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Published on August 5th, 2011 | by Dr. Joel McDurmon

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Local Sovereignty: How to Get it Back

Restoring America One County at a Time

Chapter 3: “County Rights”

3.3 How to Restore Freedom

We have seen now how America was originally settled with nearly all governmental sovereignty vested at the local level. This was the legacy of Christian culture, and the better part of it. Early Americans did not have to worry about their wealth and freedom being voted away by alleged representatives far removed by hundreds of miles and two or three levels of government. We have also seen that this ideal of freedom has been lost gradually over time at many junctures, and always in the name of something like “the common good”; but more importantly, we have seen that these several creeping tyrannies were enabled and empowered by that one main instance of centralizing power, force, and money at the federal level—the Constitution of 1787. Nevertheless, whatever the causes are ultimately, it is easy to see that we today have nowhere near the freedom of our ancestors. The question, now, is how to get back to that level of freedom.

In this section, I intent to discuss the new mindset we need, some hurdles to overcome, and some practical actions to take toward restoring local freedom and local sovereignty. By “local sovereignty” I mean freedom of local governments from the dictates of higher levels of government. We must return to local control, and free local institutions from the bands and shackles of the federal and state machineries that entrap locals with grant money, encroachments on power and local decisions, licensing, and regulations. By the similar phrase “local freedom” I mean freedom of individuals from the same encroachments and impositions by their own local governments.

First, there are many hurdles in the way of gaining this freedom. The enemies of freedom have always been those who stand to profit from the public coercive systems. These people—either for the sake of some form of prestige or money (or both)—will consistently scheme and legislate to benefit themselves. These lusts exist at every level of government, but also in the hearts of individuals. So, the remedy for restoring freedom to the local level will mean confronting the many, many ways in which both individuals and government leaders have entrenched themselves in public funding based on taxation. Whether this manifests in publicly-funded construction contracts, public education, exorbitant pensions for public employees, union privileges, grants from higher governmental agencies, or a myriad of other versions of the same evil, the path to freedom means stopping these appropriations and redistributions of money, and derailing the long train of abuses of individual freedoms resulting from the alliance of the plunderers who want the money and the elites who think they can plan our lives better than we can and that they have a right to do so.

The problem ultimately is as much personal and individual as it is political. In this regard, the local and state levels are microcosms of the larger plundering going on in Washington, D.C. right now (with the exception that state and local governments have the formal inconvenience of having to balance their budgets); but local government themselves are a reflection of the lusts and corruption that local individuals choose to allow. Local governments often suffer under corrupt officials, constantly seeking to borrow more money, and constantly seeking grants from State and federal governments. But often the people themselves either agree with taking, taxing, or borrowing more money, or they are oblivious to it and don’t care.

So here’s the hard truth: if you agree with the appropriations (but perhaps you say “only at the local level”), then you’re complicit in a corrupt system that stretches all the way to Washington. Don’t talk about freedom and fiscal responsibility when you make multi-million dollar exceptions for yourself, your business, your industry, your union, your police and fire, or your local schools. Obama’s not the problem; you’re the problem. Until you address this problem, you have no moral authority in regard to people doing way over your head. On the other hand, if you are merely oblivious to the problem or don’t care, then you’re still culpable and complicit by your complacency—and you can bet that the liberals and statists just love you for it, for it helps them get their scheme across with less opposition. It’s been said that the only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing. I agree, although I would add that anyone who sits there and does nothing can’t be considered a good person to begin with. We need to confront both corruption and complacency, which is to say we need to wake up and take responsibility, take action.

