In the old days we had evil king John who would throw his enemies in the dungeon and slowly starve them, we also had queen Jezebel who murdered to gain a coveted vineyard. Today we have Mayor Randal who stifles our speech, freedom of assembly, and threatens to seize property by requesting the Chief of police to take signs. But at least there wasn’t a public hanging.
In a recent article, Public Stands up to Tyranny in St. George City, Utah. We learn of the courage of citizens standing up to local tyranny of the mayor and the majority of the city council. As you observe, and discover this pattern and tactic, we will be able to apply it in the local political realm, which would include school board, city and county meetings. Along with state and national government meetings, when they throw the rule book out (US and Utah State Constitution) and act out of their own arbitrary, irresponsible, willful and subjective opinions, feelings, and ignorant or malicious intent.
“The trouble is that once you see it, you can’t unsee it. And once you’ve seen it, keeping quiet, saying nothing, becomes as political an act as speaking out. There’s no innocence. Either way, you’re accountable.”Arundhati Roy
Is Mayor Randal the great usurper and tyrant? Let’s compare the current administration actions to that of the Bill of Rights and the Constitution to show how a tyrant performs their arbitrary and despotic actions.
“Tyranny can be found in any policy, regulation, law, or action designed by those in a position of power to disenfranchise and violate the rights of the citizenry directly, or that causes, by intent or accident, such fear, apathy, or distraction in the minds of the people that they are unable to protect their liberties or exercise self government.”
We learn the current mayor has abridged public comments by not allowing residents to speak in person at the meetings, by not allowing this, the St. George city government is controlling the narrative, censoring and gagging constituents.
“An elective despotism was not the government we fought for.”Thomas Jefferson
It is critical to have to have human voices in real time for public comments.
“Reason and free inquiry are the only effectual agents against error.”Thomas Jefferson
Did the mayor violate her Oath of Office by banning and outlawing the First Amendment in other forms as well?
Did she block and hinder “freedom of assembly“, which is allow:
“people to come together and collectively express, promote, pursue, and defend their collective or shared ideas . . .” and “the right to protest.”1
Did she take away “the right to petition government for redress of grievances“, which is “the right to make a complaint to, or seek the assistance of, one’s government, without fear of punishment or reprisals.” This “right can be traced back to the Bill of Rights 1689, the Petition of Right 1628, and Magna Carta 1215.”2
“The First Amendment to the United States Constitution prevents the government from making laws that regulate . . . or abridge the freedom of speech, . . . freedom of assembly, or the right to petition the government for redress of grievances.”3
“You can’t pick and choose which types of freedom you want to defend. You must defend all of it or be against all of it.”Scott Howard Phillips
Is the Mayor against freedom then? What freedoms is she defending?
We the People and government employees and elected officials need to know the Bill of Rights should’ve been called the Bill of Restrictions. It means no government official has the right to restrict, curb, impede, narrow, or restrain, any of those God given rights written down so human passion itself could be contained, constricted, and regulated. It is a written contract that government employees would not violate, breach or disobey. This is implied in the Oath of Office.
“The basis of our political systems is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of government. But the constitution which at any time exists till changed by an explicit and authentic act of the whole people is sacredly obligatory upon all.”George Washington, Farewell Address
I don’t recall the Bill of Rights or Bill of Restrictions ever being changed by the whole of the people. Therefore, it is still in force.
“[Our Constitution] is an instrument for the people to restrain the government.”Patrick Henry
Did the Mayor restrain the people’s rights, a direct violation of her oath?
“Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.”Thomas Jefferson
The people voted the current mayor into office, the residents have “entrusted” her and other city council members to protect and advocate for their God-given rights. But instead, by “slow operations” have “perverted . . . into tyranny.”
James Madison will say something very similar by “abridgement” and “gradual and silent encroachments by those in power.”
“I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.”James Madison
Was there another layer and form of tyranny the Mayor attempted to achieve by usurpation and confiscation of people’s property by asking the Chief of Police, Kyle Whitehead and his officers to remove signs from people’s persons and possession.
