My anti-ESA 'reform' screed - Purported species 'protections' have resulted in incinerated forests, decimated agriculture, logging, mining, ranching and recreation on government-controlled lands
September 26, 2005
By Julie Kay Smithson
have been received regarding my anti-ESA and anti-ESA 'reform'
stance. I encourage readers to share this article, hoping that it
more fully explains why I -- and many others -- stand in support of
total ESA repeal, opposed to 'reform' -- and nothing less.
ALRA (American Land Rights Association, formerly the National
Inholders Association) does not speak for the majority of
property owners. Nor does it speak for the majority of resource
providers, recreationists, consumers, etc.
after more than seven years of immersion in property rights and
resource providing issues -- by default, thanks to the U.S. Fish
& Wildlife 'Service' and its 73 'partners' -- I've learned
enough to understand the machinations of government.
now know why citizens must wax far more vigilant about turning the
kids (elected officials) loose in the candy store (treasury) -- the
kids don't know when to stop grazing!
are each entitled to our own opinions. I arrived at mine after no
fewer than eight detailed readings of H.R. 3824.
Many Facets of the Endangered Species Act," updated version, is
excellent background information and is highly recommended reading: http://www.propertyrightsresearch.org/articles6/many_facets_of_the_endangered_sp
'screed,' as some are wont to call it, is neither a
'lengthy discourse,' 'informal piece of writing' or 'fragment.' Au
correct that I am anti-ESA reform, but I am also blatantly and
boldly anti-ESA, which is the reason for advocating
nothing less than Full Repeal.
were those in the 1960s and early 1970s that didn't believe such
legislation would ever happen -- and a few of them, at least, were
concerned about the bill's 'original intent,' even then -- but the
decades later, what do we have to show for it? Your answer may well
determine how much you value property rights and being a responsible
consumer of American products -- made with responsibly utilized
would have taken seriously the dire warnings about the massive job
exodus from America -- but few doubt it today. How much of that
can be directly connected to the ESA? Several thoughtful and
thorough readings of H.R. 3824 may illustrate why this new version
will simply grease the skids for more of the same.
my views may differ from those of others, I like my produce
grown in Ohio, Florida, Texas, California, etc., and choose buy
lumber from a local mill -- and pay a little more -- rather
than buy imported boards from Lowe's.
is a palpable connection between the cessation of more and
more resources originating in America, and the ESA. Do you like
it? I don't!
Regulatory Victim Directories, published by the National Center for
Public Policy Research's (NCPPR) John P. McGovern Center for
Environmental and Regulatory Affairs, should be must-reads for all
those interested in this subject. The first four are available
fifth Victim Directory is due out any day. If TESRA is passed,
future editions of this directory are ensured.
one to get exercise by jumping to conclusions, flying off the
handle, etc., I shan't start now. Readers may rest assured that
anything originating with yours truly has been thoroughly
researched. If it has not, it will not be submitted for their
words of bill supporters disappoint, as some choose to follow a path
that is neither good for us nor good for flora and fauna. If ever
there was a "self-fulfilling prophecy," this continued
foray into the theft of property rights and unenvironmentalism --
in one form of Language Deception or another -- is it.
private owners and resource providers have forgotten more about
the care and nourishment of nature than many idealistic but
misguided, self-proclaimed 'environmentalists' ever will.
example: the Spandex and cross-trainer shoe crowd regularly bicycles,
jogs and runs on our rural roads (weather permitting, of
of these recreationists participate in annual 'stream clean-ups' --
never considering that farmers and homeowners in rural locales do
this every day, which is exactly why there isn't a hundredfold more
trash when that annual day arrives.
is why the scenery out here is so beautiful, and why the wildlife --
and the food being grown under the 'guise' of crops -- is so abundant
and healthy, feeding "both me and thee."
rights and resource providing exist, not in spite of us, but because
cannot fathom support can be rallied for a piece of
unconstitutional legislation, in ANY form, that has created many
more victims than successes, and has measured its success in the
number of government, NGO-created jobs and job security for
species 'protections' have resulted in incinerated forests,
decimated agriculture, logging, mining, and ranching. Recreation,
which was once enjoyed on government-controlled lands, often
must seek out privately owned lands due to the closure of vast areas
to “protect” certain species.
modus operandi and Hegelian Dialectic have possessed the key to
the steamroller, because actually 'saving' something 'endangered'
would, in and of itself, lessen job security. It may be asked if I
believe that money is the root of all evil. No, but I recognize that
the addiction to power is a fact and a driving force and has a
direct connection to the widely revered “funding sources.” Isn't
it past time to stop being the pavement and remove the steamroller's
key from its ignition?
Brian, some members of the BlueRibbon Coalition and others, I do appreciate your differing view, but will not buy it for myself, feeling that, as a property rights or actual species steward, it contains more "empty calories" than the earlier version (original ESA).