FROM “IN DEFENSE OF RURAL AMERICA”
by Ron Ewart, ©2016, President, NARLO
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Well, ladies and gentlemen, the fact is, the government has pushed the cowboy, the rancher, the farmer and the rural landowner way more than once. What happened in Southeastern Nevada in 2014 at the Bundy Ranch and what is now happening at the Malheur Nature Preserve near the Hammond Ranch in Southeastern Oregon is because government has been pushing and pushing and pushing until the Western “Cowboy” had no other choice but to challenge government authority ….. again! The Sage Brush Rebellion of the 1970’s is being reborn.
In our last article entitled, “Enviro-Wacos Wont Be Happy Until the Bundy Militia is Dead,” we explained why this Gestapo-like pressure is being exerted on the American West landowner by agencies of the federal government. The reason is out-of-control, unchecked, irrational national and international radical environmentalism in the form of the UN’s Agenda 21, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Endangered Species Act (ESA), with government as the enforcer, lobbied and sued constantly by radical environmentalists. To give you a flavor of how much environmentalists hate the rancher, farmer and rural landowner, read the following response to the Oregon standoff by Seattle area, city-born and raised birdwatcher, Peggy Garber: (www.garbers.com) and (email@example.com)
“Just a friendly warning from the birding and wildlife photography community to the Oregon terrorists. We are watching your every move, and we have been watching you for a long time. And yes absolutely you are domestic terrorists of the worst kind, and the truth about your decades of constant poaching of protected wildlife around Malheur and other wildlife refuges, national parks, national forests and BLM lands has been well-documented. For years those of us who are wildlife photographers, birdwatchers and careers of wildlife, have been documenting the activities of you poachers and criminals around many of our nation’s wildlife refuges. With our powerful cameras, and ability to move unseen in the wilderness, we have found and documented your illegal hunts, your illegal traps and all sorts of illicit activities, and are constantly feeding that information to law enforcement, and we have finally got many of you poachers on the run and into jails. And I for one am a westerner sick to death of you welfare queens and cheats living off of BLM land, illegally gutting our wilderness and our wildlife. Wildlife photographers and wildlife/bird watchers now number some 40 million people in the USA, and feed many rural western economies with our tourism dollars, and we will not stand for your sedition.
As Oregon’s Congressman Earl Blumenauer just stated, “Armed insurrection is terrorism. The situation at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge shouldn’t be allowed to fester but should be dealt with firmly, swiftly and fairly. The continued disruption to the community of Burns and occupation of a federal facility is unacceptable. Those involved should be arrested and prosecuted.”
And for those of us who are also lawyers (I for example just happen to have a law degree of U of Oregon), whether the Feds prosecute you or not (and we will do all in our power to ensure they do), we will put every civil suit against you and God knows you have given us plenty to work with, so you will know once and for all that your odious actions have real consequences.
We stand now and forever with wildlife, and you seditionists and terrorists are about to find out that there’s is a natural law of karma that vindictive people, who go out and poach innocent animals, will never be able to outrun or hide from.
Peggy is hardly alone in her beliefs as she so states. But Peggy has a law degree, so watch out! Note that she stands rabid-like with wildlife but she makes no mention of constitutionally-protected property rights, or legal allotment rights that run with deeds to the land. Environmentally-saturated government agencies (BLM, USFW, Forest Service) have overturned, ignored, or illegally rolled over these allotments.
Peggy won’t be happy until the entire West is gobbled up by the federal government and turned into her own personal wildlife refuge so she can watch birds and take pictures. It makes no difference to her that well over half the protein Americans and a good portion of non-Americans consume is raised in the Western United States that she would like to see locked up.
And it’s not just birds these radical environmentalists want to protect. We have to have carnivores (people eaters), like wolves and grizzly bears, re-entered into the wilderness as well. It doesn’t make any difference that wolves and grizzly bears decimate cattle, sheep and wild deer and elk herds, kill domestic animals and sometimes little kids. Oh, and let’s not forget that these wolves and grizzly bears have to have protected habitat, millions of acres of protected habitat that infringe on private property with insanely wide buffers and no public access. If you shoot one of these meat eaters to protect yourself, you go to jail.
Then we have to save every river, stream, creek, lake, dry wash and riverbed for salmon that the Indians harvest 50% of the catch each year because of the 1974 Federal Judge Boldt decision. The government has spent and is spending billions of your tax dollars restoring fish habitat and in so doing they have violated constitutionally-protected property rights with reckless abandon.
Just ask Raven Webb of Southwestern Washington State on what salmon habitat restoration of the Grays River did to her property. They flooded her land and her home and literally drove her off of it. But after they flooded her land, the offending environmental NGO’s offered her 10 cents on the dollar for it. There was no eminent domain, no legal condemnation and no just compensation for her. There was just inundation and confiscation. Confiscation, by any other name, is stealing. Read her story HERE.
In addition, private landowners and other taxpayers get to pay for brand new, very expensive habitat culverts under every road in the Western States so the little fishies and furry creatures can travel up or downstream, unimpeded by the White man’s arrogance and his damnable roads. Can you imagine how many streams and rivers our public roads cross? The number of crossings is in the tens of thousands. Can you then imagine how much it is going to cost to replace every stream crossing with expensive habitat culverts? Nevertheless, the “law” demands it and the taxpayer gets to pay for it.