Knowing that the problem begins with the individual heart and stretches all the way up to Washington, we’ll need to confront all levels at the same time. But we must concentrate our energy and focus on the areas in which we’ll have the greatest effect—ourselves and our local governments. We have already addressed vitally-needed personal lifestyle adjustments in education and the welfare State. We have emphasized the “don’t take the cheese” principle in those areas for individuals. Now it is time to focus on that concept at the level of local government. We must work to avert all public expenditure, debt, and taxation in local government, as well as all accepting of grants from higher governmental bodies. This is the first step in returning to anything like true local sovereignty to America—her counties must be free of strings attached to all higher agencies. But since that level of freedom does not yet exist, nor will it exist completely for the duration of the process of arriving at it, we must still attend as need be to State and national politics until we reach the desired position locally. We can’t take the chance of complacency at the back door where the Feds can creep in while we’re distracted with only local matters. Even when we achieve the goal locally, however, we cannot rest until surrounding counties, and then the vast majority of counties in the State have reached a similar level of understanding and practice of local sovereignty—for until a majority of counties exist that are willing to assert their freedom simultaneously against higher governments, the few that arrive at near local autonomy will always be exposed to the weaknesses attending their tiny-minority status. In other words, we’ll need a lot of free counties voicing their “nullifications” and independences at the same time, or else the federal government could simply ignore it and squash it with little repercussion. We need mass decentralized (yet legitimate) resistance so that no central authority can easily or effectively answer it. So, until we reach a time in which a growing number of America’s 3000+ counties care more about freedom than State and Federal aid, we must be vigilant in guarding our work and prayers toward that goal—for they are never safe from the threats of violence, force, defamation, and theft from above.

In short, anyone wishing to start a truly grass-roots, bottom-up movement for restoring local sovereignty is going to face multiple levels of opposition—from the higher levels of government, from the vast mainstream media leftist-propaganda machines, from entrenched Statism even in local media such as newspapers, corporate forces that use government to stop comeptition, and also from corrupt local officials. We must be prepared to meet all of this with truth, unwavering commitment to freedom, courage, and yet calmness, confidence, and kindness.

Second, we need to affirm this new vision of decentralized power. This vision must be deep and we must commit to it thoroughly. The vision of mass decentralization was actually voiced in this country at a crucial time by the famous economist F. A. Hayek. Nearing the end of World War II, he noted that western civilization was going to need to be rebuilt, and that this task would have to be done amidst an atmosphere in which Communism thrived as a powerful force, the forces and ideas behind National Socialism and fascism were still very strong, and academia was (as it still is) strongly socialist or even communist throughout the West. Hayek argued in his famous book, The Road to Serfdom, that any attempts at rebuilding along the lines of any large socialized, nationalized State would be doomed to failure sooner or later. His important conclusion was this:

We shall not rebuild civilization on the large scale. It is no accident that on the whole there was more beauty and decency to be found in the life of the small peoples, and that among the large ones there was more happiness and content in proportion as they had avoided the deadly blight of centralization. . . Nowhere has democracy ever worked well without a great measure of local self-government. . .Where the scope of the political measures becomes so large that the necessary knowledge is almost exclusively possessed by the bureaucracy, the creative impulses of the private person must flag. I believe that here the experience of the small countries like Holland and Switzerland contains much from which even the most fortunate larger countries like Great Britain can learn.  We shall all be the gainers if we can create a world fit for small states to live in.(1)

Of course we know that his advice was largely ignored. But the vision still remains. And at this point in American history—when leftists and even many conservatives continue to praise and protect the instruments of socialism even as they are already beginning to bankrupt the Treasury and society together—this vision of decentralized power still remains the only viable expression of freedom and liberty. And that vision today remains ignored, even ridiculed, although its been untried for the past 225 years.

The vision is simple. Local governments have to take back sovereignty in every area they can, and local people need to pressure local governments to do so, and to refuse monetary handouts from higher governments, and people have to hold their local officials accountable to these goals. Local government must begin to resist the enticements, entrapments, and encroachments of the higher levels. This will eventually mean 1) local individuals will have only local government with which to interact (state governments will only deal with counties, and the feds only with states, this is true federalism); 2) representation will be much more genuine, as local officials are elected from a much smaller sample of the population; 3) government can be much more transparent; 4) local officials are much more easily held accountable; and 5) if any of these ideals fails miserably and the locality grows intolerable, it won’t be hard to move to another county that upholds your values. These are just a few of the benefits of decentralization.

