FROM “IN DEFENSE OF RURAL AMERICA”
by Ron Ewart, ©2016, President, NARLO
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Hage, Hiatt, Webb, Kelo, Strouss, Miller, Amos, Sackett, Lakin and Kilpatrick are just a few of the names of the tens of thousands of Americans who have had to fight alone against government abuse, arrogance and irrational and draconian laws, passed by out-of-touch lawmakers that don’t read the bills they pass or take the time to determine whether those new laws, or even all the old ones, are constitutional. Or, they had to fight against government agents working under the color of law with no legal authority, or in some cases, actually breaking the law. The government and special interests know that most Americans won’t or can’t fight back. They just go on their merry way as if the general population doesn’t exist, and for the most part, it doesn’t.
And if you don’t think that government does whatever it pleases, view this “Fox News“ segment on AIG, Goldman Sachs, Timothy Geithner, current Treasury Secretary under Obama, and Hank Paulson, previous Treasury Secretary under Bush, during the financial meltdown in 2008. Talk about double dealing with the public treasury; someone or several someones should have gone to jail. Will Hillary?
So they just pick us off one by one. They have all the resources to fight us, including the law. They have high-paid lawyers to challenge us in court, paid for by your tax dollars. In other words, they use your money against you.
They have aggressive prosecutors anxious to make a political name for themselves in their pursuit of higher office. (Do your remember the Duke LaCrosse case?) They have aggressive law enforcement to intimidate you, fine you, or throw you in jail on the slightest provocation. The government has been given its head for so long that now nothing will stand in its way, unless people use common sense “tools” against government. Many believe we have gone past the point of no return and that going back is virtually impossible. They may be right. We emphasize the words “may be.”
The courts are essentially corrupt, so you are not apt to find justice there. Since 1938’s Erie vs. Thompkins U. S. Supreme Court decision, constitutional common law is no longer practiced in our courts. They are governed by admiralty/merchant, or precedent law and under the Uniform Commercial Code, or UCC. Lower trial courts are a crapshoot and appellate, U. S. District and Supreme Courts usually come with a significant left-leaning bias that supports what government is doing, or has done. Any redress for grievances, or recourse for justice in America’s legal system, is simply out of reach for most people. There are some exceptions and occasionally the people win, but wins are rare.
Attorney’s fees and court costs will exhaust even significant savings in short order. Way too many Americans have lost everything when they use the legal system to take on the government, at any level. And the thousands of court rules can leave justice buried in the dust, or open to endless appeals. Cases drag on forever while attorney’s fees and court costs mount. Constitutional justice is just an unreachable mirage on a distant horizon.
We know! We were sued for $1,800,000 by a silver spoon back in the early 90’s who thought we and some doctors had done him wrong over the sale of a medical building. It was a totally frivolous lawsuit that cost us $35,000 in attorney’s fees to defend against. Sure, we won, but at what cost? We’re not wealthy so we had to mortgage our home to pay the damn attorney who was reaching into our back pocket with every telephone call he made, every motion or court document he submitted without our permission and a whole host of other actions he took which we had not approved. Justice in the American legal system comes at a severe cost, if at all, to anyone who finds himself in court. But in our case, we hadn’t done anything wrong. That didn’t make any difference. The only “justice” we got from the experience was knowing that the “silver spoon” lost the medical building and over a half a million dollars by his own negligence.
That was our first encounter with the court system. From that costly experience, we were forewarned and forearmed. We were determined to not let that happen again. In fact, in another later case, where we were the plaintiff, we won against a multi-national corporation, pro se. In a third case, we challenged and won against a federal agency. We backed down an attorney who tried to blackmail us over the telephone and reported him to the state bar association. He almost lost his license. We did this all on our own without an attorney because you see, we are not afraid to challenge “Goliath” if he will not leave us alone and if his unwarranted advances are illegal, unjust…or unconstitutional.
Ladies and gentlemen, the government knows you can’t fight back all alone effectively, unless you are very wealthy, or unless you have the “tools.” They tiptoe around those who are wealthy for fear that some court case the rich guy might win will set a broad precedent that the not-so-wealthy guy can use in his defense. Confidential high-end settlements are reached with the wealthy, without trial, to avoid setting such legal precedents.
