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Texas Warns Obama to Back Down on Plot for “Illegal” Land Grab
The New American ^ | 04/25/2014 | Alex Newman

Posted on 04/25/2014 11:40:28 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

With the public already steaming over the increasingly lawless and out-of-control federal government, top Texas officials on both sides of the aisle were quick to react after recent reports suggested the Obama administration’s Bureau of Land Management was plotting yet another unconstitutional land grab. This time, the BLM is reportedly eying some 90,000 acres along the Red River on the Texas-Oklahoma border. From the governor’s office to the attorney general to the legislature, however, the message from Texans was loud and clear: “Don’t Mess With Texas.”

Already facing nationwide outrage and criticism over its extreme tactics at the Bundy ranch in Nevada, the BLM, of course, was quick to deny the reports — sort of. It issued a dubious statement claiming that the administration was not actually planning any more new heists. “The BLM is not — I can say categorically — not seeking to seize any privately held land along the Red River,” bureau “Public Affairs Specialist” Paul McGuire was quoted as saying, with the double-negative presumably unintentional.

However, there are some caveats, it seems. According to news reports, the BLM claims that even though citizens have been buying, selling, and using certain lands between the middle of the Red River and its south gradient bank, that area is not in fact private property. A 1988 court ruling against a landowner there, in which he lost a significant chunk of his property to authorities, apparently gives the federal government “precedent.” No “comprehensive land survey” by the BLM has yet been performed, officials said, but agency is now taking some “initial steps.”

The BLM claims that it is simply creating a “resource management plan” while engaged in a broader, multi-state “review” of the lands it claims to own. It is also working to help determine the boundary between supposed “federal” land and private property. “What we are trying to do,” the BLM “public affairs specialist” claimed, “is to determine how and whether these lands can be managed for the benefit of the American people.” That language alone, though, sparked more alarm.

Either way, at the highest levels of state government, Republican and Democrat officials across Texas indicated that they were not buying the BLM’s denials. Top Lone Star State leaders also said it appeared that the federal agency was threatening private-property owners in the region by claiming ownership over private land that has been owned, maintained, and cultivated by Texans for generations. Responding to the reports of more potential land grabs, top officials promptly put their foot down.

“It’s not a dare, it’s a promise that we’re going to stand up for private property rights in the state of Texas,” Republican Gov. Rick Perry told Fox News, adding that the federal government was “out of control” and would be resisted in the Lone Star State if it tried to steal more private property. “The federal government already owns too much land.”

Gov. Perry’s deputy, meanwhile, went further, accusing the administration of flaunting the law in its mad grab for more land and power. “The federal government's history of arrogant overreach is approaching a new low with the Bureau of Land Management's threat to confiscate up to 90,000 acres of Texas land,” Lt. Governor David Dewhurst said in a statement, calling for a lawsuit to stop the BLM’s “illegal” abuses. “This outrageous, illegal act makes my blood boil as it should for every Texan who believes in the sanctity of private land ownership.”

It is not the first time, though, that Texan landowners have been abused by the BLM. “This is a federal land-grab, pure and simple and the BLM has done it before,” Dewhurst continued, referencing the agency’s seizure of another landowner’s property on the Red River some 30 years ago. “Taking private property away from Texas families, who in some cases have paid taxes on the property for over 100 years since they assumed ownership from the State of Texas, is entirely unacceptable.” Like other prominent elected officials from Texas, Dewhurst, a former Texas land commissioner, has also called for Obama to be impeached.

Liberty-minded Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, who is also the front-runner in the race for governor and has earned a national reputation for standing up to federal abuses, offered the most forceful rebuke of the BLM so far. “I am about ready to go to the Red River and raise a ‘Come and Take It’ flag to tell the feds to stay out of Texas,” the popular figure told Breitbart Texas in one of a series of powerful public statements in the media warning the administration not to mess with Texas or Texan property owners.

“This is the latest line of attack by the Obama Administration where it seems like they have a complete disregard for the rule of law in this country,” he added. “And now they’ve crossed the line quite literally by coming into the State of Texas and trying to claim Texas land as federal land. And, as the Attorney General of Texas I am not going to allow this.” In an interview on Fox News, Abbott also threatened to battle the BLM in court if needed, expressing optimism for success.

Separately, in a stinging letter to BLM boss Neil Kornze — a former staffer for scandal-plagued Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) — Abbott demanded to know what the agency was thinking. “I am deeply concerned about the notion that the Bureau of Land Management believes the federal government has the authority to swoop in and take land that has been owned and cultivated by Texas landowners for generations,” he wrote, asking a series of questions that the BLM chief must respond to.