There are disadvantages as well: 1) individuals can no longer enrich themselves from swollen promises paid for by taxing the national population at large or borrowing trillions of dollars indebting your grandchildren; 2) ideologues, leftists, elites, and other pests can no longer easily impose their values on 300 million people by means of only a few-vote majority in Congress and the President’s celebrity ink pens; or worse, by means of a 5-4 Supreme Court decision. This is the kind of disadvantages I can live with.

I mean, imagine that: a society in which a population of 300 million is not subjugated legally by the mere opinion of a 5 people. Mind-blowing, isn’t it?

There is much more we could say in regard to this vision of freedom and liberty, but these are the basics. We will add many more aspects as supplemental articles and posts once the rest of the fundamental features of this project are complete.

Finally, there are some practical measures to consider in the meantime: First, learn everything you can about your local government. This will take a little time, and will mean shifting the focus of your political engagements from the national to the local scene. Sadly, most people know everything there is to know about Obama and Pelosi, et al, and yet couldn’t even tell you the name of one of their local County Commissioners. This needs to be balanced, and essentially reversed. Read the headlines of the national stuff; react if necessary; but focus, focus, focus on learning the local stuff. Learn your commissioners’ names, backgrounds, beliefs, values, career history, voting records.

Learn the organization of your local government; learn the schedules of all relevant board and commission meetings. Know when they meet. And show up for important issues.

Learn how to find and obtain all publicly available information: meetings, agendas, budgets, revenues, expenditures, bondholders and financiers, contracts, projects, land use plans, rezoning efforts, constitution and bylaws—everything. You will find that information-gathering in itself will begin to breed questions. Numbers and budgets and legal memos have their own way of whispering. You may discover corruption or questionable practices your officials wish to remain quiet or hidden. You may find that a board member is working to give himself or herself special privileges for their career advancement or profit. Maybe not. But the more information you have, the more transparent and accountable the government can be forced to be.

Don’t trust “minutes” of meetings alone. As “Sir Humphrey” of the old BBC comedy Yes, Prime Minister! once wryly said, “The purpose of meetings is not to record events, it is to protect people.” Go for everything you can find or have a desire to get.

Second, then start a blog or website dedicated to making your local government as public and transparent as possible. You can be as detailed or selective as necessary, as long as it’s honest and open. Post everything you can. Show any clear connections, show every cent that is taxed, how it is assessed and collected, how it is spent; show every cent borrowed and who profits from borrowing against future taxation, and who holds the bond. Show how much elected officials and public employees of all sorts are paid, and what their public pension benefits look like. This is all perfectly legal. WordPress and Blogger are absolutely free and easy to use. It would be great to have at least one such website dedicated to ultimate transparency in each of America’s 3000+ counties. It would better to have several in each county. Variety, choice, and competition will make them better and more effective. These would make fabulous projects for students; but really, anyone could do this, and everyone should.

Then, add video. This can be done merely on a YouTube or other video site’s channel, or better yet, embedded in a website. Record meetings, obtain interviews with officials whenever possible. Some local governments already record their meetings and post them themselves. The point is to have a clear and open public record, and get the word out to as many people, and make everything about local government as accessible and understandable to as many people as possible. This will lead, eventually, to the election of board members, judges, sheriffs, assessors, collectors, etc., who better represent a greater percentage of the population, and better represent local values; it will increase accountability; and it will help end corruption, self-serving, and waste. Taxes will decrease in many localities, choices will open up, people will be freer.

You should know that these ideas and these tactics are being upheld and implemented already with success. Some counties are beginning to assert local sovereignty against State and federal encroachments. For example, the local town of Sedgwick, Maine, recently declared absolute sovereignty over its local food supply. They were tired of state and federal regulations of local meat, raw milk, etc. So they declared their right and determination to be free of the tyranny: their new ordinance says, “[O]ur right to a local food system requires us to assert our inherent right to self-government. We recognize the authority to protect that right as belonging to the town of Sedgwick.” They considered State and federal regulations as “usurpation of our citizens’ right,” and went on to declare, “It shall be unlawful for any law or regulation adopted by the state or federal government to interfere with the rights recognized by this Ordinance.” This was applied also for “any corporation” that would try to interfere. The town argued that these claims to local sovereignty are supported by the Declaration of Independence, the Maine State Constitution, and other Maine statutes. They reserved the right even to secede completely if necessary in the face of a contest.

