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Latest Victim of Ruler’s Law Revealed

by pete on October 25, 2010

                                          Latest Victim of Ruler’s Law Revealed

     The Citizens for Landowner Rights group, through their recent mailing, made me aware of a new victim of the Ruler’s Law bureaucracy of Gallatin County; that Ruler’s Law that continually seeks to oppress and destroy our God-given rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  I am referring to an article written by Lauren Russell for the Bozeman Chronicle entitled “County to Order Bridger Canyon Barn Removed.”  What struck me most about the article was the fact that it, and this case, is another perfect example of the “Whims of Men” aspect of the Ruler’s Law policy being inflicted on the citizens of Gallatin County.

     Ruler’s Law #7:  Government is by the whims of men, not by the fixed rule of law which people need in order to govern their affairs with confidence.  In the book, The 5000 Year Leap, the 22nd principle of freedom is “A free People Should be Governed by Law and NOT by the Whims of Men.”  It goes on to say, “To be governed by the whims of men is to be subject to the ever-changing capriciousness of those in power.  This is Ruler’s Law at its worst.  In such a society nothing is dependable.  No rights are secure.  Things established in the present are in a constant state of flux.  Nothing becomes fixed and predictable for the future.”  (The 5000 Year Leap, pg. 243).

     John Adams expressed the same tenor of thought when he said:  No man will contend that a nation can be free that is not governed by fixed laws.  All other government than that of permanent known laws is the government of mere will and pleasure.  (The 5000 Year Leap pg. 244).  On page 246 James Madison put it this way:  It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man, who knows what the law is today, can guess what it will be tomorrow.  Law is defined to be a rule of action; but how can that be a rule, which is little known and less fixed?  (Federalist Papers, No. 62,  pg. 381).

     In Ms. Russell’s article it stated, “To promote open space in Bridger Canyon zoning rules require landowners to construct buildings on their property close together.”  Unless “close” is quantified definitively in the regulations the regulations are a farce and subject to the “whims of men.”  If it is quantified definitively then any other landowner who cannot meet that same exacting definition should be subjected to the same requirement to remove any and or all buildings that do not comply as well.  To do anything less is the “whims of men”.  Ms. Russell  also quotes a Mary-Martha Bahn as saying, “What we seem to be forgetting is that this barn is not a right.”  WRONG!  What Mary-Martha Bahn is forgetting is that under the U.S. Constitution it damn sure is a right.  (I suggest she read The 5000 Year Leap.)  Ms. Russell’s article then states; though the planning department’s staff report indicated that the barn met sufficient criteria to be granted a permit, the commission disagreed.  Bill Murdock said he did not think the barn’s location honored the spirit of Bridger Canyon’s open space requirements.  WOW!  So Bill Murdock is saying that even if you meet the requirements for a permit that permit is either granted or denied based on the “whims of men”.  As James Madison asked above;  “but how can that be a rule, which is little known and less fixed?”

     For those of you who have been reading this blog from the beginning you know that my reason for writing this blog has, all along, been to expose this abuse of the Constitution by this self-proclaimed Ruler’s Law bureaucracy that we have here in Gallatin County.  In the, now, 5 ½ years that I have fought to be treated fairly in this county I have been told on virtually every occasion that, “They can change the rules at any time and that they do NOT believe that they are required to enforce them equally for everyone or even enforce them at all if they do not want to.”

     Look back in my blog to  the  letters to the commissioners, Marty Lambert, Chris Gray, Amy Waring, Sean O’Callaghan and etc.,  asking for an explanation of their unfair, unjust and abusive applications, or lack thereof, of the “rules”.  In most cases they simply won’t answer at all but in the few instances they did answer the answers confirmed my allegations that their “whims of men” policy is the only thing that is consistent.  (Read Amy Waring’s “Brought into Compliance”).  Make no mistake – Theken and Botz and their barn is just one more of the latest round of abuse to be inflicted on the citizens of Gallatin County.  Remember:  We narrowly escaped the hugely abusive packages of Ruler’s Law that the Triad of Tyranny tried to impose on all of us under the guise of “gravel pit zoning” for the donut areas.

     Ruler’s Law #9:  Under Ruler’s Law, problems are always solved by issuing more edicts or laws, setting up more bureaus, harassing the people with more regulators and charging the people for these “services” by continually adding to their burden of taxes.  Thanks again to the Citizens for Landowner  Rights.  If you have not done so you should consider contributing to their legal expenses.  (See previous blog posts).

     It has been said that the problem we face is that we have begun to ignore the societal ethics with which we were raised because we see prominent people doing so.  Worse, we ignore what we see happening because we are afraid of being embarrassed or ostracized for speaking out.  I never believed it could happen to me. I thought I was protected under the constitution.  I will bet Botz and Theken thought the same.  If you do not speak out you may be next! If you won’t stand up for your neighbor don’t be surprised when it happens to you and nobody is there to help you.

Pete Rothing

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