Working through a public agency I ran into a County Counsel who seemed on the face of it to be ethical and genuinely concerned about serving and protecting the public as pursuant to their duty.
This is an ongoing case with a few twists and turns but is really very simple.
A public road that was built in 1879 and used from then on by the public was disputed by a property lying along this road. Yes, there is ample evidence and documentation supporting the road, including its express exclusion from this property, but evidence is only useful in a court of law when faced with corrupt individuals.
The local County affirmed the road for a while and then did a complete reversal and began a process of negotiation and accommodation serving the interests of the disputing property, and the personal interests of the County Counsel. Why? The County was sued by this property, and as I have learned, lawsuits aren’t about justice, principal, law or truth, but about negotiating an agreement between the parties, whether or not it conforms with law, whether or not it protects the public, whether or not it complies with codes, whether or not it is just.
Between private individuals this process may be good, may resolve issues, may save the courts time and money, but with public agencies, this process is corrupt. The publics’ rights are non-negotiable and are rapidly being given away throughout our great nation, given away being a relative term meaning lost, dissipated like the inexorable rot of a bloated corpse having overeaten to the point of death.
A public agency secretly reaching a private agreement attempting to affect and terminate public rights and safety is an egregious affront to everything this Country was built upon.
At one time, the man mentioned above appeared to be teetering on the brink of morality, only to step back into the realm of servicing special interests with its inherent disdain for law and order and justice, or maybe he simply appeared to be almost ethical and moral followed by a display of his true nature.
Thomas Jefferson once said that all humans have a duty to oppose and rise up against tyranny, not the luxury, the duty. He said this in a famous incendiary document meant to incite the people to rise up and fight for justice, righteously and correctly. He said this with the intent that all future generations would adhere to this principle guaranteeing a process of renewal and cleansing.
This very document today is nominally revered and all but ignored. What was it?
The Declaration of Independence of the United States of America.
Read It, every word.