April 22, 2004 -- Unfortunately, every Earth Day, even politicians who are not generally known as tree-huggers feel they must pander to the degenerate values of those who put trees, plants, and critters above human life and well-being. Mind you, you should be free to enjoy your own forests, gardens, or pets on your own property. The problem is that the politicians want to take your freedom, property, and thus your enjoyment in the name of protecting the environment.
On this Earth Day, President George W. Bush compounded the crimes against humanity committed by his father, President George H.W. Bush. Bush Senior was responsible for the "no net loss of wetlands" policy. Bureaucrats and non-objective judges had already been twisting the definition of a "waterway of the United States," over which Congress had jurisdiction, to mean almost any puddle or patch of wet soil. George the First decided it would be a good idea if the country did not lose any damp dirt. And what if that dirt's on private property? Too bad! Without paying any compensation to owners—in violation of the Constitution's Fifth amendment—the federal government has engaged in a war to restrict how you can use your own land, saying that you can't build on it, farm it, or otherwise make use of it because it is a "wetland." The elder Bush thought that by pandering to the eco-crowd he would somehow win their admiration and votes. He didn't.