JOHNSONBURG – Johnsonburg resident and founder of the Elk County Tea Party Blaise Dornisch attended the Johnsonburg Area School District Board of Directors meeting to speak out on mandates imposed by the federal government.
"What does everybody think about another man or woman or a group of men or women that tell us what kind of lightbulb we have to use or whether we can buy a 16-ounce soda or something larger than that?" Dornisch asked. "Or how about that somebody can come from the Department of Agriculture and look in a child's lunch bag coming into this school that they are sent here from home and decide whether or not that lunch is acceptable.
"You know whose job that is to stop that, you are right here in this room. This craziness has got to stop and if we don't start at the local level, if we don't take that challenge upon ourselves then there isn't anybody else that's going to do it for us.
"Local authorities that is local government that is the school board is the highest level of local government," Dornisch said. "That's the level that has the most ability to influence or have control over us."
Dornisch reported addressing the subject with the Elk County Commissioners and Clearfield County County Commissioners as well as at the offices of State Representative Matt Gabler and State Senator Joseph Scarnati.
"We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal," Dornisch cited from the Declaration of Independence. "If we are all equal, how does somebody else have the right to tell me what I can put in my child's lunch bag? They don't, but somebody has to stand up. I have been asked, 'what do we do' and none of us have to break trail on this."
Dornisch spoke of a lawsuit filed by Richard Mack, a former sheriff of Graham County, Ariz., against the federal government and later ruled on in 1997.
"That particular measure in 1997 stated at least three times in in the rule that states are not subject to federal direction," Dornisch said. "Don't you wish your state was aware of this? The case proved that local officials have the right, the power and the duty. Everybody here in this room that took a public office anybody who has worn a uniform of the United States, a police officer; we all swore an oath to uphold this country."
Pick up a copy of the Thursday, June 28, 2012 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.