“The BLM’s newly asserted claims to land along the Red River threaten to upset long-settled private property rights and undermine fundamental principles — including the rule of law,” the attorney general added in his letter. “Yet, the BLM has failed to disclose either its full intentions or the legal justification for its proposed actions. Decisions of this magnitude must not be made inside a bureaucratic black box.”

In a strong show of bipartisanship, even the radical Democrat candidate for Texas governor, Wendy Davis, blasted the BLM machinations. “Wendy Davis strongly opposes any potential seizure of private property by Texans from the Bureau of Land Management,” declared a statement released by her campaign communications director. Other Democrat lawmakers in Texas have gone even further, pushing for a bipartisan review of the federal government’s anti-property rights machinations in the next legislative session.

On the ground along the Red River, Lone Star State landowners, too, have expressed alarm. In a phone interview with The New American, property owner and rancher Scott Carpenter of Nocona, Texas, warned that Americans should stand up against the BLM and the harm it is doing. “At this moment, we are not in the 116-mile stretch, it’s 20 miles from us, but if this would take place, it would set precedent and they could just continue down river,” he said. “If they’ve already sunk their teeth in, what would stop the government from coming in and taking our property, too, so we’re in danger also.”

Carpenter said the federal agency, which many critics argue is not authorized by the Constitution and is therefore unconstitutional, has been operating in a bizarre and suspicious manner in the region. “The BLM has yet to come out and say what exactly their plans are for using this property,” he said, praising Texas’ elected officials for immediately stepping in to protect the people and their rights. “They are being very tight lipped about this, very cloak and dagger about it.”

While he is not yet sure what the BLM is plotting, “obviously it’s not for hospitals and highways, it’s just a land grab. I don’t know, maybe they’re after land rights, water rights, or mineral rights, too.” He said a lot of the land the BLM appears to be eying “for their overreaching” has “been in these families for generations.” It is even bigger than that, too.

“It’s more than just a loss of acreage. It’s a loss of food, of revenue to the producers; then you lose tax base for local schools and county governments, and that means fewer jobs for teachers, fewer jobs for everybody,” he said. “The whole economy will suffer — if there’s not as many dollars, not as many people, that affects everyone.”

It is time for people to do something about it, though. “I believe the American people are tired of our government — especially this administration — constantly overreaching,” Carpenter continued. “Private property rights being taken away, now the EPA has changed the Clean Water Act to take more control of our land; it’s always more and more regulations — and they just won’t stop.”

The rancher said other states should look at how Texas has responded when the federal government tries to overreach. “We don’t have to lay there and play dead and just accept whatever they’re wanting to do to us,” Carpenter concluded. “We need to work together. We live in a free country. We have to use our ability to vote to put leaders in office who have the same mindset as we do as Americans.”

Alex Newman is a correspondent for The New American, covering economics, education, environment, politics, and more.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Nevada; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: blm; federalland; landgrab; nevada; redriverland; texas
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1 posted on 04/25/2014 11:40:28 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Too bad nobody stopped Clinton when he grabbed all that Utah soft coal for the benefit of his Indonesian benefactors.


2 posted on 04/25/2014 11:47:32 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: SeekAndFind; TheMom; Eaker; penelopesire; BuckeyeTexan; NYTexan; humblegunner; mylife; onyx; ...

ping


3 posted on 04/25/2014 11:48:44 AM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: BenLurkin

Congress can change that any time it wants to.


4 posted on 04/25/2014 11:48:46 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: SeekAndFind

“Wendy Davis strongly opposes any potential seizure of private property by Texans from the Bureau of Land Management,”

As written, this statement implies that Texans are
seizing private Property from the BLM, or perhaps
I’m mistaken??


5 posted on 04/25/2014 11:49:23 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Congress can fix the BLM any time it wants to.


6 posted on 04/25/2014 11:50:38 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: SeekAndFind

I am so proud to be a Texan!!!

I’m with Abbot: Just come and take it!


7 posted on 04/25/2014 11:52:27 AM PDT by BornToBeAmerican (Don't forget love)
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To: Paladin2
Congress can change that any time it wants to.

Are you kidding. Congress, both the Senate and the House are no longer interested is Americans but their greed. The Southwest States are owned by the Federal Government and can be destroyed any time they want. Congress never goes to the people and listen. Representatives are a joke and nothing but lying wind bags for the most part. America is more closely a communists controlled clan than a Constitutional land.

