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Still Not Voting?

Still Not Voting?

By: Dan Gutenkauf

 “One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.”   - Plato

   

Recently I was contacted by email to write an article for the November issue of the Freedoms Phoenix Digital Magazine (e-Zine).. With the election season again at our doorstep, it was a natural choice for me to write an article on voting. In the past week, I have read a half dozen or more articles, written by obviously intelligent, politically astute, and passionate authors, who offer their reasons to not vote in the upcoming November 6, 2012 Presidential election.  After reading their positions, I felt compelled to offer a counter viewpoint, based on my own observations and experience as a legal researcher and an election integrity activist since 1996. This article will recap the basic positions of the anti-voting proponents, followed by my response to them. I will quote sources much wiser and more authoritative than me.

A Reason not to Vote: Force-Based Funding of Government

Columnist Stephen Nichols posted an article recently, called “A Reason Not to Vote”. http://www.strike-the-root.com/reason-not-to-vote.The problem he sees is taxes. Federal income taxes and “we’re being forced to pay for things that we don’t want by people we don’t know that have no interest in looking out for our best interests.” If we don’t pay, we may be jailed, fined, penalized or financially destroyed.” It is taken under threat of force. He states emphatically ”taxation is not voluntary.” It is clearly a form of robbery and extortion.” This forced based funding “destroys any shred of legitimacy government would claim.”

I agree with Thomas Jefferson that “To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.” The question is… is he being compelled to pay a tax he may not owe, simply out of ignorance and fear?  As Jefferson also said “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.” If you don’t know your rights, how can you assert them? Knowledge is power.  “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” Hosea 4:6 “You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.” John  8:32

May I respectfully suggest several websites that could educate and liberate people like Mr. Nichols from their attitude of helplessness, fear, and victimization in the area of taxation.

http://www.TruthAttack.org.

http://www.Welcome.FreeEnterpriseSociety.com   

 http://www.freedomabovefortune.com

http://www.constitutionalincome.com .

http://home.hiwaay.net/~becraft/

Tune in to Liberty Works Radio Network http://www.lwrn.net .  

Check out the DVD “America: Freedom to Fascism.”  By Aaron Russo.  

What if you could vote for a candidate whose platform called for an end to the income tax and the Federal Reserve? Wouldn’t that be a reason to vote?  We had a candidate for President this election cycle whose platform includes abolishing the federal income tax and ending the Federal Reserve-Dr.Ron Paul. Did you consider supporting him? Wouldn’t the prospect of ending the agency, whose tactics of force, fear, and oppression you complain of, be a good reason to vote, even if you just vote for him as a write- in candidate? What if hundreds of thousands and millions of other Americans voted for him too?

As Jefferson said “The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution, so the second will not become the legalized version of the first.”  By not voting and then not holding elected officials to their oath to the Constitution, you are throwing away the chains that were intended to bind our public servants who promote legalized theft.

Legal Plunder:  When Government is not legitimate

Mr. Nichols argues that government is not legitimate. Who is the “government”? “We the people” who ordained and established our Constitution, are the “government”.  We delegate our power and authority to our elected representatives, our “public servants”. But if we choose candidates who do not have good moral character, men and women who do not uphold their oath of office to uphold the Constitution, then we get bad government.  What is the legitimate purpose of government? To protect our rights and property, not take away our rights and property. 19th Century French economist and author Frederic Bastiat describes the proper function of government in his excellent book “The Law”. If government becomes a tool to be used for “legal plunder”, then yes, as Mr. Nichols protests, government is not legitimate.

According to Bastiat, there are only three ways to settle the question of “legal plunder.” 1) The few plunder the many. 2) Everybody plunders everybody. 3) Nobody plunders anybody. How do we identify legal plunder? If the law takes from some persons what belongs to them and gives it to other persons to whom it does not belong. If the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime, that is “legal plunder”.

