Archive for July, 2011

A California Opus

Saturday, July 9th, 2011
Napa Orange Gold

Napa Orange Gold

Chapter 5 in the California Series.

I have not always lived in California. My Dad was going to college on the GI Bill in Milwaukee Wisconsin, at Marquette University. I had never asked him why, being from Hawaii, he chose the Mid West. He met my Mother there. That was where my two Brothers and I were born.

We were sick a lot as infants. The family pediatrician had told my parents that our Hawaiian genetics may have been to blame, as we did not tolerate the cold of  hard, Midwestern Winter very well. In fact, I ended up in the hospital. I remember the experience vividly. It was a bleak time of laying in an oxygen tent in a ward, and staring out a third floor hospital window, looking at the City, watching.

Eventually, the family moved to California where my Father explored his career as an Engineer. My parents bought a home in Whittier California.  The design of the first computer, as well as launch of the Space program, became a regular part of our household, via my Dad’s work.

In some ways, we were healthier in the warmer climate of California. However, a problem arose. I developed allergies. Those caused a lack of energy, and attendant respiratory problems. I began getting injections twice a month (one in each arm), which helped alleviate the symptoms. I still get a phantom muscle ache, when I think about those shots.

I recall days where one could not see the nearby foothills, which created the basin in which Whittier is located, such was the density of the smog prevalent in California in the 1960’s. It had been around this time that the massive citrus groves disappeared from the area, being replaced by housing tracts and strip malls. Part of a methodical, concreting over of the Los Angeles area.

I was already a swimmer at this point, having learned to bodysurf, ride foamies, and inflatable mats, at the beaches in and around Newport, Huntington, Palos Verdes and South Bay. I swam for a local AAU team. But those allergies were a persistent problem. The only time I had true respite, was when we were at the beach.

Due to my diminutive size, and sort of sickly nature, my parents decided that I needed to wait to get a surfboard. By this point, it had been a topic of discussion for a couple years. But my water activities, which included fishing and diving, kept me pretty busy.

I craved those idyllic long days at the beach. I have fond memories of ten hour days in the water,  a piece of chicken, or a few rice balls, snatched on the run, from the picnic lunch my Mom would have made, very early that morning, as she loaded up the white 1955 Chevy wagon, for the long (to me) drive to the beach. I had fallen for California.

Timeline

Timeline

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Liberty and Independence Day

Monday, July 4th, 2011

Chapter 4 in the series on California

Liberty is an interesting Philosophy. Wiki explains it here.

What separates the US from many other nations that have existed, is a history which has repeatedly illustrated that freedoms and liberties can never perpetually exist under rule of mortal men, as they are endowed by our Creator. What is right, wrong, and moral comes from the teachings of God. Not from sinful creatures that gain Govt power and force others to accept their twisted perversions of rule. Liberty is a Godly principle.

The Path of Liberty

The Path of Liberty

I live in a State that perhaps has done more in recent years to curtail individual choice and liberty, than any of the places to which I travel, here in the US and abroad. There is an implied benefit to that loss of liberty. But I have my doubts that the cost-expense involved is prudent, necessary, or of sufficient benefit, that it could be deemed equitable, should a cost to benefit assessment be made.

That is one of the real and primary issues which will keep California in the economic and environmental gutter. We not only exalt our sacred cows here, but we feed and water them at the expense of the blood sweat and tears of our State’s citizens-families.

Recently a woman  named Carla Bonney, took exception to the City of Ventura  forcing paid parking on the Community for the third time in that Old City’s history, without benefit of a vote by the populace. Prop 218 states this. People get to vote on fees- taxes being imposed. That is the law.

Carla took time away from work and family, to  acquire over 10,000 signatures, in order to place the existence of the metered parking on the ballot. I saw her abused for this by many people in City Governance and their supporters.

In fact, one of the more typical reactions recently penned into a local newspaper as part of an expression of outrage against her, spoke of how we all should be willing to pay our fair share, and that includes paying for use of our streets and beaches. “Everyone should pay.”

(Sounds quite reasonable, until you peel back the veneer of false equitability)

The problem with this reasoning, is that those people who railed against Carla, never took the time to examine both the how and why of her actions. They were not able to. Those same people cannot see nor realize that all of us are being sold down river.

The reason for that, is because Californians long ago lost sight of the meaning of Independence and Liberty. We abdicated that, to a State Govt which ran amok with the trust we invested in them, and turned around to destroy the very people who by vote and tax, empowered them. That choice resulted in fiscal and political benefit for certain elected officials and frequently, not for many others.

Carla simply had said: no, we have the right to choose. Those others who rail against her publicly and privately?  They are not much different than the repressive British Govt which the Colonists fled England to gain respite from. Ultimately, the states collectively determined that the British monarchy, by acts of tyranny, could no longer legitimately claim their allegiance (1).

I cringe at seeing people agree to pay fees for things which were already bought and paid for with Property and State income taxes, as well as District Sales Taxes. I mean REALLY? You think it is  a good idea to implement and perpetuate a fee for parking, why? A fee for using a National resource like the beach-ocean, why? So a City Manager can receive a pay compensation package in excess of 200k per year? Really? You would sell out your liberty and that of your children and grandchildren, and forever alter the feel and appearance of your town for that? The livelihood of bureaucrats?

As citizens, we need to implement a cost to benefit look at EVERYTHING in order to exist in California,whether we are Independent Small business owners, or simply heavily taxed heads of households, working multiple jobs to stay afloat in this awful economy. Should our Cities not be held accountable to employ  the same self examination as the people who they were appointed, elected, or hired to serve?

I have long felt that fewer today “get” the concept of service, who are used to being paid a regular and generous salary applied by virtue of office. That is because the nature of their job description creates a disconnect from the reality of those they Govern. So the decision making process they utilize, averts any motivation to examine cost to benefit. This only serves to exacerbate the suffering of the community they ought to be serving, by systematic removal of unencumbered access to resources traditionally included by the City, State, Federal Govt, and yes, in turn, founding fathers of the Republic which is a right, by virtue of your Citizenship.

This is a great crime.

So make this “Liberty Day” for your Community, as we celebrate our Nation’s Independence. Pasted below at the end of this blog, is our Declaration of Independence. Think about what those words mean. Everyone should cherish this. It is the lifeline to restoration and preservation of the Republic, and direction of the future safety and health of successive generations in our towns.

Thank you Carla, for voting to restore my liberty in this one small area, with your service.

This is how freedom looks. This is it’s face. Ventura needs to take a look. So does California. Time to reconnect.

A Ventura Merchant and Daughter of the American Revolution.

A Ventura Merchant and Daughter of the American Revolution.

Below in this Gallery, are some  people who exemplify independence and liberty in my town, this State, and Country. Cherish them, as well as those who passed before we got here. Who are they? Americans, Californians, my friends, your servants. They will be taking the Community, State and Nation back now, one law and liberty at a time. Quite a tribe.

The cost of freedom: Eternal Vigilance.


In CONGRESS, July 4, 1776
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united Sates of America

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

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, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

Sources:

(1) Wikipedia

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