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Obama administration targeting Maine for Federal control - "I invited myself":

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"Ownership and private property were the beginning of the end in this country" -- Roxanne Quimby.

Obama's Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar and National Park Service Directory Jon Jarvis "visited" Maine this month to promote Federal control by the National Park Service over a large portion of the state -- from 70,000 to millions of acres of private property. They are trying to get it started through a "gift" of land from their cohort Roxanne Quimby, a wealthy wilderness radical who has been buying up land to put it, and a lot more of Maine, under Federal control.

The state legislature recently passed a resolution opposing the agenda, pointedly addressing it directly at Obama and Salazar telling them to butt out. The governor and Maine's two US Senators also oppose it. The Obama administration thumbed its nose at the state and came anyway. Salazar said "I invited myself". This kind of Federal arrogance ought to make anyone sit up and take notice, but it's nothing compared to what they do when they get the control they want.

From the Washington Examiner:

Greens, government target Mainers

By: Ron Arnold 08/25/11

Last year, more than 600,000 nature lovers held memberships in the National Parks Conservation Association (2010 revenue, $43.2 million), with its noble slogan, "protecting our national parks for future generations." The group is lobbying for 130 more parks immediately, and its website extols magnificent parks and historic sites that "embody the American spirit" and deplores "the many dangers that threaten to destroy them forever."

But the National Park Service, which actually administers the places NPCA touts, is a ruthless, insatiable land-grabbing bureaucracy that has brutally dispossessed thousands of homeowners nationwide, ruining lives to expand its empire with cold-blooded efficiency.

Everybody loves "America's best idea," as PBS filmmaker Ken Burns calls our national parks -- from Acacia to Yosemite, and from Yellowstone to the Everglades. But even PBS couldn't stomach the National Park Service's atrocity in Ohio's rural Cuyahoga Valley. In the 1970s, they came with sweet promises that the government would take only a modest recreation area. At first, that meant the loss of 30 homes. Then 200, then 600, and finally an undisclosed master plan to depopulate a 51-square-mile swath of the valley's farms and towns and homes.

In 1983, "PBS Frontline with Jessica Savitch" ran an expose titled, "For the Good of All," tracing the Cuyahogans' hopeless struggle to keep their homes and heritage. Many viewers never forgave the parks service, but the National Parks Conservation Association cheered it on.

Today, the association glorifies Cuyahoga Valley National Park -- trails for the hike and bike bunch and sanitized artisan farmers who pretend to be like those who once actually lived there.

Last week, the National Park Service took its Cuyahoga-like show to Millinocket, Maine's high school auditorium, where park service Director Jon Jarvis and his boss, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, tried to sweet-talk 300 locals into a proposed 70,000-acre North Woods National Park that NPCA wants to create.

Roxanne Quimby, multimillionaire founder of Burt's Bees products, proposed giving part of her local landholdings to the United States for a national park. The state legislature, the governor and both of Maine's U.S. senators had already rejected the idea because it would certainly expand and consume the heart of Maine's timberlands.

Mainers also recalled that Destry Jarvis, Jon's brother, had been a high-ranking NPCA official who created a monstrous eight-volume, Rockefeller-funded, national park expansion plan in 1988. Destry's wish list included five huge national parks in Maine.

Salazar denied accusations that it would expand, promising that Mainers would control the park's size. Maine's federal delegation and legislators would not allow it to be otherwise, he said. "We," he reminded the audience, "are a nation of laws."

State Sen. Doug Thomas, who represents the area, suspected that the NPCA and Quimby were actually behind this visit, and asked Salazar who invited him to Maine.

"I invited myself," Salazar said. "Nobody invited me."

If all this makes the National Parks Conservation Association sound like a private lobbyist for the National Park Service, that's because it is. And that's what it was meant to be. It was created in 1919 as the National Parks Association by Stephen Mather, borax millionaire and first director of the National Park Service.

Mather the bureaucrat was impatient with rules. And so Mather the industrialist circumvented them by founding NPCA's predecessor organization, for the explicit purpose of promoting the National Park Service in ways the agency could not do legally.

With Salazar appearing "uninvited" in places that interest the National Parks Conservation Association, it's a good bet that somebody is dusting off Destry's list and checking it for easy targets.

