Protesting Peter Singer

Animal Rights Agenda Threatens Human Rights By Tom DeWeese The protests against the presence of Peter Singer, known as the father of the Animal Rights Movement, teaching at Princeton University, raises questions once again about the true agenda of the animal rights movement. Animal-rights advocates represent one of the most absurd, violent, destructive elements in our society. They use our emotions and compassion to sucker good-hearted Americans into their radical political agenda. Animal rights advocates oppose animal welfare. Americans who love animals must understand that animal rights, as articulated by organizations such as People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, will do away with wildlife management, veterinary medicine, and captive breeding. It will end medical testing, a research process responsible for today's modern medical miracles.  Here, in their own words, is what they stand for: They Oppose Pet Ownership "Pet Ownership is an absolutely abysmal situation brought about by human ...
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All in the Name of Environmental Protection

How the Feds and Eco-Elitists Take Private Land for Fun and Profit By Tom DeWeese Those who have read George Orwell's classic book, "Animal Farm" will be familiar with the phrase "everyone is equal, but some are more equal than others." The line was used by the ruling pigs in the story to justify why they were giving themselves special privileges over the other animals. It was necessary, you see, that the leaders have the best - the better to deal with the pressing issues of State. Citizens of communist countries (the political and economic force Orwell sought to parody) fully understand the reality of the phrase. They well know how communist leaders grow rich, take the best homes and ride in chauffeured limousines. Meanwhile, their "equal" fellow citizens shiver on cold winter nights, lacking fuel for the stove, their cupboards bare as a result of the failed policies of ...
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Americans Hoping To Rake In

by Joanna Waugh In February 1997, President Clinton announced his American Heritage Rivers initiative -- a program to pump federal money into urban riverfront projects. AHR is supposed to provide recreational opportunities while protecting natural resources, preserving local history and culture, and revitalizing local economies through sustainable development. In reality, this proposal is just another Great Society-type welfare program -- for recreation. Clinton has promised American Heritage Rivers will not increase federal spending. He has instructed his Cabinet to squeeze federal agencies of every available dollar and to "re-direct resources" into AHR communities. Tight budgets, however, leave little money to play with. The President needs an alternative funding source, and a "grassroots" campaign to lobby Congress for it. The first inkling of his plan came in April public input sessions conducted by the EPA, Forest Service, National Park Service, and Department of Agriculture. Tucked into the American Heritage Rivers information ...
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A Free Iraq Can’t Succeed Without Private Property Protections

March 12, 2004 By Cheryl K. Chumley, associate editor, APC Wire John Adams said, "The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the laws of God – and there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it – anarchy and tyranny commence." So how does Iraq, based in part on months of influence from America’s best and brightest, choose to advance this fundamental human right of property ownership in its interim Constitution, the Law of the Administration for the State of Iraq for the Transitional Period? By this less-than-stellar introduction to its much touted private property protection clause, Article 16, Sections A, B and C: "Public property is sacrosanct and its protection is the duty of every citizen." This is what we’re patting ourselves on the back for helping develop – that first and foremost, citizens’ duty is to ...
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Highlands Conservation Act: Stealing Private Property with Public Dollars

March 9, 2004 By Cheryl K. Chumley Just when you thought you had a handle on the maneuvers of environmentalists and the politicians who pander to these anti-private property activists, now comes a new stealth measure aimed at taking even more of your land. Presented as a friendly partnership plan for necessary preservation of clean drinking water reservoirs, wildlife habitat, and endangered species, the Highlands Conservation Act (H.R. 1964) is actually a carefully crafted, multi-layered, insidious hoax that spits on the Constitution and in the faces of freedom-seeking Americans nationwide. If left unchecked, this $100 million-plus bill or its companion Senate version, S. 999 that’s even worse, it will become the steppingstone for greater power to the Greens. The way it works is this: Governors in Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey identify which lands in the two million acre Highlands region should be taken from private control and ...
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Still Fighting