How can we put the brakes on legal plunder?  We can vote for only those candidates who promise to limit and end all the unconstitutional programs, which are funded by “legal plunder.” By not voting, you are forfeiting your power in favor of those who will vote for all the goodies promised by the candidates who will rob Peter to pay Paul. Voting itself is not the problem. Voting for advocates of legal plunder and proponents of expanded government is the problem. Without a doubt, those who wish to take advantage of legal plunder will be voting in this election.

Is Voting immoral? (It’s in the Way that You Use it)

Stephen Nichols argues that voting is an immoral act. “When you vote, you are a thief by proxy.” My response is that voting is foremost First Amendment activity, redress of grievances. To allege that “voting is immoral” is akin to the fallacious argument that “guns are bad”. If a gun is used for murder and robbery, it is immoral. But if it is used for self-defense and protecting your life, it is good. In the same way, voting for a candidate who will endorse legal plunder is indeed thievery by proxy. But if you vote for a candidate who upholds the Constitution and protects your rights and property from plunder, and who limits government to only Constitutionally authorized spending, then voting it is good. Like the Eric Clapton song says “It’s in the Way that You Use It.’

In his book “Born Again Republic” Montana’s fighting redhead M.J. “Red” Beckman describes the “free lunch syndrome”. Politicians have discovered they must promise lots of goodies to the voters and campaigns have become contests to see who can promise the most. If the Congress spends money which has been borrowed from the yet unborn, are we not a morally corrupt society? Any government that taxes future generations is a criminal government and it will not survive for very long. Taxation without representation was part of the reason for the first American Revolution. As Beckman says, our generation will most assuredly be damned by our children and grandchildren, and we will have deserved their contempt.

           “Think what you do when you run in debt; you give another power over your liberty”

                                                                                                            -Benjamin Franklin

             “The borrower is slave to the lender”   Proverbs 22:7

Red Beckman reminds us that government only has the power which the people entrust to it. All power comes from the people, so we must define how we give our power to the government. We get the kind of government our minds are conditioned to accept. Beckman blames the government controlled schools. We were never taught that if we don’t control government, then government controls us. I agree with Mr. Beckman when he says “If you do not vote, you have no power. The government has your power by default.”
              
Cast your vote the Free Market?

There is a philosophy currently circulating, espoused by people whom I respect personally and intellectually, but with whom I disagree. That philosophy says that voting is a waste of time and will not bring about freedom. It advocates that people stop casting a ballot for government, and vote by spending your money in the free market. In my mind, however, the past four years have clearly highlighted both the inadequacy and fallacy of that position.

In 2008, 30 million Evangelical Christians sat at home and did not vote because they were not energized by John McCain. Barack Obama won by 10 million votes. And what has happened to the state

of freedom with the “change” we got? We now have the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) passed by Executive Order, whereby American citizens can be arrested without a warrant and detained without trial. Does that sound like freedom? We have socialized medicine passed by Democrats and Nancy Pelosi, who said it had to be passed before we could find out what’s in it. With the IRS as the new “gate keeper” to health care, can I still vote with my money in the free market for my health care?  I have read reports and heard allegations that in March 2013, “Obamacare” will require patients to have a class 2 device implanted under our skin which will contain all our financial and medical information, in order to get treatment. Does that sound like freedom? Does that sound like a free market solution?

We currently have a President who embraces Marxist/socialist philosophy, who endorses the redistribution of wealth by legal plunder, and supports corporatism by approving a bailout of the auto industry and subsidizing Solyndra, a failed solar panel maker. Does that sound like the free market? Now we truly do have bad government, and the state of freedom is not good. Could there be a consequential connection between non-voting behavior and our current crisis? The American free market and our national fiscal solvency is teetering precariously at the edge of a perilous cliff. There is a clear choice for our country on November 6. Will we endorse the re-election of the current Socialist regime by not voting or reverse direction to the Free Market candidate by voting?  Still not voting?

The illusion of Choice or the illusion of Not Voting?

I have never heard an adequate explanation of how not voting makes us more free? Some would argue that, like the Matrix, those who vote only have the illusion of choice…the red pill or the blue pill. I would argue that those who think that they are more free by not voting, only have the illusion that you are more free. ..and the illusion that you did not vote. In reality, by not voting, you did vote.