8 posted on 04/25/2014 11:56:12 AM PDT by Logical me
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To: Jim Robinson
Liberty-minded Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, who is also the front-runner in the race for governor and has earned a national reputation for standing up to federal abuses, offered the most forceful rebuke of the BLM so far. “I am about ready to go to the Red River and raise a ‘Come and Take It’ flag to tell the feds to stay out of Texas,”

Gassed up and waiting for the word.

Hijinks will ensue. Ain't even playin'.

9 posted on 04/25/2014 11:58:07 AM PDT by humblegunner
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To: tet68

How is land managed by BLM considered “private property”?


10 posted on 04/25/2014 11:58:19 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (If at first you don't succeed, put it out for beta test.)
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To: tet68

Yup, Davis said that Texans can’t be takin’ any BLM land.

The woman is an idiot.


11 posted on 04/25/2014 11:58:58 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: SeekAndFind
In the Eyes of a Ranger
The unsuspecting stranger
Had better know the truth of wrong from right

Cause the eyes of the Ranger are upon you
Anything you do he's gonna see
So when you're in Texas look behind you
Cause that's where the Ranger’s gonna be!

12 posted on 04/25/2014 12:04:25 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Beagle8U

What do you expect from someone whose only areas of expertise are killing babies and hustling a sugar daddy?


13 posted on 04/25/2014 12:05:15 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Jim Robinson

Bump


14 posted on 04/25/2014 12:05:56 PM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: tet68

“Wendy Davis strongly opposes any potential seizure of private property by Texans from the Bureau of Land Management,” “As written, this statement implies that Texans are seizing private Property from the BLM, or perhaps
I’m mistaken??”

I think she is too stupid to write a correct sentence.


15 posted on 04/25/2014 12:12:57 PM PDT by Marcella (Prepping can save your life today. Going Galt is freedom.)
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To: Army Air Corps

I think her only claim to fame is giving a speech on getting an abortion in a trailer park, or something like that.

Libtards fell in love with her instantly.


16 posted on 04/25/2014 12:14:44 PM PDT by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: BenLurkin

The coal grab in Utah was entirely on the basis of an executive order that created a “National Monument”, ostensibly to protect something called the Escalante red-rock region.

And when Bush had the opportunity to modify this executive order with one of his own, he failed to act.


17 posted on 04/25/2014 12:19:01 PM PDT by alloysteel (Selective and willful ignorance spells doom, to both victim and perpetrator - mostly the perp.)
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To: humblegunner

My thinking is that after they grant the 30-50 million criminal invaders citizenship they will need a place to live. So in swoops the BLM to confiscate property and up pops thousands of Section 8 Housing developments for the newly minted social parasites...

Works out great for the Commies in charge. They get 50 million new Democrat voters and most will vote in Texas.
Which all of a sudden in controlled by newly minted citizens...


18 posted on 04/25/2014 12:20:01 PM PDT by VRWCarea51
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To: VRWCarea51

Section 8 housing on waterfront property??? Nice digs if you can get it!!


19 posted on 04/25/2014 12:27:11 PM PDT by Kit cat (OBummer must go)
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To: SeekAndFind

Does anyone have a link to a map of the land they’re talking about?


20 posted on 04/25/2014 12:41:23 PM PDT by VanShuyten ("a shadow...draped nobly in the folds of a gorgeous eloquence.")
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To: Jim Robinson; MinuteGal; Q-ManRN
***“The BLM is not — I can say categorically — not seeking to seize any privately held land along the Red River,”***

Of course - if one parses the statement - there is no privately held land along the Red River being looked at... BLM already considers the land theirs!

21 posted on 04/25/2014 12:46:00 PM PDT by Bob Ireland (The Democrat Party is a criminal enterprise)
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To: SeekAndFind

The Bureau of Land Management needs to be reconstructed!


22 posted on 04/25/2014 12:46:15 PM PDT by PATRIOT1876
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To: Marcella

Or even a coherent one.


23 posted on 04/25/2014 12:48:03 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: BenLurkin

We hadn’t “had enough” at that point. Just came off of the Reagan/Bush 1 years...

But, I’m sure some leftist would say “you didn’t see people resisting when a white president was grabbing land!”


24 posted on 04/25/2014 12:49:40 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: All

Get this _beast_ off of USA; DC lives on it’s own land, only.


25 posted on 04/25/2014 12:49:51 PM PDT by veracious
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To: SeekAndFind

Why is Texas no going after the land for the owner who had his stolen 30 years ago?


