Eminent Domain: Colorado Couple Finds Out That Their Land Is Only Their Own Until the Government Wants It

Eminent Domain: Colorado Couple Finds Out That Their Land Is Only Their Own Until the Government Wants It | smoky-mountains-pictures-Ogle-449x300 | Agenda 21 Government Control Losing Rights Off-Grid & Independent Living US News

Imagine this:

You do your research and you choose a retreat property far off the beaten path.  You spend time and money developing it, making it your own.  Maybe it is a vacation home, or maybe you’re a prepper and this is your bug-out location. Regardless of the reason you chose it, it’s yours, so maybe you plant some perennial vegetables and some fruit trees.  You dig a well or locate a spring.  You make it your own.

Then the government comes along and says, “Nope, we want this land – you’re out.”

And they just take it, evicting you like they are the landlord and you are merely a tenant, despite your name on the deed.

That’s exactly what happened to a couple in Colorado. Andy and Ceil Barrie fought the government and the government won.

The Barries had purchased and idyllic 10 acre parcel of land in the midst of the White River National Forest. The private land had on it a rustic cabin, an outhouse, and an old boarded-up gold mine. It was a day use cabin, and therefore totally off the grid. No electricity, no plumbing – just peace and solitude, accessible only by an ATV via a road that Summit County didn’t even know existed. The cabin is 1.2 miles off the main road. From a preparedness standpoint, the place is what most of us dream of – a sweet little piece of paradise far off the beaten path, without a powerline in sight.

The government used many different bizarre strategies to get the Barries off of their land.  Pay close attention, because precedents are being set that could affect hunters or those creating bug-out retreats.

#1 ATV access threatened an endangered species

The government’s first line of attack against the Barries was forbidding them to use a motorized vehicle to reach the property.  This will sound familiar to anyone who has been following the Cliven Bundy case in Nevada: Summit “county officials issued a report that stated “public motorized access” to the property threatened the alpine tundra and the habitat for the lynx, an endangered species.” (source)  County officials took a vote in October of 2013, and in order to save the lynx threatened by the Barries’ occasional access, agreed that their property should be seized. (In the case of the Bundy ranch, his cattle were massacred by the government while they claimed to be concerned about the fate of the desert tortoise.)

#2 The county demanded that “various commercial activities” be halted

And exactly what nefarious money-making schemes were the Barries up to?  Why, Andy Barry had the audacity to gather up fallen pine cones and take them home for his Christmas wreath making business. He used a cart attached to the afore-mentioned ATV to take them back to his home, where the wreaths were created.

#3 The county condemned the cabin because of electrical and plumbing issues

Umm…it’s an off-grid cabin, so there was no electricity and no plumbing to start with. In their haste to protect the environment, one would think that bringing in electricity or plumbing would be far more of an issue than a low-carbon-footprint place that used no public utilities. This was strictly a day-use cabin, thus requiring no plumbing or power. How many off-grid homes that adjoin national land exist across the country right now? How many hunting and trapping cabins are snugly sitting out there in the wilderness? Are all of those properties next on the government’s list of properties to steal?

#4 The cabin was in violation of zoning laws

A previous owner had expanded the cabin without a permit.  Because we have to ask the government’s permission for everything, you see.

In the end, the government won.

Last Thursday, the Barries had no option but to cede the land.  They did not have the money to fight against the bottomless coffers of the government.  They were paid $115,000 for the land.  The couple had spent $75,000 waging a legal defense.  Ceil Barrie said in a statement:

“The cabin was condemned on the grounds of plumbing and electricity, when it doesn’t even have plumbing or electricity. All those things added up in my mind. This is ridiculous, we can never win and our money is not unlimited.  I have two kids in college this year. To me, what just came out of it is, you can’t fight the government.” (source)

The moral to this story is, the government does not support the lifestyle to which many of us aspire. Self sufficiency and freedom from the grid are not celebrated, but demonized.  The government, through various agencies masquerading as do-gooders, have waged war on woodstoves, off-grid lifestyles, front yard vegetable gardens, and anything that might allow you to live without their daily input or without being subject to their many taxes and fees.

