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Pitchfork-Wielding Virginia Farmers Protest Bureaucrats

August 13, 2012 by  

Thomas Jefferson envisioned America as a Nation that would thrive indefinitely if it stayed true to its agrarian beginnings. What he didn’t expect (likely no Founding Father did) was how bureaucrats would one day do everything in their power to hurt American farmers.

Reports of government bureaucrats harassing and attacking America’s oldest lifestyle are abundant and include stories about raw milk farmers being arrested, armed Federal agents raiding family farms and lawmakers doing the bidding of big agribusiness to the detriment of family farmers.

A group of pitchfork wielding farmers in Virginia decided they have had enough after government agents threatened a local farmer for simply doing what farmers have been doing for generations.



Martha Boneta frequently had gatherings for her neighbors at her property called Liberty Farms, including wine tastings, craft workshops and pumpkin carving, according to reports. She also recently hosted a birthday party for her best friend’s child.

Officials in Boneta’s hometown of Paris, Va., decided that these were all things that required permission from agents of the State and threatened the woman with nearly $5,000 in fines for holding the events, as well as for selling produce and crafts, because she did not have the proper permits.

During a hearing earlier this month attended by Boneta and other concerned farmers, officials said that if Boneta wants to continue opening her farm up to her neighbors, she must first obtain a permit.

Boneta plans to appeal the order.

“This affects every farmer. It affects our ability to earn a living to produce and sell on our own land,” she said.

In a show of solidarity with their farming friend, agrarian supporters held a “pitchfork protest” in the town to decry the bureaucrats’ order.


Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • GALT

    More truth seeking and lie exposing from Sam, or………?

    UCC 1-207/ 308 ” ALL RIGHTS RESERVED ” means “no jurisdiction” and the above action
    does not occur……….and subjects all participants to criminal penalties, specifically, 18 USC 241 and 242, this latter one is titled ” Deprivation of RIGHTS under color of law.”

    Under “admiralty and maritime” and the UNIFORM COMMERCIAL CODE, which is the main enforcement mechanism for the former, you have given your implied consent and are constantly exposed to potential actions as that described above……..and if you allow “jurisdiction” to be established, by participating in the process in any way, you have LOST…….so in this case, while an appeal can possibly be won, you are still out of pocket
    for courts costs, legal representation, etc.

    Thomas Jefferson and whatever he might have “envisioned” is irrelevant, since it was clear that his imagination was limited by the conditions of the moment, which was an essentially agrarian future, whose potential had been extended by territorial gains to
    the Pacific, and the continuation of “colonization” westward……..this future must have
    appeared “limitless”………..and as equally short sighted as his “vision” regarding the alteration of the “constitution”, every generation or so, refreshing the tree of liberty with the blood of…………….

    Do you feel outraged by these daily stories of the actual “tyranny” that you are experiencing? Got the urge to VOTE or shoot someone? Neither will help you nor restore your constitutional rights……….nor will your continued “willful ignorance”……..

    Knowledge is power, applied knowledge is FREEDOM!

    You are a willing participant in your own oppression and you have the POWER to
    remove the condition of the “implied consent” which has chained you……..


    Article One, section 8
    To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings;—And
    To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.

    Article 3, section 2
    The judicial Power shall extend to all Cases, in Law and Equity, arising under this Constitution, the Laws of the United States, and Treaties made, or which shall be made, under their Authority;—to all Cases affecting Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls;—to all Cases of admiralty and maritime Jurisdiction;—to Controversies to which the United States shall be a Party;—to Controversies between two or more States;—between a State and Citizens of another State;—between Citizens of different States;—between Citizens of the same State claiming Lands under Grants of different States, and between a State, or the Citizens thereof, and foreign States, Citizens or Subjects.

    then ACT!!!!!!!

    Where are those ( common ) law and equity courts?

    ” To conquer, first DIVIDE!”

    • Vigilant

      “To conquer,” he says, “first divide,”
      His ending to each diatribe.
      He wants you to think
      That it’s “USA, Inc.”
      He’s joined the Conspiracy tribe.

      It’s “Common law and equity,”
      he brays for days on end.
      just cuts and pastes without a thought
      then hits the key marked “send.”

      • GALT

        The ( never, ever ) Vigilant aka w.i.A.L.F. seems to not understand that all who choose
        to “volunteer” to be subject to tyranny get what they deserve……and have the privilege of
        paying for their own subjugation………this is willful ignorance at it’s most insistent…….aid and comfort to the enemy……so that each day the “salivating dog” answers the bell of outrage, thinking that THIS on going chronicle of further abuse and usurpation and his opinion of it, actually means something………and that magically, these things will go away.

