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IS THE EROSION OF OUR CONSTITUTION IRREVERSIBLE?
by Ron Ewart, ©2012
NOTE: And the UN is at it again! Rio + 20, a sequel to the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 which gave birth to Agenda 21, is now scheduled for June 22, 2012. Preliminary conferences are already under way in preparation for Earth Summit 2 and America is participating. They even have a day counter on their website, counting down to the June 22nd conference, labeled as: “____ number of days to the future we want.” But the real questions are, who is “WE” and what kind of “future” are they talking about? “WE” certainly isn’t the American people and “their” future would likely dissolve American sovereignty. Check it out HERE!
We have a saying:
“Protecting the environment is laudable.
Trashing the Constitution to do it is treasonous!”
But unfortunately, the religious cult that is internationally-driven radical environmentalism has no qualms or compunction about burying the U. S. Constitution in a blizzard of social justice and environmental protection laws and court precedents that come from a litany of never-ending environmental lawsuits brought by environmental groups that apply for federal grant money and then use that money to sue the government. Environmental groups and their lawyers have become filthy rich from these lawsuits because government constantly passes complicated, often conflicting, environmental laws that become a gold mine for money-hungry lawyers.
From property rights, to energy, to alternative energy, to food, to water, to fish, to endangered species, to blocking resource production, radical environmentalism and environmental law are sending America reeling into the dark ages, while the rest of the world is having a free-for-all developing new petroleum, natural gas, hydro, coal and nuclear energy, along with exploring for new natural resources. Much of our trace and scarce minerals come from China. China is building one coal-fired power plant every week. It built the giant 3 Gorges dam that provides a massive source of electricity, flood control and agricultural irrigation.
And China has bought up $1.2 Trillion of our national debt. Who is subservient to whom in a lender-borrower relationship? Just try telling your bank you don’t like the terms of your mortgage loan that you have signed and find out just who is subservient to whom! Remember the 1950’s song that Tennessee Ernie Ford sung, “Sixteen Tons” where he said, “I owe my soul to the company store.” That’s right, we owe our soul to China.
Russia, on the other hand, is going after more on-shore and offshore energy production with a vengeance. Neither China nor Russia worries one bit about their discharges into the atmosphere, or into rivers, lakes, or the ocean. Meanwhile, we lock up our resources by environmental law or by putting the brakes on the resource permitting process.
Environmentalists have stopped oil refineries and nuclear power plants from being built for 30 years. Hydroelectric dams, the cheapest form of high-efficient, renewable energy, are now impossible to build because of environmental law. Forget nuclear and coal. Instead, at the incessant lobbying by radical environmentalists, government uses billions of our tax dollars to subsidize wind and solar power that provide less than 1% of the total energy production in America while they do everything in their power to limit petroleum, coal-based, hydro and nuclear energy production. And we are letting them do it.
That’s why a gallon of gas is now over $4.00 in most places (headed for $5.00) and will not likely come down. That’s why our power capacity is at or near maximum. Environmentalists, in concert with radical international environmentalists, are trying to lock up private lands in the U. S. for biospheres and wildlife corridors without compensating the owners of the private lands they want to take. They accomplish this lockup with ridiculously wide buffers and conservation easements.
The ever-present environmental lobby is responsible for stopping drilling for oil in areas of known oil reserves, thus making us more dependent on foreign sources and driving up the cost of oil and oil-associated products accordingly. The unnecessary cost for overt and radical environmental protection has been in the trillions of dollars since international environmentalism rose its ugly head back in the 60’s.
And then there is “climate change!” What happened to man-caused global warming? Why now “climate change?” Is that because “climate change” doesn’t have a negative connotation…..yet? After all, the climate does change and we can’t argue with that now…..can we? However, many scientists and credible researchers debunk the so-called facts on man-caused global warming and the affects of CO2 on the atmosphere and infrared trapping almost every day. But still this con game is pushed down the throats of the naive without any mention of the fact that the science on man-caused global warming is far from settled. We wrote a guest editorial that appeared in the Seattle Times in December of 2005 entitled GLOBAL WARMING, A FARCE that once more debunks this government propaganda, designed to extort more money from the general public in a worldwide, grand redistribution of wealth scheme.
