Government Goes After Veteran who Lives “Off the Grid”

Remember when we used to live in an America where we were free to live as we wished as long as we didn’t harm others? Well, we don’t live there anymore. Everyday new stories emerge offering definitive proof that we live in a society where the government truly believes they have the authority to rule over us instead of serving our will. The latest outrage comes to us from Huntsville, Alabama – which is supposed to be a haven of conservatism, no? A Deep South state with deep south limited government values, right? Not anymore…

Tyler Truitt is a veteran who just wants to live his life as he sees fit without government intervention – the city of Huntsville says ‘no’. They want to be involved in Truitt’s day to day affairs.

Truitt and his girlfriend live within the city limits on a couple of acres of land. Truitt has created a self-sustainable property, complete with solar power and rainwater collectors. “We live out here off the grid, 100 percent self-sustaining. So I basically made all my utilities: I have my solar panels, I have my rainwater collection and stuff.”

veteran-of-grid-arrestThe city does not approve of such a lifestyle and have condemned Truitt’s home, calling it ‘unsafe’. The city is demanding that Truitt and his girlfriend vacate the premises or be arrested for trespassing. Remember, this is property that Truitt legally owns. However, if Truitt were to simply connect his property to the city utilities, his problems would just go away. Apparently, Huntsville believes that his property would be ‘safe’ if it had city water and city electricity.

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It’s a disturbing situation. The city of Huntsville is trampling the very freedoms that Truitt was fighting to protect, and for what? The city is likely worried that Truitt could start a trend of people living “off the grid” and then they’d lose revenue on their city utilities. So how do they respond? By illegally forcing a man off of his own land and trumping up ridiculous charges against him. It’s sick.

For his part, Truitt plans to fight the city with everything he’s got.


“I took an oath that I would support and defend the constitution and the freedoms that entails, and I really feel like those are being trampled upon,” Truitt said.

Truitt is prepared to fight for his property. “You have to stand up for what you believe in. They could come out here today if they wanted to and take us to jail for trespassing if that’s what they want to call it and, you know, that’d be fine with me. I’ll still come back the next day and the next day and the next day because it’s my home and because I live here. Where else am I supposed to go really?” 


Keep fighting, Mr. Truitt – you’ve got a lot of support from patriots all over America.


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