Dr. Dan UpdatesPrivate Property Rights

A Coalition of County Governments to Protect Property Rights

The following quote is the long-standing by-line and credo of Dr. Dan’s Freedom Forum and Freedom Forum Radio.

The right to own private property that cannot be arbitrarily regulated or confiscated by the government is the moral and constitutional basis of individual freedom.~ Dr. Dan’s Freedom Forum

A majority of citizens choosing to live in our region, passionate about and fiercely protective of their way of life, would most likely agree with that statement.  Residents of rural America are buffered by distance from urban and suburban areas where government rules and regulations affect all aspects of daily life.   Here in rural America, privacy, security, independent thought, self-sufficiency, and looking out for your neighbor, are still common practice. 

Local elected officials are expected to protect private property rights from burdensome regulation and outright confiscation by state and federal governments.  And where everyone knows everyone, elected officials are often a neighbor and a friend. 

Unfortunately, too many legislators and bureaucrats who inhabit our state capitals and Washington, D.C., are controlled by voters in large population centers and their special interest groups with political agendas that bear little resemblance to the priorities of rural areas like Western North Carolina.  Frankly, we are outnumbered and out-voted on issues that are imperative to preserving our way of life.  

Howard Hutchinson is a property rights activist and executive director of the Coalition of Arizona/New Mexico Counties for Stable Economic Growth. Although the climate, ecosystems, and terrain in the desert southwest is vastly different than ours in the Appalachian Mountain region, residents are fighting the same battles as we are to preserve private land ownership.

The coalition was formed to fight and reverse an aggressive regulatory onslaught by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Endangered Species Act that sought to protect the extensive habitat of the Mexican Spotted Owl. As the size of the “habitat” increased, land use restrictions crippled the timber and ranching industries with a significant loss of jobs. As is too often the case, environmental groups presented and relied on “fake science” to prove its case that the Mexican Spotted Owl required protection at the expense of the economic welfare of human beings. The Coalition used its resources to present valid true scientific data to refute government claims and limit habitat expansion.

In order to remedy this situation, Congress passed the Data Quality Act the goal of which was to ensure that data used for regulation was true and accurate. Unfortunately, the act has no real teeth. It is not uncommon for observers to collect observational data in locations where a particular species was originally located long after the animals have migrated elsewhere. Some property rights advocates are demanding that there be some sort of “success measure” for endangered species, so that a given animal could, potentially, be removed from the endangered list (“delisted”) once the population warranted the change.

Unfortunately, it really is not about protecting endangered species. The true goal of the environmental movement is the control of human activity, limiting human existence to government-regulated “human zones” scattered in a vast area of wild wilderness.  The elimination of all private property is the first plank in Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto. As the federal government expands its control over private land, is it not time for us to organize to protect private property and individual freedom?

I am inviting you to join me for ONE SINGLE DAY, Saturday, July 29, in Bryson City, NC, to attend a seminar by nationally respected property rights experts to educate us about these issues.

If you want to have a single powerful voice in the halls of government, you may consider becoming a member of the COALITION OF RURAL APPALACHIAN COUNTIES, Inc., a 501c4 corporation founded by fight for property rights in our mountain region.

If you are a county commissioner, county manager, town councilperson, town manager, or mayor, this conference will be very informative . . . and it’s FREE!

What:   Southeastern Private Property and Federal Land Use Conference
Where: Swain County Center for the Arts
                Swain County High School
                1415 Fontana Road
                Bryson City, NC

When: Registration begins at 9:00 AM
                Seminar begins at 10 AM and lasts until 5 PM
                Box lunch available ($10)

Special Guest Speakers include:

Myron EbellMyron Ebell is Director of the Center for Energy and Environment at the Competitive Enterprise Institute and chairs the Cooler Heads Coalition, which comprises representatives from more than two dozen non-profit organizations based in the United States and abroad that challenge global warming alarmism and oppose energy rationing policies. Ebell has worked on energy and environment issues for more than two decades and has been a guest on numerous radio and television shows. Recently, Ebell served as President Donald Trump’s advisor and Environmental Protection Agency’s transition team leader.

wILLIAM pENDLEYWilliam Perry Pendley is the President and Chief Operating Officer of the Mountain States Legal Foundation , a “nonprofit, public interest legal foundation dedicated to individual liberty, the right to own and use property, limited and ethical government, and the free enterprise system that defends constitutional liberties and the rule of law”.

During the Reagan Administration, Pendley served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy and Minerals of the Department of Interior, where he authored President Reagan’s National Minerals Policy and Exclusive Economic Zone proclamation. He was a consultant to former Secretary of the Navy John F. Lehman, Jr., and was engaged in the private practice of law in the Washington, D.C., area before his return to the West in 1989.
He has argued cases before the Supreme Court of the United States as well as various federal courts of appeals. He won what Time called a “legal earthquake” when the Supreme Court ruled in his favor in the historic Adarand (equal protection) case. His monthly column, “Summary Judgment”, appears throughout the country. He is the author of five books: It Takes A Hero (1994); War on the West (1995); Warriors for the West (2006); Sagebrush Rebel (2013), and Summary Judgment (2015). He is admitted to practice law in Wyoming, Colorado, Washington, D.C., and Virginia.

Tom DeweeseTom DeWeese, President, American Policy Center. DeWeese is one of the nation’s leading advocates of individual liberty, free enterprise, private property rights, personal privacy, back-to-basics education and American sovereignty and independence. He is the author of several books and publications. He has spoken before groups nationwide, and appeared on many radio and television shows. Tom DeWeese will appear by video link.