In fairness to those who advocate “not voting”, the Supreme Court has ruled that the “right to vote” also includes “the right to not vote”. And if citizens choose out of principle and conviction to not vote, as a protest, that is certainly their right. However, I extend them more grace if, although not voting, they are politically active in other arenas of the freedom movement.

But voting is more than simply casting a ballot. The right to vote includes the right to cast a ballot and have it accurately counted. That latter part is certainly problematic and unreliable, as I well know from years of investigating computer election fraud. There is much reason to be cynical, skeptical, and apathetic about elections, given the sad state of our “fatally flawed “ system. Just read Votescam: the Stealing of America by James and Kenneth Collier. Yet in spite of election fraud, statesmen like Congressman Ron Paul and Senator Karen Johnson and Sheriff Richard Mack still got elected to office because citizens took the time and effort to vote. Without their election to office, there would be a giant vacuum in the protection of our freedoms and no platform for propagation of the freedom message.

Activism changes things

The Supreme court has defined the term “voting” as every act necessary to make one’s ballot effective. For me, it means that there is follow-up action after the election, whether my candidate wins or loses. If he wins, I hold him accountable to his campaign promises. If another candidate wins, I hold him accountable. I don’t become a “sore loser”. I become a “citizen activist”.

The late John Wilde, legal researcher and occasional political candidate, always said “Activism changes things.” For me, voting has meant going far beyond simply casting a ballot and thinking that one act alone will make me free or preserve our freedom. I have learned over the years that it truly does take activism to change things politically, to advance the cause of freedom. When my rights are violated by my public servants, I hold them accountable for failure to do their duties. In 1997, I sued Maricopa county election officials for violating my Constitutional rights, When the Federal Court improperly dismissed my case, I pressed forward and after a decade of arduous work, I successfully co-authored an election law for random hand-counting of ballots.

But sometimes activism needs to take place outside the electoral environment to advance freedom. In 2010, I sued city and state officials and a foreign corporation, Redflex, for civil RICO violations with photo speed cameras. And although the Federal court improperly dismissed my case, I won my lower court case on appeal and the photo radar cameras came down in Tempe. It was not just a personal victory for me, but it has freed other citizens in Tempe from the long, intrusive arms of “predatory government.”  See http://www.perjuryforprofit.com   Activism changes things.

In his book “Constitutional Chaos: When Government Breaks its Own Laws”, Judge Andrew Napolitano, proposes a two- prong remedy: 1) Enforce the Constitution. 2) Sue the bastards!  As the late Senator Everett Dirksen observed “When they feel the heat, they see the light.” Don’t let anyone con you into the negative belief that one person can’t make a difference (or one vote can’t make a difference)  Thinking that the system can’t be changed for the better, and therefore doing nothing, results in a self- fulfilling prophecy.

The right to vote is the highest right

The Supreme court has ruled that “the right to vote is the highest right we have as citizens, and without it, all other rights are purely illusory.” Are you a Second Amendment advocate? If you’re not voting, then your confidence in exercising the “liberty teeth” is purely illusory. Let’s extend the rhetorical “Still Voting?” question from the First Amendment to the other Amendments. Still exercising your Second Amendment rights? Still exercising your Fourth Amendment rights? Still exercising your Fifth Amendment rights?

Before his untimely passing last June, attorney Tommy Cryer published a booklet and was touring the country giving seminars on “Reclaiming the Lost Art of Citizenry”.  The whole idea of his concept is to put the octopus of unconstitutional, abusive government back in its box, one tentacle at a time. Voting is just a place to start. It has been stated that “the office of citizen is the highest office that exists”. Still Not Voting?

In his book “The Five Thousand Year Leap” author Cleon Skousen says that Samuel Adams points out a sobering fact concerning our survival as a free people when he said:           

“But neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a  people whose manners are universally corrupt. He therefore is the truest friend to liberty of his country who tries most to promote its virtue, and who, so far as his power and influence will extend, will not suffer a man to be chosen into any office of power and trust who is not a wiseand virtuous man.”

