Attacks Increase As Flag Campaign Season Heats Up

By Elisha Dorfsmith

In the coming months, Flagstaff liberty lovers should brace themselves for a massive smear campaign against liberty candidates and their supporters who are standing up for private property rights, personal freedom, and the responsible use of our tax dollars.

Even this early in the game, I am starting to see increased personal attacks against the few brave individuals in Flagstaff who are willing to stand up and defend the philosophy of liberty. The majority of these attacks are coming from a small group of environmental extremists who philosophically disagree with the liberty movement in just about every way. Freedom, liberty, free markets, private property, parental rights…ALL conflict with their vision for the world.

One of the individuals currently leading the charge against the liberty movement in Flagstaff is Stephen Knutson, local activist and former city council/mayoral candidate. Knutson has recently focused much of his energy traveling around facebook attacking Jeff Oravits who recently formed an exploratory committee to run for local office. Knutson offers few detailed reasons or facts as to why he doesn’t like Oravits. A typical drive by post on my facebook page by Knutson goes something like this:

“I am tired of trading one poser with another. If someone has a valid plan let him lay it all out so we can all see it then maybe whoever wins the race can use the ideas. Everything else is perpetuating the popularity contest for wannabees.”

Of course, Knutson knows very well that Jeff Oravits does in fact offer a plan and lots of solutions at his website. The problem is, it’s not the kind of solutions that Knutson approves of so in Knutson’s mind they don’t exist.

So what is an acceptable solution for Flagstaff? When Knutson ran for office he offered a plan that came straight out of the United Nation’s Agenda 21. (Spend 10 minutes researching Agenda 21 and you’ll see where this is going). Private property = bad. Private business = bad. Personal freedom = bad. I told Stephen that in the near future I would write a blog explaining the problems with the solutions he offers. I also told him that every time he attacks Jeff Oravits on my facebook page I will send Jeff’s website out to 5 people. At this rate, everybody in Flagstaff will get an email from me with a link to before the month is over.

Jeff Oravits is not the only person being attacked for defending the philosophy of liberty in Flagstaff. In several different facebook forums I have recently seen local defenders of liberty portrayed as “radical nuts” and “heartless irrational people.” There is a lot of hate and anger out there.

Perhaps a sign of the times, the Progressive Democrats of Northern Arizona recently took things a step further than name calling at a PDNA meeting by encouraging their members to “Engage in direct action/confrontation” with those they disagree with. Not sure what their intent is but that statement could be interpreted many ways.

As we all know, personal attacks and name calling have always been a part of politics but I think we can expect to see a surprisingly vicious local campaign season this time around. I have a feeling that the local special interests, nanny staters, and big government defenders are starting to see cracks in their agenda and are responding by lashing out.

  1. Bill Tippett
    June 25, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    Amazing that those who preach tolerance are so intolerant. They claim to champion the cause of the downtrodden but really only use them as a means to an end. You guys have inspired me to speak up and I imagine others will join us as this progresses. Thank you for accepting me to your cause even though I’m not in lock step.

  2. June 25, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    Thank you for speaking up Bill. I’m glad that those of us in the liberty movement are not always in lock step. It shows that we’re all individuals standing up for what we actually believe rather than blindly thinking and doing what we’re told to.

  3. sharon kennick
    June 26, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    i think it also demonstrates that we are quite tolerant of our differences, flaglit, and capable of behaving respectfully towards those with whom we disagree.

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