That Sedgwick, Maine ordinance is currently being used as a model to resist federal regulation in many other municipalities. These will certainly lead to court battles and possibly intimidation from higher governments, but the fact that they exist and people are advancing them shows that the vision for local sovereignty is growing and can be implemented. The fight is only begun, but it has begun.

This is true in other areas as well, as some local counties and even States have declared that they will not honor Obama’s Health Care Act, but have declared it null within their jurisdictions. Some States have declared all federal firearm laws null and void within their boundaries, for guns or ammo manufactured there. There are at least a dozen or more areas in which States currently are nullifying Federal laws. And as this precedent becomes more prevalent in States, it will only make moral sense to extend it to counties. Local sovereignty, county sovereignty, will grow more viable as well.

This is, after all, the foundation of American freedom: the first American declaration of independence was not that of 1776, but was written by a single county. Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, formally declared independence from Great-Britain on May 31, 1775, saying that “the Authority of the King or Parliament, are annulled and vacated.” They proceeded to set up an interim government all by their lonesome, until (as they expected) the rest of the Colonies should catch up.

Cases of local freedom—individuals asserting control over corrupt local officials—are occurring as well. In one case, a small town council in South Carolina had very quietly been paying itself an extremely rich pension package. When a few local business owners found out, they were outraged. At least one council member was opposed, and the businessmen approached him with a plan. They then showed up impromptu at a council meeting with video camera running. They got them members to confirm the terms of the rich package, and then asked for a show of hands on the council of all those who disapproved of it. The lone honest member of the council jetted his hand high, and the rest were caught on video exposed. The businessmen then simply thanked the council and left with the video. The council was so scared that it called a recess and chased the inquirers into the parking lot, trembling, asking what there were going to do with the video! They knew good and well.

In a similar case, a seventeen year-old kid exposed the appointment of a school superintendant whom a school board tried to rush through because he would be a big spender on behalf of the district. By simply showing up at both the interview process and the board meetings with a digital recorder, the corrupt thugs were caught, and were trembling in fear.

Another local contact of mine has been fighting these kind of battles for several years. He’s watched his community deteriorate with a combination of Federal Section 8 housing and corrupt local investment trusts, much of which came about only after an influx of “free school lunch” programs and Title 1 status gained for local public schools to receive massive federal aid. There is much to discern and sort out here, but the bottom line is corrupt local fat cat officials using government grants to empower and enrich themselves. And they are protected by liberal politicians above them, for several reasons. My contact said he started attending board meetings to record what was said. Very early on, one of these fat cats approached him with suspicious questioning and threatening demeanor—essentially threatening to wreck his career. The man is now very paranoid, because he has seen how deeply the corruption goes in his area, and how serious some of the insiders are about keeping it that way. There is work to be done here.

Another man wrote me telling how he won a seat on his local commission because the local conservatives were raising taxes and spending like crazy. He simply took a strong “TEA-party” stand against spending and corruption, and he was elected—despite overwhelming opposition from the local papers, labor unions, and even the local Chamber of Commerce. The local Chamber opposed him because it was dominated by big businesses that favor big-government for their corporate welfare. In other words, the local Chamber itself was corrupted by the forces of wealth redistribution. It had taken the cheese, and was now entrapped. My friend won the election nevertheless, but still faces an uphill fight against complacent and complicit officials, and, as he put it, “the grip that federal grants place on local units.”

There are some successes out there. But there are currently many challenges. One of the good things about seeing how deep and real the challenges are is that we realize how much more entrenched, powerful, and worse it must be at the higher levels, certainly in Washington, D.C. The nature of the problem is exactly the same; it’s just magnified at the national level. If we can’t dismantle tyranny locally, you can forget it happening in D.C. But this is what is encouraging about the successes we’re seeing: we in fact can have an effect locally, and many people are. There is a lot of work to do, and a lot of hill to climb. It will take time. But remember, we are planning for our grandchildren. It is time to start, get busy, and get a steady pace of reform.

