Thursday, March 22, 2012

Phenology and Frustration

Below is a slightly modified version of a document I just e-mailed to Senator "Bill" Carrico and Delegate Terry Kilgore, who are still stuck in Richmond...
"Strong cities, strong communities" is another set of words that sound good but have been taken over by those who deeply hate District 40's traditional way of life. "Planning," "growth," yatter yatter...anyone who's found time to read my blog knows what I (and the family) think; I've spent most of the winter reading and writing about this. And I think you're on the same page.

It's kind of obnoxious, but I want to share the e-mail several of us just received from a friend in Abingdon. I understand her feelings. I'm betting a lot of you who are stuck in Richmond feel the same way. This is a day when nature obviously intended us to be actually living our traditional way of life, cleaning up fields, cutting vines out of trees, moving stuff from one shed to another...

Picking mushrooms. My 78-year-old mother climbed the mountain last Sunday, looking for morel mushrooms (for her patients). On Wednesday the mushrooms actually came up. This morning I promised myself I was going into town just to meet her so that she and her patients could collect the mushrooms, not to use the Internet, and then I was going back to the orchard, where I missed some prime working days last week due to health issues. Would you believe she's stuck on jury duty? I'm stuck at the computer center waiting for her to get out, reading another hundred e-mails about legislative issues, thinking "Haven't they voted on that already? Get me outta here."

And this presidential administration just keeps throwing this central planning Socialist garbage at us...refusing to get the message, because this presidential administration does not fully understand the concept of democracy...and I'll bet all of your eyes have glazed over, too, and you're all sitting in your offices thinking, "Whatever! Just get me out of Richmond!"

Please, dear State Senators and Delegates, don't waver in representing us the people. I know you and your staff want to get outside and do something that wasn't supposed to have been resolved by the end of February. So do I. So does my mother. So does our e-friend in Abingdon. But sometimes we have to fight for our right to continue doing the things nature is reminding us, on this day, that people are meant to be doing in spring.

Sincerely, Priscilla King

What does smaller government mean to me? It means that on days like this one the General Assembly have dispersed, and people are free to notice where the mushrooms have popped up, where blue violets are blooming and where only white ones are blooming, whether this year's rival male cardinals are actually fighting or only competing for future mates, where vines and fire blight need to be cut out of their fruit trees, how many of last year's overpopulated Eastern Tent Caterpillars survived and reproduced and whether they're going to be a nuisance again this year...rather than keep on reading more of these political Whack-a-Mole schemes that we whacked back in winter when we had little else to do.

--- On Tue, 3/20/12, Catherine wrote:

Subject: Get off your [Democratic Party Symbol] and do something. Fwd: SWVA TP Abingdon / Bristol responds Fwd: An Appeal to Our Representatives
Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2012, 9:42 PM

Here ya go, folks:

It's not me that can do the job for you. It's YOU.

I'm not elected, and I'm not running for anything. I gave up being politically correct a long time ago. Frankly, Scarlett, I Don't Give A Dam!

I don't earn a nickel for anything that I do. And I do it full time. If I OFFEND ANYONE....PLEASE FIRE ME....I'd love to have a day off!!!!

I've had one response today from a state senator, and one from a delegate. They know we're ticked off....
BUT IF YOU DON'T GET OFF YOUR [DEMOCRATIC PARTY SYMBOL] AND PICK UP THE PHONE, FORGET ABOUT IT. 
 
 ACT NOW.

Or please please please say you never want to hear from me again, and I will happily retire.
 
---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Tue, Mar 20, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Subject: SWVA TP Abingdon / Bristol responds Fwd: An Appeal to Our Representatives

SWVA Tea Party Abingdon / Bristol leaders agreed today to be pro-active and put our representatives throughout District 9 on notice that we are beyond concerned about the latest two executive orders, as well as our latest local Agenda 21 battle and what has been revealed.

I just had a phone call from Senator Carrico and spent about 45 minutes expressing the degree of our concern. I hope that more of you will do the same. This is not the time to be complacent. We have long wondered if we will see another general election. Now is the time to let those in office know that we are beyond mere concern. We are alarmed.
(276) 628-9940 Del Joe Johnson
(540) 577-4984 Del Yost(276) 227-0247 Del Annie B Crockett(276) 236-0098 Senator Carrico
(276) 979-8181 Senator Puckett
540-382-7731 Del Nick Rush
Governor McDonnell's office: Sign HB1160!!!
Call: 804.786.2211 Fax: 804.371.6351
Email: Adam.Zubowsky@governor.virginia.gov

