News from the Front #42
Rally Against Shorelines Guidelines
This is a more or less verbatim transcript of a speech given on the Capitol steps in Olympia, Washington on February 6, 2001:
spring we're probably going to have the largest run of spring chinook ever
measured since they started counting at Bonneville Dam.
Once again, we're going to be able to buy these so-called endangered salmon
off the back of a pickup truck for $2 a pound.
I'm going to let you in on a little secret.
There are no endangered salmon species.
Why do these so-called scientists tell us that salmon are endangered?
Well, they have to ignore all the hatchery fish, because they aren't
going to go extinct any more than cows are going to go extinct.
they pretend that every tiny little river is a different species.
And then they look at the world, with thousands of populations of the
same species, chinook salmon, in all these rivers, and they find that out
on the edge of all these populations, a few wild runs are in trouble, because
they can't keep up with the gillnets. And
so they pretend that the whole species of chinook salmon are going disappear off
the face of the earth.
seen these characters before folks, in a children's story.
This is the story of Chicken Little.
Imagine if Noah had tried to build an ark based on these theories.
It would have sunk before he even finished loading the squirrels, with
five hundred different sets of the same squirrels.
Fish and Wild Fish
a few years ago, the bureaucrats here in Olympia were sticking electrodes in the
river and electrocuting all the wild fish so that they wouldn't interfere with
hatchery runs. And now they are
clubbing the hatchery fish to death so they won't interfere with wild runs.
The government always finds something to do, doesn't it?
going to let you in on another little secret here. There's no important difference between hatchery fish
and wild fish. You remember high
school, animals breed, and their DNA splits, and these little blocks of
chemicals called genes, which are the building blocks for DNA, shuffle around
like a deck of cards, and they get dealt onto the next generation.
guess what? These wild fish and
hatchery fish are shuffling the same deck of genes.
no one has ever found genes unique to wild fish, because the decks are getting
shuffled all time. The salmon
populations could all drop by a factor of ten, and we'd still have all the cards
we need to deal to keep the salmon going—not that we have to, since most
salmon populations are on the upswing.
sometimes, wild fish have some particular combinations of genes that might work
better in a particular place. But
you can get those same winning hands dealt by breeding hatchery fish—not that
we have to, since there are still lots of wild fish left.
We can breed fish pretty easily that will survive and adapt just fine.
salmon has 3,000 eggs, and on average only two survive to breed.
So the gene combinations that don't work get weeded out real fast, and
the ones that work well will start to show up more often.
This isn't some fantasy, this is the real world.
That's how come they could take one single barrel of salmon eggs over to
New Zealand, and a couple decades later they had five rivers full of different
looking fish, some fall runs and some spring runs.
what do our fish bureaucrats do instead of making more fish?
Well, I went to the DOE website, and do you know what I found?
The new shorelines guidelines say you can't build bulkheads on your
property because waves might bounce off of them and cause erosion.
if you had these crazy neighbors across the bay, and they sue you because waves
are bouncing off your property and carrying off a few handfuls of their sand.
The jury would look at them like they were wearing tin
foil hats to protect him from the CIA mind control rays.
They'd get laughed out of court.
course you know where they'd go. They'd
come to Olympia and get a job writing shorelines guidelines.
are the guys who think that salmon are so sensitive that if you cut down a tree
200 feet away from the water, salmon will feel some sort of invisible tree death
rays and die. These are the guys
who say we have to plant trees by the water to make more shade, but you can't
put a dock on your property because it would shade the water.
are the guys who talk about balancing the rights of private property owners.
The federal government already owns half the land in the West.
How is it balance for them to start acting like the landlords over
the other half too? I think balance
means getting land out of government hands, and into private hands.
bottom line here is that salmon science is dead. The government killed it.
The salmon problem is really a government problem.
If you read history at all, the kind they don't teach in government
schools, you'll find that government is always telling lies so it can get more
power and money. And you know who loses, right?
think that law can protect you. Law
is dead too. The courts killed it.
me give you a little story to show you just how dead the law is.
The law says that it is illegal to trade or transport endangered species
in interstate commerce. No exceptions.
back when I still believed in law, I thought, I can put an end to this
hypocrisy. The federal government
was issuing permits for commercial harvest of endangered salmon, and I sued to
you know what the government said? We
can't tell the endangered salmon from the non-endangered salmon, so we can't
enforce the law. And the courts
went, duh, well, ok, whatever you say.
when the government threw shrimp fishermen in jail for catching endangered
turtles, the fishermen said, hey, we can't tell the endangered turtles from
non-endangered turtles, and the government said, it doesn't matter whether you
can tell them apart, we have to enforce the law. And the courts went, duh,
well, ok, whatever the government wants. Because
the law is dead as a doornail.
are one judge away from the Supreme Court saying that there are no limits on the
federal government's power, except for a few politically-correct rights.
rights to private property are not politically-correct.
