Over the past year, the EPA, established by Congress to protect the environment (both HUMAN and NATURAL) has issued regulations that threaten to strangle every rural industry.  Results will mirror those of the now deserted former logging towns of the Pacific Northwest.

The EPA issued regulations that outlaw power generated by coal fired boilers—-the old fashioned type that warmed all our school houses, hospitals, office buildings and factories for generations—-even though it now admits to having insufficient evidence to justify the rules.  A public hearing in Wisconsin demonstrated that the economic impact on logging in the North Woods would be disastrous.  That logging industry supplies paper mills that will be so affected that their demand for logs will dwindle.  The small companies will have to go out of business, and the larger companies which are now competitive with China will have to expend development funds for new equipment.  In five years, they will lose their edge over China.

EPA is the guiding force behind regulations that threaten the crab and oyster industry in the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland.  Again, there is no science supporting the effort, and the economic harm will entrap families of watermen who have been in the business for over 300 years.

EPA’s protege the California Air Resources Board has issued regulations requiring installation of diesel exhaust filters on trucks that use the highways in California.  There is no sound science supporting the regulations,and the economic harm will again be enormous.  The regulations apply even to the independent, one-man or family trucking business for which the cost of the new equipment is greater than the value of the trucks.  A trucker that cannon afford the new equipment cannot even sell his truck—it will simply be junked.  The City of Redding, working through a dedicated coordination committee, is resisting the application of the rule because of the extreme economic harm that will result to the city and surrounding area citizens.  Obviously truck transport links together every facet of the economy of northern California.

Now, the EPA and the Corps of Engineers have joined to take control of every body of water, and every parcel of land in the United States.  Under cover of the Clean Water Act, the agencies have issued a rule that subjects to the Corps permit process every use of every body of water, and all land that adjoins, is near, is affected by or affects every body of water.  That’s everything in the Nation.  This is the rule that puts the entire nation within the federal control that has long been demonstrated by maps utilized by Dr. Michael Coffman.

And, the final nail in the coffin of industry in rural America is the declaration of war on the coal industry by the President, in which he has ordered the EPA to put coal out of business.  Sworn testimony at the Wisconsin public hearing made it clear that if coal is eliminated as a power source, there is physically not enough fuel to run the industries that support the economy of rural America.

The Stand and Fight Club has engaged with watermen in Maryland, and citizens and truckers in California to try to hold the fort until and unless Congress decides to do its job of overseeing the budget and work of the EPA.  Given the “work” of the Congress over the past eight years, the fort defense will be a long and costly one.  The Stand and Fight Club offers grassroots citizens the opportunity to join the battle for a one time annual membership fee—-a fee dedicated to protecting the culture and economy of the rural communities of the Nation—-those communities that are most loyal, most dedicated to the spirit of America housed in our Constitution.  The fight has begun in California and in Maryland, and now you can help.  See website TheStandandFightClub.


In my early years, publication of a new book was an event of note!  Today, one can hardly keep up with the books being poured forth—even at a time when prognosticators claim that the printed page will give way to digital images.

Occasionally, however, there is still a book published that deserves real, actual attention.  Elizabeth Nickson has accomplished the feat with release of her book “Eco Facists”.

Nickson has strikingly described the war on our western civilization by rabid environmentalists..   Published by Harper Collins, Nickson’s book pointedly calls out the corporate environmentalists who daily finance the demise of rural America.  She graphically, dramatically, but down to earthly, explains their under and over the counter activities that are driving ranchers, farmers, miners, loggers and small town businesses and societies from their heritage.

Nickson traveled thousands and thousands of miles so that she could actually see the devastation of the land and natural resources caused by environmental organizations. She spoke at length with human beings whose lives, fortunes and dreams are being shattered by heavily funded organizations that spare no cost in fighting to control the land and water in our nation.

She walked the walk with activists fighting to resist a take-down of private property and civil rights by government agencies propelled forward by richly endowed environmental organizations.   The Nature Conservancy, the Sierra Club, the  World Wildlife Fund, American Rivers, Defenders of Wildlife, and the Wilderness Society are all involved in the strategy of lobbying government agencies toward action that ignore the human environment.  Some of these organizations are staffed by concerned, ethical individuals; some are staffed by radicals who care not at all for the rights of individual human beings.  The former may truly believe they are doing a service by buying up and “protecting” land and water resources; the latter are knowingly attacking property rights and the traditional economy of the natural resource industry that forms the backbone of our rural America.  Both are striking at the heart of American rural life.

Nickson has ably documented  that the well-funded environmentalists buy up land so that they can control the water that is critical to life in all rural areas.  She shows that  often these organizations turn such land  over to the government for restrictive regulatory control.  When that transfer of ownership occurs, at least two economic adversities result:  land is removed from the tax rolls that provide revenue for local government services, and an economic management burden is placed on a federal government already mired in debilitating debt.

