GUEST POST: North Dakotans Need to Take Back North Dakota

A protester during an anti-mask rally on July 19 in Indianapolis, Indiana, against the mayor’s mask order and the governor’s extension of the state shutdown. (Jeremy Hogan/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

The following article was submitted by Izaak Darkk.

Why North Dakota? What makes it different?

I find myself answering questions like these more and more everyday. 

Why is North Dakota so important? 

Why is North Dakota being destroyed in national media?

Why will North Dakota not conform?

Why will North Dakotans not just shut up and comply?

Why are you more concerned about North Dakota than who will be President?

The answer is so simple and so complex at the same time, it’s ridiculous.  Simply put– this is a state full of fighters.

If you were born and raised here, you know this as fact. Whatever your heritage, your ancestors fought. They fought tyranny from the day they were born. It’s literally in your DNA. In my own family, we immigrated to the United States. Then we went back to fight against international tyranny not once, but twice.

We enlist, we serve, we come home and go back to our quiet lives in North Dakota. This state is sacred to us all. Even today, as I write this, I was privileged enough to listen to a Native American prayer ritual to their ancestors being performed not far from where I work. We choose our quiet lives of farming, ranching, running small businesses, being pastors, becoming doctors, lawyers, public servants and more because it is the right thing to do. Well, it used to be anyway. That all changed as our political landscape, quietly, began to shift. Even formerly quiet positions are now politically charged.

We are watching our state, election by election and year by year, shifting away from the traditions that we honor and hold dear. Corruption is slithering into our schools, our city commissions, our legislators, and the capital. Politicians are no longer servants but king makers; pulling our strings and treating us like fools. They started to corrupt state law, quietly at first and when it wasn’t caught they started to do it with reckless abandon. All while pretending that it’s for the best. Now, finally, they have the perfect storm– Covid-19.

I am not saying that this is not a serious illness.

What I am saying is that every day from March 13th onward, due to Governor Burgum’s State of Emergency, We The People are suffering. We are being misled. We have been and are still being lied to. The connection to our inalienable rights of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness is lost. It’s gone like the blowing snow. We have lost our rights to be with the ones we love. We have lost our ability to provide for our families. We have lost our FREEDOM.

The very first “Emergency” Executive Order (2020-03) stripped our rights. The Orders that followed found ways to double down on what’s been taken away from us. The wall of mandates is stacked such that if you rescind one you prevent nothing. They overlap, and intertwine. There’s half a dozen new ways for a formerly law abiding citizen to become a criminal: for not wearing a mask, for not shuttering their livelihoods when told to, for not sitting in isolation because you may or may not have had contact with someone who may or may not have contracted this virus, and many more.

All the while they lie to us. They say the Executive Orders are law. They say that the State Health Officers orders are law. They bombard us with media and fear campaigns. They lie to the legislators. They lie to themselves. They hassle anyone who speaks out, who threatens the plan. Sit down, shut up, and comply. When we stand up for our children, they play the martyr. Crying out to the press that hangs on their every word, because freedom does not sell newspapers– fear does.

Why would they do this in North Dakota? It’s a test. Can they get away with it in this land of fighters?  Can they hide the truth?

Let’s talk about those secrets they don’t want exposed.

Let’s talk about how under Kirsten Baelser we have gone from one of the best education systems in the country to the worst.

Let’s talk about how our Legacy Funds are invested all over the world, not back into our own state.

Let’s talk about $1.25 billion that Governor Burgum has wasted when it was intended for the people.

Let’s talk about all the dirty little secrets that we know about for a change. This is North Dakota, we all know the gossip.

Let’s talk about the fact that we are literally the only state in the country that could declare itself a sovereign nation and instantly become a global superpower. We have our own oil. We have our own bank. We have our own crops and food. We have our own manufacturing. We have one of the largest nuclear arsenal in the world hidden beneath us.

So, now you know why I say it doesn’t matter who wins the presidency. If North Dakota falls, we all fall.

The way to stop this is built into the very century code being used against us. NDCC 37-17.1-05(3) The legislative assembly by concurrent resolution may terminate a state of disaster or emergency at any time.

The legislative assembly can end this AT ANY TIME.

If the House and the Senate pass a concurrent resolution, it CANNOT BE VETOED.

We know the King Makers won’t allow that though, don’t we? They have started to put their princes in positions of power to rule over the next generation. The majority of the legislative body has shown their unwillingness to act. We know the count. The ones that fight for us are mocked by the same media that promotes fear.

We The People need to stand with the legislators brave enough to stand for us.

We The People need to stand with our Sheriff’s who refuse to support tyranny.

We The People need to stand with each other and fight to show that North Dakota is OUR STATE. So We The People can go back to our intentionally quiet, unassuming lives.

“. . . The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all. I like a little rebellion now and then. It is like a storm in the atmosphere.” – Thomas Jefferson.

Izaak Darkk
1401 College Drive
Fingal, North Dakota


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T. Arthur Mason is a native North Dakotan who has spent nearly all of his life in the Peace Garden State. As the third of four children in Western North Dakota, Mason grew to appreciate family and the outdoors. Some of his fondest memories are annual deer hunts with family and friends. In his early teenage years, faith became a central part of T. Arthur Mason's life. He and the majority of his family attend church together on a weekly basis and find this a fulfilling aspect of their lives. Through the influence of his father, T. Arthur Mason became intrigued with politics. As a boy, he attended political events with his father and enjoyed the friendships that resulted as a byproduct of those political associations. As Mason grew older, he became convinced that the quote often attributed to Thomas Jefferson was true, "That government is best which governs least." Today, T. Arthur Mason enjoys time with his wife and children, an occasional hunt, and an increasingly active life on the political scene. This blog is the fulfillment of a dream to design a web site in the realm of politics and to advocate for the principles of Liberty and constitutionally limited government. On behalf of all those that contribute to The Minuteman, we hope you enjoy your time on the site and will share the message with others.