Southern Nevada Watchdogs Founding Principles
- Individual Liberty: freedom from arbitrary or despotic government or control; freedom from external or foreign rule; independence. Our rights as humans are natural rights, and are merely enumerated (or reiterated) in the Bill of Rights, not granted to us by it.
- Supremacy of the Individual: The rights of the individual to act (so long as his actions do not infringe on another individual's natural given rights to life, liberty and property) is that which the Bill of Rights sought to protect, and is an essential principle in the formation of a Republic. If we, as a society, do not respect the individual, regardless of his wealth, social status, or political connections, than the collective mentality has a foundation to penalize and criminalize anything they can convince the masses is undesirable, throwing much of the Bill of Rights out the window. It's the individual who has rights, not the collective.
- Personal Responsibility: A free society can not exist if the individual is not held accountable for their actions when they cause damage to others; but also must have the liberty to make choices regarding how to live their life when such actions pose only a direct risk to themselves.
- Limited Government: Government is somewhat like a pack of junk yard dogs: they can be very helpful at chasing away trespassers, but you never want them to forget who owns the place, and you never want them to get out of the yard. This requires the owners to be extremely vigilant and well informed, and until the public in general becomes more educated about those activities that the government was created to oversee and those they have no business getting into, it will be very difficult to get these animals back in the yard where they belong.
- Capital Driven, Free Market Economy: a system of voluntary commerce (trading) where prices for goods and services are set freely by the competitive forces of supply and demand and are allowed to reach their point of equilibrium without intervention by government policy; or where the role of the state is limited to protecting property rights. Trade, industry and the means of production are privately owned and operated for profit. The United States operates under a severely perverted quasi-capital, but more regulated “mixed” economy, stifling competition and production of quality goods and services, while simultaneously inhibiting economic growth. Government rules and laws, whether "worthy" or not, must be seen within the parameters of economic literacy as a marketplace distortion, creating scarcity, queues, or both.
Working to Raise Public Awareness Regarding...
- Centralization of Government Powers: Federal government is not local and can not be easily reached for redress; yet there is a unified move to centralize localities into an arm of the federal government through the use of funding, grants and other incentives.
Public-Private Partnerships and Entities: a threat to a competitive free market and allows the “blank” government check to pick winners and losers. Public-private partnerships eliminate the competitive process that makes products and services better.
Unnecessary and prohibitive regulations on business: Another threat to a competitive free market, burdensome regulation damages economic growth, protects monopolies, fosters a gangster mentality for the wealthiest corporations which suffocates smaller competitive enterprises.
Budgetary and Bureaucratic Expansion / Increased Taxation: expanding bureaucracy is often paid for through increased taxation on the population, which again stifles economic growth and further keeps people from using their creative power and resources to be productive and innovative members of society.
Intervention of Foreign Entities In Local Government: In the past year alone, the County Commission and the City Council have adopted countless international codes into local law. While this move in itself is not necessarily problematic, there is a push by bodies like the United Nations to subvert the federal legislative process and go directly to municipalities to enact certain principals that align with their agenda. Foreign entities have no place in influencing local government policy and any such activity should be scrutinized for validity, necessity, and ramifications for the people who live here.
Transgressions against the individual: Government targeting of individuals, misuse of power and authority, distortion and manipulation of law that preys on the unaware or uneducated, irrational prosecutions, and actions outside the intent and perimeters of the Constitution and Bill of Rights of by the judicial system, administrative bodies, legislative bodies, law enforcement and government agencies generally speaking.
Local Government is where the rubber meets the road
Your local government is in your community and is who ultimately decides whether or not to follow federal dictates/directives. Their decisions and actions have immediate impacts on your every day life.