It is a form of corruption that carries both the real costs from the loss of our future ecology, and economy, as well as the particularly corrosive costs of total non accountability, that are capable of destroying our very form of government and lawful society as a whole. It is a form of corruption so insidious, yet serious that it should spur us all to immediate action.
Each and everyone of these scallywags raised their hands and took an oath of office to uphold the constitution of the United States and the State of Florida. An oath that our legislature, governor and entire cabinet have blithely ignored in crafting a budget that does the exact things prohibited by Amendment #1.
These elected ‘servants’ of the people looked at the way they had totally ignored the intent of how the lottery money dictates it should be used, and how easily they ignore that every year, so they simply ignored the very specific provisions that Floridians voted very clearly on, and robbed the funds set aside for endangered and watershed land acquisition, as clearly set out in the amendment, and simply ignored not only the will of the people of the State of Florida, but willfully and knowingly violated their oaths of office.
The problem is, that absent a real cry of outrage from the seventy-five plus percent of Floridians who voted for Amendment 1, these lawless lawmakers, from the top down scofflaws, will once again put their own partisan politics above what is best for the future of Florida, as decided by Floridians.
The sad part is we have no enforcement mechanism short of civil disobedience at this point through which to express our grievances, given that those duly elected to enforce the laws, and protect the constitution of our state, are the very ones violating it with impunity.
Therein lies the insidious and totally corrosive nature of these lawless lawmakers actions.
By ignoring the very constitution that they have sworn to uphold, by making law that totally ignores not only this very same Constitution, but the clearly expressed will of the voters of Florida as well, these lawbreakers make it clear that they are simply above the law.
No one holds them accountable. They control all mechanisms of state government at this point and clearly who we vote for, or what we vote for specifically, and directly as to laws, simply do not matter to these ‘officials’.
The actions of the Florida legislature, cabinet and Governor all beg the question to all Floridians, who, and what do your turn to when those you elect totally ignore not only their mandates, but their oath of office as well?
When the whole lot of a State’s Government simply ignores the will of the voters, and continues to pander to their own partisan, political, and commercial interests, what kind of message as to the value of law does that establish?
When all of those elected within our state simply ignore the laws they expect the rest of us to live by, what is to become of a lawful society?
Make a difference, or at least let them know you're mad as hell and do not want to take this nonsense any longer. Write your representative today! Here are the links to let them know what you think of them totally ignoring both their oaths of office and the will of better than 75% of Florida Voters.
Link to Speaker of the Florida House Crisafulli's webpage
Link to the House Chamber of the Florida Legislature
Link to my letter to our Speaker of the House.