Sanctity of private property ownership

Property Rights at Risk with Executive Order 13575

By —— Bio and Archives--July 12, 2011

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On June 9, 2011, President Barack Obama signed Executive Order 13575 “…to enhance Federal engagement with rural communities…” In other words, “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.”

Sixteen percent of the American people live in our rural counties that supply food, fiber, and energy for our country and provides exports for the rest of the world. As this Executive Order affirms, these communities “face numerous challenges but have enormous economic potential.” However, the people in our rural communities, gifted with more common sense than those in Washington, have always managed their land and resources well, now suddenly, D.C. has decided they know how to do things better.


“The Federal Government has an important role to play in order to expand access to the capital necessary for economic growth, promote innovation, improve access to health care and education, and expand outdoor recreational activities on public lands.

“To enhance the Federal Government’s efforts to address the needs of rural America, this order establishes a council to better coordinate Federal programs and maximize the impact of Federal investment to promote economic prosperity and quality of life in our rural communities.”

This White House Rural Council has the Secretary of Agriculture as its Chair. Other members of the council will include the heads of the Departments of the Treasury, Defense, Treasury, the Interior, Commerce, Labor, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Transportation, Energy, Education, Veterans Affairs, Homeland Security, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Federal Communications Commission, Office of Management and Budget, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Office of Nation Drug Control Policy, Council of Economic Advisors.

The Council has as its mission, the job of making recommendations to the president to “coordinate development of policy recommendations to promote economic prosperity and quality of life in rural America, and shall coordinate my Administration’s engagement with rural communities.” You can read the specifics for yourself.

In short, people in Washington, D.C., people who don’t know anything about agriculture or ranching except what they’ve read in books or seen in movies, will determine how well you steward your land and resources. Woe to you if you don’t meet their standards of compliance to “green” policy or other regulations. As this thing takes shape, you may find ownership of your land in jeopardy.

The list of council members causes me to wonder why we need the head of the Department of Defense or of Homeland Security to take part. And of course, the head of the EPA also sits on this council. I have no need to wonder about her presence. Such things cause the little red flags in my head to fly as if in a stiff wind, and the sirens to blare to get my attention.

This may all amount to nothing, but if this administration is true to itself, Executive Order 13575 is another power grabbing over-extension of federal power. The right to private property ownership and its disposition by the private owner is protected by the 5th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Executive Order 13575 puts this in clear danger, and without the sanctity of private property ownership, all other rights are in serious jeopardy.


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Joan R. Neubauer -- Bio and Archives | Comments

Joan R. Neubauer, is an author, public speaker, and works as the Public Liaison Officer for the Davis Mountains Trans-Pecos Heritage Associationin Alpine, Texas.

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