I, like many of you, have been mesmerized by the up/down polling, media trickery and political establishment treachery of the Presidential campaign. I wrote months ago of the many reasons why I supported Trump and since then I have remained a quiet observer working on a play about the things I hold dear.
This short piece is meant to suggest something for you and your friends and families to consider concerning all of the environmental/animal rights’ federal intrusions that are ruining Rural America and ultimately the Constitutional Republic we are losing.
I have generated many sneers and guffaws over the years when I say we must repeal The Endangered Species Act, The Wilderness Act, Animal Welfare Act, Wild and Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act, National Park Services Act, National Wildlife Refuge Administration Act, Taylor Grazing Act, Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, (etc.), and the authority of the federal government to acquire private property or state property, or to take or financially support the acquisition of easements on private property land uses or disposals. My experience has been that anyone aware of the resulting cabal of state and federal bureaucrats allied with the environmental/animal rights lobby groups cannot help but be aware of how these laws and their administration has spawned a web of laws and regulations that has become an unstoppable army of activists perverting state governments, destroying Local governments, and building a federal dictatorship that, like the Soviet model, is destroying America and placing the remains under elite establishment rulers.
You need look no further than wolves, free roaming buffalo or grizzly bears forced into settled landscapes by federal interlopers. Local people suffering; rural America becoming a wasteland; and the endless game-playing with crooked courts, changing regulations, perfidious law enforcers, aristocratic politicians and a media that is little better than science fiction writers are the result. It all began with high-falluting nonsense about “saving” this, that and the other thing (snail darters, eagles, baby seals, etc.) and it speed towards open borders, an unsustainable national debt and the encroachment of Russia, China and an explosion of Islamic terrorism.
If you share these concerns about my earlier mention of federal laws (feel free to add your own like intrastate EPA mandates regarding things like coal mining, lead mining/smeltering, and birthing unlimited federal jurisdictions like declaring authority over “ALL WATERS of the US) I ask you to consider the following.
Recognizing how we are all skeptical (actually afraid) about any chance of repealing these federal abominations; and agreeing that the Democrats, Socialists, and most Establishment Republicans from the Bushes to the McCains and Romneys likewise are about as likely to repeal these laws as they are to vote themselves term limits or cut their political paychecks and benefits: we may have an opportunity.
IF Donald Trump gets elected, there may be a period of reforms in the offing. Depending on his Cabinet and his appointees, there may even be a chance to put forward some REAL reforms. In fact there may even be some Republicans, Democrats and Socialists amenable to supporting reforms whether for re-election reasons or because of REAL pressure from those that elected them and that used to be forgotten promptly until the next election.
Do we ask them to repeal the aforementioned laws? No. I propose we lobby, pressure, bug and bother them to pass another federal law. Use your own words or ask a lawyer or trusted politician about wording or designing the new law, but I think it should go like this:
The Constitutional Powers Affirmation ActAs of this date and henceforth any and all federal expenditures, activities, programs, Declarations or other actions by any federal Elected official Department, Agency or federal employee acting within or affecting any individual State, its’ economy, or its’ residents utilizing the auspices, authority or jurisdiction of:
The Endangered Species Act
The Wilderness Act
Wild and Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act
National Park Services Act
National Forest Management Act
National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act
Taylor Grazing Act
Wild and Scenic Rivers Act
National Heritage Preservation Act (add your own here)
Or any private property acquisition, easement or financial assistance for the purposes of or utilizing the authorities of such laws MUST HAVE THE WRITTEN CONSENT OF THE STATE GOVERNMENT OF THE STATE WHEREIN SUCH ACTIONS, PROGRAMS, ACQUISITIONS OR ASSISTANCE ARE TO TAKE PLACE.
It is short, sweet and to the point!
Would a President Trump, or Trump appointees, or chastened federal politicians support such a bill? I do not know.
Would such responsibility be welcomed or supported by state governments? I suppose the California’s and Illinois’ would shudder in horror while the Wyoming’s and Texas’ would cheer and say, “bring it on”.
Note this; if your state government let the federal government continue to abuse you – you have a far better chance of kicking the State bums out than you have had the last 30 years while they all ate their lunch at high-priced French restaurants in Washington with lobbyists.
Your state government could make it as hard or as easy (expensive or affordable and complex or understandable) as they want. They could give the approval authority to the Governor or the Legislature or some Committee or even the state Wildlife/Environment Director. They could make it a blanket authority or a periodic authority. They could make it specific or they could make it broad. Who they give it to and what they do will tell you a lot about what needs changing in your state. In those states with Chicago’s, Boston’s and Seattle’s; the rural sectors will have a better fighting chance for rural “Tranquility” than they do when these urban wonderlands are allied with the federal behemoth on top of the public employee unions and the radical lobby groups.
This is only a suggestion of a possibility given the anti-establishment / non-politician victory a Trump administration could portend.
When the dust settles in 10 days and all the “pundits”, lobbyists, “smart people” and Establishment politicians are either hiding in that cave with Governor Kaisich or crowing “see we told you so” this suggestion might be possible or it might be a subject of ridicule and humor. Either way, I make it in good faith and with a hopeful heart.
Jim Beers is a retired US Fish and 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.
Jim Beers is available to speak or for consulting at firstname.lastname@example.org