Examiner Columnist Ron Arnold is executive vice president of the Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise.

They're doing more than dusting off old lists.

Multi-millionaire Roxanne Quimby is a far leftist and wilderness fanatic affiliated with the radical Massachusetts organization 'RESTORE: The North Woods'. She has been on its board of directors, leaving, as she acknowledged, only to try to moderate her 'image' in Maine while still supporting the organization and its goals.

Restore's purpose is to pressure for government-imposed wilderness "ecosystem restoration" across the northeast, eliminating industry and taking over millions of acres of land, forcing people to live in "balance with nature", including "population control".

Restore has been pushing for a 3.2 million acre Federal park in Maine for decades. The target area came from the NPCA National Park System Plan concocted in Washington DC -- under the direction of the brother of the current National Park Service Director -- in the 1980s in collaboration with the National Park Service itself and other big park pressure groups, including the Wilderness Society, which they credit for the idea of the current target in the Maine woods. Restore split off from the Wilderness Society in the early 1990s to focus on this campaign.

Restore is run by the former Northeast Regional Director of the Wilderness Society and a sidekick from Maine, also from the Wilderness Society. It is backed by wealthy Hollywood celebrities and big-name national viro activists. One of them is former Audubon VP and current head of the Endangered Species Coalition in Washington DC Brock Evans. Evans is notorious for his "take it all" speech exhorting sympathetic activists at an environmentalist leadership conference to go after Federal control of 26 millions acres of mostly private property extending from the coast of Maine, across northern New Hampshire and Vermont to the western side of the Adirondacks in New York. Kellet also said that most of that 26 million acres will be in Federal ownership.

Quimby has boasted for decades that she is buying up as much land as she can in order to turn it over to the National Park Service as a "gift" to bring in Federal control. She has openly stated that the current 70,000 acres is intended as a "seed" and a "down payment" for millions of acres more, and is trying to establish a foothold by the National Park Service from which she intends for it to expand its control. She is an insider in the National Park lobby who knows Salazar personally. Obama appointed her to the Federally-created National Park Foundation to promote the National Park Service.

Quimby is opposed to private property rights on principle. She told Yankee Magazine three years ago:

To me, ownership and private property were the beginning of the end in this country. Once the Europeans came in, drawing lines and dividing things up, things started getting exploited and overconsumed. But a park takes away the whole issue of ownership. It's off the table; we all own it and we all share it. It's so democratic.

Here is a link to the 1980s PBS Frontlines documentary on the National Park Service For the Good of All referred to in the article.

What else would you expect from Obama? They want to celebrate the centennial of a ruthless Federal agency, the National Park Service, in 2016 by taking over huge regions of private property in a state that has told them to get lost.

How do you get all this from bees wax? Through a turkey coop:

Quimby is a 60s radical counter-culture type who was born in Cambridge MA and attended a California arts 'college' in the early 1970s. She traveled across the country in a jalopy to Maine, where she lived in deliberate poverty in the woods as a 'back-to-the-lander'. She hooked up with her partner Burt who was eking out a living by collecting and selling bees wax and living in a turkey coop, then expanded the business through a scam selling the bees wax in small packages at high prices to people who rubbed it on their bodies as part of the "natural" fad. She turned this into the Burt's Bees personal care products company and made millions, moving it out of Maine to avoid the high taxes. She sold her stake in her "Green" company for nearly $300 million and has been using the money to buy up private property in order to destroy private property rights ever since -- while living in mansions herself and hobnobbing with Washington insiders. Her former partner Burt got only about $4 million -- and is reportedly still living in a turkey coop.

You couldn't make these things up and if you could it would be too unbelievable for fiction. These people are crazy, but they have a lot of money and a lot of power.

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Thanks. I've added these two people to my list of "people who are destroying America" and who are to be investigated and possibly brought to trial. Yes, I want to put together a Star Chamber, and get a group of military folks to go and capture these people and bring them to trial.

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Thanks. I've added these two people to my list of "people who are destroying America" and who are to be investigated and possibly brought to trial. Yes, I want to put together a Star Chamber, and get a group of military folks to go and capture these people and bring them to trial.

