Intimidation on the prairie

Created: 10/04/16 (Tue) | Topic: Issues

October 4, 2016: Private property rights have been trampled in the Dakota Access Pipeline protest and the governor seems to be AWOL in the matter.

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It is past time for action. And what I speak of is the lack of action from our leadership in the state of North Dakota regarding the protests surrounding the Dakota Access Pipeline.

It’s time that the private property rights, the ability for those living on the land to make a living, and the ability to have a modicum of safety for their families out along the line of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Property rights, private information, safety of your family is everything rolled into one that’s being violated by the quote, unquote peaceful protesters that are engaging in protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline.

North Dakota Farm Bureau belief is very specific to property rights, and I quote: “Property rights are among the human rights essential to the preservation of individual freedom.” Unquote. Those individual freedoms are being trampled by a vast number of out-of-state activists.

What maybe started out as a noble “get-our-message-out” cause by some peaceful protesters has turned very quickly into an intimidating, intrusion of private property – intrusion of private rights – of many farmers and ranchers and other citizens and small communities along that pipeline. And there has been a lack of response from our leadership. Our executor of the state, the governor, seems to be AWOL when it comes to this issue.

You know, I went back and I was reading through our Constitution here in the state of North Dakota. Article 1, the Declaration of Rights, Section 2. And I’ll read the whole section, it’s a short one:

“All political power is inherent in the people. Government is instituted for the protection, security and benefit of the people. And they have a right to alter or reform the same whenever the public good may require.”

That statement says a mouthful. Maybe it’s a good thing that we’re in an election cycle where we for sure will elect brand new leadership to our highest office: Governor. Because then, maybe we’ll get the response needed to provide that protection and security that’s talked about in our Constitution.

Maybe there’s a fear out there of taking a stronger stand. But that brings me to a quote of Ambrose Redmoon: “Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.” And right now, we have something way more important than fear, and that’s the livelihoods, the safety and the private property rights of individuals living on the land, farming and ranching in Morton County, North Dakota. And that deserves attention from our state’s highest office.

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