To make matters even worse, we starve highly fertile agriculture land of its lifeblood of water for a two-inch fish, thereby decreasing food production and driving up food prices and unemployment. Instead of building more dams for electricity generation, flood control and irrigation, we tear them out…..for fish. It has been estimated that the work being done on the Columbia River drainage basin in the name of salmon habit restoration runs in the neighborhood of $3,000,000 per fish. (So much for a cost-benefit analysis.) But the fact is salmon are not endangered. Only native salmon are supposedly endangered. There is plenty of hatchery salmon but environmentalists won’t let native and hatchery salmon mingle. So they actually kill hatchery salmon downstream from the hatchery so they can’t mingle with the native salmon in their efforts to return spawning river habitat to its pristine condition. Oh, and if you live on a spawning river or stream, you can forget about property rights. You have none. Environmental, salmon recovery and endangered species law supersedes your property rights.
The U. S. Forest Service, the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management and the Environmental Protection Agency and God knows how many other government agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) are but shills for the environmental lobby. Whatever the environmentalists want, these agencies and the NGO’s bend over backwards to give it to them. They care nothing about constitutional property rights. They care nothing about the law that requires them to go through a step-by-step procedure to promulgate new rules, and they are promulgating new rules almost every day. Their public hearings are for show only to make the public feel like they had a say. Government already has its mind made up well before the public hearing or written testimony process begins. How do we know? Because we have seen it in action, first-hand.
Many of you have heard of the battle that the Sacketts of Idaho have had with the Environmental Protection Agency over trying to build a home on a lot they owned. Every other lot in the subdivision had a home on it already, but the EPA went after the Sacketts for filling in a wetland. The Pacific Legal Foundation took the case to the U. S. Supreme Court on behalf of the Sacketts and the court just handed down a decision that would appear to be a victory for the Sacketts…..but is it? For those interested in the case, we discuss some of the issues “HERE,” which includes an announcement from Pacific Legal about the decision and a copy of the actual Court decision in PDF format.
Only America has to succumb to reductions in CO2 emissions and Cap and Trade insanity while gutting our energy production. Only America must protect endangered species when the fact is that 99.99% of all species that ever lived on earth are now extinct. What makes us think that today’s species are sacrosanct and must be saved by trashing the constitution? Only America must save every wetland, when 10,000 years ago one-third of the earth’s land surface was covered in an ice sheet over one mile thick where there were no wetlands. How did the earth ever survive this dearth of wetlands? Only America must tie its hands and feet on the false god of radical environmentalism.
Ladies and gentlemen, have Americans become suddenly infected with a stupid gene? Or is there a yellow streak running down their backs? Have we lost the fire in our bellies to challenge a bully after too many years of the easy life? “Whatever we do, let’s not rock the boat. God forbid, someone might get hurt!” People are already getting hurt by government actions and especially environmental actions. Most people just don’t know it yet, especially urban dwellers who don’t care what happens to those who choose to live in the rural areas and grow the nation’s food.
Do you want to know who to blame for fuel and food costs going up? Blame an environmentalist and the government that aids and abets them. Do you want to know why property rights only exist in the minds of Americans who haven’t discovered yet that the 5th Amendment protections against government takings have been declared null and void by virtue of environmental law? Blame an environmentalist. Radical environmentalism has severely weakened our economic engine, reduced our power capacity and eroded our constitutional form of government almost beyond repair. Environmental actions, laws and restrictions have contributed heavily towards the national debt. Because of radical environmentalism, we have gone from a country of YES, WE CAN to a weakened nation of NO, WE CAN’T.
But radical environmentalism has worked beyond their wildest dreams. It seems that almost every one is now on the “GREEN BANDWAGON!” If we hear of one more person, company, or organization “going green,” it is quite possible we will lose our lunch.
“Save America – Deport an Environmentalist!” Now there is a thought. “The Parallax Prophecies” predicts that if we could deport every environmentalist and every illegal alien, America would become much more manageable and we could then muster enough votes to pay off much of our debt, reduce the size of government, reclaim freedom and restore our Constitutional Republic, probably in one four-year term of a new conservative president. Unfortunately, environmentalists, socialists, people with their hands out to government and many illegal aliens get to vote, since U. S. Attorney General Eric Holder has ruled that they don’t have to provide photo ID. Until we solve this vexing problem of who gets to vote, our chances to save America for current and future generations are up for grabs, unless freedom-loving Americans finally get a spine, that is if there are enough freedom-loving Americans left. We strongly believe that there are.
Ron Ewart, President
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF RURAL LANDOWNERS
P. O. Box 1031, Issaquah, WA 98027
425 837-5365 or 1 800 682-7848