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ESA repeal: Who says it can't be done?

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Liberty Belle

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ESA repeal: Who says it can't be done?
By Julie Kay Smithson
Feb 14, 2006

Many newspapers have printed articles and editorials about 'saving' the ESA. How about some equal time for 'the other side of the coin?'

Though the Endangered Species Act repeal idea had many subscribers just a few short months ago, it's almost easier to find hens teeth these days when searching for those still touting full repeal. Why?

Silence may be golden, but it may also have a green tint. Another 'r' word, reform, appears to have blanketed those formerly in favor of ESA repeal, as heartily as foxhounds in hot pursuit of fresh scent.

No blizzard ever hushed D.C. so effectively. Has this silence been bought? One must wonder.

The ESA is a Draconian 'piece' of unconstitutional legislation fraught with language deception that makes 'interpretation' a veritable smorgasbord for the judicial ranks. It has made possible the invasive tentacles of The Wildlands Project, beginning in America's West, whilst putting resource providing in America on a deliberate crash course with extinction.

'With malice aforethought' is an understatement regarding this one law's power to hurt.

Dave Foreman, Reed Noss and others of like ilk have -- either publicly or otherwise -- become partners with those affected by GangGreed. The intent to stop all resource stewardship by those that made America great -- her farmers, fishermen, loggers, miners, and ranchers -- is nothing more than a plan to get control of those resources: by hook or by crook.

What does this have to do with the full repeal of the Endangered Species Act? Nothing, if the ESA had really been about 'saving' flora and fauna that was actually 'endangered.'

In the three-plus decades since its passage, the ESA has been consistent.
It has consistently pitted one plant or animal against another, using language deception to make the public think it was doing something great and worthy. Pitting a large predator against an ungulate (think wolf/cougar/bear against elk/deer) is a lopsided scenario: the large predator always wins. To read or listen to ESA proponents -- as well as those supporting a 'modernizing,' 'strengthening' or 'revamping' of the ESA -- one would think that herbivores have no place in the grand scheme of Nature, other than as 'prey species' to nourish the large predators. If the meek are going to inherit the earth, some caring people are going to have to stand up to the onslaught of large predator 're' introduction.

What has America gained by the ESA and its unconstitutional mandate to 'stop doing that,' as Montanan Bruce Vincent is wont to say?

Little, if anything, according to the hundreds, perhaps thousands, of sawmills in America that have 'gone missing.'

Nada, according to the ranchers who are being squeezed off lands that their taxpayer dollars helped buy -- at the behest of groups like the Center for 'Biological Diversity,' which implores the public to stop letting domestic livestock defecate in 'our' rivers and streams.

Zilch, if miners, loggers or fisheries are queried. They have each faced ever-taller, strangulatory regulations, bound hand and foot by red tape that has either run them out of business or stopped them from ever going into business -- business that has often been multi-generational.

Where is resource extraction and providing gone? Dorothy's not in Kansas anymore, looking for her three farmhand friends. She's been outsourced to third world countries, whose resources are being plundered by global magnates that care not a whit about 'the environment,' unless it can be plied into a tax write off.

Meanwhile, Americans would still prefer to 'buy American' -- and they'd also like to 'work American' -- but choice, too, is being traded on the global stage for a wraith called Greed.

Full repeal of the ESA would put the meek -- from the flora and fauna that have been incinerated in 'controlled' and 'prescribed' burns set by federal agencies to those that far prefer the private lands owned, cherished and stewarded by private American generational resource providers, back on a healing path. Coincidentally, such species, including humans, flourish under a Constitutional Republic -- and wither under any other form of 'government.'

Julie Kay Smithson
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Property rights researcher
London, Ohio

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