The Second Amendment issue

Thomas Jefferson said “The beauty of the Second Amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it.” But are there any preventative measures that can be taken before we get to the point of confiscation? How about electing candidates who strongly support the Second Amendment. As Second Amendment author Alan Korwin suggests, we need to change the language of the debate from “pro-gun” to “pro-rights” and  from “anti-gun” to “anti-rights”. How about voting for candidates who are “pro-rights” and will protect our freedoms, instead of sitting at home not voting, and thereby letting the “anti-rights” crowd prevail by default?

Local elections

Okay, so you don’t like either presidential candidate because there’s no difference between the Republicrats and the Democans at the national level. How about voting for the other Federal officers in the House and Senate? Is it possible that electing good Federal representatives could be a check and balance on a bad President? How about voting your State representatives? There are a host of local issues that deserve our attention, for repeal of laws that legislators and bureaucrats are using to trample our rights. We can also work at passing common sense laws that protect our liberty. The Arizona Campaign for Liberty put out a survey of questions and answers that put candidates on record on liberty issues. Have you studied them? Issues such as:

        1) Real ID

        2) Red light cameras

        3) Constitutional Carry

        4) Nullifying Obamacare

        5) No knock warrants

        6) TSA pat-downs

        7) State health care exchanges

Have you studied the Candidate Statement Pamphlets sent out by the Citizens Clean Election Committee from Maricopa and Pima County? With a gasoline price increase of 260% in the past 4 years under Obama, wouldn’t it be helpful to know which candidates for Arizona Corporation Commission oppose Obama’s energy policies that would take control of Arizona water and energy policies?  There are other candidates listed who have killed bills that would infringe on our liberties, advocated limited government, adopted sound fiscal policy, protected private property rights, supported Second Amendment rights, and advocated for rights of the unborn. Local elections have an impact close to home, regardless of who gets elected in D.C.

Do you want to leave these issues to chance, by choosing not to vote? Why not vote for a candidate who shares your views on these critical issues? And if he doesn’t get elected, put pressure on the winner to be educated and informed on the violation of your rights and property. That is the main function of legitimate government, to protect your rights and property, not plunder you by force of law. I have advocates down at the State Legislature who share my views on election reform and who also oppose surveillance and privacy invasions by the photo scameras, which cause more accidents, injuries and fatalities. How nice it is to actually have your voice heard in a face-to-face forum at the local legislature! What a concept!

A Christian Should Not Vote?      

For the past four years we have had a President who is an adherent of Marxist Liberation Theology, and who frequently quotes the Koran, and declared that America is no longer a Christian nation. He also cancelled the longstanding National Day of Prayer. “By their fruits you shall know them.” Matt. 7:16. While the President certainly does have First Amendment freedom to celebrate Ramadan in the White House if he chooses, many would strongly disagree with his assertion that we are no longer a Christian nation. Check out David Barton’s “WallBuilders” website, which presents our moral, religious, and Constitutional heritage.   Doesn’t the Bible tell us “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord’? Psalm 33:12 (I don’t think it’s referring to Allah)  

There is an internet blog by a Christine Smith which offers reasons “Why a Christian Should Not Vote”. http://christinesmith.us/wordpress/2012/10/17/why-a-christian-should-not-vote/ 

Miss Smith advances the argument that “Voting is only for those who wish to impose/force their will upon another.” But there is a difference between forcing your will upon another and making your voice heard. Voting is the means by which we choose between those who will either defend our rights and property and limit our government, or by default, allow those people to be elected who will violate our rights and property and expand government.

Romans 13:1 says “Let every soul be subject to the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained by God.” Are we not “One Nation Under God? “Where the spirit of the Lord is there is liberty.” II Corinthians 3:17.

Under our form of Constitutional government, “We the People” are the “higher powers.” We are endowed by our Creator with inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We are endowed with religious liberty, freedom of speech and expression (voting) freedom of assembly (political parties). Why would God endow us with rights, if He didn’t intend for us to exercise those rights and freedoms?