It begins with people caring about the problem. It advances when people get focused, study, and explain the problem. It succeeds when they take action on the problem. This is county rights in action. It will only work when you get involved. For people can only be free if they will be responsible and courageous.Endnotes:

  1. Friedrich A. Hayek, The Road to Serfdom (The University of Chicago Press, 1972 [1944]), 235–6.()
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About the Author

Dr. Joel McDurmon

Joel McDurmon, Ph.D. in Theology from Pretoria University, is the Director of Research for American Vision. He has authored seven books and also serves as a lecturer and regular contributor to the American Vision website. He joined American Vision's staff in the June of 2008. Joel and his wife and four sons live in Dallas, Georgia.



17 Responses to Local Sovereignty: How to Get it Back

  1. Your Tour Guide says:

    Good article, Joel.

    Thanks again for taking the time to come over here and hear my spiel.

    A little clarification regarding all the HUD / Title one/ free meal swamp.

    When I did my initial research on what was killing my county and it’s schools
    I needed some “lab tests” to show how adversely unfettered construction of multi family housing had affected our county.

    When you go to the ER with a fever, they draw blood. They look at different results, including the white blood count. Higher white blood counts indicate infection. The higher the WBC, the worse the infection. There’s also a range
    of “normal” values the WBC is compared against , so you have a starting point to gauge it against.

    My WBC was free meals in the county schools. The normal range I compared it against was the following: Areas that had no appreciable single or family home building in a given time frame. The beginning of the time frame was
    1988, as it was two years after it was legal for complexes to be “singles only”, as well
    as a year or two after HUD tax credits and section 8 housing had passed.

    In a less then ten year time frame, the free meals had gone from 11,700 to
    35,400. The percentage of kids on free meals had gone from 11% to 35%. It’s now
    over 60% in our county.

    Now: Show me the money! OK.

    The free meals show the net increase in “measurable poverty” as defined by the feds. Common sense (pre housing crisis) would dictate that kids from “measurable
    poverty” households would be more likely to live in multi family rental housing

    The owners of said multi family rental housing has a greater then 90%
    ( not exact, but gleaned from HUD’s own stats) probability that it’s receiving Low
    Income Housing Tax Credits for furnishing units for the tenants in” measurable
    poverty”. The tax credits translate to 90 thousand dollars per year against any tax
    liabilty from the IRS for every million dollars in set aside units in the complex. The
    traitors under the Georgia gold dome matched these credits a few years ago, so that
    their “friends” ie slumlords would be confident that none of their profits would go to pesky little things like state and federal taxes.

    That’s an encapsulated form from the housing end. For the owners to get the tax credits they have to receive a letter of endorsement from the local mayor, head
    comissioner, or chief elected county official. Sooo…. for betraying a given area, the
    politician gains the chance for campaign contributions or perhaps a little kickback.
    (Just between friends, you see)

    Now. The school end of thing. Kids on free meals= federal title one funds.
    For one child on free meals , the school receives $600 for materials, extra instructional personnel, etc. Once 40% or greater of a given school’s student body
    is on free meals, then it’s considered a “Title One School”, then the federal money
    flood gates spring wide open. New computers, new materials, special instructional aids, and on and on. The scam over here in Dekalb County Georgia is that the
    powers that be at the school board caught onto the game back when forced busing was in vogue. Schools that had less then 40% of their population on free meals might find out the next year that they suddenly qualified for Title One status, because they’d had 200 kids of “measurable poverty” imported over to them.

    Further fun ensued when parents that wanted to set up school lunch accounts
    were told that it had “been taken care of” at numerous schools throughout the county. They weren’t told that ” it had been taken care of” so that the schools could
    whore some more Title one funds that year.

    Here’s some things Title one money goes in my county, which last year received One Hundred Twenty Eight Million dollars of it. They’ve turned it into
    a patronage account for their friends and family. We have “instructional coaches” that never have physical contact with the title one students they’ve supposed to be helping. They make between fifty two to eighty thousand dollars plus for doing so.

    Further research might yield that many of the highly paid belong to a Dekalb metro church that might or might not require automatic 10% tithing, so some of the big bucks salaries might or might not be appearing in said church’s collection plate.

