“(Jan. 15, 2012) — “WE must protect OUR rural lands.” —Stated numerous times by an environmentalist on a radio talk show in a debate with this author
That’s right, environmentalists and even those that live in urban areas have been so brainwashed by the government through education and outright propaganda that they actually believe that it is OK for government to regulate rural lands with draconian environmental protection ordinances, without regard to the fact that those rural lands are owned by real people and are supposed to be protected by the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution, that states in part:
“….. nor shall any person ….. be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”
Any protection provided to rural landowners from the U. S. Constitution has been so watered down and perverted by U. S. Supreme Court and lower court decisions as to render the 5th Amendment virtually null and void. International and national environmentalism trumps the Constitution in America by tens of thousands of local, state and federal laws.
Our organization, the National Association of Rural Landowners (NARLO) was formed as a result of discovering that these environmental laws, regulations, restrictions and ordinances apply disproportionately to rural landowners such that the rural landowner is being forced to bear almost the entire burden of environmental protection, while their city cousins get off almost scot-free. Since it became apparent that rural landowners are disenfranchised from having a say in environmental protection ordinances due to the cities having the majority representation and votes, we decided that the rural landowner needed someone to speak on his behalf on a national scale. Although we write about issues affecting every American, our primary goal is to provide a voice to the vicious assault on rural landowners by the government, aided and abetted by national and international environmentalists through the United Nations Agenda 21 policies of smart growth and sustainable development. On their behalf, NARLO has developed specific tools that a rural landowner can use against these assaults by government.
But this isn’t the real story. The real stories are the tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of rural landowner stories, all across America, who find themselves in the iron grip of an intransigent local, state or federal agency for some infraction of the “code” that the landowner knew nothing about, or had no application in rural areas. Every week we receive a couple of phone calls or e-mails from landowners who are having to pay thousands of dollars that they don’t have, to rectify some irrational, senseless code violation. These violations, fines and penalties are even occurring in the most remote parts of the U. S.
A gentleman in rural Colorado couldn’t get a permit to build his cabin because the “code” says he MUST hook up to the power grid and he can’t have an outhouse. The power grid is miles and miles away from his rural property, and it would cost him tens of thousands of dollars to bring power to it. Is it any wonder that some folks just ignore the law and hope they don’t get caught? Unfortunately, many do get caught and pay a terrible price.
A woman landowner who lives on acreage which fronts a river that flows into the Columbia River in Washington State had her property and home flooded eleven times because a couple of NGO’s (Non-Governmental Organization) and the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Agency took out the tide gates that were protecting her property from the incoming tide and the flooding river. The tide gates had been there for several generations. The reason? The NGO’s and the U. S. Fish and Wildlife, with millions of dollars of federal money and the law on their side, were returning the river to its pristine condition for the restoration of salmon runs. Fish were left dead and dying in her fields as the tide came in and out. She had no recourse, ran out of money and hope and had to abandon her home and her land. She now lives in Idaho. The government drove her from her land without compunction and without liability….”