated council declared a “state of emergency”, without the mayor’s approval or input.  In fact, some sort of secret decision was made to quit paying the mayor, and police officers were wrongly fired. They ousted the mayor, ended the pay of officers who wouldn’t go along and has forbidden anyone, including the mayor, from looking at payroll records, and the police chief has ordered his deputies to cite political opponents for traffic violations.

Do we call this is democracy in action?

Finally the state of Arizona decided to intervene because this has made international headlines.   I have to ask; what if there had been no publicity? Here we have out of control town officials and rogue cops trampling the constitutional rights of American citizens……their neighbors! Do people really get away with this stuff? I’m sure they do, but why would they think they could in the first place?

They do because there is such a lack of respect for the Constitution, which outlines the rights of the citizenry and the limitations of government, by those in government.  This is rampant throughout the political spectrum, including the courts. In point of fact, the courts have largely been responsible for that lack of respect; especially the Supreme Court of the United States, finding rights and privileges that have never been inscribed in the Constitution, nor were these new “rights” intended to be inscribed therein.

Larry Klayman, founder of Judicial Watch, released a book sometime back called, “Whores, Why and How I Came to Fight the Establishment”, outlining just how intellectually corrupt the federal judiciary actually is. As you read the information you quickly come to realize that most of them are nothing more than political hacks with a vile ideological concept of what is Constitutional.
But why shouldn’t the Constitution be treated like an ancient grandfather, a nice old guy whose utterances, in a half-hearted effort to be respectful, we acknowledge in the same tone we’d use with a toddler and then promptly ignore?

Because it is the Constitution that clearly establishes the bounds of what the federal government can and cannot do, that’s why! And because when we ignore the Constitution we get exactly the sort of government that is confounding government, that is capricious, often incoherent, and is ultimately an existential threat to freedom because government officials can claim power without bounds.”
Green is just one more way in which democracy as we know it is being threatened.   Land usage can be stripped from its rightful owners because some bird, or a plant, or an amoeba that lives there has been determined to be endangered. Whole industries can be destroyed because the activists and their allies in government decide that an owl needs millions of acres of untouched land in order to survive. Humanity can be decimated because they have decided that some pesticide is detrimental to the environment; which started with DDT and they have attacked every life saving pesticide that has ever come on the market.  And they are now extending it to rodenticides; and the media is compliant with them.

Because the green movement uses our own values against us there is no activity as insidious or as dangerous as the green movement in undermining the Constitution and the rights of people all over the world. These are universal rights; which is what the founders clearly believed because it was their determination that these were "inalienable rights" that were not bestowed on humanity by man, nor by any document; but by their Creator. That document, the Constitution of the United States, merely explains those rights.

"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague." -  Marcus Tullius Cicero

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