The stuff of tyrants
The pressure is on. The intensity is rising and anxiety is mounting. The sacred golden calf of environmentalists is beginning to creak and groan under the beat of the march of the “villagers”. Yes, the “villagers”, those scabby little things that dare to own land in the far reaches of eastern and northern Maine. Those scalawags who rape mother earth with tools that plant gardens, chainsaws that cut down trees and, worst of all, produce offspring that run like little vermin in and out of the pristine lakes and streams of the goddess’ green earth. Eh gads, the fiends! Who knows what bodily fluids those little monsters are emitting into the mother’s pools of purity. Ah….weeeell, all I can say is when this guy was a little guy there was no getting me out of the water….okay…..just saying.
While this sarcasm is a little over the top (hard to believe, I know), there is an underlying motive behind many of the left’s passionate arguments in defense of LURC, the Land Use Regulatory Commission. Many of the more liberal persuasion simply do not believe in landowner rights or perhaps other landowners’ rights. Amazingly, liberals always find a waiver for their own property, but I digress. The Founding Father’s unwavering belief that a man’s land was his own to do with as he pleases flies directly in the face of the socialist belief that there are a certain select few who know what is best for everybody else.
A Mr. Ron Joseph recently penned an opinion article for the Bangor Daily. In this piece, Mr. Joseph bemoans the fact that the hearings to review the effect of LURC on rural areas are being held in the rural areas that are affected by LURC. Of course, to most of us, that would be common sense, but the retired State and Federal biologist fails to see the obvious here.
Mr. Joseph, in his defense of LURC, reveals the prevailing thought process that was the genesis of LURC. That is, landowners of the North and East wild lands are a danger to the land and cannot be trusted with the stewardship of their own lands; therefore, in order to protect the land at risk from these less than worthy landowners a government bureaucracy most be established that can super-impose the will of more earth-minded people upon the rights of those who own the land. Mr. Joseph clearly states in his editorial that former members of LURC should be the ones deciding its fate. He never once acknowledges that these are the very members who ignored the will of landowners in years past. He refuses to admit that there is a reason that rural Maine has such a negative feeling towards this organization. Rural Maine has suffered immeasurably under the tyranny of this organization. The political establishment for years has ignored their cries for help.
Now comes a Governor who is determined to see that rural Maine has a voice. Now the sacred environmental cow begins to feel the tremble of revolt. But there is danger in this for the Governor. If the obstructionist moderates within his own party block the abolishment of this hated commission, he and his party may feel backlash from the very ones who voted him in.
Mr. Joseph started his piece with a quote from Earnest Benn. “Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedy.” I can’t think of a better description for formation of LURC. A danger to the earth was created that never was. LURC was formed to govern that which need not and should not be governed. Now this behemoth of “government gone bad’ has done immense damage to the towns and villages of rural Maine and allows the persnickety, pompous and prudish elitist the power to dictate to landowners what they can and cannot do with their own property. This is the stuff of tyranny and is why we cry “Abolish LURC and Set Maine Free”!