December 21, 2014

If I Owned the Woods

Suppose I bought all the woods and hills around a thriving valley where farms and ranches abounded and town families prospered from a mix of agricultural support and several small industrial businesses. Suppose further that all the former owners from whom I had bought the land had been considered part of the greater valley community for generations.

What if I:
– Went to court and closed every road through my property that I could?

– Vegetated every closed road so that travel through my property by anyone from hunters to firefighters was impossible?

– Eliminated all grazing and timber cutting on my property?

– Closed my property to hunting, fishing, and trapping and any access?

– Refused to clean up downed timber after a big storm?

– Refused to spray insect-infested trees, or to remove dead ones?

– Brought cougars, wolves, and grizzly bears onto my property and released them?

– Refused to accept any responsibility for human injuries or dead animals resulting from MY predators?

– Made firefighting access and water availability to fight fires that started on my property unavailable UNLESS the valley residents bought ME airplanes and hired many new employees to work FOR ME when they weren’t fighting MY FIRES that could spread to the valley?

– Went to court and obtained a judgment that because I was not commercial and was considered a charitable, scientific entity that Local and State governments not only could not tell me what to do on my property, they and my neighbors would have to accept any impacts my land use practices imposed on them?

Well, of course:
– Sawmills would close because timber harvests that had gone on for generations ceased.

– Sawyers, like ranch-hands, would become unemployed as timber cutting and grazing acreages disappeared.

– Ranches would steadily dwindle in herd size and then in numbers as forage availability dwindled.

– Farms would dwindle as part-time work in the valley and in The Woods disappeared.

– Businesses would dwindle and disappear as transportation into and out of the valley was constricted.

– Real estate values would plummet as farm land became unprofitable and town homes lacked for buyers since there was no work available and predator problems even in town became endemic. Insurance rates skyrocketed since predator damage was the sole responsibility of the unfortunate citizens damaged in any way.

– Hunting, fishing and trapping disappeared. Businesses for guiding, housing and feeding such folks also dried up as access disappeared and predators both reduced game and posed deadly threats to visitors, children, and others considering outdoor activities.

– Local government and State government revenue of all sorts fell precipitously while demands for government “help” skyrocketed. My land went untaxed since it was “devoted to a higher ideal”, businesses closed up, agriculture dwindled, families moved away or went on welfare, and vacant and “foreclosed” home sites proliferated.

As all this went on, I became more powerful. I bought up parcels all over the valley. While I closed them to any use by local people, I bought, or rented at a discount, properties that would further close roads and pinch off increasingly isolated private property of former ranchers and farmers and long-time residents of the valley. Local government did only what I ALLOWED and I stacked the State Legislature with the best politicians that MY MONEY COULD BUY!

QUESTION: Who am I?
No, I am not Henry Potter. You remember him don’t you? Lionel Barrymore played him in “It’s a Wonderful Life”. He was the evil old cuss that made everyone poor and created that gloomy town where James Stewart (George Bailey) contemplated suicide until the angel showed him how important he (and really EACH OF US is) was to his community.

No, I am not some media mogul or Hollywood gazillionaire buying up rural land and then imposing urban standards and fantasies or rural communities.

I AM UNCLE SAM!

I am the US Forest Service. I am the National Park Service. I am the Bureau of Land Management. I am the US Fish & Wildlife Service. I control over 40% of the United States.

I am steadily eliminating all sustainable uses and management of RENEWABLE natural resources on MY LAND. I am eliminating roads and access on MY LAND. I am ignoring enormous fire-fuel accumulations resulting from Wilderness, Parks, storm damage, Roadless Areas, insect damage. I am closing access and roads everywhere to impede firefighting and public access. I am demanding that already-impoverished taxpayers give me more firefighters and expensive equipment to appear to be fighting fires of increasing magnitude and frequency. I accept NO RESPONSIBILITY (exactly as I have established the legal precedence for damage from the wolves and grizzly bears THAT I INTRODUCED AND SPREAD) for fire damage to residences, towns, and businesses resulting from fires STARTED AS A RESULT OF MY ACTIONS AND INACTIONS ON MY PROPERTY! I have spent over 40 years establishing legal precedents that say State and Local governments cannot tell me what to do or not do on MY PROPERTY. I have financially and professionally seduced State bureaucrats and State politicians to become my secret mistresses for whatever I want to do. I put millions of rural employees and thousands of rural businesses out of work and then vow to “reduce unemployment” and “support small businesses”. I pay no taxes and renege on promises to “replace lost taxes and share revenue with State and Local government”. I breed and release wolves on MY PROPERTY to infest State and private “neighbors” and do likewise with even more deadly and destructive grizzly bears and, like Henry Potter, despise and ridicule the ignorant bumpkins he evicts into the snow.

