Thursday, May 25, 2006

Liberty Disenfranchised

My local township (in Pennsylvania they are called 2nd class townships, an appropriate term to say the least) is forcing me to use a very expensive pump to tap into their new sewer lines. They tested my existing septic system, upon my request, and it passed, yet they still refuse me an exemption from their sewer lines even though my house does not have a gravity feed nor is it within the 150 feet limit as is the boundary mandated by the state is such circumstances. Common sense never seems to have a free roam in government affairs. This municipal authority is comprised of a board that is not elected by the citizens of the township, thus the apparent lack of accountability, akin to taxation without representation. A mandate is a form of taxation because of the excessive burden and cost associated. The cost of an expensive pump and replacement and depredation of a perfectly suitable operating septic system is a huge burden.

I borrow these words, borrowed by Professor Walter Williams in a recent article:
Philosopher John Stuart Mill, in his treatise "On Liberty," said it best: "That the only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not a sufficient warrant. He cannot rightfully be compelled to do or forbear because it will be better for him to do so, because it will make him happier, because, in the opinions of others, to do so would be wise, or even right. These are good reasons for remonstrating with him, or reasoning with him, or persuading him, or entreating him, but not for compelling him, or visiting him with any evil, in case he do otherwise."

And I quote President Theodore Roosevelt:
"Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people."


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