December 24, 2003 By Peyton Knight In 1987, residents who reside along West Virginia State Route 26, more commonly known as the "New River Road" because of its proximity to the rolling body of water, were told by the local authorities that their road would soon receive a much needed upgrade. Being a single lane road, speckled with massive potholes, blind curves, and seasonal standing water areas, the residents were receptive to the idea. They were assured that the renovation was to have "little impact on private property." Fast-forward 12 years later, and the road had still not been repaired. Finally, in September of 1999, property owners along the New River Road were invited to a public meeting hosted by the West Virginia Division of Highways. At long last their new road was to be built. However, they never dreamed that they would be forced to pay for their road ...
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Lies and the Lying Land Grabbers Who Tell Them

October 3, 2003 By Peyton Knight Ralph and Julie Shelton own 91 acres of land in Malheur County, Oregon. In Malheur, 74% of the land is owned by the federal government. The Sheltons’ property is situated on the Owyhee River near the Idaho border. It was bequeathed to them by Ralph’s grandfather. At the time Grandpa Shelton purchased the property, it was a useless mess of overgrown sagebrush and scrub. He, along with the help of his wife and daughter, cleared the land with nothing but horses and crude implements. He constructed a small farmhouse and barn, and even a waterwheel with which to irrigate the land. Through his family’s sweat and toil, he created a beautiful piece of property, one that he would eventually pass down to his grandson’s family. This quaint family farm is now in the crosshairs of land grabbers. In the spring of 2002, Ralph and ...
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The Great National Land Grab

June 9, 2003 By Peyton Knight Land grabbers in Congress, led by Rep. Joel Hefley (R-CO), want to pass federal legislation (H.R. 1427) to create a National Heritage Areas program. Property rights advocates must be on the alert and prepared to fight to ensure that such a program never comes into existence. National Heritage Areas present many dangers to traditional property rights and local zoning. Here are a few of the more serious implications and problems associated with an NHA program: National Heritage Areas are de facto federal zoning. Despite proponents’ claims to the contrary, as federal dollars flow from Washington to individual NHAs, inevitably, federal strings are attached. One of these strings is federal zoning mandates. For example, when the Augusta Canal NHA was undergoing initial approval, the National Park Service urged the House Resources Committee to withhold federal funds from Augusta Canal until a commitment was shown by ...
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We Hold These Truths to Be Self-Evident?

by Tom DeWeese Not long ago, I joked that someday an American family might find, to their horror, that the family next door was forced to sell their house to a herd of buffalo under the fair housing statutes of the Civil Rights law. And the home-owners association would be helpless to stop the new residents from practicing their native religion of stampeding through the neighborhood – for fear of a discrimination suit. I WAS JOKING! But in today’s age of "anti-reason" be careful what you joke about. It may just be someone else’s political agenda. Since the beginning, we called them nuts. Some said that was too harsh. Well, you be the judge. Animal Rights? ANIMAL LAW This Fall, Harvard University will offer a course in "animal law." The course will be taught by Steven Wise of the Massachusetts Center for the Expansion of Fundamental Rights. Wise has argued ...
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Any Nation That Can Put A Man On the Moon Can Get Rid of the EPA

There is certainly no shortage of big thinkers down at the ol’ Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). While the agency attempts to regulate everything on Earth from water consumption to auto emissions, the truly far-sighted control freaks have turned their heads to the stars - Mars to be exact. Recently, a memo to EPA employees announced that their reach has gone universal. "As human exploration of Mars and other planets moves from the realm of fantasy to real possibility, a host of environmental questions arise. Could exploration or colonization inadvertently endanger life forms that might exist on other planets, could they pose any risks to Planet Earth if brought back by astronauts? Looking at lessons from our own planet, what steps should we take to protect other planetary bodies in the Solar System?" Men from H.G. Wells to George Lucas have searched the stars and dreamed of one day going there ...
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Senate Poised to Vote on Huge Land Grab