1 Samuel 12:13 says “Now therefore behold the king whom ye have chosen, and whom ye have desired! And behold the Lord hath set a king over you. V.14 If ye will fear the Lord, and serve him and obey his voice and not rebel against the commandment of the Lord, then shall both ye and also the king that reigneth over you continue following the Lord your God.” 

But keep in mind, our President doesn’t reign over us, he is our elected public servant. We delegate our power and authority to him through elections.  We the People are the Sovereigns in our Constitutional government

Romans 13: 3 “For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil.” Romans 13:4 ”For he is the minister of God to thee for good….for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.” (That’s why we elect sheriffs and judges)

Jesus said “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they shall be satisfied.” How do we obtain justice? By exercising our God-given rights, protected under the First Amendment, by redress of grievances. One of the mechanisms our government has established for redress of grievances is voting.

Proverbs 29:2 “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.”  

Miss Smith makes the incredible assertion that there is little difference between Christian voices and worldly voices when it comes to voting. Really? Try telling that to those Christian voices who would protect the sanctity of life and marriage. Try telling that to the Catholic church, which is suing the government to protect their religious freedom to not be forced to pay for abortions and contraceptives under Obamacare. Under our Constitutional form of government, which protects our freedom to exercise our religion, why would we not vote to protect our religious liberty when government attempts to violate those religious convictions? There were worldly voices at the recent Democratic convention that booed three times at the mention of adding “God” to the platform. To assert that there is little difference between Christian voices and worldly voices is an utter denial of reality.

Miss Smith argues that there are two kingdoms that Christians know of: the kingdom of God and the Kingdom of man. She cites John 18:36 where Jesus said “My kingdom is not of this world.” But she forgets that when He taught His earthly disciples to pray the Our Father, He said “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6;10.   Isn’t it God’s will expressed in the law He gave to Moses? “Thou shalt not kill,” “Thou shalt not steal,” “Thou shalt not covet anything that is thy neighbor’s.” Exodus 20.  As Christians, we have the power to vote for candidates who will protect the sanctity of life, and protect the public against legalized theft, and protect against the covetous redistribution of wealth.

James 5:17 says “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good and doeth it not, to him it is sin.” Jesus commanded us to be both “salt” and “light” and to let our light shine before men. Isn’t the act of voting for candidates who represent Biblical values a way to let our light, and the light of Jesus Christ, shine before men?

Some websites with more in depth reasons why Christians should vote can be found at:  http://www.soundchristian.com/vote/http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/frederick-douglass-model-ages/2012/jul/23/do-christian-have-responsibility-vote/http://www.bilmuehlenberg.com/2012/09/08/why-christians-should-be-interestedinvolved-in-politics/ http://www.wnd.com/2012/10/should-christians-vote-nov-6/print/http://scottsdalebible.com/sermons/values-for-the-voting-booth

See the Election Sermons from 1775, 1792, and the 1800 Massachusetts Election Sermon and 1826 New Hampshire Election Sermon at http://www.wallbuilders.com    

 See “Why Christians should Vote” by Tim Haile

In a country that allows us freedom to exercise our religion, why would we not vote to protect our religious liberty? Was it wrong for Christians like William Wilberforce or Martin Luther King Jr. to be involved in politics? By Christians not voting, they leave important moral decisions, which will affect future generations, in the hands of atheists and humanists by default. Can you not vote and then still expect one day to hear the words “Well done good and faithful servant”?

“When you become entitled to exercise the right of voting…{remember} that God commands you   to choose…just men who will rule in the fear of God. Preservation of a republican government depends on the faithful discharge of this duty”  -Noah Webster

Why I Vote             

When I was 13 years old, my parents took our family on vacation to the New England states. My Dad’s itinerary included a tour of the historic sites of the American Revolution. My grade school history and civics classes suddenly came alive with a deeper and richer appreciation for the sacrifices of the Founding Fathers. Standing on the green at Lexington and Concord, visiting the site of the Boston Tea Party, Constitution Hall in Philadelphia, the Liberty Bell, the Washington Monument and Jefferson Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, the site of the eternal flame seven months after the JFK assassination… all these sights had a profound impact on me. I know that my Dad wanted to pass on a legacy of respect and appreciation for the sacrifice that was required to fashion our unique history of freedom. Freedom does not come without acceptance of responsibility. As Ben Franklin answered “A republic if you can keep it.” What are you doing to keep it? I’m voting AND holding my public servants accountable.