The widespread, ravaging fires of 2012, destroyed federally owned and managed forest and range lands.  Management agencies failed to properly  manage those lands.  Their failures result from shortage of funds,  a plethora of activist federal judges who micro-manage federal lands to the detriment of loggers, miners, ranchers and farmers, and a formal education system that produces advocates of preservation to the exclusion of active management.

In her travels, Nickson observed and discusses many individuals who are fully committed to use all their means to help defend the national heritage and independence of country folks—those who have fed America, remained loyal to America even though distrustful of the politicians who Captain and crew the Ship of State, who thank their God for their blessings derived from making His earth and water productive, and thank God for the privilege of protecting His earth and water and creatures.

It would be serious error for anyone to believe that Nickson is “anti-environment”.  She is one of the most earnest activists for a sound environment that I have encountered.  She has constructed and lives in one of the most environmentally green and sound homes imaginable on Salt Spring Island in the Pacific Northwest.  She refers to that island as “The Green Fantasy Island.”   She chronicles the harm to the Island that results from the work of preservationist environmentalists. Her distress at the damage done to the human and natural environment of the Island is clearly painted in her words.

I have met Elizabeth; I have worked beside her as she studies people, organizations, the land and natural resources, and the diabolic forces that have committed themselves to the destruction of our national heritage.  She is empathetic to the hard working, decent, down to earth working people who brave the forces of nature, the fickleness of the market place, and the regulatory nonsense imposed by bureaucrats either through ignorance of sound  science and nature or through malice.  But, she is objective in analysis and description.  She recognizes, as do many of us, that whether the damage to those who work the land and water is caused by malice or not, the result is the same:  malicious and destructive. 

A highly intelligent and skilled writer is Elizabeth Nickson.   She certainly is that—but she is more.  She is a deeply concerned human being—-committed to drawing back the veil of secrecy that shrouds  environmentalist dedication to cracking the backbone of our nation—the hard working, tax paying, voting rural Americans who are generationally  dedicated to protecting and preserving our national lands, water and resources.  In this highly readable, fascinating book, she tells the stories of the tragedies that are suffered by landowners whose rights are attacked.  She goes beyond description of the problem and discusses the way all of us can activate for protection of our rights, our traditional way of life in rural America.  There are many who can discuss the problems, but few who provide solutions.  There are few who describe the problems in real terms, painting pictures of the real people affected.   This is a book that does proud our Revolutionary heroes who crafted this marvelous Republic.  Nickson provides the method by which we can get in the trenches to work to take back our America.

Every American who worries about the future of our rural traditions needs to read “Eco Facists” by Elizabeth Nickson.


                  November 21, 2012—————————by Fred Kelly Grant

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized”—-

                            The United States Constitution, Amendment Four



General David Petraeus and Paula Broadwell had rights to security of themselves, their papers and effects that were violated by an FBI agent with a personal axe to grind.  The Fourth Amendment was tossed into the wind on a whim. 


No matter how one feels about the personal-sexual affair that was exposed and admitted, surely we all must be more offended by the broader scandal evidenced by the abuse of the Fourth Amendment.  Without a warrant, without probable cause of any kind, a single FBI agent penetrated the Fourth Amendment wall surrounding Broadwell’s personal communications via e-mail.  The unlawful penetration was accomplished by an agent responding to a personal grievance by a mere individual citizen, Jill Kelley.  The agent no doubt wanted to curry Kelley’s favor; after all, he had sent her a shirtless photo of himself.


In order to further Kelley’s personal interests and therefore, his own, this agent used the power of his position to penetrate Broadwell’s security.  Then, that breach led, without probable cause and a warrant, to breach of General Petraeus’ e-mails.  At this point, there is no telling how far reaching was this breach of privacy and security—-all without a warrant and to serve a United States agent’s personal interests in a woman.


What a state we have come to in this 223rd year of our Republic.  Every FBI agent swears to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.  Every official appointed and elected to represent the people takes the same oath.  FBI agents therefore commit to protect individual and personal rights guaranteed by the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution.


We have come to a state where the oath is meaningless.  None of us are secure in our persons, papers or effects when a single agent for personal purposes can invade personal communications without a warrant.


That to me is the focus that should now be put on the Petraeus story.  Nevermind that a national personality who has served us well in the military has been victimized.  You and I can be victimized in the same way.


Nevermind that an FBI agent curried favor of a lady to whom he had sent a photo obviously designed for sensuous purposes.  Where was the protection that should have been in place above him in the FBI?  Where was the protection that should have been in place with those who provided him the information that allowed his unlawful intrusion?


During the past two weeks, we have seen the fall out from one of the most egregious violations of the Fourth Amendment that I have ever witnessed in my seven plus decades of life.  Libertarians and civil rights enthusiasts of all political and social leanings should be enraged—they should be standing side by side in an effort to force our Congress and our President to ensure that federal agents paid by our tax dollars observe and obey the Constitution they all swore to protect and defend.


