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Protect Your Rights!

Protect Your Rights!

The Wakulla Wetlands Alliance has adopted the message,

“You Have the Right to Vote”.

I agree with them.  You do have the right to vote!

Yes, you read that correctly, I agree with the Wakulla Wetlands Alliance.  You do have the right to vote.  You may be wondering, how can that be?  The Wakulla Wetlands Alliance is telling us, 4 Commissioners are trying to take away our right to vote.

So, how can I agree with them?

Quite simply, it’s a fact that you have the right to vote.  No one is trying to take away that right, but there are a couple more concepts that I think you should consider before you sign your rights over to the Wakulla Wetlands Alliance.

1. Is the Wakulla Wetlands Alliance telling you the entire story?

2. Have you considered the other side of the story before you give the Wakulla Wetlands Alliance your signature on their petition?

3. Is the Wakulla Wetlands Alliance Protecting all of your rights?

Consider this…

The Wakulla Wetlands Alliance wants you to sign their petition and they want you to vote to impose restrictive regulations on private property.  You have that right, right?  After all, restricting the property rights of others is acceptable when we can be assured that it is for the greater good of the public, right?

It sounds good and it seems to be accurate, but is the Wakulla Wetlands Alliance telling us the entire story?  Are they using one right to take away another right?

Let’s take a closer look.

The 5th Amendment to the United States Constitution address several rights.  I will explore just one.  It says,

nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation

While it’s true that the Wakulla Wetlands Alliance is not calling for private property to be physically taken from our citizens, they are asking you to vote to take away the right for property owners to control their property.  When you lose the right to control your property, it has been legislatively taken away from you.  Even in examples that appear to be for the greater good of the public, you have a Constitutional right that guarantees your property will not be taken for public use, without just compensation.  It’s right there, in the 5th Amendment to the United States Constitution.

I’m sure you will agree that the Wakulla Wetlands Alliance is not proposing any compensation for the loss to the property owners that will occur if their restrictive regulation is adopted.  So, they are not telling us that side of the story.  If they are successful at imposing this restrictive regulation, who will pay the just compensation that is due to the affected property owners?  Of course the answer is Wakulla County Tax Payers.  If you are a Wakulla County Tax Payer, are you willing to pay additional taxes to compensate your neighbors for their loss?

I hope you will carefully consider the other side of this story, before you give away your signature and your property rights and those of your neighbors.


7 Responses to “Protect Your Rights!”

  1. Jeff says:

    Great work, Ralph. Keep it up. You renew my faith in government.

  2. Political Peril says:

    Commissioner Thomas has pointed out the flawed argument of the WWA. They act like they are doing you some kind of favor, telling you to vote for your right. What you’re doing is playing into their hands. As Commissioner Thomas said other night they’re just a bunch of hypocrites. It is pretty bad when you have a Commissioner Howard Kessler harassing you to sign his petition. He is a pitiful excuse for any kind of a commissioner.

  3. Joan E. Hendrix says:

    Hey, Ralph,

    The petition does not specify any position. Each signature is a request of that person to vote on an issue of public concern, whatever stand they may take. That’s all. Those who want to do away with the ordinance, can vote “no” if and when the issue gets put on the ballot. Isn’t this correct?

  4. Political Peril says:

    Hey Joan, how about this, we are saying no by not signing that sham of a petition to begin with. Our Commissioner pointed out the lies and the misrepresentation of the Alliance. Do you really associate yourself with people like that?. I thought you were a better person than that but if you want to lay on the .ground with the rest of those worms, go right ahead!

  5. Wilene Matherne says:

    Before a person even considers signing the petition, they should know the whole issue and be aware the a select few are trying to control your property & limit what you can do with it. Some of the WWA live in or near the wetlands but don’t want you to do the same. I would never sign a petition like that. Please do not let some one talk you into signing on the spot.

  6. Robert seidler says:

    All this energy being used when for the last 20 years we had been trying to create recreation facilities in Wakulla like a pool where people could learn how to swim and be safe on the water. Where have the needed projects gone to? Lets stop stopping and start doing things that benefit the population directly.

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