“We ask for no signs to be in here so please take them down and if you don’t want to take them down, we’ll have the police come around and gather them up. Kyle, go ahead.”
This would be an abuse, encroachment, and violation of the Fourth Amendment if the atrocity and corruption had taken place on those the mayor allegedly threatened, harassed and accosted by willing to give unconstitutional orders to the Chief of Police and officers to enforce this crime and gross injustice on those courageous residents, standing up against the Great Usurper.
“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”4
It seems the Mayor had directed the head of the police department to violate his Oath of Office to satisfy her tyrannical and draconian rules.
By curtailing and censoring speech, she chose to restrain those she swore in her Oath to protect and defend, but instead endangered, neglected and chose to harm by her actions.
“The framers of the constitution knew human nature as well as we do. They too had lived in dangerous days; they too knew the suffocating influence of orthodoxy and standardized thought. They weighed the compulsions for restrained speech and thought against the abuses of liberty. They chose liberty.”William O. Douglas
We learn from the article, Public Stands up to Tyranny in St. George City, Utah:
“Officers proceed to try to gather the signs from the people in attendance, but most would not comply and were left alone.”
“All tyrannies rule through fraud and force, but once the fraud is exposed they must rely exclusively on force.”George Orwell
This is disappointing to read how elected official relied on “force” to use the officers to attempt to seize the property of Americans in violation of their Constitutional rights. People get charged all the time with attempted crimes in the system. Why can’t those involved in the usurpation of the people’s Bill of Rights be charged with violating of their Oaths? It starts out small and gets worse with time.
“A government of laws, and not of men.”John Adams, Essay in the Boston Gazette, 1774– John Adams, Essay in the Boston Gazette, 1774
What does the mayor’s action say? Do her actions support “law” or whim?
(1) For purposes of this part, a person is guilty of an attempt to commit a crime if he:(a) engages in conduct constituting a substantial step toward commission of the crime; and(b) (i) intends to commit the crime; or(ii) when causing a particular result is an element of the crime, he acts with an awareness that his conduct is reasonably certain to cause that result.
(2) For purposes of this part, conduct constitutes a substantial step if it strongly corroborates the actor’s mental state as defined in Subsection (1)(b). (3) A defense to the offense of attempt does not arise:(a) because the offense attempted was actually committed; or (b) due to factual or legal impossibility if the offense could have been committed if the attendant circumstances had been as the actor believed them to be.
The police chief and the police officers, instead of turning on We the People, they should have corrected the Mayor and nullified, voiding her unconstitutional request by refusing and telling her “no” by taking the moral high ground and remembering their own Oaths of Office to:
“support, obey, and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Utah, and that I will discharge the duties of my office with fidelity.”
We are all on the same team. We want the best for our children and grandchildren. We want America to be free for our life time and for our children and grandchildren. But being usurpers and violating Oaths of Office will slowly and gradually encroach on our rights now and limit or worse, wipe-out American’s rights for future generations.
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem
“Our freedoms are vanishing. If you do not get active to take a stand now against all that is wrong while we still can, then maybe one of your children may elect to do so in the future, when it will be far more riskier — and much, much harder.”
IS OBSERVANCE OF WRITTEN LAWS THE HIGHEST VIRTUE OF A GOOD CITIZEN OR IS IT SAVING OUR COUNTRY WHEN IN DANGER?5
“A strict observance of the written laws is doubtless one of the highest virtues of a good citizen, but it is not the highest. The laws of necessity, of self-preservation, of saving our country when in danger, are of higher obligation. To lose our country by a scrupulous adherence to written law would be to lose the law itself, with life, liberty, property and all those who are enjoying them with us; thus absurdly sacrificing the end to the means.” — Thomas Jefferson
We need the police on the side of We the People to take a stand against the Great Usurpers and Tyrants of our time. We need to restore courage, integrity and character back to society by asking our officers to be the best they can be, even better than they showed in St. George, Utah.
(3) First Amendment
(4) Fourth Amendment