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Local Government: It’s time to get our house in order

Lately I’ve been running into a number of people who are completely frustrated with a federal government that is clearly out of control.  They’re frustrated with both political parties and a system that appears rigged to work against them and favor the political elite.  Again and again I hear the same concerns about elected officials ignoring the constitution and their unquenchable thirst for power.  They’re frustration is turning into apathy.  They’re starting to lose hope that this thing can be turned around.  The hope they felt with the 2010 elections results has slipped into disappointment.  They believed that one election would change the course America was on.  Some of us understand that we didn’t get here overnight and it’s going to take more than one election to turn things around.  Conservative talk radio host Mike Church said the following in 2010,” just because we change out the deck chairs on the Titanic doesn’t mean the problem is solved.”  What he means is that the damage is so extensive that focusing on the deck chairs will not prevent the ship from sinking.  So if our focus shouldn’t be on the deck chairs, just where should it be?

Well my grandfather always said that before we can hope to change something on a large scale we need to make sure our own house is in order first.  Our own house in the political arena is local government.  Each day on the local level we allow oppressive laws to dominate our lives;  from needing a permit to do anything on your own property to out of control police officers trampling on our rights.  Just last week in Chicago a police officer basically stated our 1st amendment rights can be terminated.  Think about that, his mindset is one that believes those rights we are born with can be terminated by some governmental force.  The founders never saw it this way.  In fact they believed any government that overstepped its authority to infringe on these basic natural rights was no longer a legitimate government and that the people had the right to replace it.  That’s a pretty strong position to take by today’s standard, but it was they position they fully embraced.  Check out the below video.

Oppression comes in many forms; from a permit to set up a lemonade stand to the seizure of private property to put in a strip mall.  It comes in the form of a city council vote that bands toys in happy meals or in a city ordinance that prevents you from holding bible study groups in your own home.  It comes wearing the faces of good intentions and security and for some reason we accept this condition.  This is what going on in many cities across America on a daily basis and the people are perfectly content to just accept the conditions placed on their lives.  Most of you have experience them first-hand.  So how can we expect change things on a national level if we can’t even get it right on the local level?  If people are unwilling to stand up for their rights against the oppressive local regulations of their towns and cities, then why should we believe they will fight for these same rights on a national level.  Maybe this answers the question as to why the same buffoons who legislate our rights away in Washington D.C. and who have the lowest approval ratings ever recorded get reelected time and time again.  If people don’t even have the courage to break the shackles of local regulation in their towns and cities how can we ever hope to address our federal problem.  The answer is we won’t.

So what do we do?  Do we remain frustrated and keep changing out the deck chairs?  Do we shut down and remove ourselves from the political equation?  The answer is quite simple.  We need to get our house in order.  We need to start deregulating on the local level.  We need to focus on local politics above all else and elect men and women of principle.  This needs to happen on all levels of local, county and state government so that the states can be transformed back into the proud sovereign entities they once were.  Once this transformation is complete the states will be ready to address their addiction to federal money and programs; but we need to get the states healthy again. This is when we will see real change and reestablish the constitution as the law of the land.  Remember it wasn’t the federal government that created the states; it was the states that created the federal government.  The constitution is our guide and it must be reestablished and enforced.  Once we’re free again to prosper our problems will indeed begin to diminish.  It all starts in our own house first.

Liberty forever, freedom for all!


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  • Steve Dennis March 22, 2012 at 5:05 AM

    This is a great point John. We always seem to be focused on what is going on in Washington, and while we should be concerned about Washington we cannot ignore what is happening at a local level. It is much easier to change things locally than it is nationally and if we start at the lower levels it will eventually going to trickle up to the federal level.
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    • John Carey March 22, 2012 at 6:37 AM

      It absolutely will trickle up Steve. This is how we restore the states and until this happens I don’t believe anything can happen on the national level to rein them in. The states have a great deal of power to push back. The constitution protects the power of the states from federal encroachment. If we want our states to push back we first need to get them healthy again and this starts with local politics.
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  • Bunkerville March 22, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    I use to believe this. Then I saw transplants move into our township and county. The infamous commuters and retirees gained control of Government. Hell, you can’t even have a car or two now up on blocks working on them in one’s back yard. And I mean owning a couple of dozen acres far from sight.No modular homes, etc. Forcing all the locals who lived there for hundreds of years out the door with taxes with their mega schools that nothing was too good for their kids.
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    • John Carey March 22, 2012 at 9:25 PM

      So why don’t we push back Bunker with the same tools the left uses. We’ve been taking their utopian crap for far to long and it’s time our voices are heard and that’s the voice of liberty. This isn’t going to be easy for conservatives because for the most part conservatives are live and let live people. As great as this is, it’s also the reason we tend to get pushed around by the left. It’s not in our nature to impose our beliefs on another so we simply allow the ordinances and laws role of our back. Well I’m tired of getting pushed around by these utopian loving statists. It’s time to make some noise and let our local officials hear our concerns. Start with the city ordinances.
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  • Jim at Conservatives on Fire March 22, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    An excellent point, John. If we can’t motivate conservative ideals on a local and state level, we’ll never get it done on a national level. But, Bunker is right. These changes will have to start in otherwise conservative counties and states first. Maybe then others will take note and start to do the same.
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  • Tony Fernandez March 22, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    Very true. Local government is where we can most easily make the biggest change. I think in addition to what you’ve said, we need to agitate for smaller cities. What I mean by that is taking on a giant monolith like the City of Los Angeles is unfeasible, whereas effecting change in a much smaller city like the suburb of Montebello is very much possible.

    I know some people like to talk about nullification and secession with regards to states, but it is just as effective at the local level, if not more so.
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