Here we go again.
I was watching Sean Hannity tonight (9/17/2009),
and have been following loosely the situation in the
San Joaquin Valley of California with their water
crisis over the small Delta Smelt minnow and its
endangered species listing.
The Farmers have water rights to that water.
There is no legal water rights for that water for a
minnow over the farmers. There is only a
manufactured judicial legal decision by liberal
judges based on junk science and the whims of
administrators and bureaucrats that create these
incidents based on the Endangered Species Act and a
rabid environmental policy.
This is an illegal "taking", and IMHO it is
unconstitutional on its face. And it simply cannot
This sounds more and more like what happened in
Klamath Basin Water Crisis to farmers of
Oregon and northern California in 2001. At that
time, the magical fish was the sucker fish...and
every farmer in that basin knew that the sucker fish
was not endangered and that they did not need a
"full" lake to survive. It was junk science being
used to push an anti-American environmental agenda
then...plain and simple...and it is the same today.
Here is my suggestion to the Farmers and their
allies in the San Joaquin Valley.
You have the numbers...many more people actively
engaged in the fight than we had in Klamath. In
Klamath, there were many meetings with
politicians...followed by meetings with "officials"
of government agencies. In the end, the result was
the same...the water stayed off.
It was not until a few farmers and their allies
took control of the headgates and turned the water
back on that things began to happen. In that case,
only a dozen farmers and their allies were at the
gates the next morning when 50-70 armed law
enforcement officers came and took the head gates
back and again turned off the water.
If we had had 1000 farmers and their allies there
that morning, they would not have been able to do
As it was, we did not, and so those officers, who
had reconnoitered our position through the night,
turned the water back off...temporarily.
But that was the spark and by the next afternoon,
the farmers and their allies gathered en masse and
surrounded the law enforcement officers (most of
whom absolutely did not want to be there) and made
their life miserable over the course of many weeks.
Ultimately, after the farmers pumped the water in
small quanitities, and then siphoned it in larger
quantities around the headgates, at a later rally
where many hundreds were present, the farmers
crossed the line again and penned the government
Soon thereafter, legal decisions began to change
and the crisis was ultimately resolved and returned
to the status quo and the farmers got their water.
To this day the Klamath Basin has continued
getting enough water to farm.
Now the fight has moved to the much larger and
larger producing San Joaquin Valley.
In the end, my advise is simple.
STOP BEING GLAD HANDED BY POLITIICANS AND
FIND A WAY TO TURN YOUR WATER ON THEN STAND
VIGIL BY THE THOUSANDS AND KEEP IT ON.
Your livelihood, your way of life...YOUR LIBERTY
is worth the effort and the risk. And make no
mistake, that is exactly what is at stake here.
And make no mistake the rest of America...YOUR
livelihood, your way of life, and your liberty by
extension is also at stake. For if they can do this
to your neighbors there in California and get away
with it...they can do it to you.
Once those lines are drawn, and you engage in
civil disobedience in this fashion, people will
flock to you by the tens of thousands and the
administration will be forced to turn things around
and magically find, as the Bush administration did
before them, the "new science" to support a reversal
of their current policy.
God bless you farmers there. God bless all who
In the end, it is your decision. This advise is
simply given from one who witnessed the same type of
governmental infringement, the same unconstitutional
and illegal takings, the same judicial and
environmental tyranny that you are experiencing
now...and stood with those who did something about
The Stand at Klamath
Falls: How rural
western farmers and their supporters stood up to
entrenched environmentalism, activist judges, and
agencies of the Federal Government in southwestern