Monday, July 4, 2011
Defending Your Freedoms
A lot of people talk about our independence as if it is something secure, something we can count on being there forever. We can't. If we don't stick up for our freedoms, they can be eroded away until nothing is left.
You think it can't happen? It is happening right now. Take the case of Maryanne Godboldo from Detroit, MI whose daughter was kidnapped by the government because she refused to pump her full of drugs that were making her sicker. Look at all the areas where you can't legally collect your own rainwater (although apparently this is improving in a lot of places, thanks to people challenging the laws). Look at Julie Bass of Oak Park, MI who is currently facing misdemeanor charges for growing food in her own front yard, since they claim it violates the city's ordinance that front yards must contain "suitable plant material".
These are all freedoms that are being stolen, bit by bit. There are literally millions of examples that I could cite of freedoms disappearing daily. I just list these ones because they directly affect our pocketbooks as well as our freedom.
It is our patriotic duty as Americans to do something about this.
Write letters to officials and politicians responsible for making these laws. Actively campaign for or at least vote for politicians that support our freedoms. Vote out the ones that don't. Support things like the Right to Garden legislation I proposed a couple posts ago to protect our rights and make it harder for them to sneak them away.
So what am I doing this Independence Day? Having a cook-out with my family here at the Trailer Park Homestead, going to see a nice small town parade, watching some fireworks....and getting a dictionary ready to mail to the city planner of Oak Park, since apparently he doesn't know what the definition of "suitable" is (hint: he thinks it means "common").
If anyone else would like to send photos of front yard vegetable gardens, to demonstrate how suitable vegetables are for front yard plant materials, or dictionaries to the city planner of Oak Park, so they can look up the definition of "suitable", the address is:
Kevin Rulkowski, City Planner
City of Oak Park
13600 Oak Park Blvd
Oak Park, MI 48237