Saturday, April 14, 2012

Liberty…it’s an infant ... but…. it does a body good…so pass it on…

   Liberty and freedom are one in the same, and it goes hand in hand with personal responsibility.  You cannot have one with out the other.   Liberty and personal responsibility are radical and progressive ideals, in the sense of the actual meanings of the words, not what they represent in our current political and social climate.  In order to understand this you must be able to get outside of yourself, you must think about the history of mankind here on this marble we call Earth.   You have to go beyond your own personal understanding of your life’s history. We need to understand just how special we as Americans are.  Not because of who or what we are, but because of the way we have been able to live.  We are special in the history of the world; we are a radical and progressive ideal that sticks out like a sore thumb in the timeline of mankind’s history.

   Think about mankind’s history. It does not matter if you are a believer in GOD, evolution, or a big bang theory. We have a beginning and it does not matter if that was six thousand years ago or six hundred billion.  We have a beginning and a history that has brought us to today.  Think about all the people who have lived and died before us.  Understand that we as Americans are the lonely few who have ever tasted and enjoyed liberty and freedom. Think of how young these ideals are in the context of human history. We are but a few hundred years old; this radical ideal of limited government and personal responsibility is but an infant.  Look at what it accomplished in its infancy. It has transformed the world. Look at what human beings can accomplish when they are left to their own devices, and are allowed to keep the rewards of their hard work for themselves, to do with as they wish.

    People, who argue counter to these ideals, always point to the evil that can flourish when liberty is unleashed.  This is true, evil exists, bad things will happen. That’s why government is needed.  We must understand the nature of government, and why it is so essential to keep it retrained and limited.
     Government is nothing but force. Force requires power.  Throughout the history of mankind that force was either obtained by birthright, or through more Darwinist means, of the strong killing off the weak, until everyone else fell in line. Either way it always ended in a strong central government that oppressed its citizens or subjects for its own benefit.  That is the nature of government, to seize as much power as it can.  At the founding of our country, our founding fathers, knowing the nature of government and the need for it designed a system that if used correctly limited the growth of government, kept it restrained and unleashed the power of its people in the form of Liberty and Freedom.  Our government gets its power from us as collective individuals.  We grant our own individual power to the government as a collective, to give it the force needed to use against the individual who decides himself not play by the rules.  That is the only thing Americans do in a collective sense.  We have been since our inception a rag tag group of rebels, who decided to throw off the chains of bondage and tyranny, for just the chance to live free as unimpeded individuals.  Respecting the rights of others to do the same, and only allowing the government to use force against other individuals who would deprive others of their self-evident and unalienable rights. 
    The enemies of freedom did not go away, they simply retreated, regrouped and transformed.  We find them today using the language of the past that belonged to the true progressives, the true radicals of history, the founding fathers.  What these self described radicals, and progressives are hawking today is nothing new, it’s most certainly not progressive. It is the oldest of old.  What their selling will lead only to tyranny, mediocrity, malaise, and complete collapse.
    We have within us a growing cancer, a lack of personal responsibility.  I do not believe that we have reached the point yet where more than half of Americans have no sense of personal responsibility and look for a strong nanny state government to take care of them at the cost of their freedom. We will however find out this coming November.  As the enemies of Liberty try and build their “coalitions of power” in order to fundamentally transform America, you as an individual need to figure out if you are part of one of those “coalitions”.
   As for myself, I know I am part of one of those “coalitions”, just as many of you who may be reading this are.   This has caused some turmoil in my life both externally and internally.  I would like to humbly share my beliefs that have developed from this struggle. I do this in effort to provoke thought and discussion within those who these words reach, so you may do the same.
   I don’t believe the American Dream is a house, a job, a car and 401k; these things are material and not designed to last.  I believe the American Dream is the ability to freely choose how to live my life, unencumbered, with the liberty to succeed or fail on my own merits.  To have the personal responsibility to accept the consequences of that failure or success.
    If doing what is right to secure the future of Liberty in this country so my children may have that same ability, means I have to take a pay cut, and I loose my house, then so be it.  Its just a house, I will provide other shelter for my family.  If it means I have to work until the day I die, just like my father, and his father before him, then so be it.  I have confidence in myself to be able to provide for my family, even if that means starting over.  I will not sell out the principles that have given me the opportunity to be who I am today in order to protect a paycheck, or a retirement fund.  I will not sell out the principles of Liberty, personal responsibility, and limited government at the cost of my children’s future so that I may live comfortably.  In the end it is more important to me to secure future freedom and opportunity for my children.  Liberty is worth the sacrifice. Men and women in the past have sacrificed their lives for it. Are we really going to sacrifice liberty for financial security?  Liberty is an infant, let us not be the generation that gave it away, lets pass it on.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

I am sorry I make you uncomfortable, well…. not really!