All the governments from the UN on down are sure that it is a very bad
thing for people to be able to do what they want with their property.
Power Is The Answer
here to tell you that there's only one thing that can protect you when law and
science are dead. Do you know what
that is? Power. Raw political power, the kind we have here with hundreds of
people demonstrating. It's your
you know it or not, you are at war. You
are fighting powerful and evil enemies, people like Bruce Babbitt.
Back when he was President of the League of Conservation Voters, he told
his members, and I quote: "We
must identify our enemies and drive them into oblivion."
Last month Babbitt told the Tri-City Herald last month that people who
believed in private property rights were anarchists.
does it feel to be dangerous radical anarchists? Does it feel good? I
hope it feels good. It should feel
good. Because you know what, we're
acting just like the people who gave us the Constitution wanted us to act.
You know what Thomas Jefferson said?
Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God.
can call them tyrants, you can call them the Dark Forces, you can call them the
Destroyers, you can call them just plain evil.
They think that human beings mankind are a cancer on the earth, and that
everything that human beings do must be shut down, even growing more fish.
And they don't care about freedom at all, because freedom just gets in
the way of their plans.
our government and our media and our schools are now controlled by these enemies
of freedom and those that appease them. These people don't care anything about the truth.
They just care about cutting deals.
But know the truth when you hear it. And your responsibility as a citizen is to start making sure other people hear it too. We have to reach the young, and teach them what freedom means. Always remember, we are just one generation away from barbarism. We have to pass on our ideals to the next generation, or they
have to tell them of the dangers of government, because no one else will.
Because if we die without passing along that knowledge, freedom perishes.
And freedom is more important than anything else, even salmon.
for the Dream
country is based on the dream of freedom.
dream that principle is more important than power. We dream that science
is based on truth, and serves the people. We dream that laws are simple
and clear and fair. We dream that the government serves the people, and
not vice versa. And we dream that we can live on our property in peace
with our neighbors without some nut from Olympia or Washington, D.C. telling us
what to do.
today, together, right now, we take a step toward getting back our dream.
Here today, together, right now, we put the fear into our government officials
instead of them putting the fear into us.
With enough political pressure, we can get people appointed to fix these problems with the stroke of a pen.
With the stroke of a pen, we can take salmon off the
endangered species list.
With the stroke of a pen, we can get rid of all the endangered salmon
rules. With the stroke of a pen, we can get the federal government's hands
off private property. With the stroke of a pen, we can open up public
property to the public. With the stroke of a pen, we can stop the
overfishing that is hurting salmon populations.
none of that is going to happen unless you take to the streets to make it
happen. If we let the Leftists
control the streets, America will continue to list to the Left.
If right-thinking Americans take to the streets, we will start to get on
the right path.
Are The Good Guys
we are the good guys here. We own
land. We are about land. We want to protect it for our children.
We know that a Garden of Eden is better than a natural desert.
we know that the Government can't manage land worth a damn. Remember last
summer? They were burning it all to
only are we the good guys, but we are not alone. All across this country there are people fighting for
freedom. You stand with the
farmers. You stand with the
irrigators. You stand with the
ranchers. You stand with the miners.
You stand with everyone who believes that the Constitution means what it
says, even if crazy judges can't seem to read it.
And you stand with all the Americans who believe in freedom.
on Shorelines Management
will win this war against the enemies of freedom one step at a time, and today
we take the first step toward getting rid of the shoreline guidelines.
your legislators have introduced two bills to fix this shoreline management
mess. One will repeal the
guidelines, the other will freeze everything until the Legislature gets a chance
to understand what is going on. I
think you can guess which one I'd pick. But
it will be victory when either one of those bills passes.
And you can make it happen.
imagine the vote is coming up on a bill to repeal the shorelines guidelines, and
we all come back here, and bring a friend.
And imagine that our voices are loud enough that they strike fear into
the hearts of our opponents.
how'd you like to get a little taste of that?
Are you willing to do something with me right now?
Don't think of this as corny. Think
of this as practice. I'm
going to shout out a line, and I want you to repeat it as loud as you can:
guidelines take what's mine; DOE
is out of line. My back yard is fine for fish; Go eat out of your own
that feel good? It's fun to send a
message. The more you get out here
and have fun, the quicker things are going to turn around.
we have the power to make a difference. Here,
today, together, right now, we have the power to make things better. Here,
today, together, right now, we are putting the State of Washington back on the
right track. Thank you and God bless you .
© James Buchal, February 7, 2001
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