Tyranny: Back By Popular Demand

On August 3, 2010 the National Parks Conservation Association put out a press release entitled “Senate Urged to Pass Bill with Full Funding for Popular Conservation Program“. If you can find the fallacy in this title you know the truth about this debate. The outright lie that they insert so calmly into this title is the single word “popular”. Now we all know that popular is a qualitative word and can technically be used without ever telling a real lie. However they don’t tell you that their sample group for determining the popularity of this bill did not include the people who will be affected by it.

Sitting up in a penthouse in New York city or a mansion in Beverly Hills it is hard to imagine the devastation that this kind of bill causes. When the federal government takes private land to use for their national parks, wildlife reserves or what have you they destroy the livelihood of the person who owned that land. The farmer in Montana who has not only worked for his entire life to build up what he has now, but has had the farm in his family for generations is forced into a city where he does not belong and has no desire to be. He loses his life and his American dream is destroyed to make way for that of the NPCA. This is wicked, irresponsible and wrong. It is also a violation of the rights of all Americans and especially those affected by this.

So ask yourself this: Who is this bill popular with? I guarantee it is not those that this really matters to.

Tom DeWeese
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Tom DeWeese is President of the American Policy Center and National Grassroots Coordinator for CFACT (Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow) working to help local activists organize into Freedom Pods (www.CFACT.org). He is also the author of three books, including Now Tell Me I Was Wrong, ERASE, and Sustainable: the WAR on Free Enterprise, Private Property, and Individuals.