Skip to comments.Texas Front-Runner...Calls on Governor to Mobilize National Guard to Prevent BLM Takeover
Posted on 04/15/2014 6:58:19 AM PDT by smoothsailing
April 15, 2014
Sid Miller, the former Chair of the Texas House Homeland Security & Public Safety and Agriculture and Livestock Committees, and now the frontrunner in the Republican race for Texas Agriculture Commissioner, said today that the Bureau of Land Managements decision to halt their forced removal of Cliven Bundys cattle in Nevada was only a temporary delay in the federal agencies attempt to violate the private property and water rights of Americana and warned Texans to remain vigilant against future BLM abuses.
Miller went further, calling on Texas Governor Rick Perry to mobilize the Texas State Guard, if necessary, in order to prevent the Federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from seizing 90,000 acres of land along a 116 mile stretch of the Red River.
Miller said that televised images of armed federal agents attempting a forced cattle round-up on a rural Nevada range have alarmed farmers, ranchers, and landowners, as well ordinary citizens across the Southwest. Miller says the actions of the BLM are unlawful and have ignited a new range warthis one between law-abiding citizens and their own federal government.
In Nevada, the roundup started last week, after the BLM and National Park Service shut down an area half the size of Delaware to let cowhands using helicopters and vehicles gather about 900 cattle that officials say were trespassing. Cliven Bundy, 67, and his large family cast their resistance to the roundup as a constitutional stand. He said he didnt recognize federal authority over state land.
Although the BLM announced yesterday that they were backing down from what became a stand-off between Bundy and his supporters and heavily armed BLM agents, the dispute has widened into a debate about states’ rights and federal land-use policy. The dispute that triggered the roundup dates to 1993, when the BLM cited concern for the federally protected tortoise. The agency later revoked Bundy’s grazing rights. Bundy claims ancestral rights to graze his cattle on lands his family settled in the 19th century.
Miller says that BLM agents used excessive and unlawful force to exert their will and unnecessarily inflamed passions, putting lives as well as private property and state rights at risk. Miller said that especially disturbing was the BLM efforts to restrict supporters of Bundy to so-called free speech zones.
Barack Obama may not understand the concept, but our founding fathers understood that the entire United States of America is a constitutionally protected free speech zone, Miller said.
In Texas, Miller says the BLM is attempting a repeat of an action taken over 30 years ago along the Red River when Tommy Henderson lost a federal lawsuit. The Bureau of Land Management took 140 acres of his property and didnt pay him one cent.
Now, Miller says that BLM is attempting to use Hendersons case as a precedent to seize land along a 116-mile stretch of the Red River. Theyre wanting to take the boundaries that the courts placed here and extend those east and west to the forks of the river north of Vernon and east to the 98th Meridian which is about 20 miles east of us, Henderson explained. The BLM clams this land never belonged to Texas.
Sid Miller says that both he and the Texas landowners who have lived and cared for that land for hundreds of years beg to differ. BLM plans on taking the land anyway. Property owners will be forced to spend money on lawsuits to keep what is theirs. For many, that property has been in their family for generations and landowners not only have deeds to the property, but they have also paid property taxes for over one hundred years according to Miller. About 90,000 acres could be seized by BLM, disappearing across a new state line.
Miller said that if the BLM attempts to use the same kind of tactics in Texas that they have used in Nevada to unlawfully seize privately held land, that Texas Governor Rick Perry should mobilize the Texas State Guard to prevent them from doing so.
What Barack Obama and his armed BLM agents did in Nevada is the worst violation of the tenth amendment and individual states rights I have seen in my lifetime, said Miller.
As Agriculture Commissioner, I will go to war with these out-of-control federal agents and bureaucrats who have no regard for the United States Constitution or state and individual rights, Miller said.
In the meantime, I would urge Rick Perry to be prepared to activate the Texas State Guard in order to defend the State of Texas and her citizens from an abusive federal government.
Miller said that the mission of the Texas State Guard (TXSG) is to provide mission-ready military forces to assist state and local authorities in times of state emergencies; to conduct homeland security and community service activities. They are not a part of the United States Armed Forces and are not subject to orders from the President.
What happened in Nevada this week could very well happen in Texas next week and our citizens and their property have a right to protection. If not, we might as well as throw out our constitution and the concept of private property rights. We must always be vigilant against federal overreach. We must act now and we must act decisively, Miller concluded.
Surely Jarrett is not stupid enough to send a bunch of BLM Forrest Rangers” down to Texas after Bunkerville. The humiliation in an out of control election year will be 100 times Bunkerville. These fed clowns this time will be walking back to where they came from with their camos pulled down around their ankles and their hands clasped over their heads.
There is not enough “employable” force IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT to quell the anger of the American people this year. The ANGER is palpable in tens of millions of people. Unprecedented!
These are not “forrest Rangers”. I suspect they are Mercs who got hired to handle this.
Texas Nat Guard standing toe to toe with a Fed Agency would be very interesting.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower reacted to this use of the Guard by federalizing the entire Arkansas National Guard and using it to protect the nine black students integrating Central High School.
