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Joe Skinner Tyrant or Patriot?

by pete on May 11, 2010

                                                   Joe Skinner – Tyrant or Patriot?

     To all my readers at Gallatin Count y thank you for your continued support and welcome to the 88 new readers who signed up this past month.

     We have a runoff election coming up in June between Joe Skinner and Scott Sales for county commissioner.  Joe Skinner believes he is a patriot for his attempt to declare Ruler’s Law in Gallatin County because he is standing up for the minority of property owners who feel “their” property rights should supercede the Constitutional rights of all others.

     I, like most of you, believe that the Constitution is still the supreme law of the land and that any attempt at Ruler’s Law is an egregious legal and ethical abuse of public trust and public duty.  Let us look to the founding fathers for the answer; the theory of majority rule was explained by John Locke as follows:  “When any number of men have … consented to make one community or government, they are thereby presently incorporated, and make one body politic, wherein the majority have a right to act and conclude (bind) the rest … .  It being one body … it is necessary the body should move that way whither the greater force carries it, which is the consent of the majority, or else it is impossible it should act or continue one body… .  And thus every man, by consenting with others to make one body politic under one government, puts himself under an obligation to every one of that society to submit to the determination of the majority, and to be concluded (bound) by it (5000 Year Leap, pgs. 229, 230) (Second essay concerning civil government pgs. 46-47 paragraphs 95-97).

     Alexander Hamilton explained it as follows:  To give a minority a negative upon the majority is, in its tendency, to subject the sense of the greater number to that of the lesser number ….  The necessity of unanimity in public bodies, or something approaching towards it, has been founded upon a supposition that it would contribute to security.  But its real operation is to embarrass the administration, to destroy the energy of the government, and to substitute the pleasure , caprice, or artifices of an insignificant, turbulent, or corrupt junto to the regular deliberations and decisions of respectable majority ….  The public business must in some way or other go forward.  If a pertinacious minority can control the opinion of a majority, respecting the best mode of conducting it, the majority in order that something may be done must conform to the views of the minority; and thus the sense of the smaller number will overrule that of the greater and give a tone to the national proceedings.  Hence, tedious delays; continual negotiation and intrigue; contemptible compromises of the public good.  (Federalist Papers, No. 22, pp. 147-48.) (5000 Year Leap pg. 231.

     Thomas Jefferson in his first inaugural address said:  All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal laws must protect, and to violate would be oppression.  (Bergh, Writings of Thomas Jefferson, 3:318.)  (5000 Year Leap, pg. 232.)

     In the “5000 Year Leap”, it goes on to say:  “However, it is the newcomers who feel they are not yet first class citizens.  It is the responsibility of the minorities themselves to learn the language, seek needed education … and make themselves recognized as a genuine asset to the community.)  (5000 Year Leap pg. 232.)

     Joe Skinner thinks he is a patriot for trying to subject the majority to the will of the minority and by declaring Ruler’s Law.  With this we would all be subject to the whims of men, not the fixed rule of law (Constitution) which We the People need in order to govern our affairs with confidence.  A vote for Joe Skinner is a vote for tyranny and would forever subject you, your land, your livelihood and your liberty to the whims of men.  A vote for Scott Sales is a vote for freedom and the Constitution, and the divine destiny that our founding fathers thought would make our system of government the beacon of hope throughout the world.

     It is time to do your civic duty.  It is time to actively campaign to abolish Joe Skinner and his Ruler’s Law theory of government and re-institute our Constitutional government.  Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor, it must be demanded by the oppressed (Martin Luther King).  Ask yourself – when all is said and done did you do more or say more?

     Get active and let’s get rid of Joe!

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