MENG: Obama's Big Water Grab

MENG: Obama's Big Water Grab

MENG: Obama's Big Water Grab

If you rent an apartment over a Chinese deli or if you’re considering ending your petty, miserable existence because your favorite Starbucks just ran out of caramel flan lattes, don’t read this. If you own an ObamaPhone or a 'I Heart Che' t-shirt and collect welfare checks, don’t read this. If you listen to Indie music, smoke Clove cigarettes or have “Whatcha Talkin' 'Bout Willis” tattooed on your ass, then hit the back button now. You won’t want to read this column, nor will you be able to understand it.

But, if you have a ranch, farm or other property, or if you care about private property rights as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, then keep reading.

James Madison once said: “I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.“

There's no question that's true. The gradual and silent encroachments on our freedom are taking place every day, and like good little sheeple, we usually do nothing to stop it.

The Environmental Protection Agency has a stated mission to 'protect the environment' but its desire to regulate the American people to achieve that mission seems limitless. We have seen case after case in which the heavy-handed, pro-tyranny agency has blurred the line between common sense regulation and the complete federal usurpation of private property rights...exactly what Madison warned us about.

Under the authority recently granted to it by the Waters Of The United States (WOTUS) Rule, the EPA now has the power to regulate streams, estuaries and other small bodies of water. This power has historically been limited to navigable waterways, but the agency says that protecting the smaller bodies of water ultimately protects the larger lakes and rivers downstream.

Of course, everyone wants clean water, and if a little protection is good...then a lot of protection must be better. We all want protection from lawless rioting thugs when we walk down the street at night. So, if a cop on every street corner is good, then an M-1 tank and a squad of Marines on every corner must be better. Should we impose curfews, and repeal the Fourth and Fifth Amendments. After all, don't those pesky laws only get in the way of the government 'protecting' us?

When do you cross the line from reasonable regulation to tyranny?

The Feds have crossed that line, and the Big Water Grab by the Obama EPA strips away your constitutional right to control your own property.

Under the WOTUS Rule, the EPA basically controls all water sources. If you have a small stream, a pond or lake anywhere on your property, or if you have a ditch or gully that might collect rainwater, your property now comes under EPA jurisdiction. You cannot build in your backyard, clear areas for food plots or crops, manage livestock or effect any improvements to your property that might impact the water in any way.

The erosion of property rights has been one of the most dangerous trends in the era of big government, and 13 states filed suit against the EPA and The Army Corps of Engineers. Last week, Federal Judge Ralph Erickson granted an injunction to temporarily stop the WOTUS rule. However, the EPA is disregarding the injunction and says WOTUS is in effect NOW.

Water is something most of us take for granted. But what better way to control a population than by controlling one of the most important resources the people need to live? What better way to extend the tentacles of tyranny across this great land and quietly seize control of private property?

An individual's right to own property is a fundamental principle established by the Constitution. But there is no true ownership without control and the freedom to do what you want with the land.

By gradual and silent encroachment on our freedom, the Progressive-led Federal government has grabbed control of water wherever it finds it, and We The People are drowning in a regulatory tsunami. Hopefully, it’s not too late up to turn the tide.