BEWARE THE WATERSHED GROUP
Sept 1, 2007
By creating the Big River Watershed Group last week, the people of
St. Francois County, Missouri, who live in Big River’s watershed,
have presented themselves as living proof of their claim that
environmental lead in mining waste damages neural function and
causes extreme stupidity.
The Group adds another layer of sticky and expensive bureaucracy
to life’s problems. There will be little accomplished that
actually benefits Big River Watershed residents.
Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) such as the Watershed Group
are the natural habitat of Utopiast busybodies whose lifework is
forcing their extreme positions on the rest of us. Environmental
NGOs attract weirdoes, Communists, Socialists, anarchists,
radicals, Luddites and extremists the way rotting meat attracts
vermin. The antisocial types find a home base from which their NGO
can employ predatory lawyers and corruptible legislators to carry
out their agenda of national destruction.
Watershed Group officials elected last week are no doubt decent
and honorable people who want to make the environment a better
place for all of us. Their terms in office will eventually expire.
In their place, more radical and extremist people will take over
the organization. Three of four elections down the line, the
Watershed Group is very likely to be ultra-radical and dedicated
to sucking up government grants for serving far-left
special-interests rather than serving people living in the
President Richard Nixon’s greatest mistake was not Watergate, it
was his signing of the unconstitutional and now expired Endangered
Species Act which placed species recovery at higher priority than
all other government functions including national defense.
The Endangered Species Act will be used by the future Watershed
Group to stop mining, industry, farming and even home ownership,
and to separate people in Big River Watershed from their land and
water in the name of ‘saving’ some obscure life-form. A species
becomes ‘endangered’ by definition and only needs to be so
designated to become official. If a suitable ‘endangered’ plant or
animal is not available in an area that Greenie radicals want to
snatch away from landowners, then an ‘endangered’ plant or animal
can be secretly imported and released or planted, as was allegedly
done with the Meadowfoam plant in California in an attempt to stop
a housing development.
Creation of the Watershed Group is a classic example of the
Nitroglycerine Problem, the failure to look ahead to the likely
future results of present action.
Nitroglycerin is easy to make. You could make a gallon of
nitroglycerine on a tabletop in your basement. Congratulations!
Your project succeeded.
Now what? You mean you did not think ahead. You do not have a plan
to remove and safely dispose of the gallon of nitroglycerine that
is in your basement? You just now realize that a gallon of
nitroglycerine can explode and turn your house and your neighbors’
homes into toothpicks?
The people of St. Francois County, Missouri, have allowed a
Nitroglycerine Problem to develop in their midst. Now that you
have a Watershed Group you will have to live with the
consequences. Fifty years from now your grandchildren will ask,
“Why did you let this happen when you could have stopped the
problem before it began? Why did you let them take away our land
You could tell your grandchildren that your extreme stupidity and
failure to plan ahead may have been caused by lead in the