Assembly vote detracts from rights of citizens

Posted: Friday, April 23, 2010

April 20th of this year the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly voted on an issue of great importance for our community.

The Assembly voted to infringe or detract from the rights of the Borough citizens.

July 4, 1776 our founding fathers made a unanimous declaration for the 13 United States of America. In the second paragraph of that document it states, "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,"

We understand that unalienable rights are those that cannot be given away or transferred as they come directly from the "Supreme Judge of the world".

We also understand that we, the people, give government "their just" power by voting. In essence that is how we hire and fire those who we wish to represent us. Sure, we may lobby, discuss issues with our elected officials, but it is with our vote that we make our will known to those who represent us in this republican form of government.

With that in mind that we must take issue with the vote handed down by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly.

In legislating that a person may not serve on a local/city council and the Borough Assembly at the same time, the Borough Assembly, as an elected body, has infringed upon the rights of those citizens from whom they have been given the power to govern.

In essence they, as an elected body, have declared that their will, their power, is more important than those who elected them and gave them the consent to govern.

How is it that a body of less than twelve people is able to dictate to a population of thousands their choice of a representative?

How can it be that the few can circumvent the will of the many? This kind of thinking is contrary to the basic ideals our country represents.

Should it not be the will of the people to decide whether or not they want someone to represent them on one or more levels if the candidate is willing to do so?

Once we as a populace give up our ability to choose for ourselves who we wish to represent us, where is the next logical stop?

One might assume that in the future this august body might make a rule that a certain skin color or ethnic background or religious preference might disqualify someone from the ability to run for office.

As students of history we realize that this concept is much less than fantasy.

We must encourage those we have elected to rethink their misguided attempt to protect us from our "poor" decisions and restore the power of government where it should truly reside: with the common man.

Mike Gustkey


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