        Stupid little poems written in ignorance by the foolish little boy,
        Will not restore what he’s given up, or preserve his remaining toys.
        Having already been conquered and an unwitting agent of division,
        He soothes his exposed ignorance with the rhetoric of derision.
        This kvetching is a substitute for the courage it would take,
        To learn what needs to be done for liberty and freedom’s sake.
        The moral implication of this lack of reasoned action,
        Requires that others too, must share a similar re-action.
        For god forbid others might explore what he refuses to learn,
        And he finds himself ALONE with nowhere left to turn.
        He has yet to learn to ignore my name and it’s implications,
        Oblivious to the reality that he is the source of his own subjugation.
        So you may heed this pathetic bleating of this foolish little sheeple,
        But if you do, say goodbye forever, to the republic of, by and FOR the people.

        Ignorance is STRENGTH!!!!! ( it’s just not your’s )

      • Vigilant

        The mantra’s getting tiresome,
        the litany is worn;
        “Ho hum,” we say, ‘most every day;
        GALT can’t detect the scorn.

      • Vigilant

        His “poetry”‘s as rhythmic
        as a caterwauling child;
        Nor Emerson nor Longfellow
        would ever be beguiled.

        The beat goes on, The Anvil Chorus
        of Verdi’s famous play,
        GALT strikes the bar again…again;
        Most boring every day.

        P.S.: Don’t give up your day job, your “poetry” sucks.

      • Vigilant

        Don’t take me on, exalted GALT,
        It’s competence you lack;
        Your forte is monotony,
        Redundance is your tack

        You’ve got no talent, sonny boy,
        So put it on the shelf;
        I tire of this sparring game
        With such a mental elf.

      • waltinseattle

        cept he hits the truth of it square on the head.You prefer to go into could have should have beens like if we had only…right blend agrarian and manufacturing…wet dreams that we can’t go back and make true. Live here live now…or be burried. that is the way reality works non-vigilant. You so cluless yet vigilant? must be your paranoia.. I believe they sometimes say that being paranoid is merely having all the info…as is the case with
        galt, the informed, not you the not so Vigilant one.

        • jeromeennis

          Our big cities such as NY, Chicago, LA, Atlanta, Madison, Seattle, San Francisco, Detroit, Boston, Newark, Philadelphia, Baltimore and others have long been criminal enterprises totally and completely controlled by the Democrat Party, The Unions, The Mafia and other assorted Thugs and Criminals. And, in all these cities, they have long had a Welfare System of Deadbeats to do their Voting and Dirty Work. Beginning in the mid 1960′s, LBJ began applying this Criminal Model to the Whole Country when he Nationalized the Welfare State and began the takeover of Public Education which would insure that the Poplulation Would Be Dumbed Down and Brainwashed to be useful idiots with no knowledge or academic skills to compete in a competitive work force thereby insuring that the Welfare State would grow. With the election of Barack Barry Soetoro Obama, the final nails were put in the USA and expanded the Welfare State and the Take Over of Public Education to insure that the Welfare Slaves remain on the Welfare Plantation for time immemorial.

      • GALT

        Just keep paying those fee’s, fine’s, duties, imposts, excises, direct and indirect taxes to
        support your oppressor’s ……….I’m sure they appreciate your “patriotism and cowardice”, as well as your encouragement of other’s to remain equally ignorant.

        Support the troops; War is Peace; Freedom is Slavery.

      • GALT

        Since other poster’s have appeared, the previous post was directed to the ( never, ever )
        Vigilant, although it is to be hoped that such clarification would not be required.

      • Vigilant

        Welcome to the fray, waltinseattle, or should I say, GALT posting under an alias?

        Hint: the ellipses gave you away, GALT. Amateur thou art.

      • Vigilant

        We can now assume that GALT’s real first name is Walt and he lives in Seattle.

        It’s a real sign of desperation when you have to invent new posters to back you up when nobody else will.

      • Vigilant

        GALT’s tune we name in just one note,
        it always is the same.
        And now he brings faux posters here
        To cover up his shame

      • GALT

        ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha…….I couldn’t be bothered, and the fantasies of the w.i.A.L.F. are irrelevant………bye now.

      • Vigilant

        And bye to you, Walt/GALT.

  • Michael J.

    I can hear them now, the call will be for a ban on semi-auto assault pitchforks with a clip capacity greater than six tines.