When I vote, I honor the sacrifice of my fellow countrymen who have fought, bled, and died to preserve my right to vote (and your right to not vote). When I vote at the polls on election day, I get to personally observe my election officers, observe my fellow voters, view the number of votes counted on the tabulator, and visually examine the make and model of the machines that are counting my ballot. I feel I am actively engaged in the process set up to preserve our republic. Because I have studied election law and the duties of each election board member, I can determine if they are properly executing their duties at the precinct. The same goes for the workers at the central counting center. It’s called “vigilance”, the price of freedom. I fail to see how not voting helps to keep the republic. Why would the Founders go to such great lengths to specify the electoral procedures in the Constitution, if they intended that we didn’t use those procedures? For me, I cannot not vote.

Preserving  Medical Freedom

My Dad was a prominent physician, a medical pioneer in cardiology, and a prophet.  In my high school years, I accompanied him as a hospital orderly as he made his patient rounds in the mid 1960’s. I remember when he made an extraordinarily accurate prediction that medicine would become more “socialized”, and it would become less attractive as a profession. Fast forward forty-five years and we have “socialized medicine”, “Obamacare” (the Unaffordable Sick Care Act) It has been estimated that as high as 70% of medical doctors could leave that noble profession if it gets fully implemented. I’m sure my Dad never envisioned a new intermediary partner in the patient care relationship, i.e., the IRS, nor could he have envisioned having a class 2 device containing a patient’s medical and financial information implanted under the skin in order to receive medical care. I miss my Dad, but I’m glad he isn’t here to see this tragedy. Is this freedom and the free market? I don’t think so. This is not the country I grew up in. Can lost rights be reclaimed?

There now appears to be only two ways to stop this crushing juggernaut. Elect a President who promises to repeal it, or elect good State representatives who will reject it via the 10th Amendment. I want to preserve the legacy of quality medical care that my Dad passed down, and stop the haunting specter of rationed health care. Sorry, not voting is not a solution, nor is it an option for me.

I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors under the pretense of taking care of them” -Thomas Jefferson

 “No man is more of a slave than he who thinks himself free without being so”-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.  Do you think you’re more free because you don’t vote? Slaves don’t vote. If the adage is true that “Those who won’t read, have no advantage over those who can’t read”, then it follows logically “Those who won’t vote, have no advantage over those who can’t vote”.

“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”  Theologian and Nazi dissident Dietrich Bonhoeffer           

(And by logical extension, Not to vote is to vote)

 “Be not overcome with evil, but overcome evil with good” Romans 12:21.   

Doing Nothing is not an Option

Writer and journalist Victoria Collier, daughter of the late James Collier, author of “Votescam”, has recently published an excellent and authoritative article for Harper’s Magazine, titled “How to Rig an Election”. It was James Collier who galvanized me into action for election integrity in 1996, and he validated and supported my elections lawsuit. Victoria has commendably carried on her father’s legacy of investigative journalism and activism. If anyone has a right to be cynical about the integrity of our electoral process, Victoria does. But as she so rightly affirms, “No matter how cynical we may have become about our elections, doing nothing to secure an accurate vote count is not an option.”…Where paper ballots still exist, we can demand that local election clerks allow them to be counted by hand before they leave the precinct”…We must demand that our representatives pass comprehensive election reform, including… a secure, transparent vote count. A privatized, secret ballot count must be viewed as a violation of our civil rights.”…”If we the people do not feel the outrage, or lack the courage to fight for this most basic right of American self-governance, who will?” Well stated, Victoria!