Private property rights are ignored and according to the government, we must all submit to their “eminent domain”.  What it boils down to: You might think you own something, but it’s clear that it is only yours until the government decides that they want it.

Daisy Luther is a freelance writer and editor. Her website, The Organic Prepper, offers information on healthy prepping, including premium nutritional choices, general wellness and non-tech solutions. You can follow Daisy on Facebook and Twitter, and you can email her at daisy@theorganicprepper.ca

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Daisy Luther lives on a small organic homestead in Northern California. She is the author of The Organic Canner, The Pantry Primer: A Prepper's Guide to Whole Food on a Half-Price Budget, and The Prepper's Water Survival Guide: Harvest, Treat, and Store Your Most Vital Resource. On her website, The Organic Prepper, Daisy uses her background in alternative journalism to provide a unique perspective on health and preparedness, and offers a path of rational anarchy against a system that will leave us broke, unhealthy, and enslaved if we comply. Daisy's articles are widely republished throughout alternative media. You can follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.

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    • Carson Randolph

      lol, the population of America is just braindead. They will roll over for any of this and some think it is a good thing..Americans deserve what they are getting for being so anti God and anti morals

      • terer

        what country is pro god pro morals?

        • Carson Randolph

          Well you have me there… except God gave us this land regardless of what minority bitches about it. But since we have tossed God out of the country as much as the country could do it. God says we will have what we have now. Yes there isn’t a country anylonger that supports the God of the bible. So walla!! We have what we have now…Nazi socialist running this country. Used to be that the majority supported the Judeo-Christian heritage this country was founded on, but since the leaders of the country are perverted and corrupt, we now accept anti God laws and morals…. That is why the bible tells us the US will be taken into captivity and look, we are alomost completely enslaved to the Socialist Globalist agenda.

          • gmo2ashes

            In traditional religion, there could never be a Judeo-Christian bond. Each are complete opposites. The Christian Bible teaches forgiveness, love and kindness, while the Jewish Talmud oozes hatred, sexual deviancy and condemnation of Jesus Christ and Mother Mary.

            • Carson Randolph

              I could go on here for about 30 years but I would just say that the bible from front to back is one word. The new teaches the old. It is all one word. Only you would have to actually study it to know that. The old testament is anti sin as is the new testament. The difference is Christ replaced the old ministry. But Christ taught from the scriptures and all they had was the Old Testement. which gave the entire world the laws of God and the way we should behave. When we don’t we break the laws of God. We have done it enough now to incur the wrath of God and you see it in the weather, God controls the weather, and in the corupt government, He said it would be crooked from the top down at the end of the age and guess what!!! The bond you say never could exist has always existed through God’s law. His precepts, The ten commandments. And even though His faith was perverted by the mainstream religions who’s mother is the Catholic church. The true church is still out here and teaching the Kingdom of God and the things pertaining to Jesus Christ. Mother Mary is a pagan concept and not supported by the bible and in fact, the queen of heaven doctrine of the Catholics is found in Jerimiah 7 and 44 and is anti Christ in nature. So yes in traditional religion there is really 2 connecting bonds, 1. The laws of God 2. The spirit of God which graphs us into the tree of Abraham,

            • gmo2ashes

              I hate to say it, but mind numbing ignorance appears to be your God.

            • Carson Randolph

              lol, maybe so, but the proof is in the pudding as they say…The country is going to hell in a handbasket with crooked and perverted leaders leading the way into the pit. My mind numbing God predicted all of this and all of it is happening today. So say what you will,,, we will see in the next few years…

            • Carson Randolph

              One more thing here and that is that God also predicted that America would go into captivity and that is happening everyday now in this country to socialist nazi’s just like the above story depicts.

    • gail

      When is this going to stop? I don’t understand why more people are not upset about this. It all boils down to greed. Some one with power decided they liked this place (I’m sure), and wanted it themselves. We need to start a fund raiser for people that are going through this to help with their fight. I don’t have much but I could afford ro give a little. I just hate this.