Dr. Dan’s guest on Freedom Forum Radio this weekend is Howard Hutchinson, property rights activist and founder and Executive Director of the Coalition of Arizona/New Mexico Counties for Stable Economic Growth.

Howard HutchinsonPart one of this four-part interview begins this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, July 15-16 on WJRB 95.1 FM and streamed live over the Internet. Part two airs Saturday and Sunday, July 22-23, part three airs Saturday and Sunday, July 29-30, and part four airs Saturday and Sunday,.  Part four airs Saturday and Sunday, July 29-30, and part four airs Saturday and Sunday, August 5-6. All programs are available by podcast following air time here.


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  1. My private property was taken in an unprecedented case.I do not know if you can open links on this page https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KQ4ZqKOG_AFhjPQ32GSpriMlb6oRpIEEnpTR-Tyr7MA/edit?usp=sharing
    If not contact me through email and I will submit my case in that way. I have been advised that this is a civil case. However , there was a civil trial early on in which the judge cited my right to use my property as I wished. That was never complied to or enforced. Chemicals were applied on my property for over 5 years. The first three months I was intentionally exposed had me down for the count. Unable to function. Excruciating pain. The motive was for this neighbor/council member to eliminate me so he could acquire my property .He needed my property due to non compliance to State building codes and drainage laws..
    This presentation are photos taken by my Dr. will after I was eliminated from my property. I had to go on an emergency basis. https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1sN7T3axDYEV8rutkkwIOs9D5xK9Zgrq1EijED8rlmOM/edit?usp=sharing
    Brief on violation of rights, supporters of a domestic terrorist.I believe this extends into criminal conspiracy, deprivation of Rights under Color of Law and much more.

    Thank you for connecting with me. I have had my hopes up many times connecting with someone who can assist me but to date nobody has an answer. My case is not typical. In fact I can find no other case on record where a. a neighbor/council member has redeveloped a non conforming lot with no regard to the Stare building codes and drainage laws. Public record shows the Mayor admitted his knowledge that these types of properties can have no new structures with a footprint larger than the existing structures. The fact that the Mayor sold his friend this otherwise worthless lot to this new neighbor I believe is relevant to why the neighbor was held with no compliance to any law, ordinance or regulation. When the redevelopment was completed it was denied being recorded on the county plat map. His structures were non compliant with the regulations. In all other cases the courts have no choice but to order the structures removed. In this case they (city, county and State officials) determined his remedy was to eliminate me from my home, business and private property for the purpose of acquiring it. Then his lot would be large enough not to be a non conforming size and he would have no problem recording his redevelopment on the plat map. They determined he would eliminate me by applying toxic chemicals on my private property. The effects of these chemicals on my health were severe. Within 3 months I was completely unable to function. I was denied a trespass against my assailant by the police chief and the County attorney. I do not know what authority gives these officials the right to dictate who I can or cannot trespass from my property, especially when it was obvious to anyone who saw me that my health was being seriously affected. A trespass should have been issued with exigency. The chemical assault continued for over 5 years. I had no protection of the law. This was a conspiracy to deprive me of my rights under color of law.
    My condition had deteriorated to the degree that I knew I was dying. A Sheriff’s deputy stopped by my home to advise me that this neighbor had no intention of stopping the chemical attack until he had eliminated me. At that time I had no option but to be forced to flee from my private property. I assumed when or if I could recover my health I would seek compensation. When I fled I was blind and homeless for the following 4 years. The severity of the skin condition from the chemical exposure had long been full body, so excruciatingly painful that it was unbearable for anything to touch my skin including clothes. The pain was 24-7 being naked. There were no local Drs. who had a clue how to treat me because they had never had a patient that had been poisoned by their neighbor. The EPA determined the chemical to be glyphosate. Had I have been the applicator I would have followed the directions for safe application of the chemical. I have never used RoundUp by Monsanto. I believe if I had chosen to use chemicals it would be a chemical of my choice, not forced to be exposed to a chemical and terrorized by a neighbor and the supporters of this terrorist being an entire entity of government.
    There must be a higher authority of government that can do a competent investigation into the evidence of this case. The FBI was a complete fraud. The evidence in my possession proves this without a doubt.


    I am not a writer of any kind. I could use assistance in writing my complaint in a more professional manner. I know that the government cannot do this to one citizen or a hundred citizens.
    Regarding any statute of limitation, I believe that is based on a timely investigation by authorities. In this case it took 16 months for me to receive the incident report from the police chief stating that I verbally told this neighbor to stay off my property and not to apply anything on it again. The police chief informed me that he would not issue a complaint on my behalf against the council member because he did not want to make him mad. My last conversation with the County Attorney he advised he would need an independent investigation. I agreed to any investigation, I am still waiting for the results of his investigation. He retired in 2017. Regarding the incompetent FBI, it took him 14 months to come to my home specifically for the purpose of reviewing my hard copy evidence. Upon arrival he informed me that he had no intention of reviewing any of my evidence. Two hours after he left my home I received in the mail a letter from Washington DC Headquarters stating the agent had determined no violation of Federal law had occurred. The red flag being the two hour timeline. With my evidence never being reviewed the Assistant US Attorney wrote in an email that he did not care what the evidence supported, he would use attorney discretion and not prosecute the State and local official who intentionally supported terrorist acts committed against me. He advised me that he had the authority to violate my Federally protected rights, and that I should not contact his office again.

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