    Joel, hope this makes the concepts a bit clearer. The REAL money is in the
    “measurable poverty”, especially when foxes are guarding the henhouse locally.
    Look for an additional email. Thanks.

  2. Dennis Bartlett says:

    I wrote on Aug. 5th and was not posted . I wonder why ? Except perhaps that we have been in this ” local War ” now for a year . Every forum that I participate in has seen me post our websites . http://www.republicassembly.com for the history of our Country and why we are in this mess . And our County Assembly http://www.stevenscountyassembly.com with what we are doing . Do not log into this site but it can be viewed without doing so .

    There are few who understand Gov’t and what power their Counties have ‘ over ‘ the State and the Feds .
    Ignorance seems to be the norm in regards to this . County Assemblies are non partisan or they don’t work . County Assemblies are hard work and many will not even try it ! Why ?

    Let me ask you a question . Would you rather see bloodshed ? Would you when confronted by the Gov’t turn in your weapons for food and water ? Folks , if martial law is invoked which is a possibility that is exactly what will happen . The maps are drawn where blockades will be and has been explained to a friend of mine by a very respected (huh?) Politician .

    I’ve seen men die and it isn’t pretty . What will it be for you ? For most they want others to do their lifting for them . In the Assembly “no one” is more important than the other . As a Body Politic you have power to change the way things work .

    The Assembly has within their power to elect a Grand Jury and elect Rangers for their County . All lawful , notice I did not say legal as that is a Corporate term .

    There could be a civil war and I wont shirk my duty if it should be the only way but if you decide to come into the real world of “local” and ally with other communities that are doing the same thing then your power is endless .

    And with that power you can kick out the NGO’s that mean to do us harm . Your Sheriff has that power and “no one” has more power in his County , not even the President or Governor of your State .

    There wont be many takers if any , I’m sure of that . We have been visited by every State and 58 different Countries and many I’ve talked with are true Patriots . For many of us we call ourselves Patriots but if you’re not doing anything but sitting then you are not a Patriot in any sense . It takes work to be one and then you can join the group of “Patriots” and be genuine but it’s a challenge few take .

  3. Sam Stearns says:

    Great article! This is a viewpoint that needs to be introduced to everyone, because I believe that very few have even heard of such a thing because of their preoccupation with the circus in D.C.

    I had a brief question about one of your minor points. In forecasting the conclusions of local governments resisting the “enticements, entrapments, and encroachments of the higher levels” of government, you stated that we would have only local officials with whom to interact. The states would deal only with their counties, and the feds would deal with the states.

    I understand why this would be true federalism, but is it Constitutional? If we the people directly elect members to the House of Representatives as the Constitution mandates, would that not preclude true federalism? How would state and federal officials be placed into office in a purely federalist system? I hope I’m not creating a false dichotomy between federalism and constitutionalism here, but the sense I have from my limited understanding is that we can’t have both. The Constitution demands federalism to a degree (much more than we see today!), but can you arrive at this pure federalism with the Constitution?

    Obviously, constitutional government appeals to me, and probably to almost everyone reading your article and this post. But the decentralization that true federalism entails also appeals to me. If we can’t do both, which is better? Which should be our ideal?

  4. JACK COOK says:

    THE LIBERALS ARE SO FULL OF HOT AIR,HOW DO YA GET 60 MILLION PEOPLE BACK TO WORK,WHEN EVERYTHING IS MADE IN COMMUNIST CHINA.THEN AGAIN THE LIBERALS WANT COMMUNIST AMERICA..
    SATAN HAS DECEIVED THE WORLD,AND LAUGHTING AT ALL THE FOOLS.
    WERE LOSIN OUR COUNTRY DONT ANYONE CARE.

  5. Harald says:

    Why are we Not United?
    Why are we not Standing-up for what is Wright?
    If the Law was handed down by GOD! and the Country and World is useing it every day in Courts around the World, Why are we takeing GOD out of everything? Yes! The Law was handed down to Moses.
    Remember: United We Stand Devided we Fall. Remember what Smoke always said ! Only You Can Provent? What is Next?
    GOD BLESS YOU ALL : GOD BLESS AMERICA. Now GO Do GOD’s Work *=.

