May 21, 2017
Trail mania—who’s behind and the real purpose, besides huge bucks for owners of 501c3’s & 4’s?
Recall Fort Smith is hustling for 87 miles of trails and recently “visionary” Miles Crawford who claims to be an altruist and a selfless individual has proposed 35 more miles in an article in the TR May 14, 2017 declaring that abandoned railroad beds from Central City to Paris & all villages in between would be the recipients of the Trail. Ownership? Maintenance? Financing? Usage?
Is it your foolish belief that the idea for massive numbers & miles of trails were birthed in U.S. cities, e.g. Fort Smith? If so, why then the proliferation of thousands upon thousands of miles of trails & costing billions of dollars to fund & construct across the nation? Crawford & all his fellow travellers enjoy saying trails are “good for the economy, will bring jobs.” Evidence please. An old Fort Smith standby promotion tool is e.g. “Fayetteville & other cities are constructing trails”, as if there a mandate for Fort Smith.
Two years ago the dozen or so promoters of FS trails held a series of meetings in Fort Smith, Van Buren, Greenwood, & Pocola & produced less than a scant 100 citizen attendees…mostly special interests.
So what are these trails really for, besides for the CEO’s of the 502c3’s & 4’s? There is another reason, but what is it?
Miles Crawford is CEO of something curiously named “Go Ye Employment Services” & Chair of Ark. Workforce Development Board. Obviously Crawford is inextricably linked to and a product of government and involved in a 501c3 or 4. Another question , who planted the railroad bed trail system in his mind?
Diane Morrison is the Fort Smith trail boss and her 501c3 is the recently resurrected Frontier MPO…also on the incompetent board of WAPDD…conflicts? Ask the Mayor and City Directors, they are the experts in conflicts, cover-ups & transparency. Ms. Morrison has the credentials of a full-blown Marxist.
Individuals or corporations who set up 501c3’s & 4’s, traditionally called “non-profits” are anything but non-profit. Never forget that the 501c3’s & 4’s CEO’s and their enablers set themselves up with nice salaries, with little or no oversight, and taxpayers one way or another always subsidize/fund them.
Mr. Crawford’s justification for putting this 35 mile extravaganza together, with 2 friends, states the nascent project has gone from the “idea stage” and now they are pursuing the “developmental stage” and about ready to enter the stage to “Obtain the necessary resources,( i.e. taxpayer money) to purchase the land and develop it”, in other words another 501c3, Crawford the CEO to be & the frenzy for obtaining taxpayer monies (Grants) begins. Question: Who put Crawford and his 2 friends up to promoting another political vision? All politicians & bureaucrats are famous for their self-serving “visions”, but never involving their own money.
In the beginning I state that Crawford & his 2 friends proudly admit they are Cultural Marxists (Altruist & selflessness) I see no evidence of their commitment to self-sacrifice, smells like another tier of government welfare on the march, i.e. Grants.
Their claim of being Altruistic and practitioners of selflessness is the three allegedly walked a few miles on the rail bed and amateurishly droned part of the 35 mile span.
Auguste Compte, a French philosopher in the 1830’s coined the words Altruism & Sociology, the antithesis of our Founding Fathers & the Enlightenment. True altruism & selflessness is pure Cultural Marxist, communist, socialist, progressive propaganda as shown in the quote below.
A simple definition of Altruism by Ayn Rand, “What is the moral code of Altruism?” “The basic principle of Altruism is that man has no right to exist for his own sake, that service to others is the only justification of his existence and that self-sacrifice is the highest moral duty, virtue, and value”. Mr. Crawford you don’t fit that definition. What you fit is the profile of a self-serving government parrot.
So Mr. Crawford, again I ask who planted the Rails to Trails concept in your head, probably in one of your required government seminars.
All the while, nationally & locally bridges, highways, streets, sanitation systems, are crumbling while our corrupt politicians add to the crisis by spending billions on trails and non-essentials all flying in the face of our $20 Trillion national debt, 7 ongoing wars, billions yearly on legal & illegal immigrants who contribute mightily to all the above. Therefore; what is government’s tyrannical plan for Trail Mania?
P.S. Senator John Boozman, using the same editorial space in the TR today in a piece titled “Graduates, can you make a difference?
Opining the same kind of Marxist dribble as Miles Crawford, is espousing—borrowing from Hillary Clinton—“It Takes a Village”.
Boozman recycles (no pun intended)…for instance with poetic Marxism, “We’re all capable of helping others”, “How can you make a difference”, “Live your life as a giver”, he omitted the other cliché, “Giving back”. Same old collectivist indoctrination drilled into students heads, killing our nation. Not one word about merit, achievement or rugged individual responsibility.
Residing in the Congress for 16 years and has not made one significant legislative accomplishment. Perhaps he would be advised to practice the Marxist mantra he asks of others. Such people are enemies of our Constitutional individual freedoms.
See reliable source https://americanpolicy.org/agenda21/ for details.