26 posted on 04/25/2014 1:04:13 PM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: SeekAndFind

The BLM and the EPA won’t stop until they are stopped. If not now when?


27 posted on 04/25/2014 1:27:35 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Bob Ireland
Weasel, lying words again by the gubmint.

Good catch!

Leni

28 posted on 04/25/2014 1:28:53 PM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: Beagle8U

[ I think her only claim to fame is giving a speech on getting an abortion in a trailer park, or something like that.

Libtards fell in love with her instantly. ]

We could so totoally use this against them....

Get a freeper to register as democrat then perform a “passionate speech” abotu how great one of the libtard positions is, and they libs will be tripping over themselves to nominate you to run against the tea party republican.

Then win or lose we got someone in office...

If you win, right after swearing in say that to be bipartisan you are going to read a bunch of conservative books, then after a weekend of reading you claim to be converted to conservatism, but stay as a conservative democrat, mwahahahaha


29 posted on 04/25/2014 1:44:22 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: alloysteel
And when Bush had the opportunity to modify this executive order with one of his own, he failed to act

Yep, Bush failed to reverse this and other evil EO's by the slimy Clinton.

Bush didn't want to because like Clinton, he is a Statist at heart.

30 posted on 04/25/2014 1:51:46 PM PDT by sand88 (We can never legislate our way back to Liberty)
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To: SeekAndFind
Ever notice that no matter who gets in office we still are marching down the road to serfdom?

One of the reasons is because while the elected officials may change for the better, the bureaucracy remains intact, and those people think they are your boss.

That bureaucracy needs to be reduced and corralled. Law are supposed to be made by Congress, not unelected bureaucrats.

31 posted on 04/25/2014 2:14:21 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: SeaHawkFan
Yeh, I was kinda wondering the same thing. According to that guy, the BLM didn't even particularly want the land then, and had no plans or resources to manage it.

They tried to get him to file some sort of paper work, to let him use it or something (it wasn't clear to me exactly what in the interview), but he didn't. Apparently didn't appeal the decision either.

Meanwhile the land has basically just been there, with whoever wants doing whatever.

I have had no luck trying to find any court documents giving the judge's reasoning on that case.

32 posted on 04/25/2014 2:22:44 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: Jim Robinson; SeekAndFind



33 posted on 04/25/2014 2:29:33 PM PDT by MEG33 (God Bless And Protect Our Troops)
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To: tet68; All

I do not believe Wendy Davis’ oars are all in the water...

And if she says anything, it needs to be fact checked, verified, and a polygraph needs to be administered...

Bottom line is it would not surprise many people that Wendy Davis IS NOT a friend to her own state...Therefore, she means nothing to me or others who know better...

She deserves no consideration, nor does she have ANY credibility in or out of politics...

So that makes her the perfect democrat party candidate...


34 posted on 04/25/2014 2:30:39 PM PDT by stevie_d_64 (It's not the color of one's skin that offends people...it's how thin it is.)
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To: Jim Robinson

Thanks for the heads up Jim!


35 posted on 04/25/2014 2:58:52 PM PDT by Syncro (Benghazi-LIES/CoverupIRS-LIES/CoverupDOJ-NO Justice--Etc Marxist Treason IMPEACH!)
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To: Jim Robinson

Looks like the path forward is for the State of Texas to start with a land survey and make sure it sticks to the Red River.
It would be most unwise to let the BLM do the survey.

This is Texas land, once lost it may be lost forever cutting Texans off from a vital water source and pristine ranching/farming land. Not to mention the upset balance of private property rights.

Texas must do everything it can to keep the BLM out of Texas.


36 posted on 04/25/2014 3:19:25 PM PDT by Monorprise
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To: SeekAndFind

Barry will ratchet it up. His narcissism prevents him from standing down.


37 posted on 04/25/2014 3:46:59 PM PDT by Old Yeller (Why is Jon Corzine a free man?)
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To: SeekAndFind

That’s the gawdawfullest explanation of a gummint claim to some land I think Ive ever seen. It requires one to believe that somehow the Red River created, all by itself, some new land along its banks, either on the south or the north banks, and that the new land must somehow belong to the gummint. It’s not like there might be a few surveys that might be, oh, say a century or so old?


38 posted on 04/25/2014 5:13:09 PM PDT by cherokee1 (skip the names---just kick the buttz)
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To: Beagle8U

Being unused to saying things that make good sense, she failed when she tried!


39 posted on 04/25/2014 5:44:17 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: tet68

She doesn’t want Texans taking BLM land. At least, that’s what my reading comprehension skills tell me. But, I did read it twice just to be sure.


