The perilous Endangered Species Act

A front-page story in the Wilmington StarNews print edition, titled in large print: “Shorebird in peril,” alerts us to a manmade human peril, the federal Endangered Species Act administered by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Environmentalists in cahoots with the police-state have imperiled our formerly free society by meddling bureaucrats with inordinate authority over our lands and lives. In this case because of a “threatened” obscure bird that occasionally visits coastal North Carolina.

“Come on, Smith, surely you exaggerate!” Oh, really? Read their words:

“…human activity… can be detrimental to the birds.” “Disturbances (is) one of the main threats these birds face.” “We are certain that (the birds) will impact some beach and inlet projects.” A North Carolina Division of Coastal Management spokeswoman said State biologists are determining “what areas could be impacted and what steps might need to be taken to protect the birds.”

What does this portend for coastal property owners? We can only guess, but, be assured, government actions will include more restrictions on land use and greater costs to everyone, residents and visitors.

Federal regulators at the top of a hierarchy of government instigators persist in adding regulations to arbitrarily subvert human land use to animals (and, believe it or not, plants)—sea turtles and pitcher plants are on the long list of organisms that are used to threaten our use of coastal lands. State and county bureaucrats, along with a vast web of nonprofit groups living off taxpayer funds, add to the army of people working to disrupt human activities by using the excuse of “protection” of non-human things.

We have little defense against these threats to our freedom now culturally infused in American society. Our elected officials who could put limits on these assaults, for the most part, cower in their offices. Rather than stand up to protect people’s liberties, they often join with statists in efforts to restrict them.

Readers can check out this story in the online link below:


About R. E. Smith Jr.

Mr. Smith writes essays and commentary on politics, American history, environment, higher education and culture. He's been published in print media and at blog sites for about 25 years. Smith's formal education includes B.S. and M.S. degrees from the State University of New York and Syracuse University. He has earned a 21-credit hour Certificate in Professional Writing from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Training/work experience: NYS Ranger School; U. S. Army, Corp of Engineers; soil scientist and forester with USDA; Assoc. Professor at SUNY; real estate agent; small business owner.
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