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Your Opinion: Law protects against tyranny

Your Opinion: Law protects against tyranny

April 17th, 2013 by Beverly Martin, Fulton in News

Dear Editor:

HB886: Authorizes the General Assembly to remove any department director or deputy director if it determines that the removal is necessary for the betterment of the public service.

HB886 protects my rights from majority tyranny. Missouri government is living proof of what Madison wrote about in Federalist 10. He understood that self-government could not mean ruling other human beings without their consent. Lincoln too said self government could never be compatible with the denial of consent.

Today, we see our appointed officials denying and violating our natural, God-given right to liberty which includes my right to own private documents which because they are mine, can only be disseminated with my consent.

The Department of Revenue (DOR) sent private information of those who applied for conceal-to-carry permits to a federal agency without the consent of the owners of those documents. I am frightened at the fearlessness in which the DOR violated the Constitution and natural law.

Checks and balances provided by the Constitution cannot prevent tyranny. Tyranny is when others can, with the protection or without the protection of law, take that which is mine without my consent. A law is not automatically just nor in alignment with my God-given rights. A law or action that violates the inalienable rights granted by God must be stopped. HB886 can be used when evil finds its home in the majority of those in control of others.

Ambition may be positive or destructive. There are those in power violating the Constitution while embracing those who have ambition as the root of their actions rather than the desire to protect liberty and justice. HB886 provides a check on the majority tyranny that will always attempt to exist wherever men and women strive for power. HB866 protects citizens when the checks and balance safeguards have failed.