If you pay taxes you want to have a say in how they are used. Here in the United States that is done through a representative republic. We elect people to represent our interests in the
government. But in the rural counties ofCalifornia we have problem. We no longer have adequate representation. We simply do not have enough seats at the table, regardless of whether we are democrat or republican, to make a difference.
Our forefathers chose revolution rather than to live with the tyranny of a similar situation. It is entirely natural for free people to resist enslavement and seek to change their circumstances. California promised us in our Constitution that “All people are by nature free and independent and have inalienable rights. Among these rights are enjoying and defending life and liberty, acquiring, possessing, and protecting property, and pursuing and obtaining safety, happiness, and privacy.” This promise has been broken.
California is no longer a representative republic.
It has become a democracy where the minority is ruled by the majority. California is no longer capable of keeping the promise of its own constitution. The rural counties have grievances that cannot be addressed because we no longer have a voice in our own government.
A free people can build a prosperous economy through the application of three principles.
- Property ownership.
- Access to low-cost energy.
- Access to natural resources.
Unfortunately, the rural counties have been muted and restricted by a government power concentrated in urban population centers that have no idea what it takes to enjoy life, property and happiness outside the confines of their myopic city views. They simply think that urban solutions will work when applied to rural problems.
Imagine a fairytale world where the situation was reversed. Where the rural communities set the conditions that the cities would have to live under. What if we decided that 75% percent of the land they use for commercial purposes must be set aside for nature and to restore species that used to inhabit those areas. That animal predators need to be allowed to coexist within their neighborhoods and school zones. That an Urban Fire Tax must be paid by anyone who lives in an incorporated city regardless of how that revenue is used. And we would change the representation rules to allow 1 senator and 1 assembly member for every 100,000 acres of land and not base representation solely on population. Do you think they would accept that?
But we are not in a fairytale world. We live in a real world where rural counties live under the tyranny of an oppressive and deaf government that has no interest in considering our grievances. If we look again to the California Constitution for remedy we find it in Article II Section 1 “All political power is inherent in the people. Government is instituted for their protection, security, and benefit, and they have the right to alter or reform it when the public good may require.” If we are to believe that the California Constitution is truth and not a lie then we are honor bound to alter and reform this government. If its not truth then it must be a lie and just another broken promise.