By Tom DeWeese March 20, 2003 Choosing a time when the attention of all Americans is on our conflict with Iraq, the Senate is poised to vote on a bill that would unleash a major attack on private property rights. It would empower environmental groups and government agencies to use taxpayer funds to purchase land. The bill, S. 476, called the "Faith-based Initiative," has two insidious sections, 106 and 107, that call for a 25% tax cut on capital gains of land sales, but only if the land is sold to an "environmental group" or a government agency. This legislation is a classic Trojan horse. No other "faith-based" groups would benefit, but all Americans would suffer the economic losses as more and more land is taken off the tax rolls and all access and use of that land would be restricted. The proposed legislation would create a huge potential for ...
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Statement of Peyton Knight Legislative Director American Policy Center

Read before the Subcommittee on National Parks of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, concerning oversight, designation and management of National Heritage Areas and the impact of National Heritage Areas on private lands and communities. March 13, 2003 Mr. Chairman and members of the subcommittee, thank you for the opportunity to appear before you today on the behalf of property rights advocates across the country who are concerned with the impact of National Heritage Areas on land use, private property rights and local communities. One of the biggest fears that both residential and commercial property owners have about Heritage Areas is that they will effectively lead to restrictive federal zoning and land-use planning. Why do they fear this? Because funding and technical assistance for Heritage Areas are currently administered through the National Park Service—an agency that, unfortunately, has become synonymous with lost property rights. Indeed, section 6.1.6 of ...
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National Heritage Areas Opposed at Senate Hearing: Loss of Property Rights, Local Economies Would Suffer

March 13, 2003 Washington, DC ~ "If the Heritage Areas program is allowed to proliferate, experience shows that it will become not only a funding albatross, as more and more interest groups gather around the federal trough, but also a program that quashes property rights and local economies through restrictive federal zoning practices." Testifying today before the Subcommittee on National Parks of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Peyton Knight, Legislative Director of the American Policy Center, warned against any expansion of Heritage Areas programs administered by the National Parks Service. "The real beneficiaries of a National Heritage Areas program are conservation groups, preservation societies, land trusts and the National park Service," said Mr. Knight, "essentially organizations that are in a constant pursuit of federal dollars, land acquisition, and restrictions to development." Mr. Knight cited the National Coal Heritage Area as an example of comparable programs that would ...
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Property Rights Loss Invites Anarchy

January 27, 2003 By Tom DeWeese While Americans focus on the prospect of war with Iraq, one to liberate the citizens of that nation from a terrible dictator, other Americans are organizing to protect essential Constitutional rights that are being eroded and destroyed. There is outrage over the manipulation of election laws to thwart the will of the voters. There is the effort to defeat a bill in Congress that would impose a National Identity Card on everyone. Others are raising their voices in protest against a Sustainable Development agenda being driven by the United Nations and the worldwide environmental movement. It is an agenda designed to attack property rights. For nearly 227 years America has prospered because this nation has operated under a rule of law that was designed to protect the individual’s right to pursue his own life in the way he chooses. To work, to play, to ...
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The Conservative Crisis

January 27, 2003 By Tom DeWeese There is a crisis in the Conservative movement. It is a blind spot that threatens everything the movement stands for. It is Sustainable Development, the theme of the United Nations conference in Johannesburg. However, the conservatives who have always been there to fight off such utopian, socialist nightmares now seem to slumber blissfully in their ignorance at the very moment when vigilance is most urgently needed. Sustainable Development is the greatest threat ever perpetrated against the American ideal of liberty. Under Sustainable Development there can be no free enterprise, no individual liberty or private property. As I attend traditional conservative meetings around the country where the defense of property rights should be paramount Sustainable Development is rarely mentioned. Speaker after speaker addresses the audience about issues like abortion, taxes, and national defense. They declare their dedication to the fight for limited government. I've even ...
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Sustaining Socialism

