Many "Letters to Editor" during the last few months have expressed concern about the inept, incoherent and sometimes incomprehensible public policies and political activities in Gulf County, culminating with Katherine Shimonis' "We breathe water".
A partial explanation to those questions is contained in my email to Barry Sellers, Executive Director, Chamber of Commerce.
I am withdrawing from the Gulf County Chamber of Commerce and request a refund of Retrac's membership fees. It is obvious that our membership is incompatible with established Chamber "modus operandi."
David Warriner, the host of Gulf County Chamber's Networking at Noon, scheduled Oct. 24 at the Thirsty Goat, cancelled me as the scheduled speaker. He felt that my presentation, "Business owners are citizens, too!" a discussion of how Chamber members can protect their businesses from commercial predators, financial manipulators or autocratic banking services, using the U.S. Constitution, was, "Too Controversial.”
The U.S. Constitution is TOO CONTROVERSIAL to discuss at a social gathering of Gulf County Chamber of Commerce members? WOW! I did not realize that the protocol for Gulf County residency required surrendering ones U.S. citizenship. I can't do that. I took an Oath.
I would suggest that the Gulf County Chamber should include on its web site a disclaimer that membership in the Chamber may not be appropriate for U.S. military veterans. Participating in the Chamber's policies and practices can violate their Military Oath, unless their Oath expired when they left military service.
However, for the U.S. Military Officer Corps, membership in the Gulf County Chamber is absolutely inappropriate. The Oath of Commission sworn to by U.S. military officers -- never expires -- and states that they will support, protect, and defend the U.S. Constitution and disobey any Order that violates the US Constitution. For those of us who volunteered for combat, and its consequences, the imprint of our Oath is indelible.
The dire economic situation of Gulf County is mostly a result of self-inflicted wounds, most of which can be attributed to local politicians, local business interests, and residents ignoring the U.S. Constitution and the protections it affords U.S. citizens. The situation is exacerbated by kowtowing to the rear-view-mirror-views of the "good old boys" -- whoever they may be.
"The good old boys" (GOBs) sounds like a motorcycle club comprised of senior citizens who are suffering from mild dementia.
Florida receives the highest annual federal spending of any state in the U.S. at $30,000 per person, per year. However, Gulf County's per person, per year's income is only $17,000. Ignoring the U.S. Constitution and allowing the GOBs to manipulate Gulf County's public and private sectors' procedures and processes -- may cost "each" Gulf County resident $13,000 per year. How many members in your family? Multiply that number by $13,000 and that is what Kowtowing to the GOBs can be costing you each and every year. Gulf County residents can increase the average annual income per person, per year anytime they would like -- to take appropriate action.
Getting the local public officials to start conforming and complying with the U.S. Constitution is relatively easy, simple, free and can happen at any time. Public officials and public employees take Oaths of Loyalty and Oaths of Office. Their Oaths require them to support, protect and defend the U.S. Constitution as a condition of their employment. Under Florida Statute, violating either Oath can get them immediately removed from their position.
No voting is required, no trial, no hearing, and no cost. An ad hoc adjudicator reviews a complaint and makes a decision.
Getting members of the business community to stop kowtowing to the GOBs may be more difficult. Old habits are hard to break. The only salvation for Gulf County may be for GOBs to get plexiglass stomachs so they can see the road ahead, expand their vision and perhaps begin to incorporate Gulf County's best interests with their own immediate self-interests. I am working on that.
If you know the initials of any of the GOBs, please send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org so I can individualize each member's plexiglass stomach with the member's initials.
Again, Mr. Sellers, I would like a refund of the membership fees for Retrac.
Retrac's further participation in the Chamber's affairs in Gulf County is obviously inappropriate.
Thank you. Cura Communis.
John M. Comer
Port St. Joe