• Arne Mortensen

Thank you

I say thank you not because I won the race, but because we won the race. Most local pundits gave our campaign little chance of success because we did not follow the usual rules of seeking money and endorsements. I never asked anyone for money (the button on my website was an implicit exception), and I never asked for endorsements. What I did do is make myself available to anyone who asked me to appear before them to answer their questions. I also took time to dismantle the arrogance of campaigning, and, I think, people realized that getting power or money were not my goals. Citizens understood that I have much relevant experience that I offered them, not to control them, but to protect them from the aggression that government invariably becomes. I have no pretense that I know the answers unless you allow me my conviction that individual rights trump bureaucracy.

During my term in office, I will push to return control over your property to you. To do that I, again, will need your help because there likely will be hard push back exemplified by, “we’ve always done it this way.” That “way” has left us with a set of problems greater than ever before, so we cannot continue in that direction. As we press for change, greater responsibility will fall upon you: citizen efforts such as the Stone Soup Kitchen already are a voluntary expression of the will of concerned citizens and this citizen driven community model of voluntary cooperation is the antithesis of the government driven model. The former has a substantial success rate while the latter has a failure rate that is total.

“The art of economics consists in looking not merely at the immediate but at the longer effects of any act or policy; it consists in tracing the consequences of that policy not merely for one group but for all groups." This a quote from Henry Hazlitt, whose very readable book, “Economics in One Lesson” can be downloaded for free from here.

Let me finish by again thanking you.

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