Doing a bit of research into the underhanded tactics of the BLM (Bureau of Land Management/federal government), some local government decisions, and various eminent domain actions it amazes me that more Cliven Bundy’s haven’t popped up to take on the collectivist actions of the taking of private property rights and actual land away from American citizens by government officials.
The following excerpt sums up much of the problem nicely.
A Breitbart article: Last May, U.S. District Court Judge Robert C. Jones ruled that “the government and the agents of the government in that locale, sometime in the ’70s and ’80s, entered into a conspiracy, a literal, intentional conspiracy, to deprive the Hages of not only their permit grazing rights, for whatever reason, but also to deprive them of their vested property rights under the takings clause, and I find that that’s a sufficient basis to hold that there is irreparable harm if I don’t… restrain the government from continuing in that conduct.”
Judge Jones found the government’s demand for trespass fines and damages from innocent ranchers to be “abhorrent to the Court and I express on the record my offense of my own conscience in that conduct. That’s not just simply following the law and pursuing your management right, it evidences an actual intent to destroy their water rights, to get them off the public lands.”
Read the entire article HERE!
Assessing the judges statement against the BLM one would think he was about to sentence members of a notorious, organized crime family. The language is strong… condemning. And rightly so. Just because a branch of the government says something is so doesn’t make it true. Remember the moniker “Question authority”? It’s an important one in this modern day of overzealous, government incursions into our personal wealth, private lives, and private property.
Government, especially the Feds, is not God or even a powerful deity. It is made up of people who have a strong desire to tell citizens what they must and must not do. When one looks at current politics of our federal government it is clear that there is a war for public approval between two forces; the promise of socialism & the far reach of government versus the system of self-responsibility/capitalism, business models, and private wealth/private property.
Liberal groups (socialist & communists) blast business owners and capitalists as “evil”, greedy, selfish, and unfair. Liberals say these folks create the ills of the world and inequality for all. Yet the libs will promote liberal government policies as if they are well-thought out and can do no wrong. Policies that take hard earned capital from the middle-class plus the wealthier and give it to the “needy”. Only if these extremists could take a step back and realize that it is the federal government that is not the savior they claim it to be.
Ever notice how the common political answer to any problem is to simply throw money at it? They throw money at the education system yet US students continue to fall behind the world in test scores. They throw money at social programs yet more people become homeless all the time. We can even look at people who win the lottery. People who have no clue about money win millions and they blow through it like nothing. They end up broke. The money didn’t solve their problems. Their problems were only exacerbated. Big government, monstrous social programs, and unchecked spending is not the answer for society unless the true intent is to destroy it for some other model – a model of dependency.
Allowing the Federal Government to outright own and “manage” land can be beneficial in some cases. But they are literally creating a monopoly of American land. America is not government. America is the citizen, The People. Remember that. Government simply steers the nation in a direction. The People actually man the sails if willing.
Read some of the following stats about how much land is owned by the Feds. It blows the mind.
Today the federal government owns and manages roughly 635-640 million acres of land. Four agencies manage 609 million acres of this land: in the Department of the Interior (DOI), the National Park Service (NPS) manages 80 million acres, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) manages 248 million acres, and the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) manages 89 million acres (plus 217 million acres of marine refuges and monuments); and in the Department of Agriculture, the Forest Service (USFS) manages 193 million acres. Most of these lands are in the West, including Alaska. In addition, the Department of Defense administers 19 million acres in military bases, training ranges, and more. The remaining several million acres (estimated) are managed by a variety of government agencies.
Can you imagine the outcry from the liberals and the conservatives too if one corporation owned all of this land? 640 million acres! For what? I mean whatever happened to 40 acres and a mule at the end of slavery? Government is very greedy no matter the party. They benefit while citizens struggle under the weight of their Frankenstein policies.
Let’s take this exposure a step further. Beyond the hundreds of millions of acres that the Feds “own” (Should they even own land when it belongs to The People?) think about all the resources they control. I don’t simply mean natural resources which are highly important but think about the flow of cash, the creation of laws, the passing of bills, the arm of the military… they control all of that and so much more. Yet the libs scream about a business owner owning several corner stores and saving for a nice retirement? That is one-sided extremism at its finest.
It’s absolutely moronic to think that the government “owns” anything when it is our tax dollars that fund it in the first place. Today we literally fund our competitor (government) so it can buyout or intimidate land away from citizens with it’s well-staffed law offices and well-armed BLM thugs.
How can a struggling rancher, farmer or land owner fight such a force? They have limited money and families to support. Litigation and the fees are exhaustive. Meanwhile the government continues to take more of our personal wealth in the form of taxes and land. It’s a vicious cycle that isn’t recognized by many of the American people. In the meantime the power of government agencies like the BLM continues to grow just as the federal government’s monopoly on land, wealth, natural resources, and power does… and liberty and freedom fade.