This speech was given by the El Paso “Free Counties” Coordinator, Will Smith on April 30, 2020 and we have his permission for all of our County Coordinators in Colorado to use this speech.
I do not come to speak to you to plead for our natural, ESSENTIAL, inalienable rights. I also do not ask you to plead to the Governor on our behalf. For we the people of Colorado do not plead for our rights but rather we assert them. I come here to respectfully demand that you, our local representatives, recognize and protect our rights. The Governor of Colorado has attempted to strip us of our freedom and property rights. However, it is your DUTY to not comply with his “color of law” order. The Governor does not have the authority to simply decree orders infringing on our freedom and our rights enumerated in the Colorado Constitution. Remember the Colorado Constitution is the Supreme Law of the state no matter who is Governor or what he says. This is the same Constitution YOU took an oath to defend and it is YOUR DUTY to the people of this county to not implement the Governors illegal orders but rather to denounce them. Article 2, Section 1 of the Colorado Constitution clearly states, “All political power is vested in and derived from the people; all government, of right, originates from the people, is founded upon their will only, and is instituted solely for the good of the whole.” Article 2, Section 3 says, “All persons have certain natural, ESSENTIAL, and inalienable rights, among which may be reckoned the right of enjoying and defending their lives and liberties; of acquiring, possessing and protecting property; and of seeking and obtaining their safety and happiness.” Natural, ESSENTIAL, and inalienable rights DO NOT CHANGE based on circumstance. Asking FOR PERMISSION from the Governor to be free and exercise property rights is NOT acceptable. Asking FOR PERMISSION from our Governor to run a business, work jobs to provide for our families, gather to worship, engage in commerce, recreate, or otherwise peacefully assemble is NOT acceptable. You need to be LEADERS and show COURAGE by standing up to our lawless Governor. You need to be leaders and HONOR your oath. You need to be leaders and RECOGNIZE and PROTECT the Colorado Constitution even when the Governor of this great state refuses to do so. The people of El Paso County are counting on you to protect our rights and our livelihoods. The people of this county should be defended by our local representatives, cause otherwise…why are you even here? Represent us well El Paso County Commissioners. Be leaders. Show courage. You are in this position for such a time. Don’t be bribed with funding. Tell the Governor, El Paso County is free and open now. If you don’t, then we the people of El Paso County will. And I hope you hear that message loud and clear today.
This is what needs to be happening in counties all across Colorado right now! Get involved and do your DUTY of upholding the Colorado Constitution, as Will Evans has.
This speech was also given in El Paso County from another liberty activist who represented our organization in speaking out against “Contact Tracing.” Thank you, LaDonna Robertson.
I stand representing “Free Counties” of freecounties.com and we would like to remind you of a term that is foreign to most people these days and that is “Federalism.” It’s a solid principle our Republic was founded upon and, although, we live in an upside-down world right now, this principle is still protected by the Colorado Constitution and the U.S. Constitution which are the Supreme Laws of the land.
“Federalism” is the structure of how governing bodies obtain their authority, including yours. If this structure is absent, then anarchy and chaos would be the result or…the complete opposite which is total tyranny over all. A quick look at history shows how “federalism” is where ALL power lies in the hands of the people, then the local governments under them, then the state, and at the very bottom is the Federal government with extremely limited powers. The Rule of Law is written in this manner and although some tyrants are hoping people ignore it, the fact is that it is the law you are all bound to uphold.
During this COVID-19 scare, County Commissioners are taking directions from public health agencies instead of abiding by the Rule of Law and protecting the rights of the people. This poor decision could result in bad policies for the people of our county. The ideas being pushed down from the CDC and other entities of the Federal government, and the Governor, onto local health agencies of social distancing, forced mask wearing, mandatory testing at resident’s homes, and contact tracing are nothing more than suggested “rules” but are in complete violation of Article 2 of the Colorado Constitution, the Colorado Bill of Rights. Article 2, Sections 1, 3, 7, 14, & 15 explain how ALL political power is vested in the people and that governments only have authority from the consent of the governed and that property rights of the people must be protected and no governing body can infringe upon them without just compensation. Section 7 specifically describes how, “The people shall be secure in their persons, papers, homes and effects, from unreasonable searches and seizures.”
The county health department has no authority to infringe upon the rights of the people in the manner of placing people on house arrest, forcing them to do things with their bodies, nor tracing other people they come in contact with during their personal lives!
These health agencies should not be above the supreme law and neither should you. You are bound to abide by the Colorado Constitution you took an oath to uphold which says that due process MUST be followed at ALL times (Section 25). If you are considering any of these suggestions from the county health department, please show us where they went through due process of the law first before deeming themselves these draconian powers over the people.
Labels such as “essential,” “non-essential,” and “contact tracing” are arbitrary and capricious and are criminal without any public notice, hearing, nor appeals processes.
Why are you giving your state statutory power over to the local health agency without the consent of the people of El Paso County?
*LaDonna also, appropriately, pointed out how this idea of “Contact Tracing” and removing people from their homes started in California and how Polis has signed Colorado into the “Western States Pact” which connects the actions of our states to theirs.