Uncle Sam has exceeded the slumlord Henry Potter in arrogance and evil. I suggest that when they make the movie one day, they consider cutting and pasting Spencer Tracy from the movie “Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde”. The 4 federal agencies cited above go about like Dr. Jekyl daily making scientific pronouncements and seeming good; while in truth killing and spreading evil nightly before reassuming the sweet appearance of a do-gooder.

Jim Beers
20 August 2012
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Jim Beers is a retired US Fish & Wildlife Service Wildlife Biologist, Special Agent, Refuge Manager, Wetlands Biologist, and Congressional Fellow. He was stationed in North Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York City, and Washington DC. He also served as a US Navy Line Officer in the western Pacific and on Adak, Alaska in the Aleutian Islands. He has worked for the Utah Fish & Game, Minneapolis Police Department, and as a Security Supervisor in Washington, DC. He testified three times before Congress; twice regarding the theft by the US Fish & Wildlife Service of $45 to 60 Million from State fish and wildlife funds and once in opposition to expanding Federal Invasive Species authority. He resides in Eagan, Minnesota with his wife of many decades.

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EPIC FAIL: Sharpton March on Washington

EPIC FAIL: Sharpton March on Washington Probably Won’t Address Jobs or Freedom – Making It Nothing like the 1963 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Event Sharpton Seeks to Mimic

Washington, DC – Members of the Project 21 black leadership network are criticizing Al Sharpton’s planned weekend protest in Washington, D.C., saying the protest likely will do nothing but stir up tension while the root causes of high crime and low hope in black communities go unaddressed.

On December 13, Sharpton plans to bring thousands of protesters to the nation’s capital for his National March Against Police Violence. He reportedly hopes that the protest, capitalizing on the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, will promote legislation to give the U.S. Department of Justice enhanced power to prosecute local police officers. Sharpton allies are trying to liken the event to Dr. Martin Luther King’s famous 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

Project 21 members disagree, saying that the weekend protest will hinge on racial politics a almost certainly will fail to realistically address important issues such as unemployment, education and the growth of government.

“While Al Sharpton marches to the U.S. Capitol to protest the deaths of Michael Ferguson and Eric Garner and raise awareness about alleged police brutality, I would instead prefer a march for increased job opportunities for black Americans and better educational options in urban communities,” said Project 21 Co-Chairman Cherylyn Harley LeBon, a former senior counsel for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. “Representative Emanuel Cleaver said it’s everyone’s responsibility ‘to get involved in the fight to ensure that the criminal justice system is working well for everyone.’ I can agree, but we must also realize black Americans have not fared well in the past six years of the Obama Administration. Homeownership has decreased, personal bankruptcy is on the rise and food stamp enrollment increased due to prolonged periods of unemployment. Black unemployment hovers around 11 percent, and black youth unemployment more than doubles that rate. There is no magic solution that can be summarized in a clever sentence, and I’m sure Sharpton’s protest will not help create more jobs in the black community, nor will it ensure more black teens graduate from high school with promising college or employment options. Provide black youth with a path to earn a good living and perhaps we would not have to focus on the criminal justice system.”

“Sharpton’s upcoming march in Washington, D.C., and the many other protests against police shooting of unarmed black men, are rapidly losing the moral high ground they might have briefly achieved after liberals and conservatives across the board decried the no-bill decision by the grand jury in the Eric Garner case. Violent riots in Berkeley, protesters intimidating and disrupting Christmas shopper at a Toys ‘R’ Us in New York City and a militant group now threatening to shoot members of the NYPD clearly shows protests are devolving into anarchy,” said Project 21’s Niger Innis, national spokesman for the Congress of Racial Equality and executive director of the TheTeaParty.Net, who visited Ferguson, Missouri and met with local leaders and residents to try to ease tensions there. “Progressives such as Sharpton, President Barack Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder, Professor Michael Eric Dyson and Mayor Bill de Blassio are tripling down on the history of racism — even bringing up slavery to revive their flagging politics. Progressivism’s failed policies have dominated our nation since Obama’s inauguration and controlled most urban centers for more than half a century. The fruits? Young black male unemployment is at levels exceeding the Great Depression while Wall Street booms. It is safer for a young black man to walk the streets of Kabul than Detroit and Chicago — not because of racist white cops but because of other young black men. Racial unity in America is worse now than when hope and change came to power in 2009. The progressives are running out of cards, so they hurt America more by now playing the race card from the bottom of the deck.”

