More than a decade ago, in the college town of Montclair, New Jersey, a former factory site was found to have a very high level of contaminant. Soil in the vicinity of the factory contained radioactive materials. In short, the soil in and around the former factory site was extremely polluted. New Jersey law forbids the sale of real estate from one party to another until an environmental assessment is first performed, but the abandonment of this property either occurred long before a transfer of ownership was contemplated, or the owning entity simply went bankrupt. Either way, then-Governor Thomas Kean, a Republican, was stuck with making the decision on how to rid the area of this polluted, contaminated soil. The decision was not merely a matter of the best and most cost effective way to dispose of this huge amount of contaminated soil, but how to do so with the least political cost to himself.
The first principle of American politics is acquisition of power; the second is retaining it. Service to the people is never a consideration. Public service is a myth -- itís always about money and power. Expanding government power is to the politicianís advantage, so cutting taxes is anathema to his or her success. Increasing spending expands the governmentís power base, and deferring payment to the piper can be accomplished by cutting taxes, raiding other government funds, and then handing the bill to future generations and politicians by floating government bonds. Hence, government debt and its attendant interest -- the philosophy and political expediency employed by another New Jersey left-wing Republican, Christie Todd Whitman.
Keanís immediate problem was to remove the soil, and then, transport it to the least costly nearby site. The site he selected was Lafayette, in the northwest quadrant of the State, identified as Hammís Landfill. But there was a problem. Citizens were becoming increasingly aware of the environmental ramifications of both private and public sector decisions involving expeditious solutions that pass problems on to the future. Hammís Landfill was right in the middle of Sussex County farmland, where onions, corn, and other agricultural and therefore pollutant-sensitive farm produce could provide a greater risk to many more people than number Keanís political constituents in Montclair. But Kean remained firm in his resolve, and the public be damned. The Republican-hating New Jersey media championed the position of the Sussex County residents, who expressed their staunch resistance to the Jersey Emperorís plan. As is usually the case with lying tyrants, the governor employed bureaubabble. He advised public advocates and the newspapers to consult with the Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), and they in turn referred all questions to the governor.
Kean announced a truck convoy would transport the polluted soil to Hammís. Citizens advised the emperor that they would form human chains to block the convoy. Kean advised that the State Police would escort the trucks and arrest any citizens who resisted allowing the State of New Jersey to poison them. And hereís where the Second Amendment comes in; the citizens then made a general public announcement that snipers armed with rifles would target any trucker that tried to transport the poisons to destroy their farmland. A local police department said they would join with the people in their resistance. Facing the prospect of igniting a civil war, Kean relented. For months and months, a barge with the contaminated soil sailed the high seas in search of a dumping ground. Nevada finally accepted the soil.
This provides yet another basis explaining why politicians, especially the corrupt kind who wish to subvert all of the peopleís rights, hate the Second Amendment. I include as corrupt any politician that refuses to abide by the Constitution. They are violating their oaths of office. This New Jersey standoff is being repeated in Nevada and South Carolina with the federal government, and once again, lesser government and the people are making a difference. Shortly after succeeding Kean as Governor of New Jersey, Democrat Jim Florio introduced a draconian "assault rifle" ban. I wonder why.
Ted Lang is a staff columnist for the The Patriotist and is a regular columnist for Ether Zone.
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