Two big stories today for the Patriot Movement.
One comes out of Oregon and the other is from Wyoming.
Wyoming first, where the EPA’s massive power grab through the Clean Water Act has been beaten back!
HotAir has the details…
Last August I talked to you about Andy Johnson, a rancher who was being tagged with upwards of $16M in fines by the EPA for building a small stock pond on his property. Even though the pond actually cleans the water in the stream which flows through it, provides hydration for trees and keeps his cattle alive, the EPA determined that this was some sort of gross violation of their control over every drop of running or standing water in the country under their recently expanded interpretation of the Clean Water Act. (By the way… that power grab was suspended by the courts, but that’s not stopping the EPA from pursuing enforcement anyway.)
The EPA is backing down, cancelling the fines and allowing Johnson to keep his pond.
A little back ground…
Do you remember all the times we discussed the EPA’s efforts to further expand the Clean Water Act to apply to essentially every puddle and ditch in the country? It’s a fight which has been brewing ever since some of Barack Obama’s appointees cooked it up back in 2013. Under Gina McCarthy, the Environmental Protection Agency has been completely out of control, seeking to expand the agency’s control over virtually all activity which takes place on either dirt or water. (Read: the entire country.) But among all of the regulatory overreach which this administration has attempted, the expansion of the Clean Water Act is one of the boldest and most intrusive, while receiving far less media attention than their crippling of the energy industry.
Meanwhile in Oregon, the Patriot Movement is growing and moving into the political arena where they seek to limit the feds and the Bureau of Land Management by re-asserting the rights of counties and individuals. The Guardian of all places has a long piece on the movement and the issues…
Joseph Rice’s manner is a long way from militia stereotypes. The Patriot Movement leader does not present as a crazed gun nut, nor as a blowhard white supremacist. He’s genial, folksy, and matter-of-fact in laying out his views. But talk to him for long enough, and time and again the Patriot Movement leader returns to what really drives him: land.
Throughout the region, people whose ideas about land management broadly align with Rice and the now infamous Bundy clan are aiming for elected office in cities, counties and even the state houses.
Taking notice of the trend, progressive watchdog group Political Research Associates even pointed to “a wave of Patriot-affiliated candidates in Oregon”.
Rice talks proudly of his connection with the Oath Keepers – a group which recruits from serving and retired law enforcement officers and military personnel. The group asserts that the oath taken by soldier and police “is to the constitution, not to the politicians”, such that serving personnel are obliged to disobey unconstitutional orders.
Gradually, these ideas are taking hold in local Republican parties. While the nation has been transfixed by the Trump tilt in presidential politics, at the grassroots level in Oregon, candidates who have sympathies and connections with the Patriot movement have already successfully sought office under the GOP banner.
It’s a long piece and the whole thing is worth the time to read in its entirety. The bottom line…we’re taking our country back!