What “Back off Government” Really Means by Tom Black

Published November 1, 2015
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Tom Black

For many years, the OLA has stood up against politicians and governments, federal, provincial and municipal and their arms-lengths agencies when they have stepped beyond their jurisdiction and intruded upon private property. We have tried to stay out of conflicts that have involved neighbours except when it appeared that government or its agents have weighed in to make things unfair to one or more of the neighbours.

Now, over the years we have professed the values of property rights, not only for the growth and wealth of this country, but also as a protection of all our rights and freedoms. These freedoms were rolled into the Magna Carta when it established those rights that made the people, the power that ruled government not the other way around. The public in general has a hard time putting us in an appropriate slot and is confused by our logo that says, “Back off Government” and yet we have worked to put two of our former presidents in the Ontario Legislature. Many try to compare us to the “Free Man” movement because of our hard stand against government. The Free Men claim control over their property and claim that they don’t need to pay taxes or have driver’s licences to travel on roads. They believe that common law is the only law and that government has no say over them. They basically opt out of the country and participation in the society of our country. The OLA on the other hand participates in government, in elections, federal, provincial and municipal. We demand that the government obey their own laws, written by their own hands, in acts that they pass. We push them to honour the history of our ancestors who fought and died to give us a constitution that is a blueprint for our society to prosper and live in freedom. Our goal is to hold our elected officials to the highest moral code and we expect nothing less than fairness for every member of society from the poorest and frailest to the well off. The expectation of justice from our courts and the protection of our property rights from our police forces go hand in hand with what we expect our politicians to promote from their elected positions.

The other group that we are often compared to are the Libertarians. If you look at what they stand for you will find that there are many similarities with the OLA when we talk of property rights and freedoms but quickly go separate ways when it comes to government. The hard core libertarian looks on government as too large and the ideal, as per their writings, would be ‘no government’. In this ideal utopian world, every human being would attend to their own business and not do any harm to their neighbours and likewise, we would not look beyond our borders to help any other people, no matter their state of oppression, including economic aid. Libertarian author L. Neil Smith wrote “a libertarian is a person who believes that no one has the right, under any circumstances, to initiate force against human beings, or advocate or delegate its initiation”. This libertarian philosophy is what kept the US out of WWII until Pearl Harbour was bombed and resulted in Germany almost winning the war and contributing to massive losses of innocent lives by sitting on the sidelines.

The OLA does not opt out of politics or the government of our province, nor do we opt out of our great country Canada. We also don’t opt out of the world. We believe that our country was built on a great set of values and expectations that were paid for in the blood of our ancestors and during the great wars, our friends from around the world came to stand with us, to defend freedom. We will not opt out of our fundamental responsibility to come to the aid of our neighbours, at home or abroad.

5 Responses to “What “Back off Government” Really Means by Tom Black”

  1. Irma DeVries November 2, 2015

    Oliver, the Christian Heritage Party also supports the ideas of Rocco Galati and COMER. I heard a candidate I say, ” Since 1974, when Pierre Elliot Trudeau took us off the bank of Canada standard and we started borrowing from the chartered banks our indebtedness has increased exponentially. We need to go back to the Bank of Canada standard and loan money for infrastructure renewal from the BoC not the chartered banks…..retired from circulation when repaid, non inflationary.

  2. I. November 2, 2015

    I would like to swap stories with anyone who “owns the bed of the river”.

  3. Oliver Apitius November 1, 2015

    I will not vote for or support any government until there is real democracy. As long as legalized corruption exists in the form of lobbying, campaign contributions and the party system that concentrates power at the top of the pyramid, I will continue to spoil my ballot. This year I voted for Rocco Galati and COMER. Look it up if you’d like to save billions in unnecessary taxes.

  4. edward kennedy November 1, 2015

    While I am not politically correct for most, including the OLA, seeking the best in the scheme of things for all, is absent in the status quo of the leftist bent, often aided and abetted by what I term “the mindless grazing herd” which collectively exists in big cities and drinks “kool aid” from the public fountains therein.

    The fools, even damned fools of politically correct masses have elected a national leader who will legalize a drug more toxic and carcinogenic than tobacco, will import unvetted economic immigrants with imbedded terrorists, and run huge deficits that make of those responsible little more than child abusers for foisting on our children and grandchildren, massive debt they will have to pay, for the vapidity and selfishness of the LPC and their silly supporters.

    The OLA consistently favors conservatism, which is in the scheme of things, the only responsible and logical choice for any who prefer justice and freedom to demagoguery and irresponsibility.

  5. jordy speake November 1, 2015

    found your Crown Land Patent package interesting and will be applying for 4 of my properties.

    thank you.


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