As an advocate of the Constitution and the rule of law -- as are almost all the the members of THE FORUM -- I strongly disagree. Star Chambers always end up being run by the Bad Guys with the Good Guys as the targets.

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Much as I dislike the woman, and the Fed's tendency to keep assets under its control for socialist purposes, so long as it's legal (i.e. someone paid her for the wax, and she paid for the land, and then the Fed gets legal ownership) I see nothing wrong with it. As I think Betsy also is saying, it is important to uphold the rule of law, and the defense of individual rights even if the actions taken are against your taste. Insert Voltaire quote here.

I have only the most utter contempt and disgust for Michael Moore but I respect his right to make USD 50 million from peddling dangerous and false propaganda.

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Much as I dislike the woman, and the Fed's tendency to keep assets under its control for socialist purposes, so long as it's legal (i.e. someone paid her for the wax, and she paid for the land, and then the Fed gets legal ownership) I see nothing wrong with it. As I think Betsy also is saying, it is important to uphold the rule of law, and the defense of individual rights even if the actions taken are against your taste. Insert Voltaire quote here.

I have only the most utter contempt and disgust for Michael Moore but I respect his right to make USD 50 million from peddling dangerous and false propaganda.

Quimby has no right to change the form of government over a portion of Maine, giving the Federal government jurisdiction over part of a state to eliminate private property rights and local accountability of government in principle and forever.

Once the National Park Service establishes a foothold with Federal governmental jurisdiction over an area, it controls that area and also has the power to interfere in the surrounding region -- through further politically-driven expansion and through such devices as intervening in state and Federal permitting under much stricter Federal "air quality" standards used to obstruct industrial activity by enforcing "pristine" air within 100 km around the Federal area.

No one has a "right" to do this -- to impose a more dictatorial form of government -- anywhere, and Quimby does not acquire such a right by giving land and money to the government. It is blatantly buying government control and public policy, and is thoroughly corrupt. Federal control is not a "gift".

Furthermore, leaving aside that the Constitution does not authorize the government to establish and maintain "parks" at all, the National Park Service does not have a "right" to help Quimby by accepting her "gift" of land, i.e., a "gift" of control over a region of the state out of a desire to expand its own empire. Governments do not act by "right". Individuals act by right in accordance with freedom guaranteed by law, limited only by what they cannot do. Government is supposed to do, and only do, what it must do -- what it is Constitutionally mandated to do -- not act by discretion under "rights".

Quimby and the viro activists are loudly proclaiming that she has the "right" to "give" land to the National Park Service, establishing the Federal control she wants, because of her "property rights" to "do whatever she wants with her land". She does not have a right to "do whatever she wants" with her land as a subterfuge for imposing more government control -- anymore than appeals to "property rights" could permit the owner of a gun to "do whatever he wants" with his gun by murdering people. "Rights", like all principles, are absolute but contextual in meaning.

Quimby and the viros oppose property rights on principle themselves, are openly acting to politically eliminate them, and are cynically trying to befuddle genuine but philosophically naive supporters of property rights by conning them in the name of "property rights" into going along with the scam rationalized by self-contradiction for statist purposes.

Furthermore, Federal law does not permit the National Park Service to institute new National Parks without Congressional authorization. And in accordance with reform legislation in the 1990s the National Park Service is not allowed to even conduct what is called New Area Studies without Congressional authorization. This restriction was implemented by Congress because of a long history of prior abuse setting people up for Federal park takeovers and restrictions (in what used to be called the "Park of the Month Club" because the National Park Service was required to "study" 12 new potential areas every year). These government-run "studies" are in fact promotions intended to overwhelm the opposition. Congress is also now, for the same reason, by law not supposed to authorize such "studies" without first establishing popular support in the area impacted.

The governor of Maine, both of its US Senators, and the state legislature have all opposed the National Park Service's agenda to make new National Parks in Maine. The state legislature in particular overwhelmingly passed a resolution directed at Obama and his Interior Dept. telling them not to embark on a "study". That Obama's Interior Secretary Salazar deliberately thumbed his nose at all of this and "invited himself" to go into Maine to promote his Federal takeover agenda ought to make anyone sit up and take notice that there is "something wrong with this".

