Saturday, July 15, 2006

Bernard Darnton: Leaders' Address - Darnton v Clark

The front of every Libertarianz brochure produced in the last decade has been graced with this quote from Ayn Rand:

The source of the government's authority is 'the consent of the governed'. This means that the government is not the ruler, but the servant or agent of the citizens; it means that the government, as such, has no rights, except the rights delegated to it by the citizens for a specific purpose.

We're about to prove that we mean it.

The ideas represented by that quite are what divide slave nations and the prosperous west.

These ideas are what is represented in the great documents of liberty, including the Magna Carta, the 1688 Bill of Rights, the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution.

[Holds up picture of Labour's Pledge Card] "Here's what you would have received in your mail last election. This is Helen Clark's Pledge Card. Or as I prefer to call it, 'Exhibit A.'

The money appropriated to fund this card was intended by parliament to help run her office, not to run for office.

I don't believe in a cap on election spending. That's a free speech issue. What I do have an issue with is my money being spent on the Labour Party's election campaign.

At issue here is our very basic constitutional arrangements.

When money is appropriated by parliament it is appropriated for a specific purpose. It is not intended legally to be used for any other purposes.

Helen Clark is not above the law. She is about to have a reminder of that.

BD first became angry about this walking past a pre-election sign in a bus stop every day saying 'You're better off with Labour." With the parliamentary crest. So I had paid for it. It made me literally see red!

Fed up with just yelling at the telly. Now he's going to yell at the country.

But the media don't want to know. Perhaps it's not trivial enough? While I'm suing the country about our fundamental freedoms, some woman running across a rugby field is getting headlines.

Plan A to get real attention is to win the case.

Plan B is to get a bikini.

Several chances for publicity. Defence file their response. A judicial conference 30 July. Another judicial conference. Trial itself around November.

After November? After trial over? After (hopefully) a result and many discussions about the constitutional issues raised, what then?

Keep fighting. Get involved in the various campaigns. Get involved in the Voluntary City Project. Get involved in the Property Rights and Common Law campaign. Put yourself up for election.

As Tim said, the socialists can only win if you let them. Let's not give them a chance.

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