 “…whenever the people are well informed, they can be trusted with their own government, that,     whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them right.”  Thomas Jefferson    

Freedom Good……Government Bad

Sometimes it takes a simple slogan, something that fits on a bumper sticker, to encapsulate an important political principle. One slogan that Freedoms Phoenix readers and Arizona Breakfast Club attendees are very familiar with is “Freedom good…Government bad, bad, bad.” Another poignant slogan is “Freedom’s the Answer…What’s the question.” I like that one. But if the bumper sticker slogan does not trigger deeper thought and analysis, and thereby actually motivate a citizen to action, it falls short of it’s potential.  The slogan itself, while a good springboard for thought, changes nothing. ACTIONS speak <LOUDER> than words. “Meet, eat, retreat and repeat” changes nothing. 

So allow me to present my own personal analysis of “Freedom Good…Government Bad, bad, bad” Thomas Jefferson said “If men were angels, government would not be necessary”. But because human nature is weak and men are not self-governing, our forefathers knew we needed some form of government, bound by the chains of the Constitution, to protect our rights and property from violation by others. The mechanism for choosing our public servants was the electoral system. But absent the participation of vigilant and informed citizens, that selection process is left to chance and accident, left to those less informed and more covetous people, who are eager to vote, whether qualified or not. The result is bad public servants, bad government, and tyranny. Bad government means less freedom. Yes, of course freedom is good. But if it gets choked off and infringed on by bad government, who is to blame? I say it is due to the failure of good and intelligent people to participate in the political process.

 “Freedom’s the Answer…What’s the Question?” My question is “How can we resort to the Answer, if Freedom is no longer available, because it got choked off by bad government?” Does the premise of the political proposition still work?  In other words, how can we reach the end result (Freedom) if we lose (or don’t use) the means itself (Freedom)?

Gotta Serve Somebody

As a musician, I love brilliant songwriting, especially when it makes you think. I love Bob Dylan’s song “Gotta Serve Somebody”. “It may be the devil, or it may be the Lord, but you’re gonna have to serve somebody”. But on election day here in America, once again we become the Master who gets to choose who is going to serve us. As I see it, the real choice among our servants boils down to this: Will we choose someone dedicated to following the Ten Commandments and the first Ten Amendments, or somebody who is dedicated to following the Ten Planks of the Communist manifesto? By not voting, we leave that choice to accident and chance. By not voting, we vote to be governed by our inferiors by default.

Every day we live, we are defining our legacy, by our actions and by our inactions. Not to act is to act. Will we be passing down a better legacy to our children than the legacy our parents and forefathers gave us?  What kind of legacy will you leave on November 6th?

Yes, it is important to “Declare Your Independence”, just as the Founding Fathers did. Free your mind and the rest of your body will follow. But the Founding Fathers didn’t stop with simply declaring their independence. They defended their independence and established Constitutional mechanisms to preserve our independence. If we simply declare our independence, but do nothing to defend and preserve our independence, then we are guilty of simply engaging in flippant lip service. ACTIONS speak <LOUDER> than words. If we get bad government, it’s because we made bad choices in voting, OR we didn’t vote and let others make bad choices for us by default.

“All that is required for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing.” Edmund Burke.

“Faith without works is dead.” James 2:20

Still Not Voting?

Dan Gutenkauf is a graduate of Drake University, with a B.A. in psychology and political science studies. He is a legal researcher and an election integrity activist since 1996. In 2006 he co-authored S.B. 1557, now A.R.S. 16-602, requiring random ballot hand counts to check computer results. He has written articles for votefraud.org and he has been a speaker for “Citizens for a Fair Vote Count” in Cincinnati in 2000, for the Eagle Forum in St. Louis in 2001, and he has appeared as a guest on radio talk shows with Erskine Overnight, the Terry Gilberg show, Liberty Works Radio with Dr. Stan Monteith, “Sharpe in the Morning” with Jim Sharpe, and Declare Your Independence with Ernest Hancock. Dan is a professional musician and songwriter, and a member of the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with his twin brother, Dennis


 
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