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Interior Department Releases List of Monuments Under Review, Announces First-Ever Formal Public Comment Period for Antiquities Act Monuments

THIS IS SO COOL! FINALLY a president who recognizes a national land grab of epic proportions when he sees it!

For the first time ever the Department of Interior is calling for a review of all National Monuments, including Marine National Monuments, containing over 100,000 acres AND they are encouraging the public to weigh in.

This article provides a list of National Monuments that will be reviewed and their acreage. You will be amazed at the number of acres represented in this list-and this is not a total list of all National Monuments. The article also provides all the information you need to provide your comments. It also validates that it is the job of the federal government to allow the citizen to help shape policy; particularly when the citizens’ property rights are caught in the cross-hairs, in this case, of the Antiquities Act.

The article does not make it clear if citizens who are not directly impacted should chime in or not. This is concerning because it is likely various powerful and politically motivated environmental groups, like the Sierra Club, Nature Conservancy, etc. will be doing everything in their power to Delphi the process. For this reason I urge all of you to, at the least, send in general comments such as “without strong property rights in America, we will be deprived of a strong economy and the ability to be self-reliant”.

This is yet another opportunity provided to the citizen by the Trump Administration to restore America. To take advantage of this opportunity read this article by clicking on this link.

Comments may be submitted online after May 12 at http://www.regulations.gov by entering “DOI-2017-0002” in the Search bar and clicking “Search,” or by mail to Monument Review, MS-1530, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street NW, Washington, DC 20240.

Presidential Executive Order on the Review of Designations Under the Antiquities Act

If you understand sustainable development, you understand its goal is to allow the global elite to control all of the world’s resources (air, water, land,) and people. The day-to-day operations for this grand scheme are to be carried out by hordes of unelected bureaucrats (sometimes called engineers or technocrats).

This is being done a variety of ways; through the use of conservation easements, the Wildlands Project, and through abuse  of the Antiquities Act by our presidents. (For more information on these topics review Lesson 3).

The Antiquities Act, which was passed in 1906, authorizes the president to single-handedly designate any federal public land as a national monument. When used incorrectly, besides tying up resources critical to national security, the Antiquities Act diminishes private property rights in America destroying economic activity and the ability for America’s citizens to live self-sufficient lives independent of the federal government.

Fortunately President Trump’s Executive Order to review the designations under the Antiquities Act will begin the process of reining in abuse of private property rights. This executive order may actually cause a number of national monuments to be returned back to the control of the state and/or private citizens. To read the actual E.O., which is relatively short, with clear and important wording, please click on this link.

 

 

Antiquities Act Executive Order-Overwrought Response Disregards Real Risks of Lack of Transparency and Unbridled Presidential Discretion

This important article explains why presidents with a stroke of their pens have been allowed the power to designate using the Antiquities Act virtually any feature anywhere in America as a national monument; even though the designations often cause damage to local communities, private citizens, and/or national security. To read this article, please click on this link.

Note: The author of this article, when he discussed lack of transparency and public involvement in the decision-making process, is describing the Delphi Technique (also known a Visioning or Consensus Planning).

The Delphi Technique, which was discussed in detail in Lesson 9 at www.agenda21course.com, allows those in control of the process to orchestrate in advance the outcome they desire at the end of the process. Progressives make sure the predetermined outcome is obtained by preventing those citizens most likely to be harmed by the process any real input to the process. There is an illusion that these citizens are affecting the outcome, but in reality that is not the case. The outside forces decide who gets the important seats at the table and manipulate what data is allowed to be used to make the final decision. The citizens most likely to be harmed never have a chance. The predetermined outcome was never in doubt. The game is rigged from the beginning. The folks whose land is taken by or affected in a negative way by the Antiquities Act rarely have a chance to truly affect the final designation.

Trump Orders EPA Review of “Horrible” Obama Water Decree

Hope springs eternal for two reasons; the citizen and the leadership provided by Donald Trump. If we, the citizen, refuse to be silenced and shoved to the back of the bus, and instead rally behind Donald Trump’s leadership, we may yet prevail. This uplifting article highlights how President Trump by undermining the Waters of the United States E.O. (WOTUS) with the stroke of his pen frees up immense economic activity while protecting our sacred property rights. Read this encouraging article by clicking on this link.

 

United States Corp of Engineers vs. Hawkes Supreme Court Case

As you likely know, the EPA is attempting to gain permission to implement the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. This rule, which is an extension of the Clean Water Act, would put virtually all water in the United States under the control of the federal government. That means the federal government can come onto your property and tell you what you can do or cannot do with your pond, your stream, your ditch that occasionally holds water, or your wetland  that just happens to contain peat which you sell to provide money to care for your family.

Worse yet, if the EPA or the Army Corp of Engineers come onto your property and makes a decision to take control of your property(that is called a jurisdictional determination, and the Army Corp makes 54,000 of them a year!), up until now the property owner had no recourse.

Fortunately for all of us, when the Army Corp of Engineers made a jurisdictional determination on the Minnesota peat bog owned by Kevin Pierce of the Hawkes Co., Inc., Pierce was unwilling to roll over and give up control of his property without a fight. To learn more about this important court case and the resulting Supreme Court Case victory, please read the short article and two short video by clicking on this link.

