DEFEND RURAL AMERICA founder Kirk Mackenzie addresses issues pertaining to gold miners and property owners at a Western Mining Alliance informational meeting at the VFW Hall March 15. Also speaking, El Dorado County Supervisor, Ray Nutting, left. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene


Group defends mining rights and rural values

By From page A1 | March 22, 2013

Defenders of mining rights and rural America got a pep talk on strategy last Friday night March 15 as they gathered at a meeting of the Western Mining Alliance.

Over 150 people from as far away as Sacramento, Placer, Shasta, Redding and Fresno came to get a legislative update and to hear a presentation by Kirk MacKenzie, who is the founder of an organization called Defend Rural America.

MacKenzie said he spent his whole career in high-tech and helped run Ross Perot’s presidential campaign in California. “NAFTA (the North American Free Trade Agreement) was a sovereignty issue, not a trade agreement,” he said as he explained his involvement with the Perot presidential campaign.

MacKenzie decided to become politically active again two years ago, claiming he founded DRA so groups like the WMA could join with others and fight the agenda that was in play.

The author of two books and several videos including a three-part series called  “How to Take Our Country Back,” he discussed strategy, tactics and why the country is in so much debt.

The urban areas are already lost, he claimed, but we can still make our case with rural America through personal stories of those who live in those areas. That was the approach he used in Siskiyou County when over 1,000 people, 50 groups, and eight sheriffs united to fight the removal of four hydro-electric dams on the Klamath River.

As part of that effort, MacKenzie made a DVD which featured 43 people explaining how they were being affected by an increasingly intrusive government.

“Rural America is the last area of defense,” he claimed. “You are the victims and are losing your homes, your children and your rights. Farming, ranching and mining are all under attack.” As examples he cited government plans to reintroduce wolves and other dangerous predators back into parts of the country. He also complained about harvesting policies and the shutting of roads in the nation’s national forests.

MacKenzie said corrupt courts and laws as well as the legal philosophy that seeks to abolish common law are behind much of what is happening. Scientific fraud is also to blame, he said, using the example of the way science was distorted to justify blowing up the dams on the Klamath River.

Saying all our rights are under attack, he listed the most important one as free will, along with representative government, the Bill of Rights, free enterprise, capitalism, and local government.

The central bankers are behind this, he noted, saying that it was the Rockefellers who funded the United Nations and who are behind Agenda 21.

“The government at all levels is doing this. The system has been changed. We are being attacked by big money and big government. The plan is to take policy making away from local government and move it to regional governments and non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) who will dictate policy.

“They don’t care about us anymore. They believe in top-down control.”

Fighting the agenda

MacKenzie said so far the average American is losing because “we are good people and have good values. We can’t believe the government has an agenda. The news media will also try to convince you of things. But people need to understand that there is an agenda.”

He went on to list all the different ways rural America is handicapped in the fight: “We have no foundation or organization to fight them; we’re not proactive; we’re not prepared; we don’t reach out; we don’t have enough money to win in court; we’re not comfortable competing; we respect others; and poor positioning.”

As an example of poor positioning, he said that when people use the term suction dredging, they have already lost the public relations battle. He gave examples of what they could call their devices instead such as “vacuum cleaners” or “portable filtration systems.”

Emphasizing the importance of understanding what is going on, MacKenzie went on to say that, “We are the people in the matrix. We’ve been brain-washed and the reality is they are sucking the juice out of us to create their New World Order.

“It’s our duty to come up with a tool kit,” he went on, saying that the monetary system was a big part of it and people could educate themselves by going to his Website at

“We need to communicate, coordinate and collaborate. We need to work together and get more involved. We’re fighting a war but are engaged in skirmishes. We need to see the bigger picture,” he reiterated.

He suggested that DRA become the hub where different groups could come together and fight. “Right now there is no strategy to deal with the agenda of the central bankers,” he said. “That’s what DRA is all about. We need a revival of people and restoration. The government has no authority other than what we give it.”

The intention by the U.N. and other planning bodies is to take power away from us because they think they are smarter. They want to control the land, water and air. That’s one scenario. The other scenario is for Americans to take back their country and reassert their authority. To revitalize the spirit of those who founded this country and the importance of free will.

“I made the decision that it’s worth fighting for,” claimed MacKenzie, saying that if America fell, so would the rest of the world.

Legislative update

Craig Lindsay, president of WMA, also gave a run-down on different legal activities they are participating in to protect mining rights and noted that, “We have a historical right to be here.”

Rick Eddy, director of political affairs for WMA, reviewed the controversy over mercury and selenium, citing a statement from the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment that, “No case of mercury poisoning has been reported from eating California sport fish.” A study of fish collected from 12 western states also showed almost 98 percent of freshwater fish had sufficient selenium to protect them and their consumers from mercury toxicity. California tested 100 percent.

El Dorado County Supervisor Ray Nutting was also present at the meeting. He discussed the history of gold mining in El Dorado County and read a 2009 resolution from the Board of Supervisors that opposed the state’s prohibition on suction dredge mining. The resolution referenced the California State Water Resources Control Board report stating that suction gold dredging effectively removes at least 98 percent of the measured mercury processed through dredges. Nutting went on to read a letter from El Dorado County Supervisor Ron Briggs estimating that the county loses $1.6 million annually because of the suction dredging ban.

“They’ve got us cornered and we’ve got to fight back,” he concluded, saying that one solution would be for counties to take on the job of issuing permits to suction dredgers. Nutting also announced that the Gold Panning World Championship will be held in El Dorado County in 2016.

Contact Dawn Hodson at 530-344-5071 or [email protected] Follow @DHodsonMtDemo on Twitter.

Dawn Hodson

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