    This particular blog post is intended for a certain audience, so if some of it does not make sense to you, forgive me, as I delicately try and weave my wave through a set of rules that if I violate will give the “enemies” of freedom and free speech an avenue to silence me.

   Standing up for your rights, is neither unruly nor disrespectful.  It may cause others a level of discomfort that they are not accustomed to.  Are we to believe now that our rights are less important than the “comfort” our elected leaders?

   We work in a para-military organization, with a defined chain of command.  We do however belong to an organization that gives us an avenue to address grievances. It is also an avenue for us to bring our ideals for the betterment of the service in which we work, forward.  In order for that organization to work correctly we are supposed to abide by a set previously agreed upon rules.  If we do not follow these rules, then we end up with a dictatorship.  The rules that we are governed by protect the minority viewpoint, and in the end ensure that the desire of the majority prevails.   With out these rules YOU HAVE NO AVENUE TO ADDRESS ANYTHING!

     There is a small group of individuals that are willing to stand up for the rights of all, within our organization.  Our fight is not for ourselves, but for you.   There is a risk for standing up, the politics of personal character destruction have been difficult to face, but they are not insurmountable.   We, who have chosen to stand, have been attacked both personally and professionally, yet we prevail from each instance.  We prevail, not because we are smarter, not because we have “high” connections, but because what we are doing is right, both morally, and ethically.  Those of us who have chosen to stand do not even agree all the time on what is the best path forward, but we can all agree upon, is our right to bring those ideals forward. 
   When our elected leadership refuses to follow the rules, in order to silence those they disagree with, this is an attack on all of us, and must not be allowed to continue.

   As this fight, and that is exactly what it is, continues, we who have chosen to stand can ensure you this:  We can show you each an every time, step by step, procedure by procedure, how what we are saying is contained within the Constitution and By Laws and with in the Rules that govern our organization.   We do not ask you to take our word for it, we can show you, from audio tape, and in black and white, word for word, our leaderships attack on your rights.  We do not rely on an “interpretation” of the rules, we can show you them and you can see for yourself.  Can you say the same for those who are arguing against us?

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

You Are Out of Order!

 The following conversation has been paraphrased for brevity. And is not intended to be taken as quotes. However, the intent and outcome are the exact same.

Leadership: Your motion is ruled out of order.

Member: How is it out of order?

Leadership: Its a negotiable item.

Member: How is a motion to poll the membership negotiable or contractual?

Leadership: Its not.

Member: Then how is my motion out of order?

Leadership: Because its negotiable, its a contract item.

Member:  uhhh...WHAT? Are you serious?

Leadership:   yes

Member: One more time just for clarification, how is a motion to poll the membership related to the contract?

Leadership: Its not.

Member: How is a motion to the poll the membership negotiable?

Leadership: Its not.

Member: So how is the motion out of order?

Leadership: Its contractual, its a negotiable item.

Member: and your serious?

Leadership: yes

   If only this was fiction!

 Rights come with responsibilities, because you have the right to have your opinions fairly heard, debated and voted on, means you have the responsibility to stand up for it, when you see it being trampled on.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Attention Members of Local 1285

Here is a letter from your Local president:

Dear Members:

This letter is to make it clear to everyone that there will be no action taken regarding the 48/96 shift schedule at the regular membership meeting scheduled for September 15, 2011 or any other regular meeting of this local.

Nevada Revised Statue is very clear on what is negotiable.  I am amazed that members published a fact sheet with the first statement being that the 48/96 shift schedule is not negotiable. What that means is the Chief could tell us today that we are working 1 day on and 2 days off or that we will start working the CCFD schedule?  What would you think about that? Would you think that the Chief could just make that change?  What would you want the union to do?

I have personally told both members pushing the 48/96 shift schedule months ago in a meeting with them that this is negotiable. I also told them the time and place to deal with this issue is at the Special Meeting for negotiations.  The Chief has also shared a copy of an email sent to one of our members pushing 48/96 and the position of the City regarding this work schedule.

Remember where we are at right now in the fact finding process of our current contract negotiations. The focus of your principal officers is on preventing a salary rollback, protecting the Health & Welfare Trust Fund, and our Clothing Allowance.