“Al Sharpton seems to have one agenda, and that’s garnering money and influence for himself within the liberal establishment,” said Project 21’s Lawrence B. Jones III, a freelance investigative journalist who was in Ferguson, Missouri after the grand jury decision and who plans to attend the December 13 Sharpton protest. “After we have this conversation about race in Washington this weekend, we are still left with real problems in America — notably, a progressive agenda that is not advancing the best interests of the black community. Blacks are suffering an unemployment rate approximately double the national average, black-on-black crime is high, urban schools are failing, abortions are outnumbering live births in New York City and we have a President who continues to put blacks last with his amnesty immigration policies.”

“As a Bible-believing, born again, constitutionalist and conservative black clergyman who believes in the issues of justice, righteousness and peacemaking in the face of violence and crime, I wonder when we will march, protest and show righteous indignation over black-on-black crime and lift up our so-called collective voices with similar moral outrage,” said Project 21’s Reverend Steven Louis Craft, a prison chaplain. “There is an eerie silence regarding the destruction of our urban youth in inner-city America, and yet Al Sharpton and his so-called marches are nowhere to be found. There is enough blame to go around without false ministers such as Sharpton stirring up a racial cesspool of fear, hatred and false pride. We are dealing with a spiritual malady of the sinfulness of the human race, and true ministers of the Gospel need to be peacemakers and not racial agitators!”

Since August, Project 21 has issued six press releases and published numerous news-related blog posts addressing the deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner and related events. Over the past four months, Project 21 members have completed nearly 350 radio and television interviews and been otherwise cited in the media on issues related to police officers and the black community.

Project 21 members have been interviewed or cited by the media almost 2,000 other times in 2014, including TVOne, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Fox News Channel, Westwood One, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, SiriusXM satellite radio and the 50,000-watt radio stations WBZ-Boston, WHO-Des Moines, KDKA-Pittsburgh, KOA-Denver and WJR-Detroit, on issues that include civil rights, entitlement programs, the economy, race preferences, education and corporate social responsibility. Project 21 has participated in cases before the U.S. Supreme Court regarding race preferences and voting rights, defended voter ID laws at the United Nations and also provided regular commentary during the Trayvon Martin judicial proceedings in 2013. Its volunteer members come from all walks of life and are not salaried political professionals.

Project 21, a leading voice of black conservatives for over two decades, is sponsored by the National Center for Public Policy Research (http://www.nationalcenter.org).

Contributions to the National Center are tax-deductible and greatly appreciated.

Demanding Regulation and Enforcement

LoggingIt’s easy isn’t it? This American society has become so manipulated and brainwashed that we, without any thought, demand that “there ought to be a law,” also known as regulation and enforcement. It shouldn’t be so easy and isn’t when the demands for regulation and enforcement hit directly home. Odd how selfish people are when it comes to playing with other peoples’ liberties, property and rights while attempting to protect their own. Because we’ve been bred and molded into non thinkers, we fail miserably in finding understanding as to the consequences of demanding regulation and enforcement. We somehow believe demanding of others’ livelihoods is good for ourselves. Have we that right?

Here’s an example. In a recent editorial in a Maine newspaper Online, a writer says that logging is “damaging Maine’s natural resources.” At issue seemed to be the writer’s concern over the state’s deer herd and the threats from loss of wintering habitat for deer because of logging. The writer states: “If the State of Maine is serious enough and has the guts to regulate and enforce effective laws to preserve our natural resources, not ask for volunteers, we can do that.”

Yes, we can do that but what is the right thing to do? The writer suggests that all it takes is “guts” to tell a landowner they can’t have what is rightfully theirs. But people somehow don’t believe it is rightfully theirs. They think they have a right to tell you how to live and how to make your living.

