Sunday, October 30, 2011

Meanwhile, the Real Revolution Is in .......California (??)

Well, well.

The nearly five-hour drive from the Sacramento area to Yreka, in Siskiyou County by the Oregon border, was a reminder not just of the immense size and beauty of California, but of the vast regional and cultural differences one finds within our 37-million-population state. Sacramento is Government Central, a land of overly pensioned bureaucrats and restaurant discounts for state workers. But way up in the North State, one finds a small but hard-edged rural populace that views state and federal officials as the main obstacles to their quality of life.

...These rural folks, living in the shadow of the majestic Mount Shasta, believe that they are being driven away so that their communities can essentially go back to the wild, to conform to a modern environmentalist ethos that puts wildlands above humanity. As the locals told it during the Defend Rural America conference Oct. 22 at the Siskiyou Golden Fairgrounds, environmental officials are treading on their liberties, traipsing unannounced on their properties, confronting ranchers with guns drawn to enforce arcane regulatory rules and destroying their livelihoods in the process.

Green Goddess worshipers with snail-darter/spotted owl side dishes.  The usual Ruling Class scum.

Now for the part that's interesting:

The evening's main event: a panel featuring eight county sheriffs (seven from California, one from Oregon) who billed themselves as "Constitution sheriffs." They vowed to stand up for the residents of their communities against what they say is an unconstitutional onslaught from regulators in Sacramento and Washington, D.C. In particular, they took issue with the federal government's misnamed Travel Management Plan, which actually is designed to shut down public travel in the forests.


Plumas County Sheriff Greg Hagwood related the stir he caused when he said he "will not criminalize citizens for just accessing public lands." Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey reminded the crowd that county sheriffs are sworn to uphold the Constitution "against all enemies, foreign and domestic." These are fighting words.

Sheriff Dean Wilson of Del Norte County said he was "ignorant and na├»ve about the terrible condition our state was in." He came to believe that people were being assaulted by their own government. "I spent a good part of my life enforcing the penal code but not understanding my oath." Wilson and other sheriffs said it is their role to defend the liberties of the people against any encroachments – even if those encroachments come from other branches of government.

Gee.  A rich, greedy, haughty, overbearing demi-regent living several thousand miles to the East decrees that the serfs will either pay up or move out, and there's a 'rebellion'?

Sounds vaguely familiar.

Added, from Ticker:

A recent Rasmussen poll disclosed that only 21% of the voters in this country believe that the government enjoys the consent of the governed.  Put another way, only 21% of the voters in this nation consent to what Washington is doing

More ominously, 61% say the government does NOT have consent.  The remainder (18%) are not sure.
May I remind you that in 1776 less than that 21% of the population (19%, actually) were loyal to Britain?

HT:  Cold Fury

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hmmm The "Travel Management Plan... designed to shut down public travel in the forests." is worrisome for another reason. In the event of an 'emergency', some might seek to take shelter (to avoid the Regimes mandatory vaccinations or whatever) on land they thought was, well, theirs.

In other news, ATC on NPR today featured a 'report' in which the baffled anchor couldn't fathom why people didn't trust the government, especially since it's 'never been more transparent' Amusing and terrifying.