You will see the illusions within which you have lived, and you will realize your guilt in the same breath that you behold your victimhood. -Judge Anna von Reitz

Recently, Kodiak Assembly member Crow proposed an alternative ordinance, that would keep the 2012 residential building code but allow a person to “opt-out”, and be allowed to build their own homes without having to comply with the Boroughs residential building codes. He thinks that the Borough should “encourage” people to build to code and “inform” them that a house built to code is probably: safer, insurance costs may be less, that homes built to code may be more energy efficient, they may be easier to get financing on, easier to resell and that a home built to the latest codes could hold their value better. Or not.

Assembly member Symmons had this to say. “Allowing the Citizens to Opt-Out and build a residential home they want, is so much more than just resurrecting the freedom we are guaranteed. Opt-Out would help the economy, our dwindling population, low income folks would become land/home owners and contribute taxes. It would also stop the handful of professional builders, who have mastered the bureaucratic process, from monopolizing the creation of acceptable dwellings. Question the candidates and tell the Assembly that you and your family want to build your simple home/cabin, without a mortgage. Don’t take no for an answer. In Kodiak change is only a vote away. Thanks for you vote last year.”

I agree with Crow and Symmons. We should “encourage” people to build to code, provide them with the information, tools and expertise needed to build to code, but it should not be mandated.

There is a massive shortage of affordable homes in Kodiak. This problem has been made much worse by the sale and conversion of the downtown Kasheravof apartments into a Trident bunkhouse, and the sale and the eviction of hundreds of people from Jacksons. Kodiak is the most expensive urban area in Alaska to build. As an example, the CG just spent $20 million to build 21 homes!

There are a handful of contractors in this town who understand the code very well, who are “tight” with the bureaucrats and have a lot invested in keeping the code the way it is. Many other contractors, disgusted with the ever increasing code requirements have essentially thrown in the towel and have quit building houses altogether. They might build a deck or a shed, but building a house today is more about knowing how to understand and navigate the complex code and bureaucratic processes than it is about building a house. They want to build homes, not schmooze bureaucrats.

As predictable as the sun rising, many people do not want the opt-out option available. These people include: the small group of contractors who have mastered the code and the bureaucratic Schmoozing process; the engineers and inspectors hired by these contractors for mandatory new home inspections; extremely rich people who don’t care about the massive cost increase in home building as a direct result of these onerous codes and people who have had the benefit of living in a low cost home for decades, thanks to the fact that their house was not built to current code and was therefore much less expensive. The word hypocrite comes to mind for many of these people. “I’ve got mine and I could care less if you get yours”.

How and why did this oppressive, immoral, un-Constitutional, lawyer/bureaucrat/politician enrichment system come about?

To make a really long story short, starting in the 1930s, financial interests began the process of incorporating everything in sight. By the end of the 1960s virtually all government entities (local, state, Fed) were incorporated into federal municipal franchisees. During this same time period a new system was developed to profit from these new corporations. This system is called Uniform Commercial Code or UCC. In short, these two developments, among others, turned what used to be private and free trade by individual people, into corporate commerce. Trade is private, commerce is regulated and public. Corporations deal in commerce, people deal in trade. All transactions are now corporate and subject to the rules of commerce (UCC) and hence, are now taxable and subject to regulations (codes).

This is why the explosive growth in regulations (administrative/corporate law) started during the late 1930s and has metastasized into the horrendous bureaucracy known by the seemingly innocuous sounding word- “code”. This is also the reason you can’t argue Constitutional standing in court any more. Courts no longer recognize the Constitution, as all law is corporate/commercial law.

Prior to this incorporation frenzy and the implementation of the UCC, all trade between individuals was private and was nobody’s business but the people trading. People could do as they chose with their own property so long as they didn’t harm anyone else (basis for Common Law). Sure, there were some local laws and ordinances but there was no omnipresent system of plunder, squeezing the life blood out of every property owner. This current system is simply legitimized fraud and racketeering.

Many people are under the presumption that if the code was made optional, than the entire world would explode into utter anarchy, like some kind of Zombie Apocalypse.

I’ll admit, that to a certain extent, people have lost much of their common sense. However, that loss is the result of and is in direct proportion to the amount of power gained by these corporate, commercial entities via “code”. When a group of people are treated like children they will begin to act like children and when that same group gets treated like the free and independent individuals that they are, only then will they start acting the part. Common sense will easily be restored to the people, as the usurpation of their sovereignty and freedom over our their property are restored. We have been forced, via the threat of either financial ruin and/or physical violence, to allow these corporate entities (city, borough, state federal) to replace our common sense with top down, near dictatorial power to coerce people into obeying their “masters”.

This brings me to my last point. It is a maxim of law and a universal truth that when an individual free man delegates power to a group, that group can never have more power than the individual who granted or delegated that power. Authority/power simply does not exist apart from the authority of individual people. The individual may choose to retain that authority/power or give it away via proxy (delegate), recall it at will, or ignorantly deny that they have authority. The commercial/corporate system has usurped our right to recall that power/authority at will. It was the original intentions that government help the people, not intimidate, harass, threaten, steal from them, hinder their endeavors, fine them, put them in cages and/or threaten them with violence.

Unfortunately, through a lifetime of programming/indoctrination, not 1 in 50 people understand that their Natural and Unalienable Rights are not given to them by any government. Individuals are born with these rights! Every single individual has more power/authority than the entire Federal government! Once we understand how and why our power and rights were usurped, it’s a fairly simple process to recall them.

If you would like to learn more about how to reclaim your individual rights/freedom please feel free to call me at any time.