 

Bureau of Land Management set to close 600 miles of Colorado Roads

Closing roads is a very effective way to advance the Wildlands Project.

In Mesa Verde County in Colorado, the Bureau of Land Management (under direction of the Federal Executive Branch) is closing over 600 miles of public roads in spite of strong push back from citizens, local government, and the strong possibility that the agency is not following either state or federal law.

In this article, the agency, after some initial efforts to get the locals to go along, simply forces the local governments to submit; leaving the only recourse for the local government expensive time-consuming litigation, and the citizens without critical roads. This is an example of how, as the federal government grows, the Feds can reduce the effectiveness of local government preventing it from protecting its rural citizens from federal abuse.

One more comment, remember road closures prevent economic activity by those who wish to harvest the resources on and under the ground. Every time Bambi wins, economic activity of our natural resources, coal, oil, oil shale, natural gas, minerals, trees, etc. is stifled. Without strong economic activity, we cannot be a prosperous nation.

To read this article, click on this link.

The Dark Side of Conservation Easements-Martha Boneta’s Saga Continues

Anyone who is familiar with Agenda 21 knows that both the Socialists and the extreme environmentalists are working to destroy private property rights. Without property we are no more than slaves. One of the strategies used to destroy property rights is conservation easements.

Keeping it simple, conservation easements are created when a land trust pays a land owner to promise to not develop IN PERPITUITY their property (in most cases just building a new barn would be not be allowed under the terms of the conservation easement). In return the land owner and his heirs are then able to stay on this land in perpetuity, which is an awful long time to prevent development of a parcel of land.

You may have followed the story of Martha Boneta, who bought in 2006 acreage in Virginia that was part of a conservation easement. If so you are aware the land trust, Piedmont Environmental Council, from whom the conservation easement had been purchased, fined Ms. Boneta $5,000 dollars per day after the zoning administrator saw a picture posted on Boneta’s Facebook page of a birthday celebration given on her farm. This heavy-handed treatment triggered a long contracted legal battle by Ms. Boneta to maintain control of her property which ultimately ended in Boneta’s Law. Boneta’s Law has shown a light on the abuses of conservation easements and gained a degree of property rights protection for small farmers in Virginia.

What you likely do not know is that Ms. Boneta is again back in court. To learn more about the new battle, again against the land trust, Piedmont Environmental Council, click on this link.

You also likely do not know that Ms. Boneta’s story has been made into a film that was shown at the Anthem Film Festival at Freedom Fest in Las Vegas on July 11, 2015 where it won two awards. If you would like to see a trailer for this fine video, click on this link.

You may also wish to read about a 2013 law suit filed against a horse farm, which was being operated under a conservation easement, and how just a few small changes on the farm triggered this two-year court battle. If so, click on this link.

Moral of the story: beware of conservation easements and land trusts. While they may fix a short-term cash flow problem, they will create restrictions for current and future land owners. More important conservation easements decrease future economic activity on the property affecting the nation’s bottom line. In addition, as more land is removed from private ownership, the cost of land and taxes on non-conservation easement land will increase. Eventually only the elite will be able to afford land, forcing the rest of us into the city where we can be more easily controlled by an over-reaching government.

House property rights caucus to target abuse of landowners

I do not know whether to call this good news or not. Representative Tom Reed (R-NY) has established the U.S. House Private Property Rights Caucus. It is great to know that there is finally an awareness in Washington D.C. that property rights are being abused across America, and that a coalition is being created to address it, but what a shame this is so very necessary to prevent America from becoming a society where private property is reserved only for the truly wealthy and well connected. To learn more about the caucus effort, please click on this link.

Also, please consider calling Representative Tom Reed at 202-225-3161 to thank him for his efforts.

The Incredible Raisin Heist

If this story wasn’t so serious, you would have to laugh because it is almost unbelievable in it absurdity. Keeping it simple, due to past bad policy, that was never remedied, there currently exists on the federal level an actual Raisin Administrative Committee (and we wonder why are deficit is so high) which exists, with the full force of the law behind it, to determine how much of a raisin grower’s crop they should each year confiscate from the raisin farmer. Enter stage left a raisin farmer and his wife who have had it with giving over the fruits of their labors with no compensation and are willing to take their case to the Supreme Court to get some relief from legalized theft by the Federal Government. You can’t make this stuff up.

Unfortunately, the outcome of this story has as huge of ramifications for property rights in America as did the Supreme Court’s Kelo decision where the Supreme Court upheld the idea that private property could be taken from private citizens if it provided a greater financial good for the community even if the property owner had no wish to sell.

On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being REALLY important), this Wall Street Journal editorial from April 20th, 2015 is a 12. To read this article…  Continue reading

Virginia land trust’s transgressions draw legal, legislative scrutiny

Mary Boneta has been fighting the conservation easement placed on her 64 acre Virginia farm by the powerful PEC (Piedmont Environmental Council) since the day she bought her land in 2006. It has been a long fight-much like David and Goliath-but the tide in the last year or so has turned in her favor. To read an update on her inspiring story follow this link.