In the sixth century BC, Athens had one of the earliest examples of a functioning democratic form of government. They used a pebble system where the men of the city would drop a white or black pebble into an urn for a yes or no vote.
In 404 BC the Spartans conquered Athens but allowed a form of their government to remain. In 338 BC the Macedonians conquered Athens and expunged the last form of self government from the world. Every form of government from then on was a form of feudalism where the rich and powerful families owned the kingdoms of the world through conquest and force. For a price, the peasants were allowed to live on the land that the rulers owned as long as they followed the laws of the rulers. Everyone, including the peasants believed that this was how things should be.
Eventually men like Alexis de Tocqueville and John Locke began writing about the moral worth of the individual and this opened people’s minds.
Then, in 1776 five men – Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Roger Sherman and Robert R. Livingston – were appointed to write a letter of rebellion against King George of England. From June 11 to July 3 these men wrote the Declaration of Independence. In the Declaration of Independence we find the philosophical reasoning upon which our constitution is based. The entire government system of the USA is base on the second sentence.
“We hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal …”
This statement defines our belief in the moral value of the individual and every vote in every election reenforces our commitment to that ideal.
In every generation since the writing of this profound, magnificent statement there have been wealthy landowners who have sought to convince the rest of us that we should return to feudalism, where only their voice matters. Sadly, our township and county officials – who were elected by votes of individuals – have been convinced that the major land owner’s voice is the only one that is important.
This is a return to feudalism and must be stopped. In the November elections, Maple Valley Township will have the opportunity to vote for a return to the value of the individual and listening to their desires in respect to ordinances and dispersed monies rather than the voices of a few wealthy land owners controlling the dynamics of our community.
Dan Boes Sr.
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