"The Founding Fathers of this great land had no difficulty whatsoever understanding the agenda of bankers, and they frequently referred to them and their kind as, quote, 'friends of paper money.' They hated the Bank of England, in particular, and felt that even were we successful in winning our independence from England and King George, we could never truly be a nation of freemen, unless we had an honest money system. Through ignorance, but moreover, because of apathy, a small, but wealthy, clique of power brokers have robbed us of our Rights and Liberties, and we are being raped of our wealth. We are paying the price for the near-comatose levels of complacency by our parents, and only God knows what might become of our children, should we not work diligently to shake this country from its slumber! Many a nation has lost its freedom at the end of a gun barrel, but here in America, we just decided to hand it over voluntarily. Worse yet, we paid for the tyranny and usurpation out of our own pockets with "voluntary" tax contributions and the use of a debt-laden fiat currency!" ~ Peter Kershaw
The Quartzsite Affair
Column by Michael Kleen.
Exclusive to STR
Because of the corrupting influence of power, we rightly fear its concentration in the hands of a single individual, but what happens when many individuals, in the form of elected representatives, become corrupt and contemptuous of the law? Instead of one tyrant, we find many tyrants, and this is precisely the situation that one small Arizona town finds itself in today.
On the morning of July 11, residents of Quartzsite, Arizona awoke to find themselves in the midst of a bloodless coup. Sunday night, the five-member town council held a closed session in which they declared a state of emergency, ousted the mayor, and installed the chief of police as chief executive. These alarming actions are the latest in a growing controversy over a woman who was arrested for speaking out at a Quartzsite town council meeting the previous week.
On June 28, Jennifer Jones, publisher of the Desert Freedom Press, rose during the “call to the public” section of the meeting, in which members of the public are invited to speak. Jones began to address rules that had been recently introduced by the town council, at which time one councilmember, a Mr. Joe Winslow, ordered her to relinquish the microphone. When she refused, Police Sergeant Fabiola Garcia attempted to forcibly remove the microphone from Jones’ hands.
Quartzsite’s mayor, Ed Foster, who was elected in May 2010 on a platform of fighting corruption, protested the removal and even told the officers that they were violating the rules of order. This was not the first time the mayor and the town council had been at odds. Mr. Foster had recently uncovered a ghost payroll totaling around $250,000 a year, and suspected the town council members themselves were involved with the graft. The police officers ignored the mayor’s pleas to stop. Jennifer Jones, who was cited for disorderly conduct, suffered a torn ligament in her elbow.
video of the arrest garnered over 32,000 views on YouTube.
Now, the town council has taken extraordinary measures to protect itself from outside criticism, effectively installing a dictator in the form of Chief of Police Jeff Gilbert. Ironically, days earlier, (former) Mayor Foster told WND, “He’s just an insane person, that chief of police. He’s a Nazi… he’s completely out of control. He thinks he’s running the town.” For now, it seems, he is.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau once asked, “What right have the hundred who want to have a master to vote on behalf of the ten who do not?” And the answer is: None at all. The events in Quartzsite, Arizona demonstrate that elected bodies can be just as dangerous as unelected ones, where the abuse of power is concerned. The less of an opportunity for accumulating power that can be abused, the better, whether it be in the hands of a mayor, a town council, or a chief of police.