  6. David Smith says:

    Perhaps we can be encouraged that such wedsites as this one are available to function much as present-day Committees of Correspondence that our forefathers used to communicate during the years preceding the Revolution. We need to use these resources to help us in our praying, thinking, communicating and doing. Be of good cheer; I sense it is beginning.

  7. Kenneth Bozarth says:

    Kind Attention:

    Thank you for your article entitled Local Sovereignty: How to Get it Back. I perused it carefully for the following reason.

    30,000 or so hours of law study later, I am now 65 years old.

    26 years ago (1985) I discovered I was entrapped by way of my Social Security Account Number into a System of federal benefits, privileges and entitlements to the point that I could not even obtain ordinary work, which is my God-given Birthright without having first applied for and accepted a Social Security Number.

    Whereupon, I sent, by way of Certified Mail Return Receipt Requested, my Notice and Affidavit of Rescission, Termination and Extinguishment, etc. of my Signatures on all Papers, Documents and Things to I believe it was around 42 federal State Agents/Agencies, Officers/Offices and / or Employees that upon my Discovery I elected to Rescind, Terminate and Extinguish my participation in this System beginning with my Social Security Account Number. This was and Now is my Evidence of Non-Assumpsit.

    I came to believe over two years ago now that the way to go about this was to begin at the County level with the County Sheriff who is the only elected Constitutional Peace Officer in America and is the most powerful law enforcement authority in his County and in our Country. I even began to write what I would call an historic novel where the Sheriff stands up for the people of his County and defends our God given Rights of Life, Liberty and Property as secured and guaranteed by our Constitutions and Bill of Rights against federal usurpation.

    So you can understand why I was captivated and intrigued by your Vision of Local Sovereignty and how to rescue it from federal and State government usurpation.

    I don’t want to be hasty here, but I think I would like to help you in this project to restore our Constitutional Republic one County at a time.

    Your piece entitled Freedom in Welfare: How to Get it Back is particularly salient to me in light of my personal actions taken back in 1985 and resulting individual sacrifices I’ve endured since that time as a result of the unintended consequences I sustained at the hands of my government.

    If time, please respond. Thank you.

    Yours for Liberty
    with Responsibility,

  8. ed byrd says:

    Here in Fresno County Liberals pretty much run the show in City and county gov’ts. There has been investigations of corruption and certain individuals have gone to jail but the real abusers have been shielded. With so many of the populace
    receiving state and federal aid, to undo this rampid abuse will likely create anarchy. So reduction of entitlements need to be phased in.??? The main problem is inspiring individuals to energize to get involved rather than letting someone else
    pick up the ball. It seems to me that things need to get a lot worse before americans stand up and demand freedom. It appears that the process is along its way.

  9. Ray says:

    I’ll be looking forward to your future articles! Well said and done!

  10. Ian Hodge says:

    In order for evil to triumph it needs public servants who are willing to apply ungodly rules and regulations. Cut the money to the government, these people won’t have a job, and everyone will be safer.

    • Andee says:

      This was an excellent article. What happens so very often is the fact that certain families and friends of those families control the politics in the small towns whether they be rural or urban..this is a hard thing to overcome and I surely could use some direction there in solving this big issue.

      A comment was made to me earlier as I sat with a friend working for the Constitution Party to get on the WY ballot…he said, in the back of the school books for decades now, there is a section of questions that the student is supposed to be able to answer on a test..well, if they are only reading for answers, are they truly learning…these schools need turned around for it is where all of this stupidity of the libbers and progressives is coming from. It is the goal of Marxism, always has been, is to brainwash the youth attending public (government) schools. On that note, I encourage you all to home school or private schools…free is not always best and this is one area it definitely is not good at all. Couple that with the fact there is a Federal movement to make sure all schools are able to be locked down if Martial Law is declared…your student is locked away from you. If you are 50 or older, you will realize that this was part of the 30 years plan of Hitler and it worked! You that are younger, perhaps you need to get yourself truly educated as to the goal of this administration…but make no doubt about it..the Republicans are just as complicit……..