If you were a rancher or farmer, is all it would take would be “guts” to “regulate and enforce” you out of ownership of a barn because perhaps the smell of manure bothered some people? After all, it just takes guts. If you owned a home with a back yard swimming pool, would it be acceptable to “regulate and enforce,” with “guts” no less, for you to be prohibited from having a pool because someone thought it dangerous? What if you had a large tree in your yard that you were afraid would fall and damage your home. All it would take is guts to “regulate and enforce” you into not being able to cut that tree because it might have “historic” value….or something. And so, you have a title to 50 acres of land where your home is built. The government determines that 40 acres of that land is habitat for a rare plant and so, you are prohibited to use or sell that land in order to protect that plant. All it takes is “guts” to “regulate and enforce” you from what is rightfully yours.

Doesn’t this actually define an illegal “takings?” How do we, as a people, a government, have the right to take property from somebody without just compensation? With “guts” we can simply “regulate and enforce” landowners to stop harvesting timber that MIGHT be detrimental to the proliferation of a large enough deer herd so that residents can hunt them.

Isn’t to have the “guts” to “regulate and enforce” nothing more than fascism? If not fascism, certainly totalitarianism. We now live in a totalitarian/socialist state. If we can’t get away with “regulate and enforce” or illegal takings, then, if Maine is so determined that the reduced deer herd, the effect of which is part of a struggling economy, is so important, then landowners should be justly compensated for a “taking.” As such, all residents will endure an increase in taxes to pay for the takings…each according to his ability, each according to his need…and we must also consider the ramifications of price increases due to shortages of resources – supply and demand.

In reality, the landowner isn’t the landowner at all. He holds a piece of paper that allows him to pay taxes on it and to do with that land ONLY what government dictates him to be able to do. We continue to convince ourselves that we own land and can do with it what we want. The short of it is, it doesn’t take “guts” at all. It only takes government to demand and take. Citizens don’t understand that when they demand “there ought to be a law,” they are doing the bidding for the government against the people.

While citizens are making their demands to “regulate and enforce” their own ignorance and selfish greed prohibits them from a deeper understanding of the consequences of such demands. It will be only a matter of time before that demand to “regulate and enforce” comes around and bites them squarely on the backside.

I began this article stating how easy it was to demand laws. Those laws on demand are for somebody else not you, is our attitude. That is our mindset and that is why it is easy. Instead of thinking of what those consequences will be WHEN your turn comes around to be regulated and enforced upon, it’s easier to demand if of other people. And, more than likely, your demands are based upon false information you have been spoon fed that causes you to think “there ought to be a law.”

There ought to be a law that prohibits people from demanding “regulate and enforce.” Ha Ha

Biblical Individualism

“American” u.s. citizen serf slavery, fee simple tenant, on the land owned by the King of England status, is a product of deception promulgated by those Founding Fathers who no doubt did participate in a controlled opposition meeting of the minds with men claiming to be Anti-Federalists, and its many centuries leading clear back to the concessions of King John in 1213. The Pope holds allodial title to the lands and the slaves’ principles are embodied in the U.S. Constitution. The Magna Charta is about 800 years old and is not a very relevant document, as the Pope himself nullified it as it was signed by the King under threat of death. Slavery not individualism, especially not Biblical Individualism; Not the stench which is reaching the heavens and the nose of your maker. Free Will, Individualism, freedom of conscience comes from the Designer, not Babylonian frauds. Slavery and debt, is not individualism. People love their servitude apparently.

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord. There are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons. —1 Corinthians 12:4-6

Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith; if service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching; or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.—Romans 12:6-8

For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, and to another the word of knowledge according to the same Spirit; to another faith by the same Spirit, and to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, and to another the effecting of miracles, and to another prophecy, and to another the distinguishing of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills. —1 Corinthians 12:8-11

And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, —Ephesians 4:11

God also testifying with them, both by signs and wonders and by various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit according to His own will.—Hebrews 2:4

As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. —1 Peter 4:10

“For it is just like a man about to go on a journey, who called his own slaves and entrusted his possessions to them. “To one he gave five talents, to another, two, and to another, one, each according to his own ability; and he went on his journey.’—Matthew 25:14-15

