April 28, 2008
When the Majority
Mille Lacs News Staff Writer
Growing up in a
Democratic society, we've been trained to believe that "Majority Always
Rules." We've all experienced when being part of the ruling majority has
benefited us personally, and we've all suffered from being on the losing
side. Its all part of our system. I can attest that it feels better by far
to be on the winning side. But for the past year, I've been a big loser.
Hey, I've lost before. For example, I certainly didn't vote for Governor
George Bush - either time - and yes, I'm proud that I had the good sense not
to. And I admit to my share of whining about those elections and the
aftermath, as well as a certain amount of I told you sos. But still,
I cast my vote for the other guys, and I lost. I can live with that. As
Bradbury Township clerk Maxine Gingery said to me: "You don't always get
what you want."
Majority Rule only
applies if you're included
carefully. Here's the point. The people who are opposed to the Onamia city
council relocating the Mille Lacs Academy did not have a vote. We did
not have representation or due process. Bradbury citizens couldn't vote the
city council into office, nor can we vote them out. Neither can we run
against them for office. The majority of residents in Bradbury
Township oppose the relocation of the Mille Lacs Academy. This particular
majority has been denied its rule.
What happened here
was not part of our System of Democracy. The city of Onamia has imposed
itself on Bradbury Township as severely as one country invading another.
This is an extremely important point. Why is it such a big deal? Think about
it: if our society is to survive, we must protect the principles and
ideals with which we define ourselves. If we allow Imperialism
and Fascism on this most ground floor level, how can we be surprised
when those in the penthouse condone things like torture, wire-tapping, and
sacrificing our young soldiers in a bogus war for oil? Who keeps America
beautiful? We do. You and I.
Or we don't. We
let it all crumble. That's what's happening In Onamia, Minnesota. People
have become so confused by the propaganda and bamboozlement over the issue
of juvenile sex offenders that they are allowing the government to work in
the best interest of a private multi-million dollar corporation instead of
taking care of people. They are allowing lawyers to run the city council and
CEOs to run the city. Does this sound anything at all like the democracy we
grew up with? No!
Should majority only rule if it
fits the mayor's agenda?
Here is where its
easy to get confused about Majority Rule. This is a case where the
majority of those affected by the relocation of the sex offender
facility deeply oppose Nexus building in their neighborhood. Not only is it
a majority, among adjacent property owners, it is unanimous. Yet,
even with Minnesota State Law and Onamia city ordinances on their side, the
mayor and city council ignore the residents and the laws and do whatever
Nexus wants instead.
I can't tell you
how many times I've been told that the "majority" of people in the community
want that sex offender facility in my neighborhood. Therefore we must
sacrifice our Constitutional Rights "for the good of the community." Even
after we collected signatures from the MAJORITY -nearly every
household in Bradbury Township, Mayor Larry Milton disregarded our
petition. Instead, he had his own petition with a few more signatures than
we had. Majority rules? Although he copied our petition which said We
Citizens of Mille Lacs County.... his petition had names from all over
Minnesota as well as from people out of state, invalidating itself. Many
signatures were illegible and only gave cell phone numbers, not addresses.
That petition was signed by the mayor's wife as well as at least one city
councilman and one former councilman even signed twice! In the old days,
they used to call this sort of tactic: Dirty Pool. Its just
Business as Usual in Onamia.
When the Majority
has no right to rule
The concept of
Majority Rules gets even more complex when we are talking about personal
property which the Majority has no right to mess with. Nexus and the city
council believe they are entitled to our neighborhood. They're not. Period.
How would you like
it if Hannabelle paid you a visit in your home - just showed up unannounced
one day and barged into your livingroom uninvited? I know, you'd probably
put on coffee and get those cocoanut bars out of the freezer. It would be
fun and I'll see you next Tuesday...
So forget that
example. Let's say that Vinnie, a 6 foot tall, 200 pound, psychologically
disturbed sex offender stops by on his way to the Cities along with a few of
his close friends - Orville, Snake, Deadeye, and Captain 666. They decide to
tear down your curtains, break your windows, shred your furniture with 12
inch knives, and smash the irreplaceable collection of fine English
porcelain your late grandmother gave you as a wedding present. They
take turns raping your daughter, drink Aunt Tillie's weekend sherry, kick
your dog, take your jewels, and beat you to a bloody pulp just before they
set fire to your house and steal your car.
Now please pay
attention and answer honestly. Do you think this is o.k. that they did this
to you? Do you think that they are entitled to come to your home to harm
you, your family, and destroy your personal property?
If you said yes,
then you are Pronexus and there is no hope for you. Oh, and I'll give Vinnie
and his friends your address and they'll see you next Tuesday...
Majority shouldn't rule. Sometimes it is not entitled to. In this case, the
majority is Vinnie, Orville, Snake, Deadeye and Captain 666. You and your
daughter (and the dog) are in the minority.
there is a Majority does not give them the automatic right to rule.
So now do you
understand why we Naysayers say nay? It isn't OUR majority. This is being
imposed upon us against our will. And of course, it is all so wrong.