Obama, moreover, under an aberration in the Antiquities Act which been routinely exploited and abused by previous presidents, has the power to accept a "gift" of land and unilaterally declare it to be a National Monument -- at which point National Park Service authorization would be secondary. Salazar ominously stated in Maine that he could "recommend" this to Obama for Maine.

Quimby has further boasted that her 70,000 acre "gift" is intended as a "seed" and a "down payment" for an agenda to take over millions of acres of other people's private property in Maine for a massive Federal government-imposed restricted "conservation" area to "restore the ecosystem".

The plan is not hers alone -- it is part of a government agenda described in the National Park System Plan devised in Washington DC in 1988 by the National Parks and Conservation Association (NPCA) in collaboration with the National Park Service itself and other big park pressure groups like the Wilderness Society.

NPCA was established as the private lobby of the National Park Service in 1919, three years after the creation of the National Park Service, by its first Director in order to lobby in ways not legal for the agency itself. The whole history of the National Park Service from its very founding has been one of insider politics mixing private wealth and insider influence with government power (i.e. literally fascism, as it was being inserted into American politics by the early progressives).

The 1988 National Park System Plan for massive expansion across the country was developed outside the agency itself because the Reagan administration would not permit it and the agency and its lobbyists wanted to keep expanding on what they had done in massive new National Park takeovers in the 1970s. The promotion of the plan in 1988 was intended to pick up where they had left off.

A Federal presence, i.e., a foothold, like 70,000 acres also leads to further political pressure for expansion employing the kind of power politics driven by the big viro pressure groups that most people have no way of practically contending with. Quimby and the pressure groups are aiming for millions of acres of Federal wilderness, which is even more restrictive than 'ordinary' National Parks and other Federal areas. They even want to ban recreation other than wilderness backpackers who spend days or weeks to access areas no one else can get to. This at the expense of private property in principle, and specifically the current industrial use of land by a combination of logging and recreation that is an important part of the economy that people rely on.

Quimby is buying up as much land as she can to intentionally prevent its use. She is canceling camp leases, closing roads and shutting down snowmobile trails, all to deliberately rid the area of human use and in anticipation of government control. One could understand someone buying land and changing traditional access because he wants to use it for something else. But Quimby is obsessed with misanthropic wilderness on a mass scale. She has the legal right to do that as long as she retains ownership -- and everyone else has the moral basis and First Amendment right to judge what she is doing and speak out against it, denouncing the insanity.

Obama appointed Quimby to the National Park Foundation, a quasi-private foundation run by government appointees and established by Congress in the 1960s with Rockefeller money in order to raise private money to promote the National Park Service -- because it is illegal for a government agency to accept donations directly for its own discretionary spending and to lobby on its own behalf. This end-run on behalf of National Park Service self-promotion is itself a corruption of government.

Everything about these Quimby/NPCA/National Park Service machinations is corrupt. To claim that there is "nothing wrong with this" because she is playing her own land requires a complete dropping of both moral and political context -- including the principles of the nature of government, the wilderness misanthropy, and the practical impact of a very cynical political process with a lot of power behind it. Context dropping like this in the name of "free enterprise" and "libertarianism" is what we more often see from "free market" advocates who with no philosophical basis easily wander into fundamental contradictions.

One should not "respect law", regardless of the kind of law, just because it is law. Law on behalf of government as an end in itself is a statist corruption of law in principle. I don't think this is what Betsy meant by the "rule of law". An appeal to "respect for the rule of law" turned into demands for respect for statism is a fallacy (now being invoked by the left to try to shame conservatives into going along with their impositions): the "Rule of law and not men" is not supposed to mean that the purpose of law is for rule by men. Opposing unlawful vigilantism by "military" "star chambers" does not mean endorsing statist takeovers in the name of "property rights" law.

To sanction the Quimby/NPCA/National Park Service machinations and misanthropic goals while only "not liking" Quimby and "the Fed's tendency to keep assets under its control for socialist purposes" -- on grounds that Quimby "paid for the land" and would have the "law" on her side with "legal Federal ownership" if she manages to navigate through and exploit a cynical, statist political process to get what she wants -- is worse than the objections we used to hear to Ayn Rand's criticism of the Woodstock festival on grounds that Woodstock was a "private" event.

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