40 posted on 04/25/2014 5:45:46 PM PDT by Repeat Offender (Why are cops ROE more lenient against us, here in the US, than U.S. military's ROE's in a war zone?)
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To: SeekAndFind
In a strong show of bipartisanship, even the radical Democrat candidate for Texas governor, Wendy Davis, blasted the BLM machinations. “Wendy Davis strongly opposes any potential seizure of private property by Texans from the Bureau of Land Management,” declared a statement released by her campaign communications director.

Much more likely that she recognized the huge support that Abbott has for his strong stand and letter and decided that she'd better try to get on the right side of the issue.

41 posted on 04/25/2014 5:46:44 PM PDT by prairiebreeze (Don't be afraid to see what you see. -- Ronald Reagan)
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To: tet68

I’m by no means a defender of Abortion Barbie, but I think that statement means she’s got an illiterate, non-proofreading staffer.


42 posted on 04/25/2014 6:09:32 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Jim Robinson

Thanks for the ping!


43 posted on 04/25/2014 6:54:36 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: SeekAndFind
It appears much of the land managed/owned by BLM SHOULD be private property. Art I Sec 8 Cl 17 allows the feds to purchase land by consent of the states for "needed" land.

It looks to me like the feds own way too much land. I think the states should demand proof of "need" and where there is no need, withdraw consent, and but back the land for a reasonable and fair price.

44 posted on 04/25/2014 9:19:17 PM PDT by PapaNew
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To: Paladin2
Congress can change that any time it wants to.

I recall a certain person on the FR site made a statement against Bill Clinton and Al Gore during Clintons impeachment trial. He wondered why if the law makers had all the evidence against Bill and Al for treason, why didn't our lawmakers arrest them, tried them and executed them for helping the enemy. Instead, a man named Trafficant became the fall guy and he was a democrat and went to prison.

I remember his statement caused the Secret Service to come to his home and took pictures of him and his wife. The theme of his visit was calling Clinton "The Commanderless in Chief!"

And I wonder why can't our law makers arrest Obama for treason. It seems he is helping and aiding the enemy!

Oh! By the way, Mr. and Mrs. Grassontop went to D.C. w/their sign which said "Treason is the Reason" and these two were my wife and I. Yes! We protested with freepers in D.C. and it was fun.

45 posted on 04/25/2014 10:53:49 PM PDT by TEARUNNER14 (JESUS HAS MY BACK AND THEREFORE I AM READY TO DIE FOR FREEDOM!)
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To: VRWCarea51

Not quite.

They’ll allow the 30-50 million illegals to become citizens, have them populated in already developed areas. The well-to-do in those areas will go somewhere else thus increasing the value of wherever they wind up.

Taxes on the spots now inhabited by the illegals will remain the same or higher.
Taxes in the new areas will rise.

That’s the plan.


46 posted on 04/26/2014 10:49:06 AM PDT by Personal Responsibility (I'd use the /S tag but is it really necessary?)
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To: SeekAndFind

47 posted on 04/26/2014 10:51:17 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: BenLurkin

We visited the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monumentpark. Clinton did not give it to the National Park Service to run as is the usual case, he instead set up a new BLM park bureaucracy to run it.

I think it means the land is still BLM managed land and perhaps not as restrictive, as in for ever, as National park lands. I believe congress could make mining legal if it wanted to.

Grazing is permitted


48 posted on 04/26/2014 10:59:36 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: BenLurkin

“Too bad nobody stopped Clinton when he grabbed all that Utah soft coal for the benefit of his Indonesian benefactors.”

People had faith in Federal injustices and Federal elections then. The 20 years sense and reflection upon the past 150 have proven such faith was boundless.

This Federation is slowly falling apart, and when the Feds finally do uses deadly force they will be proving that they lost the ability to rule with the Consent of the Governed and instead only inspire a new Generation of literal patriots to rise again and find ways undermine that illegitimate power.


49 posted on 04/26/2014 11:54:37 AM PDT by Monorprise
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To: Paladin2

“Congress can fix the BLM any time it wants to.”

I think the House should hold a vote on returning the land to the States, and ending BLM’s lordship.

As a native Texans I think they need to start with the Red River. The BLM has no business threatening Texas land owners south of the river with arrogant claims.

That Land is privately owned and before that It was never owned by Washington. Texans fought and died for the right to govern that land. We aren’t going to let it go without a fight.


50 posted on 04/26/2014 12:01:33 PM PDT by Monorprise
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