Citizenship Requires Vigilance- Especially in These Times!

This evening I arrived home from work ready to get dinner together and unwind a bit. I glanced at the mail ready to put it aside and get started with preparations. However, being the political junkie that I am something caught my eye:

Official Special School Board Election Sample Voting Machine BallotUSPS_Election_Mail_Logo

I immediately thought, “What election? Are we electing members to the school board or something?” Of course, I opened it right up. Instead of a potential list of candidates which I expected from the title, I instead saw the title, Proposal.

As I read through the proposal, I came to understand what it was about. Apparently, the Board of Education wants to undertake the repair and replacement of the roofs at 3 local schools. To do this in our modest sized borough they are asking the citizens to allow them to issue bonds of the school district in the amount of $3,093,750.00 or nearly $3.1 million. Not a small piece of change for our local borough.

Now, comes the good part. The voting is held on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 with the polls open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. It arrived in the mail at my home on Tuesday, March 12, 2013. Planned that way? My guess is Yes.

Additionally, the election was held at a location that I had never voted at and didn’t know. Well, since it was already 7:35 p.m. , I put my coat back on and headed back out the door to find out where this place was. I was voting “No” on this one just on principal because of the sneaky way it was handled.

Saw my neighbor, in the driveway just ready to get in the car and immediately hailed him down. I told him about it and asked him where it was. He gave me directions. I mentioned the way it was handled and he said, “They’re trying to sneak it by us.” My sentiments exactly. Turns out, he had already voted thumbs down on the issue.

Polling Place? What Polling Place?

I drove over to the vicinity he had indicated and passed right on by the location. There were no signs and in fact if the lights hadn’t been on and I did n’t happen to see a car leaving, I would have missed it altogether. Even when I reached the lit location, I still wasn’t sure if this is where I was to vote.

When I entered I saw the two voting machines and knew I had reached the right location. I signed and registered my “No” vote. Mission accomplished on my end anyway, but I still don’t know how this is going to turn out.

In today’s socialistic climate, private citizens don’t count and this is a good example. Politicians from the most local levels on up to the highest levels of the Federal government simply consider producing citizens cash cows for the taking. In a socialist economy, as opposed to a freedom oriented free market economy, it isn’t what you can give that produces your results, it is what you can take. Citizens in their minds are there for their benefit and our rights don’t count.

That is the battle for a free market vs. socialist economy. Do you give to earn the dollars and the trust of the customer or person you are providing a product or service for? They vote yes with their dollars. Conversely, do you simply use other people’s earned money as  the source for your taking in what Bastiat in The Law called “legalized plunder.”? I prefer the former and so did our framers. Communists and other socialists prefer the latter and choose to erect tyranny over freedom.

An Inside Joke? (You can’t make this stuff up any better.)

Finally, let me share this little tidbit from the special ballot. The proposal ended with this statement:

 

“The “other capital projects” to be funded herein were potentially eligible for State support, in whole or in part, at a minimum amount of 40% for the eligible components of the projects; however, the Board of Education determined not to seek State support for these “other capital projects,” because no State support is currently available and the State has not been approving any capital projects for which State facilities aid is requested.

 

In plain language, the reason they sought not to seek State aid is because NONE was available!

Gee, sure am glad our local government is right on top of things. Duh! That board sure figgered that stuff right quick didn’t they?

Conclusion

If you want to be free, you have to be ever vigilant all the way down to your local level.  Please pay attention nowadays. As the times get harder, and I don’t think there is any way they can not, they will try to sneak stuff past us that is NOT in our best interests. It is our responsibility to make sure they don’t! Please keep educating yourself and as Churchill put it, “Never give up.” Vaya con Dios, mi amigo.


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