  11. David Smith says:

    A further comment, if I may. I really loved what you said about the fact that we need unity here. I’d like to be willing to stand alone if need be for what is right, but at the extreme, when and if the powers-that-be come to raid my “compound” (aka my home) in order to enforce their “law”, I may be right, but I’d prefer not to have to be dead right!

    We can all agree that might does not make right; however, right so often needs might. I confess some discomfort in saying this, but just how far are we willing to go to defend our legitimate rights? Our ancestors were willing to ultimately take up arms. God forbid that we should have to do this, and, indeed, far better that we should check all of the blocks you outline here for peacefully taking back local control, but in the end, there may be a need to back what we say with force to uphold the law against those who spout lawlessness disguised as law.

    • Timothy May says:

      It was the quick but and intelligent willingness of our people to stand up for themselves that got this nation off the ground and kept it going until…? A major part of the problems we face today have their origins in the pulpit, that is too many who call themselves “Christians” have been seduced into believing that when they face opposition, they are supposed to make themselves available to get stepped on and then turn around with a big smile so they can get kicked in the teeth. This isn’t Christianity, it’s lunacy. Unbelievers don’t do this…but Christians do, and it is because they have failed in their duty to be good Bereans, to search the Scriptures diligently to see if what they were taught is true. God expects us to stand up for ourselves and to stand our ground, and when we are overwhelmed by circumstances beyond our control, God will fight for us no matter where we find ourselves when called upon to make it known that we are soldiers of the King.

      • Andee says:

        How many notice how sneaky it was to get God out of our schools? How many have seen the continued rampage against our Lord of whom this country was settled under. We now have coming upon us, God out of our Pledge and at two parades recently (blame the schools and parents here), perhaps one out of twenty saluted the flag as it passed by…shamefull is it not? Now, they want God out of military funerals, out of the lives of our military period and guess what…at a recent meeting to do that…it happened..just out of Cheyenne WY…now what do you all think…God is gone, our nation is on the throes of being taken over and we do nothing at all…we need a war and we need that war to wipe out the government people who are complicit from beginning to end in this debachle of taking down this once wonderful country…yet, all we do is write, no action and is it not true that “actions speak louder than words?” Does anyone realize that the Tea Party really got us messed up this time around…seems as no one can figure out giving out 900 billion over six months while only marking off a puny 100 billion (which amounts to nothing), a year.

        If the Republicans were serious about cutting down the size of government and cutting down the outgrow of money here are several suggestions that amount to millions and then billions in a short period of time…as for the states..get your state sovereignty back and kick the FEDS out ….you may be able to safe your state.

        Defund UN that takes several million for the sake of figures, let us say $201 million; quit giving aide to 130 countrys that want to blow us off the map…arbitrarily let us say $1.3 trillion; defund Planned Parenthood, another $14M a year project or more, pass Anchor Baby legislation and another $14 – $16 million a year, NPR , $201 thousand a year to purport and support porn and homosexuality, how about firing the illegal TSA and Homeland…these are unfunded mandates and against the law..that is right around a billion or more, then 44 aides for the orangutan in the W House and then fire the floppy eared illegal ..that should about to about $400,000……..

        • Sam Stearns says:

          You say they took God out of “our schools”? Well, they’re not MY schools. I say the whole idea of government schools is not only unconstitutional, but it is primarily against the teaching of God’s Word. Where in the Bible did God give us the idea that civil government has any responsibility at all for education of children?

          It seems to me that visibly taking God out of the public schools has served to remove any facade of godliness and virtue that the governmental educational system may have had before. Without prayer and other expressions of God in these schools, we can now more easily see government-controlled education for the evil it is and always has been.

          I realize that this post is off topic, but doesn’t that make these kinds of forums interesting?

      • Denis Khan says:

        “He said to them,”When I sent you forth without a money bag or a sack or sandals, were you in need of anything?” “No, nothing,” they replied. He said to them,” But now one who has a money bag should take it,and likewise a sack, and one who does not have a sword should sell his cloak and buy one,” (Luke22:35-36).

  12. David Smith says:

    Another spot-on installment, brother. Thanks!

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