Overreach 02/02/2024

“One of the most contentious issues faced by the Founding Fathers was the size, reach, and power of the federal government. This is a generalization but the federalists, who supported a stronger central government, tended to come from the larger cities where business, manufacturing, trade, and transportation dominated.
The anti-federalists were more likely to come from the rural, agricultural, and less developed areas.
Two of the leading Federalists were John Adams and Alexander Hamilton. The leading anti-federalists included Thomas Jefferson and James Madison.” (History Channel)

Many of the Founding Fathers were concerned about the potential for a strong central government to infringe on individual rights and liberties.
With that background, what may surprise you about the surprise party (pun intended) is that the concerns our Founding Fathers had regarding the overreach of the federal government parallels our thoughts also. Now, let us establish that there is a definite need for a healthy Federal institution, as stated in the preamble, “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of …
According to George Washington, one of the chief dangers of letting regional loyalties dominate loyalty to the nation as a whole was that it would lead to factionalism or the development of competing political parties. When Americans voted according to party loyalty, rather than the common interest of the nation, Washington feared it would foster a “spirit of revenge,” and enable the rise of “cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men” who would “usurp for themselves the reins of government; destroying afterward the very engines, which have lifted them to unjust dominion.”
Therefore, The ‘Worst Enemy’ of Government is loyalty to the Party Over the Nation

Again, I state that what may surprise you about the Surprise Party is that we too are concerned about the over-reach of the Federal Government. For that very reason, we encourage our farmers, teachers, and general, down-to-earth common people to get involved in governing the nation, at EVERY level.

The very name of our party suggests that governing needs to be DIFFERENT: our SURPRISE stands for: Sense of direction, understanding, respect, preparation, rationale, integrity, self-confidence, esteem.

The preamble starts with, “WE THE PEOPLE… but today we see, “We the government” to form a more perfect union. Well any time, that a President can sign an executive order to institute virtually any “party want” they deem necessary, the less input the legislative branch and, more importantly, the less the people have a say in governing. Part of the problem, as George Washington states are that there is now “a spirit of revenge” among the parties. Tooth for tooth, Tit for Tat, I win, you lose, My daddy can beat your daddy. Do you see something wrong here? It’s no longer “United we stand” it’s more “Divided we stand.”

Every great civilization of the past was not conquered from the outside, they fell from within. Divided among themselves to the point no one agreed. Today, we need to manage disagreement, not eliminate it.

The surprise party wants to hand governing back to the people. Most Americans today raise the same issues to their representative’s election cycle after election cycle whether it is local, state, or federal, and most of the time the “can just keeps getting kicked down the road,” hoping someone else will deal with it.

image.pngNow, one of our esteemed constituents brought this theme a little closer to home for us. Here’s an example:

Our survey estimates that 18% of Americans — including 27% of homeowners — currently reside in a community governed by an HOA. HOA membership is significantly more common among Americans living in the South (24%) and West (23%) than in the Midwest (10%) or Northeast (9%).Dec 4, 2023

image.pngMany American homeowners don’t like being told what to do, and most would prefer not to be governed by an HOA or homeowners’ association. More people who do live under an HOA would rather not than prefer it. A recent YouGov survey finds that despite the public’s qualms regarding HOAs, one in five Americans currently live in an HOA-governed community, and one in three have lived in one at some point.

HOA dissatisfaction is tied to concerns about overregulation: 72% of people living under an HOA they disapprove of, say the rules and regulations set by their HOA are too restrictive. A total of 38% of HOA residents think their HOA is too restrictive; roughly half (46%) say the rules are about right and just 8% say they are not restrictive enough.

What do Americans think HOAs should and should not regulate? A plurality of Americans support HOAs setting rules for noise levels (64%), trash and recycling bins (50%), and parking (46%). More oppose than support HOA rules for yard signs, fences, landscaping, pet ownership, exterior paint colors, home renovations, and holiday decorations.

When your neighbors become your overlords


How HOAs became an unnecessary necessary evil.

By Emily Stewartemily.stewart@vox.com  Apr 20, 2023, 8:30am EDT
There are few things more delicious than a homeowners association horror story. All over the internet, you can find tales of people getting fined for parking their vehicles in their own driveways or having a potted tomato plant on their back porches or leaving a bottle of Gatorade out for one day. In Tennessee, a man returned from vacation to discover his car was missing; he thought it had been stolen, but in reality, his HOA had towed it because it had a flat tire. A Maryland HOA fined a homeowner $40,000 because the fence she built was 8 inches too long. A Missouri HOA threatened a family with jail time because they’d put up a play set that was — gasp! — purple.
It’s easy to laugh at the inanity of so much of it … until you find yourself peeking through your curtains trying to catch your neighbor putting her trash can out five minutes early because last year she reported you to the HOA for leaving up your Christmas lights past the New Year.
Yes, have we reached a point of “Over-reach” even in our neighborhoods. Well, there are rules, right? yep, like immigration rules, balanced budget rules, and “Heaven Forbid” don’t spend more than you make rules. These sound like funny rules, don’t they? Oh Well!
🙋 Just vote for what’s right——we are not those “cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men
The Surprise Party Rides Again
A thought from the guy seeking the second chair.  Don’t you just hate being told what to do?  If you get orders from an elected official like the president of a country or an HOA, do you look at them and think, “oh yea, you’re no better than me”.  You may label them as a narcissistic bully who thrives on the misery of others.  You may think they conspire with like minded tyrants to step on the little guy, force their will on the masses just because they have the power to do so.  You may judge their actions as over reaching for the greater good, just for the elites.
So what do I want in the next election?  Something different?  A decisive style of leadership that is fair, reasonable and adheres to the golden rule?  Okay, fair enough, we can do that.  We are not into the party scene, haven’t rented a tux in years and wouldn’t know high society if they came calling with bells on.  We salute the flag, kneel only in church, sing the only National anthem we know and are proud of our country.  The folks we will put in our cabinet will share those sentiments and if they ever get too big for their britches, they will get a fireside chat with us they won’t soon forget.
We are running for office because we hate being told what to do by people who live in ivory towers and look down at real people just trying to live a good and happy life.  “Rules for thee and not for me”don’t work for the Surprise Party.
And just so you know, we are not the least bit interested in being told to station troops in foreign lands and use them as bait to be shot at so we can start another war.  The Surprise Party will not be the world’s policeman any more.  We believe the blood of our soldiers and the treasure of our country are gifts to be guarded, not given or thrown away.
A great man named Zig Ziegler once said, “Men of genius are admired, men of wealth are envied, men of power are feared but only men of character are trusted.”

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