Liz Writes Life 2-25-14

Feb. 25, 2014

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, Siskiyou County, CA

Saying he was here to rattle our cage, Constitution scholar Michael Badnarik presented under-known historical facts about the constitution and dispelled myths about the Bill of Rights. About 90 people attended the Constitution workshop hosted by Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey last Sat., Feb. 22 held at the Yreka Community Center. Later, during Sheriff Lopey’s Town Hall at 6 p.m., Badnarik again explained “rights verses privileges.”

It seems many of us have forgotten, or not been sufficiently taught, that rights come first. We believe they are “inherent” as explained in the 1776 Declaration of Independence. The biggest thing to remember is that a government is here to serve the people. So, why is the government trying to convince us that “it” gives us our rights? The answer: So they can convince us they can take away our rights.

Badnarik also explained that with each right comes a “responsibility,” which is the important crux of the situation. As an example: We have the right to self-protection – to have guns. But, with that right is the responsibility to teach our family respect for firearms. 

Just for fun, I decided to include the beginning of the 1776 Declaration of Independence against Great Britain. This so fits the situation we now find ourselves in and is the biggest reason some of us are pushing county boards of supervisors to approve a Declaration to withdraw from the State of California to create a 51st State with other Northern California counties.

I did leave out the grievances in the 1776 Declaration, but you can check it out on the Internet.

In CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.


The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

Protect Our Water

On Thurs. Feb. 27, Scott Valley POW will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at the Fort Jones Community Center. If you are able, please bring a dessert to share, which we do at 7 p.m. and then start the meeting at 7:15 p.m.

We will discuss the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors meeting agenda item regarding the Karuk’s building a casino in Yreka. I allege this is an illegal casino and must be stopped.

The meeting where the supervisors will take comments and testimony will be held on Tues., March 4th at 9 a.m. at the Miner’s Inn Convention Center in Yreka. Please attend.

This is Shasta Nation land. Under the National Indian Gaming Commission rules, a casino can only be built on reservations or lands within aboriginal boundaries. We all know nearly all of Siskiyou County lies in Shasta Territory.

The Indian agents submitted legal testimony to the U.S. Congress, along with the treaties, in 1853 that prove this is Shasta land. The Karuk Tribe was an addendum – added to the Hoopa Tribe – when they were discovered in 1851 in the Orleans area. The map boundaries are very specific. The Karuks didn’t even live in the Happy Camp area. Shasta villages were in the Happy Camp and throughout the now Siskiyou area.

Under the National Indian Gaming rules established for the development of casinos, if any Tribe should have a casino in Yreka it should be the Shasta Nation not the Karuk.

Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. Call her at 530-467-3515530-467-3515.

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