In this nation, it used to be that the government served the people. It used to be that the government’s primary function was to protect the rights and liberties of the people and enable them to freely pursue their private lives however they desired. In our little borough, today, it seems like it is us, the people, who have taken on the role of the servant and our government has taken on the role of the one who does at it pleases.
Contained within the language of the new burning ordinance before Bellevue council is a requirement that the residents of Bellevue contact the fire department and/or borough at least an hour prior to lighting a small, controlled fire on private property. On the surface it might seem that the only thing Bellevue council is asking its residents to do is make the fire department aware of a fire in case someone calls 911 reporting a suspected structure fire. However, the language of the ordinance goes on to require the individual who contacts Bellevue about the fire to given the name(s) and phone number(s) of the property owner and adult(s) responsible for the fire. If this ordinance was simply a notification that there will be a small fire on private property there would be no need to give the government one’s personal information.
Now, I know this might border on sounding a bit conspiratorial, but the truth is that many people have real reservations giving any government agency their personal information. I have a problem with the requirement of notifying Bellevue of what a I, a private citizen, am doing on my private property. However, I have an even greater problem with any government agency requiring that private citizens hand over their personal information as if they have a right to it.
If I refuse to give out my phone number will I not be given permission to burn on my property? If I refuse to hand over the names of “responsible adults” joining me as I enjoy a small fire in my backyard, will the police arrive to break up my party?
Since when am I required to seek the permission of the local government to enjoy life on my private property? There once was a time when the government feared the people. It used to matter what we thought of them. Today, however, our government wants us to live in fear of them. They intimidate us to hand over our private information in order to seek permission to enjoy our private lives on our private properties.
Bellevue council has planned a special meeting tomorrow night (Tuesday) at 6:30pm. They are hoping to gather quickly, take a vote on this new burning ordinance and press on with their taking more and more control of our private lives. Do not stand for this Bellevue! Put your foot down and demand liberty in Bellevue! Demand that Bellevue council serve us and not vice versa!
Attend the council meeting and make your voice heard. Be part of the solution. Stop rolling over to the demands of this tyrannical government that has run amok and taken advantage of its power for far too long.