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Tue, Mar 20, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Subject: An Appeal to Our Representatives
To: District40 <district40@senate.virginia.gov>, district38@senate.virginia.gov, Joe Johnson <jpjohnsonjr@eva.org>, Joseph Johnson <DelJJohnson@house.virginia.gov>, DelDMarshall@house.virginia.gov, L Nick Rush <DelNRush@house.virginia.gov>, DelACrockett-Stark@house.virginia.gov, DelJYost@house.virginia.gov
Cc: "Jenkins, Michelle" <Michelle.Jenkins@mail.house.gov>, kelly.lungren@mail.house.gov, Danny Marshall <dwmarshall@hotmail.com>, Bob Marshall <DelBMarshall@house.virginia.gov>

Dear Senator Carrico, Senator Puckett and Members of the Legislature,

About sixteen of your District 9 constituents met with our congressman, Morgan Griffith a few weeks ago, liberty group leaders from all over the district. I think I speak for all of us by saying that we are a group that invests most of our time to addressing the almost overwhelming number of issues we are facing that challenge the individual freedoms regarded as inherently American.

These two Executive Orders from the president, just in the last week:
ESTABLISHING A WHITE HOUSE COUNCIL ON STRONG CITIES, STRONG COMMUNITIES

NATIONAL DEFENSE RESOURCES PREPAREDNESS

The first is along the lines of the EO that established the White House Rural Council in June of last year. For those of us who understand the Sustainable Communities Partnership grant that the New River Valley Planning District Commission has been awarded---along with Roanoke County and Albermarle / Charlottesville (with another 3000 applicants all over the US)---we have studied this issue enough to know that this is the plan to regionalize the entire nation and subordinate our local and state governments to those 26 federal agencies. While Congressman Griffith assured us that he is working to defund these programs, it is very discouraging to learn that with current US debt at over $15.5 Trillion, $1.5 Billion is now available in more funding for these kind of initiatives that our state legislature continues to accept.

The next EO is being dismissed by the national media as simply reinstating previous executive orders. Perhaps if it wasn't for the fact that Congress passed the National Defense Authorization Act last year and the DHS has been established, an organization that views tea party groups as "domestic terrorists", we would not be concerned. We are respectfully asking for your interpretation of this order signed by the President.

We continually seek to know what sort of times are these that we are living in that our own government would suspend habeas corpus by indefinitely detaining American citizens? What sort of times are these that our own governor would ignore a bill passed by the State Legislature that would provide remedy?

To attest that we are concerned is an understatement.

Also, just in the last week: Congressman Griffith along with anyone from Southwest Virginia is aware of the backlash that the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009
caused. Rick Boucher's vote in favor of Cap & Trade rendered his retirement. Southwest Virginia spoke loud and clear on this issue, as did the Senate.

My work as a volunteer bill reader during this GA session raised a lot of questions. For those of us studying these bills, we could not figure out how this whole new system of eco-system credit trading and banking has been established
. In the last week, I've come to understand. The USDA and Fish and Wildlife have been given this authority, starting back with the 2007 Farm Bill. I came to understand this in researching the Purchase of Development Rights Program being pushed by our local Soil and Water Conservation District. Alarmed that the group, American Farmland Trust was part of the Task Force commissioned in 2000 by the legislature to create a program for conserving farmland, I learned that this group is lobbying the 2012 Farm Bill to establish "open space" and "carbon sequestration" as new agricultural products, facilitated by the USDA and VA Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Bottom line: our tax dollars are being spent to fund cheap buy-outs for cash-strapped farmers, in order to put private land under government control. The VA Outdoors Foundation, subsidized by the state, continues to conserve an average of 7 acres an hour.

The implementation of our regionalization is endemic to every layer of government, from federal down to the state, and from the state to the local level. With every program, we concede our individual liberties. And with the latest of these Executive Orders, there is no doubt about where we are headed.
Your constituents increasingly understand this, and need to know if you do, too.


Morris Zeitlin, a communist writer for the Communist Party’s Daily World said in an article entitled “Planning is Socialism’s Trademark,” November 8, 1975 : “We ( USA ) have no regional government and no comprehensive regional planning to speak of. Regional government and planning remain concepts our urban scholars and planners have long advocated in vain…In socialist countries, metropolitan regions enjoy metropolitan regional government and comprehensive planning. The economic and functional efficiencies and the social benefits that comprehensive national, regional and city planning make possible in socialist society explain the Soviet Union ’s enormous and rapid economic social progress…”
Of interest regarding Zeitlin’s comment about “the Soviet Union’s enormous and rapid economic social progress…” is the following admission made by former President Gorbachev at the 2005 National School Board Association conference that “half the world’s population and two-thirds of Russia’s lives in poverty.”
We await your response.

Sincerely, [name]

Southwest Virginia Tea Party, Abingdon / Bristol / Washington County
SAV NRV, Pulaski County