Tuesday, March 06, 2012

There really is a fight going on,

and you pick a side when you don't pick a side.

On the one side, those who would have more transparency in
the spending of public power and resources, and on the other,
those who would have less.

The Torrance County Commission is considering a resolution
prohibiting people from recording their meetings, link.

It occurs to me that the best way to defend a right,
is to exercise it. Over and over and over.

What if enough people show up at the meeting where Torrance
County Commissioner Lonnie Freyburger defends his affront
to the free exercise of Constitutionally protected human rights,
and then each hold up their cameras and begin recording the
spending of their power and resources?

The terms of public service are the prerogative of the people;
not of County Commissioners. Anyone who doesn't like the
terms the people write, they need not serve.

If government is ever to be of the people, by the people and
for the people, clearly, the people are going to have to start
showing up.

Interestingly, Freyburger is the only commissioner who won't
take emails from constituents and other interest holders, link.

If going to this meeting to stand in defense of your rights is
within your capacity but not in your plans, if you could drive
over to Estancia but don't intend to, I would like you to
imagine having to explain to someone who looks to you for
personal example, why you will not.

Sacrifice is the currency of commitment. Commitments cannot
be defended except by sacrifice.

Those who wait for perfect circumstances to defend their
rights will find only a perfect excuse for never standing up
to defend them at all.

At which point their free exercise will be lost, likely forever.

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