Skip to comments.Texas Warns Obama to Back Down on Plot for “Illegal” Land Grab
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 administrations 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 governors office to the attorney general to the legislature, however, the message from Texans was loud and clear: Dont 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 BLMs 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.
Its not a dare, its a promise that were 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. Perrys 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 BLMs 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 agencys seizure of another landowners 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 theyve 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 BLMs 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 governments 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, its 20 miles from us, but if this would take place, it would set precedent and they could just continue down river, he said. If theyve already sunk their teeth in, what would stop the government from coming in and taking our property, too, so were 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 its not for hospitals and highways, its just a land grab. I dont know, maybe theyre 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.
Its more than just a loss of acreage. Its 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 theres 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; its always more and more regulations and they just wont stop.
The rancher said other states should look at how Texas has responded when the federal government tries to overreach. We dont have to lay there and play dead and just accept whatever theyre 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.
Too bad nobody stopped Clinton when he grabbed all that Utah soft coal for the benefit of his Indonesian benefactors.
Congress can change that any time it wants to.
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
Congress can fix the BLM any time it wants to.
I am so proud to be a Texan!!!
I’m with Abbot: Just come and take it!
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.
Gassed up and waiting for the word.
Hijinks will ensue. Ain't even playin'.
How is land managed by BLM considered “private property”?
Yup, Davis said that Texans can’t be takin’ any BLM land.
The woman is an idiot.
What do you expect from someone whose only areas of expertise are killing babies and hustling a sugar daddy?
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 think she is too stupid to write a correct sentence.
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.
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.
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...
Section 8 housing on waterfront property??? Nice digs if you can get it!!
Does anyone have a link to a map of the land they’re talking about?