So He said, “A nobleman went to a distant country to receive a kingdom for himself, and then return. “And he called ten of his slaves, and gave them ten minas and said to them, ‘Do business with this until I come back.’—Luke 19:12-13

For who regards you as superior? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?—1 Corinthians 4:7

For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ.—1 Corinthians 12:12

For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.—Romans 12:4-5

For the body is not one member, but many.—1 Corinthians 12:14

1 Corinthians 12:21-26

And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; or again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” On the contrary, it is much truer that the members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary; and those members of the body which we deem less honorable, on these we bestow more abundant honor, and our less presentable members become much more presentable, whereas our more presentable members have no need of it. But God has so composed the body, giving more abundant honor to that member which lacked, so that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.— 1 Corinthians 12:21-26

For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith. —Romans 12:3

Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves;—Philippians 2:3

They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.—Acts 2:42

And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common;—Acts 2:44

For there was not a needy person among them, for all who were owners of land or houses would sell them and bring the proceeds of the sales and lay them at the apostles’ feet, and they would be distributed to each as any had need.—Acts 4:34-35

For this is not for the ease of others and for your affliction, but by way of equality– at this present time your abundance being a supply for their need, so that their abundance also may become a supply for your need, that there may be equality;—2 Corinthians 8:13-14

Because of the proof given by this ministry, they will glorify God for your obedience to your confession of the gospel of Christ and for the liberality of your contribution to them and to all,—2 Corinthians 9:13

And do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.—Hebrews 13:16

Jeremiah 1:5 – Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, [and] I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.

Galatians 6:1-18 – Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.

2 Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

3 For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.

4 But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.

5 For every man shall bear his own burden.

6 Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things.

7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all [men], especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

11 Ye see how large a letter I have written unto you with mine own hand.

12 As many as desire to make a fair shew in the flesh, they constrain you to be circumcised; only lest they should suffer persecution for the cross of Christ.

13 For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh.

14 But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.

15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.

16 And as many as walk according to this rule, peace [be] on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.

17 From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.

18 Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ [be] with your spirit. Amen. ([To [the] Galatians written from Rome.])

Genesis 1:27 – So God created man in his [own] image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

Genesis 1:26 – And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

Galatians 6:4 – But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.

1 John 2:27 – But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.

(America’s Unique) Definition of individualism

Individualism means the priority of sacred individual rights over the rights/power of the commune or of fascist Nationalism.

The word sacred refers to the descriptor God-given to describe rights that America recognizes as preceding the writing of the US Constitution.

The words commune and fascist Nationalism include the concepts of any region such as in regionalism, globalism, environmentalism and necessarily includes the concept of habitat.

Recalling the Nazis, Nationalism was the priority of the nation over the individual wherein the rights of the individuals were bound (root meaning of the word fascist) and individual rights were denied for the greater common good of Germany. [See attached photo.][“These dead gave their spirits for the glory of Greater Germany.”]

I’ve seen a corruption of the word individualism by Communists, Putin in particular, and a foreign misunderstanding of American individualism by at least one liberal or left-wing Australian Catholic. America’s Protestant roots might also explain why the expression of individualism of the French and American revolutions might not be well understood in the melting pot of America’s many cultures.

Personalism, an old (but not irrelevant) concept in the Catholic religious community is similar but seems to be more of a term of art in the religious/philosophical field, while American individualism, according to my understanding as of this writing, is a term of art in the legal rights/political field.

Individualism as I refer to it herein, relates not to the person rather to the rights (power) of the person as an individual in competition against the rights (power) of the Commune. The individual wins against the Government because of the priority of the God-given sacred fundamental right of the individual to Free Speech.

For example, let’s take a look at what the United States Supreme Court (Chief Justice Roberts) said about the God-given right to Free Speech in U.S. V. Stevens, 559 U.S. 460 (2010):
“The First Amendment itself reflects a judgment by the American people that the benefits of its restrictions on the Government outweigh the costs. Our Constitution forecloses any attempt to revise that judgment simply on the basis that some speech is not worth it. The Constitution is not a document “prescribing limits, and declaring that those limits may be passed at pleasure.” Marbury v. Madison, 1 Cranch 137, 178 (1803).” [Emphasis added.]

http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/09pdf/08-769.pdf

To understand the uniquely American concept of individualism use Livy’s dialectic by considering the statements of those who oppose American individualism. Hegel (hence Marx) states that, “Freedom is the recognition of the necessity of mutual coercion.” [Quote is attributed by adherent Hardin to Hegel.] Russian Communist Putin described individualism as dangerous. And Obama in his typically inexact and rambling way stated essentially that, Personal freedom is preserved by collective action. Similar remarks are attributed to Hillary Clinton.