In conclusion, if Perry mobilizes the Guard, Obama could just federalize it and order them down.
State control of the NG is minimal at best.
Ahh. All the Governor has to do is send a dozen Texas Rangers and the BLM will decide to back away. (of course the Rangers might us a few local rednecks as backup. hee hee hee)
He did not say activate the National Guard, he said activate the Texas State Guard. It is NOT the same thing.
And a candidate for Lt. Governor has already come out advocating an “enlargement” of the Texas State Guard (which cannot be nationalized by DC).
I think this is very good advice.
Our local transportation battalion was pretty active in Iraq and Afghanistan. I know Michigan didn’t pay to send them any more than we paid for the military aircraft at Selfridge ANG base north of Detroit.
Bravo and Kudos.
Now lets hear something from the political hopefuls on this BLM fiasco
He did NOT say the National Guard as the title of the article states
The BFLM is currently a more accurate abbreviation of the BLM.
The BFLM is the abbreviation for the Bureau of FEUDAL Land Management.
Feudalism is what Europe was based on, and if it was good enough for Europe, then it is good enough for America!
Currently, the purpose of the BFLM is to provide land, free of charge, to the Commune-organized Obamanation to do with as the ruling Senate and Administration Feudal Lord Democrats see fit.
Predictions are that the cave-in Doormat Republican Leaders will, as usual, just huff and puff on TV, as required by the 2 year Congressional “No Fight Deal” that Ryan, Pelosi, Reid and Obama have forced them to sign.
Obama now knows in his smug arrogance that his “Obamanation Transformation of the United States of America” will continue unchallenged as long as Boehner and McConnell are kept in power as leaders in Congress.
“All ye lowly, collateral-damaged, Feudal Serfs bow to thine arrogant Feudal Democrat Lords!”
Looks like Perry would get the last laugh...
“State defense forces (SDFs) are military units that operate under the authority of a state government (commanded by the governor) but are distinct from the state’s National Guard forces and cannot be federalized.”
Correct. very lousy title.
see my post #18
That’s why the “militia” bears no resemblance to the National Guard. The “militia” can’t be federalized.
If not, then it is hard to say what recourse is left.
Important legal note: In past, the federal courts have found that they have supremacy over state courts; and they have also found that congress has supremacy over state legislatures.
But they have *never* found that the president has supremacy over state governors. This means that if a state governor resists presidential authority, the only recourse the president has is the use of armed force by the US military.
The last time this happened was when Arkansas governor Orval Faubus, Bill Clinton’s mentor, refused to let the Little Rock high school be integrated, despite court orders. He also turned out the Arkansas National Guard to prevent it being integrated by Federal Marshals.
But his mistake was in challenging president Eisenhower, who had backbone to spare. He sent in the 101st Airborne division.
However, in a spineless tyrant like Obama, ordering the military into conflict with the Texas National Guard would be highly unlikely from any number of directions. Especially those regular army officers who tried to order it suddenly appearing on the medical roster after having fallen down a flight of stairs.
“Miller went further, calling on Texas Governor Rick Perry to mobilize the Texas State Guard, if necessary, in order to prevent the Federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from seizing 90,000 acres of land along a 116 mile stretch of the Red River”
This is what Brian Sandoval should already have done. Another RINO hiding under his desk.
This is the Texas State Guard, not the National Guard
It would be very interesting if they refuse the order as an exercise of constitutional authority toward an unconstitutional usurpation of power and property.
I resemble that remark!
All in all, I believe the ire of the American people who do have and understand the virtue of keeping this government in check, much less Texans in general...
It will be a different type of showdown...
Whats funny is that I do believe some of our elected officials from Texas should be out there with us, but I am concerned that they may break a nail or something and have to go to the ER for treatment.../sarc
As far as I am concerned they need to take up arms, or stay out of the way...
We got this...
The only problem I see with mobilizing the “State” Guard...
Is that I do not believe they have accessible firearms in the conventional “armory” sense...
They do not go to an “armory” to draw weapons in the conventional sense...I stand to be corrected...
I am an Admiral (as many others are) in the Texas Navy...I would have to heavily modify my Bass boat to operate on the Red River to secure either upstream or downstream any issues...;-)
I did hear a number from the Nevada standoff...Up to about 5000 people (citizens) were in the immediate area to make their presence known to the forces contracted by the government...
I think Texas will field 10 times that amount...At the very least...
I got some time...And if I do not, I’ll make the time...
Heads up, fellow Texans.
The Texas State Guard (not ARNG or AFRNG)
Thanks for the ping!
The last time we drove along the Red River, Texas side, we saw lots and LOTS of windmills. Is that the land they are talking about?
Question to all: I never considered that that was state or federal land along the Red River. Does Texas have federal land like the western states contain?
> Does Texas have federal land like the western states contain?
I don’t think so. They were a free, independent, sovereign nation for at least a couple years before joining the Union, then the Confederacy.
Texas was never a U.S. territory.
Texas Nat Guard standing toe to toe with a Fed Agency would be very interesting.
It should have happened at Waco. Better late than never.