Dean Fletcher, President

  The following is the NRS Statue that he mentioned without telling you which one it is. Why he did not want to actually tell you the NRS that he was talking about is anyones guess, but I think maybe it was because he was hoping you would not go look it up, so I did it for you. As you can see there is NOTHING in the NRS that would keep members from bringing this ideal forward, as NOTHING in the proposed 48/96 that Sarah is working on conflicts with this statute. 

NRS 288.150  Negotiations by employer with recognized employee organization: Subjects of mandatory bargaining; matters reserved to employer without negotiation.
      1.  Except as provided in subsection 4, every local government employer shall negotiate in good faith through one or more representatives of its own choosing concerning the mandatory subjects of bargaining set forth in subsection 2 with the designated representatives of the recognized employee organization, if any, for each appropriate bargaining unit among its employees. If either party so requests, agreements reached must be reduced to writing.
      2.  The scope of mandatory bargaining is limited to:
      (a) Salary or wage rates or other forms of direct monetary compensation.
      (b) Sick leave.
      (c) Vacation leave.
      (d) Holidays.
      (e) Other paid or nonpaid leaves of absence.
      (f) Insurance benefits.
      (g) Total hours of work required of an employee on each workday or workweek.
      (h) Total number of days’ work required of an employee in a work year.
      (i) Discharge and disciplinary procedures.
      (j) Recognition clause.
      (k) The method used to classify employees in the bargaining unit.
      (l) Deduction of dues for the recognized employee organization.
      (m) Protection of employees in the bargaining unit from discrimination because of participation in recognized employee organizations consistent with the provisions of this chapter.
      (n) No-strike provisions consistent with the provisions of this chapter.
      (o) Grievance and arbitration procedures for resolution of disputes relating to interpretation or application of collective bargaining agreements.
      (p) General savings clauses.
      (q) Duration of collective bargaining agreements.
      (r) Safety of the employee.
      (s) Teacher preparation time.
      (t) Materials and supplies for classrooms.
      (u) The policies for the transfer and reassignment of teachers.
      (v) Procedures for reduction in workforce.
      3.  Those subject matters which are not within the scope of mandatory bargaining and which are reserved to the local government employer without negotiation include:
      (a) Except as otherwise provided in paragraph (u) of subsection 2, the right to hire, direct, assign or transfer an employee, but excluding the right to assign or transfer an employee as a form of discipline.
      (b) The right to reduce in force or lay off any employee because of lack of work or lack of money, subject to paragraph (v) of subsection 2.
      (c) The right to determine:
             (1) Appropriate staffing levels and work performance standards, except for safety considerations;
             (2) The content of the workday, including without limitation workload factors, except for safety considerations;
             (3) The quality and quantity of services to be offered to the public; and
             (4) The means and methods of offering those services.
      (d) Safety of the public.
      4.  Notwithstanding the provisions of any collective bargaining agreement negotiated pursuant to this chapter, a local government employer is entitled to take whatever actions may be necessary to carry out its responsibilities in situations of emergency such as a riot, military action, natural disaster or civil disorder. Those actions may include the suspension of any collective bargaining agreement for the duration of the emergency. Any action taken under the provisions of this subsection must not be construed as a failure to negotiate in good faith.
      5.  The provisions of this chapter, including without limitation the provisions of this section, recognize and declare the ultimate right and responsibility of the local government employer to manage its operation in the most efficient manner consistent with the best interests of all its citizens, its taxpayers and its employees.
      6.  This section does not preclude, but this chapter does not require the local government employer to negotiate subject matters enumerated in subsection 3 which are outside the scope of mandatory bargaining. The local government employer shall discuss subject matters outside the scope of mandatory bargaining but it is not required to negotiate those matters.
      7.  Contract provisions presently existing in signed and ratified agreements as of May 15, 1975, at 12 p.m. remain negotiable.
      (Added to NRS by 1969, 1377; A 1971, 1503; 1975, 919; 1983, 1622; 1987, 743, 1496, 1607; 1989, 1165)

  Unless of course he was referring to a different NRS, Its just my guess that the one about whats negotiable and whats not, was the one he was referring to, but that still remains to be seen.

Monday, July 25, 2011

From the Garland County Tea Party

   This video is worth the 14 minutes, it clearly lays out the choice we are facing in 2012.

 After watching the video ask yourself, what organization you may belong to and support with your money that is openly calling for global governance at the expense of our individual freedom and liberty.  When you do that,  then ask yourself why?  At what point will patriotic Americans put aside their self interest for the preservation of freedom not only in our country but in the world.  If you agree with the message then ask yourself, what do I intend to do about it?  I can tell you it would not  take much to do something about it.  If you are interested then drop me a line.