By Tommy Acosta
(July 26, 2018)
Think of two words that encapsulate the premise of the American Revolution; two words that led to the penning of the Declaration of Independence; two words that gave our founding fathers the reason, the will, the strength and determination to turn their plows into guns and force the British overseers out of our country.
What are these two words for which the founding fathers fought and died for? Two words that inspired the brave men and women of America in 1776 to say no to “Mad” King George’s rule and unshackle themselves from the tyranny of the monarch and his army?
That’s right. HOME RULE! The Revolutionary War was all about Home Rule. We could no longer allow an outside authority to determine our fate and tax us without representation. So we picked up our weapons, left our families and went to war for the right to rule our homes; for the right to rule our country.
Fast-forward to today and the recent effort here in Sedona by individuals seeking to surrender our local government’s right to Home Rule.
Giving the state dominion over our city’s budget would be like giving the reigns of our country back to England.
Home Rule is as American as apple pie. Messing with it undermines the foundation our country stands upon.
If the anti-home rule candidates running in this election want to limit the budget to their specifications, then do so as representatives of the people rather than lap dogs of the state.
These candidates should have the confidence in themselves to control the budget rather than have to rely on the state to do it for them.
There are those who would argue that the state is simply imposing a budget ceiling and they are not controlling it. However, by setting a ceiling they also control how much we can spend on line items, forcing us to make painful choices between what we can fund and not, thereby controlling us in that manner.
Most of the anti-home rule candidates running for the Sedona city council this election hope to do what’s best for the city, no doubt. These candidates can better improve their chances by dropping their reliance on the state to limit the city’s budget and rely on them selves instead.
There are arguments that Home Rule allows the city government to spend money like drunken sailors and is the root cause of all our traffic problems.
There are arguments that Home Rule is the lifeline that keeps our city and its environment strong and healthy.
The arguments have been lucid and well presented by both sides.
Beyond the scope of these arguments is the fact that Home Rule is the very reason our country came into existence. We are free today because our forefathers gave their lives to guarantee no one from the outside can ever rule over us again.
Consider this when voting to keep the right of Home Rule alive or send it to its death.