Redefining individualism as similar to hedonism, egoism or anarchy defeats the connection between individual rights and God as against the all powerful centralized government. In order to counter the mischaracterization of individualism by foreigners who easily confuse individualism with hedonism, egoism or anarchy consider this: American individualism is not a concept that pits man against God.

Rather the concept of American individualism is God and man together against the otherwise overwhelming power of government. This is not some sort of anti-government conspiracy stuff. The automatically-arising competition between the power of government and the protection of God-given human rights (power of the individual) consumes the writers of both the Federalist and the Anti-Federalist Papers of the late 1700’s.

If the Founders were not cognizant of the overwhelming power of centralized government, then why would they devise the separation of powers so thoroughly? The Legislature is divided into two and its laws must survive a veto by a third party, the Executive. The Judiciary is divided into three courts with original trial, appellate review and then the Supreme Court. The Executive is one but may be removed by the Legislature. The Legislature (Congress) creates the law but may not interpret it. Expounding upon the law is the duty and function of the Judiciary. The Executive enforces the law.

Now think about the lack of separation of powers in agencies that make their own rules, interpret them, establish their own facts, enforce the result, and then, despite being a biased party in litigation, demand that the Judiciary to give them total deference.

The writers of the Constitution knew their history. The Magna Charta, now about 800 years old, is the basis of human rights, human freedom and thereby human dignity found in our federal and state Constitutions. It provided that humans would not be deprived of life, liberty or property without resort to a jury of their peers, yet that is exactly what bureaucratic agencies are currently allowed to get away with.

As the exCommunist noted in the ’50’s era book “The God That Failed”, the largest most controlling monopolistic corporation is but a mere pygmy when compared to the power of government. Consistent with that thought, consider that even the largest US corporations don’t operate SWAT teams but the smallest subdivision of US government can usually figure out how to get one called up if needed.

I heard someone say that the reason the expression of individualism in the French revolution failed, but the American experiment worked, was because Americans connected God to their individual rights. And the French did not. So, when God is taken out of government and schools, Constitutional rights simply become, as in any Communist country, an illegitimate Kaganesque ad hoc balancing test between the interest of atheist man in rights (powers) against the interest of atheist government in rights (powers). In such contests, the government always wins.

So to reiterate what Justice Roberts said:
“As a free-floating test for First Amendment coverage, that sentence is startling and dangerous. The First Amendment’s guarantee of free speech does not extend only to categories of speech that survive an ad hoc balancing of relative social costs and benefits. The First Amendment itself reflects a judgment by the American people that the benefits of its restrictions on the Government outweigh the costs. Our Constitution forecloses any attempt to revise that judgment simply on the basis that some speech is not worth it. The Constitution is not a document “prescribing limits, and declaring that those limits may be passed at pleasure.” Marbury v. Madison, 1 Cranch 137, 178 (1803).”

Without connecting God to our individual rights, we cannot as easily recognize the loss of our human dignity when human rights to property are taken away from us. In labor law, employment is a recognized property right the violation of which gives rise to a cause of action by the individual whose rights are violated. The Endangered
Species Act now centrally controls, outside of the three branches of government, our private property rights. Central control abolishes private property ala the Communist Manifesto. (Last two pages Chapter Two.) By signing the ESA, Nixon capitulated more than just Vietnam to the Communists. “Just following orders” was no defense to the Nazis and should be no defense to those “just following orders” in the various anti-American, anti-human liberation movements.

Individual rights should not be confused with group rights. Group rights violate our Founders’ doctrine of equality under the law and show up as corporate cronyism (that resemble Communist oligarchy) and as special rights for small politically well-connected groups of humans and of endangered animals.

The following describes individual rights, that is, individualism, the priority of the rights of the individual over the government and its bureaucracies. Some states’ rights are included. The following is not a verbatim recitation, rather the list of paraphrased rights is to demonstrate much of what we do not hear on today’s professional agitator propaganda media outlets. Capitalization is all over the map in the Constitution and was followed in some instances and ignored in others.