    • jeromeennis

      LMAO and sadly, you are right. You will soon have to Buy a Permit to Purchase a Pitch Fork or maybe even to buy a Hoe, and this is not a Street Type Ho!!

    • eddie47d

      That video covered much but to bring up so many unrelated issues in an attempt to tie them all together was over the top. The guy being interviewed came across as a clown claiming there is this huge conspiracy coming down on Liberty Farms. What in the world did Chic-Fil-A being closed on Sunday have to do with this issue? That was never a concern even with the gay protesters. I don’t see any Agenda 21 issue on Liberty Farms either so bringing that up was way off base. That “clown” even took a poke at the environmentalists who weren’t involved in the Liberty Farm complaint at all. I didn’t notice if he had his hip waders on with all the bull he was slinging!

      • Michael J.

        eddie47d says,

        “I don’t see any Agenda 21 issue on Liberty Farms either so bringing that up was way off base”

        That’s because your ideology has blinded both your ears. You are politically and culturally illiterate. Do you expect them to call their actions Agenda 21 driven or inspired? Stealth Agenda 21 has filtered into your own backyard, but you’re so numb from consuming Starbucks coffee and Latte’s that you overlook it. Check your local zoning board or commission to see whether or not they recently adopted new regulations called “ULDC”, or Unified Land Developement Code. Across the country it is being installed as a simplified standardized building code which according to my local officials, “It just makes things easier”. But once you start to read it, it is verbatim AGENDA21.

  • Michael J.

    Agenda 21 dictates: Buy Monsanto and die quickly!

    • eddie47d

      Were you the guy in the interview Michael J? I see you are also bringing up your usual conspiracies and making an issue larger than life. Semi-auto’s and GMO’s? Yes Monsanto is evil but their power didn’t grow overnight and they represent big corporations and how private businesses can control every aspect of our life. Liberty Farms should be more concerned about them and how they are forcing small farmers out of business. That nosey neighbor and some minor government official don’t have anything on Monsanto and how they are transforming America. Since they have power over what consumers are forced to eat I would say Big Ag is a greater concern. They represent where Capitalism is taking us and even Monsanto has the Banksters in their back pocket. Now is that were you want to take this article?

    • Sirian

      This idiotic maneuver by the council woman who initiated this struck me the same Michael J., Agenda 21 in progress – and most still are totally unaware.

  • jeromeennis

    This sort of Crap Agenda 21 Legislation is being carried out all over the country, including in my hometown of Tuscaloosa, Alabama where Agenda 21 is being imposed on Property Owners of Tuscaloosa, Alabama following the rebuilding of the city and county after the April 27th, 2011 tornaodes that ripped the city apart. People are being deprived of their Property Rights as the So-Called Republican Mayor and City Council are enforcing Agenda 21 Policies in the rebuilding of the city. Many property owners are being forced to Not Re Build their own houses on their Own Property, as their Property is being turned into Doggy Trails, Bike Trails, and so-called Green Zones. And, the ones who are Allowed To Re-Build are being forced off their Property by Exhorbitant Building Code Requirments and Building Permits which were raised from $50 to $600 and up. In short, it is forcing the Poor and Working Class Property Owners Off Their Property because they Simply Cannot Afford to Build by the NEW Agenda 21 Rules and Regulations being Forced by an out of control City and County Government made up of Politicians With an Agenda. Americans better Unite or be ready to be Un-Tied as a nation where you not only lose your Property and Property Rights, but if you dare Protest, you lose Your Freedom if you dare fight City Hall.

    • Vigilant

      SCOTUS decision on Kelo vs. City of New London in 2005 put the nails in the coffin of property rights in the USA. An execrable decision, Justice Stevens wrote the majority opinion, joined by Justices Anthony Kennedy, David Souter, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer.

      Sandra Day O’Conner wrote the dissenting opinion, but Clarence Thomas’ dissenting opinion is more readable and clear. “The dissenting opinion suggested that the use of this taking power in a reverse Robin Hood fashion— take from the poor, give to the rich— would become the norm, not the exception.” (Wikipedia)

      Thank the activist, leftist justices on the court for the loss of the most basic freedom in the USA.

  • eddie47d

    Is it really the birthday party Boneta? That seems to be a cover for her complaint when authorities could care less who is having a birthday party or family celebration on your own property. The real issue is having a private party and then selling products on the side. Since permits and licenses are needed to sell commercially she can’t make an end run by hiding behind a birthday party. That has nothing to do with “farmers independence” or growing crops to sell at the market. It’s like any other brick and mortar business where they are required to have licenses and pay fees. So she is skirting the law to sell products and got “busted”.