We need no new laws to accomplish this objective!  In fact, God help us if Congress tries to “protect” us as it did in passing the so-called “Patriot Act”, which in fact is a violation of the Constitution in so many ways.   The President simply has to issue an Executive Order that anyone violating the Fourth Amendment or any other provision of the Constitution will be fired, along with his supervisors all the way up to the Cabinet member overseeing the Department.  The Congress needs only to oversee that this is done, holding up all budgets until the Executive Order is issued.  Then, the Congress needs only to hold up approving an appropriation to any Department that is shown through Congressional oversight to have violated the Executive Order.


It is that simple.  But just watch!  When the issue comes to the floor of Congress it will become controverted and confused in a discussion of protection against terrorism, white collar crimes, narcotics conspiracies, syndicate murders, and every other form of “scare tactic” that the enforcement agencies and their sheep in Congress can muster.  Our freedom, guaranteed by the Fourth Amendment, will pale into insignificance in the discussion.  The fact that each person in the discussion swore to uphold, to protect and defend that Amendment will be ignored.  All will fail to protect our rights in the name of and under color of “protecting” us from terrorists and criminals.


And, forgotten and swept under the rug will be the criminal acts of a shirtless FBI agent playing up to a woman who used her charm to gain status with VIPs and who was grieved by a competitor for status.


How we have changed as a Nation in 223 years, just a blink of an eye in God’s time.   How ashamed of us would be the Founders who placed their lives, their possessions, their sacred honor on the line for us.  How ashamed of us would be all the men and women who have given their lives and bodies in battle in the name of protecting and defending the Constitution.


The Founders who drafted the Constitution, and who sat in the legislatures that ratified the Constitution and the first Ten Amendments, were determined to free themselves and us from officious and overbearing government interference with their and our lives.  One of the real problems the Founders addressed was the warrantless search and seizure process to which colonials had been subjected.  English troops and officials had routinely entered homes and privately owned ships and warehouses to search for and seize firearms, goods that may have come into the country without payment of tariffs, and papers evidencing sedition.


Our Founders resisted English override of the rights they claimed dating back to the Magna Carta forced on King John in 1249.  The open, candid reason for the movement that resulted in the Revolutionary War and Independence was that England had broken faith with the personal, individual rights guaranteed to English citizens.


Following adoption of the Constitution in Philadelphia, the legislatures of the States added the Bill of Rights, including the Fourth Amendment that protects “persons, houses, papers and effects.”  It was and is an amendment guaranteeing security of personal and individual rights, not just security of the home.  “Effects” is a term of common usage today and in 1789: “personal belongings” (Oxford dictionary).


The Amendment states specifically, not in general terms, that “the right to be secure” in their persons, houses, papers and effects shall not be violated.  The word “secure” is again, a word of common usage both in 1789 and today: The Oxford dictionary defines the term as “certain to remain safe and unthreatened”, “feeling confident and free from fear or anxiety”, and as a verb “protect against threats; make safe.”  Oxford’s scholars trace the term back to the mid 16th century, its use coming from “the sense of feeling no apprehension” and originating in the “Latin securus, from se-‘without’ + cura-‘care’” (See on line “Oxford Dictionaries, definition of “secure”).


Broadwell’s security, her right to feel no apprehension, her right to remain safe and unthreatened, in her intimately personal communications—not to the world, but to one man—was clearly violated.  So was the same right of General Patraeus.  So were the rights of every person to whom the two sent emails and from whom they received emails—-not just about their personal and intimate lives but on all subjects.


The identity of the FBI agent should become a name known in every household in America; the identity of his supervisor and of every person in the chain of command who reviewed these emails and did not immediately suspend or fire the violating agent should be made public NOW.  And disciplinary action should be taken.


No rational person in this Nation can believe that a warrantless search and perusal of a person’s electronic communications to another person or group of persons is permissible in light of the specific language of the Constitution!  I truly believe that defense of the shirtless FBI’s agent violation of security can be made only by a bureaucrat, an overzealous enforcement agency, the Congress, or activist courts that try to explain away our Constitutional rights for the “good of the whole”.


No libertarian, no civil rights supporter, in fact no Tea Party member true to the message he or she delivers, should stand still for such obvious and blatant violation of the security of Paula Broadwell, General David Petraeus, and others involved in the sordid web.


Next could be you.  All it takes, it seems, is an agent of the government that has a personal grievance against you—-or an agent that has a personal interest in any man or woman who has a personal grievance against you.  Scary?  I say it is scandalous!! 

Every one of us should demand of our representatives in Congress that oversight and budget actions be taken to assure that there is accountability by the agent, and the Department for this violation of civil rights!!

I do hope that Broadwell will file a Civil Rights Act violation civil action against the agent and the Department.  As shown by the case and jury verdict against FBI agents in Chicago many years ago, the “law” will not tolerate these violations if the citizen has the intestinal fortitude to pursue remedy.  With what Broadwelll has already suffered, what has she to lose by filing and pursuing the action.

The person who also has such right, in my opinion, is Mrs. Patraeus who has been dragged into public embarrassment through absolutely no fault of her own.  My guess is that her emails too were read and reviewed.  If so, I hope against hope that she will file such a Civil Rights Act violation civil suit.

But, in the meantime, we MUST DEFEND OURSELVES.