The people shall have the Writ of Habeas Corpus available except under certain circumstances.

The individual shall be free from Bills of Attainder and ex post facto laws.

Individuals shall have limits on taxation.

There shall be no preferences toward one state over another.

Appropriations by law are necessary to authorize withdrawal of federal money from the Treasury.

No title of nobility shall be granted by the US.

The trial of all crimes shall be by jury.

Each citizen shall have all privileges and immunities of one state in all the other states.

The United States shall protect each state from invasion.

Congress shall not establish a religion or prohibit the free exercise of religion or abridge the freedom of speech, or of the press, or to peaceably assemble.

The individual shall have the right to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

The people shall be free from the mandatory quartering of troops in their homes.

Individuals shall not be subjected to unreasonable searches and seizures.

No accusations of crime against individuals shall lie unless made in writing to give proper notice of the allegations and in order to provide for a proper defense.

No one shall be subjected to double jeopardy. [Regarding WOTUS, the central controllers at the EPA want fines up to $37,500 per day of violation.]

No one can be compelled to testify against oneself. [Compare that to certain administrative state proceedings that resemble the Star Chambers of old.]

No one can be deprived of life liberty or property without due process of law. [“Of law” has a special meaning that excludes the extralegal administrative state proceedings.] [“Due process” is a phrase of art for which whole books have been written. The concept includes substantive (authentic, my word) due process meaning the Constitutional creation of the law to include proper notice to the public, written notice of any alleged violations, and more.]

No property shall be taken for the governments’ purposes [of saving animals] without just compensation.

An accused shall have the right of speedy and public trial [No agency Star Chamber trials.] by jury where the crime was alleged to have been committed, to be informed of the allegation, to confront the accusers, to have compulsory process for providing defense witnesses and for a defense lawyer.

Where the amount of controversy shall exceed $20, a litigant shall have the right to demand a jury. [Again, environmental fine of $37,500 with no trial.]

The individual shall be free from excessive bail, excessive fines and free from cruel and unusual punishments. [$37,500 fine, daily.]

The individual’s rights set out shall not be disparaged by the numbering order set out in the Bill of Rights.

There shall be no slavery or involuntary servitude except as punishment for crime. [That is after conviction, not just because you decide to engage in a certain kind of regulated business.]

No state shall make or enforce any law that shall abridge the privileges and immunities of the individual. [Seems to me that economic rights are privileges and immunities of property ownership that should not be abridged simply by administrative rule that are not enacted first by law, that is, representative government.]

Equal protection under the law appears in three important places not including the Federalist and Anti-Federalist Papers.

The individual’s right to vote appears in several places also.

No where in there do I see any right of a small politically well-connected group of pinnated grouse, of tiny fish or of spotted owls to force an individual to give up human rights to private property or to private property self-employment rights. In fact, what I see is the establishment of a humans-first public policy that Congress had no right to alter by passing the Endangered Species Act.

Individualism

Jail Without Trial

Where is the criminal defense bar and the ACLU when the administrative state claims it can send “actual human beings to jail” without trial in violation of the Magna Charta and the US Constitution……….

CFTC Turns Toward Administrative Judges

It’s time for lawyers and others everywhere to read the legal work titled “Is Administrative Law Unlawful?” 2014, Prof Hamburger.

Quite frankly, the excuses they told us in law school to allow the administrative state to evade the law and the Constitution do not hold up under Prof. Hamburger’s scrutiny. And now we have this: Jail (federal prison) without trial. An administrative state that is limited by neither the law nor the Constitution has unlimited power.

This applies to the lesser prairie chicken land grab and the EPA waters of the US land and water grab and more.

In fact, the EPA tried to get garnishment of wages for the payment of fines, but was turned back, this time.

EPA backs off on wage garnishment rule

Livy, sharing thoughts and opinion from a bunkhouse on the southern high plains of Texas.

Do Law Schools Lie to Students?

There are sins of omission and sins of commission.

My law school did not tell us that our system is based on individualism, the priority of the individual over the commune, fascist nationalism. Individualism is why our Constitution speaks to the individual right to a jury, the individual right to confront our accuser, the individual right to an impartial magistrate and many more individual rights.

But when it comes to sins of commission, they told us that Constitutional rights are not important in the administrative process because the legislature did not have time to deal with minor agency matters. What?

