By Chris Story
After walking inside the voting booth, I pulled the curtain to, then closed my eyes and said a silent prayer of thanks.
When you cast your ballot, you are speaking for those without a voice; those who cast their lot in life and lost it in the name of freedom, in the name of democracy.
In the most recent election, you spoke loud and clear; “Laissez-nous faire!” Let us alone!
You said no to the ban of a certain thickness of bag used in certain capacities in Homer businesses (micromanagement). You said no to the repeal of democratically imposed term limits on the KPB Assembly. You said yes to a voice for business on the Homer City Council; and you said yes to lowered property taxes.
When the avalanche has started, it’s too late for the pebbles to vote. Once the machine of tyranny is in motion, it takes a revolution and utter collapse of society to stop it. You need look no further than the supreme example of the former East and West Germany.
Will you ever forget the day the wall came down, and for the first time in some 50 years freedom and opportunity shined her light on the East side of that wall. The side that had been so controlled by the select few who knew better, they were at the brink of starvation.
Growing up in the Cold War made people painfully aware there existed a dark force choking the will and life from the people; this force was just waiting for the chance to pounce on your freedom and way of life.
Because of the strength of the United States of America; as framed and constituted for the benefit of all, we sleep in relative peace and quiet. We go forward into today with belief that tomorrow will be better than yesterday; and that we can build on the solid ground of freedom.
When your government begins to ignore your will; you turn them out. When your government begins to impose feckless laws on you in the name of a cause that sounds too good to oppose, you stand up and shout it down.
There is a saying, “if A will lie to B, then A will lie to me.” If they will impose a law restricting my freedoms, and you say nothing; what will you ask of me when they come after your freedoms?
When your elected assembly begins to discuss discontinuing certain elections in favor of appointments so as not to create “self appointments” by candidates running unopposed (and they have), look out; freedom to choose is under assault.
When your Kenai Peninsula Borough Assemblyman says that owning land along a certain type of water body is a privilege, rather than a “right” (and he did), look out; your private property rights are under assault.
When you wake up and find out that 50 feet of your land is now under the direct control of a select few, and you were never made aware of the impending law; your private property rights are being thwarted. (And they were)
Today, I ask those in power; “Are you listening?”
We the people have spoken.
Chris Story is a lifelong Alaskan, and broker and owner of Story Real Estate. He is also host of “Alaska Matters Radio,” heard Tuesdays from 12:30-1:30 p.m. on KGTL.
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