January 14, 2003 By Tom DeWeese Readers of The DeWeese Report, my monthly newsletter, know the United States is changing from a nation that values individual liberty, free enterprise, and private property rights to one of top-down government command and control. It is Socialism hiding behind the name of Sustainable Development. Here are just a few developments from across the nation that demonstrate how the plan is being implemented. "Sustainable Development" is the official policy of the Federal government and is being fully implemented by the Bush Administration and the Republican majority in Congress. Sustainable Development has now been embraced by a majority of local Republican office holders and candidates who call it a "Conservative Principle." Central California to ban fireplaces For years environmentalists have been successful in blocking the construction of new power plants in California, contributing to last year’s power shortages and this year’s skyrocketing energy prices. So ...
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Pombo for House Resources Chairman!

December 24, 2002 SITUATION: Committee chairmanships in the House of Representatives will be decided on by a group called the Republican Steering Committee, which consists of twenty-eight GOP House members (see list below). TIME LINE: The Steering Committee will formally meet to vote on committee chairmen on January 9 or 10, 2003. HOWEVER, votes are informally being tallied now, and the lobbying is intense. Most observers predict that Steering Committee members will make up their minds between now and Christmas, with a few stragglers making their decisions between Christmas and New Years. So crunch time is RIGHT NOW. STATUS: Advocates of private property rights must push for our people to be in leadership positions in this Congress, or else the GOP will support land grabs just as the Democrats frequently do. The Resources Committee oversees many of the issues most important to private property rights and federal lands, including the ...
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Dark-of-Night Land Grab (S. 990) Defeated!

November 21, 2002 -From the American Land Rights Association Senate Bill #990, which was a massive expansion of the Endangered Species Act combined with hundreds of millions in new land acquisition, was exposed to the light of day for the first time this week. And thousands of grassroots activists across the country said NO WAY! And the United States Senate heard you LOUD AND CLEAR!!!!!!!! S. 990 could not stand up to public scrutiny this week and was NOT brought up for a vote in the Senate. The Senate just concluded its session for the year, and S.990 is right where it belongs…in the dustbin!!! YOU MADE THE DIFFERENCE!!!! The Endangered Species Act certainly needs changes. But there should be input from the public, debate and discussion should occur in the light of day, and there should be a record of who is for and against various proposals. NONE of ...
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Property Rights Take a Hit

October 8, 2002 By Tom DeWeese The massive rally in Collier County, Florida, known as the "Sawgrass Rebellion" to support property rights, imploded and was cancelled in the face of a determined effort to deny it the right to meet anywhere. Desperate and determined, property rights activists could only manage to obtain a yard sale permit from the county government in order to hold a small rally for local activists and supporters who arrived from around the nation via caravan. You could almost hear the cheering in the offices of the Sierra Club, the Nature Conservancy, the Army Corp of Engineers, the Fish and Wild Life Service and the National Park Service. Will the juggernaut of environmental organizations and federal government agencies that have mounted an attack on the most fundamental right of an American citizen, the right to own property, succeed? If it does, then the Fifth Amendment which ...
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Property Rights Take a Hit

A long-planned October rally in Collier Country, Florida calling itself the "Sawgrass Rebellion" to support property rights, imploded and was canceled in the face of a determined effort to deny it the right to meet anywhere. You could almost hear the cheering in the offices of the Sierra Club, the Nature Conservancy, the Army Corp of Engineers, the Fish and Wild Life Service and the National Park Service. Will the juggernaut of environmental organizations and federal government agencies that have mounted an attack on the most fundamental right of an American citizen, the right to own property, succeed? If it does, then the Fifth Amendment which asserts and protects property rights for all Americans, will have been undermined and, with it, many other rights will have been effectively negated. The Greens inside and outside government believe that a citizen's property rights movement will soon grow tired of complaining about their ...
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