We constantly receive e-mails from people who finally discovered what it meant to come up against an intractable, arrogant and fearless enemy ….. our American government, at any level. It might be an eminent domain case where the government is putting a foot on their neck to steal their property at the lowest possible cost so that the government can sell or lease the land to a developer to increase the tax revenue from the property (Kelo vs. New London, CT). This happens all too frequently in spite of the clear intent of the Founding Fathers when drafting the 5th Amendment to the Constitution that requires a clear government purpose, due process and just compensation in eminent domain cases. Today, a clear government purpose, due process and just compensation are whatever a biased, liberal judge decides.
We’ve had calls or e-mails from domestic animal farmers who just had all of their animals confiscated by authorities because some neighbor called in an anonymous complaint that the animals were being abused or were making too much noise. When the authorities arrived it made no difference that the animals were being cared for properly. They took the animals anyway and in some cases filed criminal charges against the animal owners, even though they hadn’t done anything wrong. In most cases, fighting the government was futile and the kennel or animal farmer exhausted everything they owned to defend themselves in court or get their animals back. Most didn’t and most won’t get their animals back. Many have gone to jail. We know of one who is currently on the lam. Perhaps if they had used the right “tools,” they could have prevailed.
We had a call from a lady a couple of years ago who had the misfortune of living on a river where salmon spawned each year. Under the Endangered Species Act, the Salmon Recovery Act and armed with millions of taxpayer dollars, two non-governmental environmental agencies and the U. S. Fish and Wildlife came on her property in the middle of the night and tore out the tide gates that protected her property and replaced them with 13-foot diameter culverts, all in the name of restoring salmon habitat. At the next high tide, her land and her home were flooded. When the tied went out, fish were flopping around in her fields. Her home was flooded eleven times. She tried to fight them but to no avail. She simply didn’t have the resources. The floods destroyed her home and she has now abandoned her property and moved to Idaho where she is trying to reclaim her life and her dignity. The government picked her off and they won. But she might have turned the tables on the government if she had employed the right “tools.”
Stories like these are going on all across the country, but you never hear about them. If all of these tens of thousands of stories were taken in total, made public and told all at once, the outcry would spark a revolution. This isn’t just a matter of a little injustice, this is outright intimidation, domination and condemnation under law, or color of law, one American at a time, by an out-of-control, narcissistic and cold-hearted government that has lost all allegiance to its solemn duty to protect our individual liberties and to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, so help them God!
Americans now stand at the threshold of running from or avoiding the law because every American has now become a lawbreaker (See “I Must Keep Running”). But we cannot fight the government one at a time without the proper “tools.”
In the natural world, the young are eventually weaned from mother’s milk and become self-reliant adults. But it is not so for humans in America and other socialist countries. The question for America is, how do you wean millions of fully-grown children who have become totally dependent on mother’s milk (government) and have no intention of leaving “her” side, especially when they can vote to keep the “mother” alive and keep her udder full? And for those self-reliant folk who have been fully weaned from “mother’s milk,” they stand a good chance of being picked off by the “mother,” one-by-one, for daring to criticize her dependent children or suggesting that those children take a course in becoming responsible adults!
In both cases of the dependent children and the self-reliant adults, each is a slave. The dependent child is a slave to and dependent on the government, and the self-reliant adult is a slave to the dependent child whose vote enslaves the self-reliant adult to keep the dependent child in an ample supply of “mother’s milk.” Guess who the puppeteer is that is enslaving the dependent child and the self-reliant adult? If you don’t know the answer, well, then, you are probably part of the problem.
This is what America has become and it will be up to the self-reliant, freedom-loving adult to save freedom ….. that is if there are enough of them. There probably are enough of them, if they could ever unite as one, on the true principles of freedom and quit squabbling over petty differences, as is happening in the Republican Party today between Trump and the “Establishment.”
Is this the America you want? Will you allow your government to pick you off, like it has so many other Americans, or will you draw a line in the sand and be fully committed to defend that line with the right “tools?” Your decision and the decision of millions of other Americans to hold firm, will determine her fate. The fight to preserve a free and prosperous America is going to get very ugly. Will most freedom-loving Americans just fade when confronted with the ugliness, the danger, the ridicule, the threats, or the intimidation, or will they stand tall in the face of the enemy ….. for freedom? Or, will they wait until it is too late?
If you have an ounce of self-respect left, we urge you not to capitulate to government aggression. If government comes calling, fight back. Question their authority and the legality of their laws. Show government you are not a pushover. Don’t give in, “Get Even With Government, Legally.”
Or, you can learn a little more by viewing our “Getting Even” video HERE.
You could be the next victim. It’s not a matter of “if,” only “when.” Either defend yourself or be resigned to remain the victim!
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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:email@example.com.