Inalienable Rights

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness – that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” (Declaration of Independence, 1776)

Life, liberty, pursuit of happiness. This is as “American values” as it gets - unless you live in Zone B. There you must submit your ideas of life, liberty and how you want to pursue happiness to the historical board. And if your dream doesn’t fit into the little box of the current board’s “interpretation” of the ordinance, too bad, so sad. Unless, of course, you have money and lawyers or can take your agenda to the county commission and get them to overrule the board.

When someone buys property in Zone B, it is easy to see the pictures of historical houses and believe one could build something similar to what is shown. What is not as easy to see is that the buyer is entering into a socialistic contract that deprives them of their American civil liberties and rights. In other contexts, this coercion and confidence game would be called a crime. Once one finds out what the game is about, it is not easy to get one’s inalienable rights back. Though inalienable means “cannot be taken from,” nonetheless, the historicals feel entitled to separate the American citizen from his inalienable rights for which so many other Americans died.

Much stock is placed in this socialistic contract and agreement between the buyer and the county. This contract and agreement goes far beyond agreeing to the architectural standards and ultimately into surrendering one’s American and constitutional rights and liberties. Thus it is a contract and agreement to an illegal act and is legally null and void. The best lawyer can draft a contract to rob a bank or to sell drugs and put in all the appropriate legal phrases but because it is a contract to commit a crime, it is unenforceable.

The Declaration of Independence also says that the main way to secure our rights of life, liberty and happiness is that the government must derive their just powers from the consent of the governed and then goes on to say that

“whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience has shown, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government and to provide new guards for their future security.” (Declaration of Independence)

This too is as “American values” as it gets. And if anyone reading this is not a fan of America’s founding fathers, you really need to look again at what they wrote and what they accomplished. They invented and built America from the ground up and America has been, for almost 250 years, perhaps the greatest country this world has ever seen. No one reading this can honestly put that on their resume! Maybe the founding fathers knew something you don’t know! Once one lives for a number of years in the oppressive environment of Soviet Lincoln, one becomes very much more impressed with the founding fathers!

The historical board and ordinance is a significant change from the original American principles and it has been done in Zone B for a “light and transient cause,” the economic gain of a few elitists. The historical board and ordinance, especially in Zone B, is an unjust government on multiple counts and requires removal. Zone B must be restored to its American heritage because Zone B has no significant historicity to protect and the board creates unnecessary conflicts because it provides too great a hiding place for pettiness and oppressive control over one’s neighbors.

The voting majority of America sent Donald Trump to Washington DC in part to “drain the swamp.” Whether you agree with all that he says and does or not, his efforts to right the wrongs and ills of our nation with its bloated government, gross overspending and divided loyalties are very commendable. But he is only one man. We cannot expect him to drain the swamp in his neighborhood if we won’t drain the swamps in our own backyard. It will do no good to drain the swamps of the nation’s capital if we won’t drain the local swamps that feed and perpetuate it. The historical board and ordinance is a swamp that has needed drained for a very long time. It is our American duty to stand up against the tyranny and oppression that is the historical ordinance and board, a duty that has carried many American patriots into far greater battles and that has demanded greater sacrifice than what we are doing now.

Yet, for this reason, here we stand.