I didn’t think so...... so what is this 90,000 acres of private land takeover all about?
the Militia Act of 1903, yet another gem from the Progressive Era.
Lands owned by the feds in Texas were acquired in modern times
Conflicts between Texas and Oklahoma over their Red River boundrey have existed for a long time, either from a shifting south bank or a course change.
While I think the Rangers would be a first choice for the governor since they operate directly under his command (they guard him personally and the capital personally and it's been known for many years, if there is a riot, takes one Ranger to put down one. “One riot, one Ranger.”
I think he would also call up the Texas State Guard to be there with the Rangers. Then, I suspect all the bubbas in Texas would be there with firepower. Think they would all take vacation or personal leave time from their jobs and head for that border. I just think, “Don't Mess With Texas”, would be the battle cry, or it would be, “Remember the Alamo”, when Mexico thought they would own Texas.
Here is a personal example of one riot, one Ranger, that happened to my husband who was a Republican County Chair:
We were at a Republican State Convention in Houston, Texas. Bill Clinton was president. My husband had two artificial hips so we always used a motorized wheel chair for the long distances to travel at a convention center.
It was just after lunch time and we were headed back to the convention center. We went through a park, then would cross the street right in front of the convention center. I left him for the last bit of path to travel before he reached that street, to go in convention center to ladies room.
As he was approaching the street, suddenly the Black Panthers appeared with hoods covering their heads and all had shotguns, stood between him and the street and he was stuck there with Black Panthers/shotguns surrounding him. He had a cap on that read, “Jail To The Chief”. Well, husband began to chew out the Panthers, telling them in a loud voice they had no business there with hoods and shotguns and to get out of there.
There were police officers on the other side of the street in front of the convention center and they just stood there. Being inside the convention center and husband not appearing, I went to the front doors and they were locked. We had been locked in due to the Panthers. If I could have gotten out there, I would have beaten the Panthers to death myself. You who have spouses you love, know you would do that, too.
This was a stalemate with no police action and news reporters and cameras were recording this.
Suddenly, a medium sized, hat wearing Ranger appeared. He walked into the Black Panthers and told them to get out of that man's way so he could cross the street, and they had to leave right then, get out of there. The Panthers melted away. One riot, one Ranger.
That night on Houston TV, there was my husband in his hat, in his wheelchair, chewing out the hooded Black Panthers with their shotguns.
GOD BLESS THE TEXAS RANGERS AND GOD BLESS TEXAS
“they have also found that congress has supremacy over state legislatures”
Not exactly. Congress is subject to the Constitution and that document clearly gives delegated powers to the Fed Gov and the remainder is reserved to the States and the People.
Now, have we the balls to hold the bastards in DC’s feet to the fire?
Guess we shall see. See you in DC on May 16th?
But the conflict between Texas and OK should not include the BLM Booger Eating Bureaucraps.
They can go pound sand, we will deal with OK cordially. TX & OK only have open conflict on sports fields.
We are same people. Made of the same stuff.
That is what I remembered, no federal land in Texas but as sure as I said that someone would show up and correct me.LOL!
I was in Houston when the incident with the man in the wheel chair happened but sorry I must have missed it. How could I forget that? :)
Looks like the big issue here is water control.
By the way, remember a couple of years ago when we had a drought and there were lots of fires in our state and federal help was refused to Texas?
The State of Texas delivered the deed to the Federal Government in September, 1943
and Big Bend National Park was officially established on June 12, 1944.
Texas never ceded any land to the Federal Gov’t when it became a state. All public land was retained by Texas.
Thanks for the report on Texas land situation and the feds. I also thought of the Indian Reservations in Texas. This may be a dumb question, but do the Indians actually own the land in their reservations or do the feds own them? The nearest one to me is out of Livingston, Texas.
GOD BLESS THE TEXAS RANGERS AND GOD BLESS TEXAS
Ditto that. Wish all the State Governments would push back against Fezilla as much as Texas!
I see said the blind man. That's why DFW and Oklahoma have been court for 15 years over that OK water that DFW wants.
Way back then the OK GOP Guv made a deal with 3 tribes to sell the water to Texas, I think it was Kiamichi River water, but the OK lege didn't want to let Texas steal that water, so it all ended up in court.
And look at how things are connected. It was that water conflict with OK that set Boone Pickens in motion to develop those water rights up there in the panhandle as an alternative to the OK water.
The Supreme Court has rejected nullification, finding that under Article III of the Constitution, the power to declare federal laws unconstitutional has been delegated to the federal courts and that states do not have the authority to nullify federal law.
In practice, this means that if a state legislature refuses to enforce a federal law it deems unconstitutional, it must sue “The United States” in federal court. Who, of course, invariably back the US against the states.
Federal courts have even gone so far as to insist that they have supremacy over state legislatures, usually to demand that they spend money for things they do not wish to spend money on, usually education. If the state refuses to comply, the judge will then appoint a “special master” who will take charge of the state treasury for the purpose of paying for what the legislature refuses to pay for.
All in all, very unconstitutional, the lot of it.