"Posterity, you will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in heaven that ever I took half the pains to preserve it." -John Adams

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Protect your rights by voting?

The people who live in the Fairbanks North Star Borough are facing another round of draconian "laws" by its Borough Assembly, namely to "ban" certain heating devices, such as certain wood stoves and hydronic heaters. Well of course, the movement is out to vote on a proposition that would prevent the Assembly from doing such things to us.
Every 2 years now, we are told we need to vote on a citizen's initiative to "prevent" the Assembly from taking our right to heat our homes in the way we see fit.
"Protect your rights!! Vote for your freedom"!!
The usual well-meaning folks are out in mass to get out the vote to secure our freedom.
But I will not give my consent.
By voting for this initiative, I am giving legitimacy to the Assembly, saying that unless I vote against them, they have the right to take away my Liberty, against my own property.
I am not a serf.
If I vote for this initiative, I am relenting to give them moral ownership of my property. I am gambling in this way, if my side wins, you can't do what you want. If your side wins, then I must give consent to you to restrict my freedom. I legitimize your claim.
I refuse.
The majority collective has no right to tell me what I may or may not do with my property, and I will not consent to let them.
I will stay at home, or perhaps I will bid on a contract, or maybe I will take my family fishing. But I will not bend my knee, to acknowledge to a few scum that they have the right to compel me, unless I persuade more people to compel them.
Let these 9 scum pass whatever law they want against my property. Do they have legitimate claim to it?
Absolutely not.
How much greater would it be, if the 55% or so folks who will go out and vote against the Assembly, would get off their knees, have some decent self respect, and stay home that day?
And when the Assembly's ordinance comes into effect, these same people refuse to consent to their tyranny?
They heat their home the way they feel they themselves need to, the most cost effective way they can?
Wouldn't they then be actually free, instead of having a 2 year waiver?
What would the Borough do? They have no police powers. Fine 50,000 people, who would then fight the fines in court, virtually bankrupting the Borough coffers?

If you feel you must consent to the authority of 9 people who have 2 arms, 2 legs, 2 eyes, and are perfectly no different than you, go ahead and vote.
If you want to be a free man, if you want to be one who desires Liberty over servitude, a Revolutionary in the lines of your Forefathers that you claim to honor so much, stay home, and tell the Borough, whatever you may say, I refuse to consent to your whims.
The only way to be free is to live as free men. Refuse consent, and they instantly lose legitimacy. Without your consent, they cease to exist.


  1. I am proud of your passion and your stand Joshua. I admire a man that has convictions and does his best to stand by them; and yet humble enough to know he doesn't know it all and so continues to educate himself with knowledge to gain wisdom and truth. We really stood alone back in the 90's. And I see that we "knew" so much less than you are seeing today. Thank you for standing firm for freedom. I pray the freedom is for ALL persons. Men, women, and children alike.

  2. Of course when I say "Free Men" I mean people in general. Not just "Men".
    Free people.

  3. "FOR THE PRESENT I should like merely to understand how it happens that so many men, so many villages, so many cities, so many nations, sometimes suffer under a single tyrant who has no other power than the power they give him; who is able to harm them only to the extent to which they have the willingness to bear with him; who could do them absolutely no injury unless they preferred to put up with him rather than contradict him. Surely a striking situation!" Etienne de la Boetie, The Politics of Obedience.

    Jim in Kenai

  4. Yep. Vote to protect your rights.

    It's worked out ever so well so far. /sarc off

    We don't need voters- we need citizens willing to stand, and defy if necessary.


  5. Glen beck would not approve