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.
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