Out of control: Feds ready to seize more guitars at concerts
admin | On 18, May 2012
The US’s fourth branch of government, the bureaucracy, is at it again. For some reason, the US Fish and Wildlife Service sees it necessary to use American taxpayer dollars to focus on a tariff law violation concerning wood. They are so determined to eradicate illegal wood that they are even considering threatening this year’s summer concerts. Among some of the notable names of rock stars that might be affected: Sheryl Crow, Van Halen, and especially Ted Nugent are on the roster.
The target is the world renowned Gibson Guitars; the ones that the titans of rock will be playing this summer. Of course, this isn’t the first time that the Feds have come to blows with this delinquent guitar manufacturer. On August 25th, 2011 the US Fish and Wildlife Service raided the Memphis and Nashville Gibson factories with astonishing force and guns drawn: as if they were expecting return fire.
This year, the Feds must really be itching for a fight. Apparently, they intend to play ball on the away field, and raid 2012 summer concerts. Of course, their track record suggests that guns will be drawn for these raids too. These reports have many Americans dumbfounded that this could even be happening in the country where rock was invented. Anthony Martin of Examiner.com writes,
If the feds raid summer concerts, major disruptions will ensue which will impact the fans who paid hefty ticket fees to see their favorite musicians such as Sheryl Crow, Ted Nugent, and Paul McCartney, all of whom use Gibson guitars.
Ted Nugent will not go quietly, as he has already been very vocal on the subject. He was in fact so vocal, that this rock rebel came under the hawk eye of the Secret Service for his comments on HumanEvents.com:
I am the Great White Buffalo and I play an American-made Gibson guitar that can blow your head clean off at 100 paces. Now if we can just blow the head clean off the Fedzilla beast in November, this sort of government abuse will come to an end, of that I am certain.
However, elected officials are stepping up, very concerned about the actions of those who were not elected. R-TN Senator Lamar Alexander said, “I don’t want the musicians from Nashville who are flying to Canada to perform this summer to worry about the government seizing their guitars…” He goes on to say that, “…Sen. Wyden and I are going to make it absolutely clear. We hope to get a clear ruling within a few weeks, and if we can’t get a clear ruling, we’ll introduce legislation to change the Lacey Act.”
The law, to which the senator was referring, is 112 years old and was originally written to establish trade regulations for bird feathers. In 2008, however, it was changed to protect wood, and the Feds have most certainly laid down the law with a display of force. Of course, what happened in 2011 is only scenery for the onlooker; people want to know why. Why would Obama and Eric Holder’s Justice Department go after Gibson? Martin further states:
First, the Obama Administration has a history of harassing non-union companies and even unionized companies that move their operations to right-to-work states. Second, Gibson’s closest competitor, Martin Guitars, is operated by a major Democrat-supporter and uses wood from the same sources as Gibson. But Martin has never been harassed.
It seems as if the Feds would simply like to do away with Gibson Guitars for their crimes against wood. To them, international law takes priority over Constitution law, and this is becoming more and more apparent as their encroachments against liberty become more and more blatant. Then again, perhaps they would just rather see Ted Nugent play a guitar that is made in China.