When the administrative state is not limited by the law, and not limited by the Constitution, its power is unlimited.

Having unlimited power means that an unelected bureaucracy can establish a state religion that disguises itself as environmentalism, but worships Gaia, contrary to the separation of Church and State.

Despite the difficulty in always clearly communicating objections to the bureaucracies taking the side of non-humans over our human rights, maybe we should take notice that it is the God-fearing who seem to be the first ones noticing things going wrong with central control that prioritizes habitat for subhumans.

Livy, sharing thoughts and opinion from a bunkhouse on the southern high plains of Texas.

ClarenceThomas

A Government Action to Get Out The Apathetic Environmentalist Vote

Renaming these areas, mentioned below, the “Harry Reid Areas of Critical Environmental Concern” in November or December would be a nice touch and assure big bonuses for the BLM sycophants that concocted this travesty for their political bosses pandering for votes.

1. REPEAL THE 17TH AMENDMENT
2. EMPOWER LOCAL GOVERNMENTS (SHERIFFS, COMMISSIONERS, ETC.) and orient State government to be their protectors
3. REPEAL OR SERIOUSLY AMEND ALL OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL/ANIMAL RIGHTS/UN-CONSTITUTIONAL FEDERAL LAWS OF THE LAST 50 YEARS. They spawned all of this illegitimate power for federal bureaucrats to us to destroy Rural America.

4. Do #’s 1, 2 & 3 and the ability and willingness of most State governments to again assume their role of protecting us from tyranny, and to putting and keeping oppressive federal power abuse in the bottle like some evil genie will return faster than you can say:

“From Nixon to Obama, All the Presidents have tolerated and profited from this growing ‘RURAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE’. It is perpetrated by urban radicals, extremist NGO’s, and the self-serving profiteering of federal and state bureaucrats and politicians. The time to stop it is NOW! If not now, the question is not WHEN? The answer is it will be TOO LATE!”

Jim Beers
31 October 2014

The Anti-Economics of Drunken Lowlife Karl Marx

Marx’ slanders of the shared prosperity of the middle class, the bourgeoisie he called them, at the end of Chapter Two of the Communist Manifesto with the now forever discredited as delusional notion that centralized control of private property increases total production.

Hence we see groundwater boards conducting water grabs and sending an annual supply for 500,000 Californians out to sea for the benefit of the commune’s tiny endangered fish – during a severe drought; activist bureaucratic agencies cooking their economic numbers and the disastrous devastation of the lumber-rich Northwestern US, Curry County Oregon, now beyond two decades of subhuman impoverishment.

The Endangered Species Act, when used to enslave us through the central control of our sacred individual human rights is pure Marxism.

Central planning and control destroys America’s exceptionalism to Communism.
It destroys the private property rights that made Americans have the highest per capita income in the world ever since the 1830’s.

The use of central control is like planning for the future by burning your own house down, the exact same description I saw someone use to describe Keynesian “economics”. Sounds like anti-economics to me.

Livy

Media Needs $1,500 Permit to Take a Photo

Outrageous, isn’t it! Just think, our Federal Government – did you get that? Let me start again. Our Federal Government…..no, wait. That’s not right is it. It’s not my Federal Government and it’s not your Federal Government. It’s THEIR Federal Government. Regardless, THE Federal Government has further destroyed the Bill of Rights, among other American “things” and are requiring anybody in the “media” to buy a permit before they can take a picture on federal land. I suppose that now makes any member of the media a domestic terrorist and will be placed on a watch list. Oh, wait! They are already. You are already. I am already. We are all on a “watch list.”

Isn’t this nothing more than a reflection of the direction this country has been headed for a very long time? Oh, yes, it’s easy to pin it on that knucklehead in the Oval Office at present, but the reality is that this corporate monstrosity can and does do anything they want. If I have to point out examples of that, you are lost.

Because we the people (small p), never question and are just eager little beavers to accept central control over our lives and every tiny aspect of it, consider what we are on the verge of becoming? No, you can’t can you.

Requiring a permit to take a picture is only one small symptom of a very large problem. But the real problem is, nobody knows what the problem is.

Well, enough of this. My favorite TV show is on. I’ll be back later…..only after I’m done catching up on Facebook, and there’s a new album I can download for free onto my I phone….and there’s a sale at the mall. Later!