    • realsustainability

      Eddie47d, if you listen to the “authorities” you need a freakin’ permit to build a pole barn on your own property or add a deck to your house. When does commmon sense actually come into the equation. What is the need for a farmer to have permits for gatherings or even selling things to neighbors? There is more here than meets the eye and IMO it’s the watchful eye of the feds wanting to at least be sure they get a slice of proceeds and at most be able to bring the heavy hammer of the law down on ANYONE who dares object. The tangle of laws in this counrty is so dense I challenge anyone to fully understand them let alone evenly enforce them. Let’s charge $5000 for a permit and NO ONE will be able to enjoy or afford the fruits of the farm. Maybe it’s time to trade pitchforks for M-16s? I promise those who come to “enforce the law” will be similarily armed.

    • French revolution Started with food.

      every farm in the country with the exception of the one controled by mega corporation do sell their product in the farm , I used to buy produce at one of them and the cash register was a wooden box and no one there to count , there were bills and change , even during hard time I doubt anyone ever took anything and paid fair price way below the super market .
      That is the Real Farm community , they have to recall and fire these bureaucrats .

  • tom

    its time people wake up,fight! call your congress,state representatives,demand change or elese,we the people will rule this country,not the government,vote these dummmies out of office too.give me liberty or give me death.

  • Vigilant

    “Thomas Jefferson envisioned America as a Nation that would thrive indefinitely if it stayed true to its agrarian beginnings.”

    It was the Federalist views of Hamilton that won the day in America, as would have been expected. The dynamic of central banking systems to support manufacturing, trade and commerce in general was the two-edged sword that created a powerful nation but led to economic tensions between north and south.

    Insuring a state of equilibrium, or perhaps more approriately, a prudent mix of agrarian and manufacturing interests, would nave been more equitable for all concerned, and would have prevented the excesses of the Federal Reserve and Wall Street today.

  • gunner689AI

    ” You’re papers, please.” better get used to it if BO is re-elected.

    • jeromeennis

      The Federal Reserve, simply put, could not exist without the U.S. IRS which are the Bag Men for the Federal Reserve. The Fed gladly prints as much money as the Political Leaders and Bureaucrats want, and the more they print, the better for the Federal Reserve. No matter how much Red Ink the government Runs UP, the Feds Get Their Cut with Interest Payments Right off The Top of every Dime the IRS and other Bureaucracies can Confiscate from Legitimate Capital Earners who are Workers who actually earn enough to Owe Taxes and from Small Businesses and from some Large Corporations that are not in Bed with the Federal Government. Large corporations that are in bed with the Federal Government such as GE, pay no taxes while some conservative, well-run corporations, get Fleeced just like Workers who produce also get fleeced, while about 50 percent of workers pay ZERO taxes and even many Non-Workers get Tax Refunds from IRS even thought they did not pay in a single dime with the Welfare Clause of Earned Income Credits. The IRS are the Strong Arm Payment Enforcers for the Federal Reserve who get almost every dime collected in taxes as Interest or Tribute.

  • FreedomFighter

    Roses are Red
    Violets are Blue
    Farmers get screwed
    So will YOU

    Stop Agenda 21 NOW!

    Laus Deo
    Semper Fi

  • tigrebleau

    I had a Philosophy professor in 1963 tell us that all governments are or become criminal enterprises because they have a monopoly on deadly force and exacting of tribute. Whether they realized it or not, the Founders tried to counter both of these with the Constitution and its Amendments, but alas….

    • momo

      How true. Government is the biggest criminal organization in the world. taxes are legalized theft! Why do you think both Republicans and Democrats keep growoing government, so the growing criminal class will have jobs. Ever notice why everybody says they’re for a smaller government, but that never happens.

  • D. Smith

    Even people having family gatherings such as reunions and picnics are getting in trouble over the possibility of “tainted” food. Same with church potlucks, etc. We the people are not allowed to do anything anymore – nothing that even remotely resembles freedom of choice. Property rights? Ha, we have none. We don’t “own” our property, we just pay for it and then pay the taxes. They tax what we earn and then they tax what we spend. The mental midgets in the District of Criminals have made sure we can’t pee without a permit. Calling your CONgressperson is a complete waste of your time. Better spent stocking shelves in your basement with stuff you think you might need . . . because you’re gonna need it at some point. I don’t know much about Agenda 21 but city planners have, for years already, been in the process of platting out new subdivisions in the form of camp-like designs. You can see it as plain as day from the air.

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