It doesn’t end there. Because of a supposedly endangered two-inch fish in southern Oregon and northern California Rivers, the Indians, environmentalists and the government have shut off irrigation waters to one of the most fertile agricultural areas in America and put over 40,000 farmers and field hands out of work, not to mention the loss of crops and millions of dollars in lost revenue.
Now, the Indians, environmentalists and the government want to destroy dams on rivers for fish habitat and in so doing remove electricity production, flood control and irrigation that farmers, ranchers and even city folk have benefited from for over 100 years. That’s not just nuts; it’s criminal. Had California been building more dams for electricity production, flood control and irrigation they wouldn’t be having a water shortage right now. But environmentalists won’t let them build dams.
When there is no food to eat or meat to consume, or the price is so high only the rich can eat, blame the Indians, the environmentalists and the government.
But you see, ladies and gentlemen, long before we run out of food and rangeland to grow protein for our very survival or the prices get too high, there will be a rebellion in the West, as “Cowboys” punctuate their promise of “push me again and prepare to defend your life.” These non-city-bred souls are rugged, trained to the forces of nature and prepared to give their lives to protect their rights if you push them too far. They have already been pushed too far and their patience wears very thin. The itching to push back is becoming irresistible. The occupation at the Malheur Nature Preserve in Oregon is a manifestation of the itch to push back.
Several times we have written that major changes to a nation, a culture, a financial system, or commerce are triggered by a “Flash Point.” Wars, revolutions, rising government tyranny, cultural, financial and political upheaval and major national disasters are examples of those flash points. Starve the people and they will rise up because they have nothing to lose. Take away rights the masses perceive to be theirs by nature or by God and the people will rise up. Over-regulate or strangle the people’s lifestyle, as government is doing to rural landowners across America, and the people will rise up as they are doing in Oregon. The Oregon standoff could be one of those flash points that triggers a Western land war between landowners, the government, the Indians and radical environmentalists.
Lie to the people about important events and the people will rise up when they discover the lie. Today’s government lie is radical environmentalism that includes millions of locked-up acreage, purposely manipulated climate change science and endangered species laws.
But America is wholly different than any other country. In America when the people rise up against government they have weapons á la the Second Amendment. Most in the West take the Second Amendment very seriously and are heavily armed.
Already another armed group from Idaho has told the FBI that they are going to take up armed positions around the Malheur Nature Preserve compound. Although the Bundy militia occupiers don’t want them there, the fact that more armed citizens are coming to Oregon is an indication of the “brush fire” about to erupt in the West. The previous standoffs at the Jarbidge River in Northern Nevada and the Klamath Bucket Brigade event in Southern Oregon against federal government agencies are further examples of a growing “brush fire.”
Besides the organized militias in America, there are the Oath Keepers and the Three Percenters that have their eyes and ears wide open to what government is doing. They are following the Bundy and Hammond events very closely.
Here are some updates and new information on the Bundy-Hammond standoff in Oregon:
http://ireader.olivesoftware.com/Olive/iReader/SeattleTimes/SharedArticle.ashx?document=STCD%5C2016%5C01%5C22&article=Ar00108 “Leader of Armed Takeover Meets With FBI”
“Warning from Oath Keepers”
http://www.newswithviews.com/Gregory/williams136.htm “The Occupy Refuge Movement”
We warn those who would light that “brush fire,” be it government, environmentalists, Indians, bird-watchers, carnivore lovers, or socialists alike, you are literally playing with fire. Push too hard and you will set off a land war that will sweep across the West like a wind-driven grass fire. People must understand that when a forest fire is lit, there is no telling which way it will go. The question is, what (or who) will set it off? Could it be the takeover of Western private and public lands by the government, the Indians and the environmentalists? Could it be ObamaCare, illegal aliens getting amnesty, Syrian refugees, Cap and Trade, gun control, foreign terrorism, the one-world-order, radical environmentalism, endangered species law, the fraud that is climate change, the brainwashing of our kids in our public schools, or trashing the Constitution by politicians? Was Jefferson right? Does a society need a revolution every hundred years? Messy, but could it be necessary if freedom is to be defended, maintained and preserved?
Because Americans have lived under the umbrella of freedom for over 230 years, the pilot light of liberty burns in the hearts of most of us. Although slow to ignite after years of inattention, freedom’s flame is rising out of the ashes of neglect and apathy. Spot fires of freedom are erupting all over the nation. Obama has lit many of those spot fires. After years of neglect, America is coming alive like never before. Trump is playing into those spot fires with great success.
It would be wise for the forces of evil who would attempt to drag us where we don’t want to go to take a step back before the raw fury of armed American power is unleashed on those without honor, who have betrayed our trust, ripped up our blueprint of liberty, attempted to destroy our American heritage and are working to tear our institutions of freedom asunder. We do not advocate or condone violence, but there comes a point, as Winston Churchill so aptly stated and so often repeated:
“If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.”
The cowboys, ranchers, farmers and landowners of America, whether West or East, are right in their fight to preserve constitutional property rights. Because without property rights, no other rights are possible. The National Association of Rural Landowners (NARLO) are staunch advocates for the American rural landowner. We are celebrating our 10th year.
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NOTE: The foregoing article represents the opinion of the author and is not necessarily shared by the owners, employees, representatives, or agents of the publisher.
Ron Ewart, a nationally known author and speaker on freedom and property rights issues and author of this weekly column, “In Defense of Rural America,” is the president of the National Association of Rural Landowners (NARLO) (http://www.narlo.org/), a non-profit corporation headquartered in Washington State, an advocate and consultant for urban and rural landowners. He can be reached for comment at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.