"He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance."
These words found in our Declaration of Independence were used by the Signers to describe King George's efforts to undercut freedom in the colonies. They aptly describe the modern swarm of new offices like the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, U.S. Forestry Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, Tennessee Valley Authority, and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation chipping away at private property rights and personal freedom.
The "Officers" sent out by our own would be King Obama dictate when, if, and how public land may be used. They use their strong armed enforcers in the Environmental Protection Agency to steal private property or limit its use. The modern day "Progressive" Red Coats continue to eat out our substance and harass our people.
"People are tired of federal bureaucracy and it's agencies wasting America's tax dollars. How can we possibly have a productive economy when the government is keeping all our resources from us? Federal Government should not be in the land business. These lands need to be returned to the states." Robert Gordon of the Heritage Foundation
The FedGov land barons own 1.6% of the land in Alabama. They own 650,000,000 acres in the U.S. overall. 30% of the land in our nation is owned by the powers that be. This acreage equals a land mass greater than Germany, France, Spain, and Italy combined. They control vast expanses of the West and William Jasper in the article Feds vs. the West details the extent of their lust for control:
- Nevada - 84.5%
- Alaska - 69.1%
- Utah - 57.4 %
- Oregon - 53.1%
- Idaho - 50.2%
- Arizona - 48.1%
- California - 45.3%
- Wyoming - 42.4%
- New Mexico - 41.8%
- Colorado - 36.6%
- Washington - 30.3%
- Montana - 29.9%
Alabama made history regarding the "equal standing" or "equal footing" in the 1845 Supreme Court decision Pollard v. Hagan. In it the court stated:
"The United States never held any municipal sovereignty, jurisdiction, or right of soil in and for the territory, of which Alabama or any of the new states were formed, except for temporary purposes, and to execute the trusts created by the acts of the Virginia and Georgia legislatures, and the deeds of cession executed by them to the United states, and the trusts created by the treaty with the French republic of the 30th of April, 1803, ceding Louisiana.... Alabama is, therefore, entitled to the sovereignty and jurisdiction over all the territory within her limits, subject to the common law, to the same extent that Georgia possessed it, before she ceded it to the United States. To maintain any other doctrine, is to deny that Alabama has been admitted into the union on an equal footing with the original states, the constitution, laws, and compact, to the contrary not withstanding."
We recently saw the deadly extent that the federal land barons will go to acquire a monopoly on the land. The paramilitary raid on the Bundy Ranch in Nevada was a display of government out of control. Two hundred heavily armed and militarized dragoons from the Bureau of Land Management ran roughshod over the Bundy family, their supporters, the Constitution, and the rule of law.
The government propagandists and their willing lackeys in the media went above and beyond to vilify and demonize the Bundy family. Mr. Bundy was called a racist, redneck tea bagger, domestic terrorist, welfare rancher, crackpot, wing nut rancher, etc... in order to deviate attention away from the tyrannical behavior. They turned a blind eye to the Gestapo tactics of militarized park rangers.
William Jasper in The New American article "Showdown on the Range" explained the truth about "public" lands. The "split estate" is where ownership is split between surface rights (water, grazing, timber, and wildlife) and subsurface rights (minerals, oil, and gas). These are divided among the federal government, state governments, private citizens, and corporations.
Land use laws in the West come under the Prior Appropriations Water Doctrine. Under this doctrine the person acquiring title to the water has the right to use it. These rights were bought or inherited. The government cares nothing about the law whether it's the Constitution, Posse Comitatus, or water and property rights.
Mr. Bundy being a rancher put the land to productive use and produced food for our tables, jobs for citizens, tax revenue, and maintained the land. This is more than can be said about any government owned acreage.
The late Wayne Hage was another rancher who was targeted by the Bureau of Land Management. He explained the public land myth in an interview with The New American magazine in 2006. He stated that:
"The term "public lands" has been erroneously applied to these lands. I say erroneously because the United States Supreme Court held in Bardon v. Northern Pacific Railway Company that "lands to which rights and claims of another attach do not fall within the classification of public lands." Rights and claims of ranchers to water rights and grazing easements (range rights) cover virtually all these lands. According to the U.S. Supreme Court, the rancher's grazing allotments cannot be public lands."
Hage speaking on "grazing permits" told the TNA that:
"The truth is that a rancher is not required to have a grazing permit. The grazing permit should be more accurately called a grazing management permit. It is a cooperative permit whereby the rancher permits the U.S. Forestry Service or Bureau of Land Management to manage his private range rights in return for the rancher being permitted to participate in the range improvement fund for capital expenditures. When the federal agency cancels a grazing permit, as the did in my case, they cancelled my ability to participate in the range improvement fund, but they also cancelled any authority to manage my private range and water rights."
Instead of using these fees to manage the lands in question the BLM and other agencies are using them to wage a war of attrition against farmers, ranchers, land owners, etc... They utilize pseudo-science to regulate American citizens into bankruptcy. They run a racket that would make the mob green with envy.
Out of the 50 ranchers that once worked the land in Nevada; Cliven Bundy is the last. This true American cowboy has refused to bend, bow, or break to bureaucratic thugs. He is a saddle sore to the draconian minded pencil pushers who have conspired with radical environmentalists to eradicate freedom minded self-reliant individuals out of the West.
The true motives behind the eagerness to drive out Mr. Bundy was revealed at the March 1991 Public Interest Law Conference at the University of Oregon School of Law. Roy Elicker, counsel for the National Wildlife Federation outlined the plan to break the backs of ranchers:
"...if they got to go out and move that cow around six times, by the time they're done, they've lost their shirt. You can win more victories by making him pay for what he does out there and by making it so expensive in his operation and making all these changes for him to continue to run the cattle on public lands, he goes broke.
Our fellow Americans are in the cross hairs of a government out of control. Freedom loving Alabamians cannot sit idly by as pompous bureaucrats form paramilitary units for the sole purpose of trampling upon the Constitution and American citizens. The Bundy family had two bulls ($5,000 each), one calf and six cows ($2,200 a head) shot as well as personal property i.e.water tanks, water pumps, and corrals ($100,000) maliciously destroyed by badge wearing thugs. These were deplorable actions more fitting of the KGB or Stasi than U.S. law enforcement. Their actions were a textbook example of tyranny in action. It is time for Alabamians to wake up, stand up, and speak up against such abuses of power. You may not care about politics but that does not mean politicians care about your rights and liberties. Enough is enough of turning blind eyes to our waning rights.