People in California, Oregon and Nevada are so outraged with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) they are ready to join an armed insurrection. As I explain below, there is a legal remedy, a US Constitutional Convention to halt not only the dictatorial policies of BLM, but also to BALANCE THE FEDERAL BUDGET and a host of other constitutional problems. Let's step back and THINK BIG!
Anyone flying to California, Oregon or Washington will look down at vast wastelands in our western states. Wonder why? It's because the Federal Government monopolizes western land title. This has been going on for over 100 years. AND IT'S another glaring example of HOW EVERYTHING'S HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT.
(The federal government now owns almost one-third of the land in the United States and you can bet it is collateral on the fictitious national debt. The Fed, local branch of the "Crown", produces the medium of exchange, currency/credit, as a debt to them. The government could do this without incurring a debt or paying interest- Makow)
by Andrew Smith
(1) Who can best manage the vast wastelands out west? People who live on the lands like farmers and ranchers with an investment in the land or bureaucrats in Washington DC?
(2) If the Founding Fathers who wrote the US Constitution thought the Federal Government should own vast tracks of land, why didn't they withhold them from settlement in the eastern states where they lived?
"The federal government owns 28 percent of the land in the United States," according to a report from the Congressional Research Service. 'Federal land ownership is concentrated in the West,' explains the service. "Specifically, 62% of Alaska is federally owned, as is 47% of the 11 coterminous western states. By contrast, the federal government owns only 4% of lands in the other states.' There has been a growing movement to transfer land from the federal government to states. According to a report from Newsmax, 36 bills have been introduced in state legislatures to move this effort forward."
Until you consider the percentage of Federal land title, the beauty of America's West seems as far as you can get from Washington DC'S corrupt bureaucracies and polished corridors of power. But the map above shows the federal government owns entirely too much of the western states: from a low of 29.9% in Montana, already more than the national average, up to 84.5% in Nevada.
If you are interested in a more detailed explanation of why Western states have not been settled or developed, you can read Anton Chaitkin's Treason in America and particularly his Chapter 18, entitled How Environmentalism Killed The American Frontier.
In order to understand why Americans should take action now, we need to begin by asking the right question. IS FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PROPERLY MANAGING OUR WESTERN LANDS? A studying published in May 1999 documents how miserable the current system has failed.
Conserving America's land resources has been a federal concern ever since President Theodore Roosevelt made it a national priority more than 100 years ago. Today, however, federal land management policy has strayed far from Roosevelt's vision of conserving natural resources by making Americans better stewards of the environment. Instead, Washington has implemented a command-and-control approach that wastes valuable financial resources and at times is environmentally harmful.
According to the U.S. General Accounting Office, the federal government now owns [almost] one-third of the land in the United States. Four federal agencies--the Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Wildlife Service, Forest Service, and National Park Service, with combined annual budgets of $8.1 billion in fiscal year 1999--manage most of this land. Recent reports by the federal government's own watchdogs, however, point out that these agencies are not doing a good job. The GAO has reported that they now have a backlog of maintenance problems on public lands that exceeds $12 billion.
In April, the Congressional Budget Office recommended that, because the federal land management agencies find it difficult to maintain operations on their existing land holdings, Congress should place a ten-year moratorium on future appropriations for land acquisitions by these agencies.
Once we realize Americans need to take action in order to return power and property back to the states and to the people, WE MUST ASK HOW TO FIX IT?
One point that even our current unpopular US President got right was that we cannot fix Washington DC from within. This reformation calls for state action. Fortunately Texas Governor Greg Abbott proposed such a plan of states action via Article V US Constitution for New Constitutional Convention. During his keynote address to the Texas Public Policy Foundation's Annual Policy Orientation, the governor outlined his "Texas Plan" that will reign in the federal government to restore the balance of power between the states and the United States.
"The increasingly frequent departures from constitutional principles are destroying the Rule of Law foundation on which this country was built," Abbott said of the "refusal" of federal government to follow the Constitution. "The cure to these problems will not come from Washington D.C. Instead, the states must lead the way."
-Prohibit congress from regulating activity that occurs wholly within one state.
-Require congress to balance its budget.
-Prohibit administrative agencies from creating federal law and preempting state law.
-Allow a two-thirds majority of states to override a U.S. Supreme Court decision.
-Require a seven-justice super-majority vote for U.S. Supreme Court decisions that invalidate a democratically enacted law.
-Limit the federal government to powers expressly delegated in the Constitution.
-Allow a two-thirds majority of states to override a federal law or regulation.
If Americans must trouble themselves with a Second US Constitutional Convention (last convention was about 230 years ago) to remedy the staggering Federal Land ownership problem, we might as well fix a whole host of other problems by getting behind Governor Abbott's initiative.
Andrew Smith is retired attorney, businessman and philanthropist. He's a regular contributor here under various pen names.
First Comment by Glen:
"I explain below, there is a legal remedy, a US Constitutional Convention to halt not only the dictatorial policies of BLM, but also to BALANCE THE FEDERAL BUDGET and a host of other constitutional problems. Let's step back and THINK BIG!"
Are you freaking kidding me. What insane fool believes a con-con to be a good thing. In the words of the National Association for Gun Rights "The moment a Constitutional Convention convenes, you and I might as well kiss our Second Amendment rights goodbye."
Who among us is not smart enough to see this con-con would do nothing more than open "Pandora's Box"? All the rights we hold most sacred will more than likely be swept away as special interest, people like Soros and Bloomturd will have bought and paid for all of the "selected" delegates.
A few words from Jackie Patru of Sweet Liberty
WHO or WHAT IS BEHIND THIS CURRENT MARCH TO FACILITATE AMERICA'S DOOM?
A BRIEF HISTORY: The proponents of a con-con have been at it for nearly fifty years now: In 1964 the Ford and Rockefeller Foundations funded and orchestrated - via the CSDI (Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions) - the drafting of a new constitution for America. This model constitution, drawing upon the efforts of more than 100 people, took ten years to write. The 40th draft was published in a book titled "The Emerging Constitution", by Rexford G. Tugwell (Harper & Row, 1974). The project produced the proposed "Constitution for the NewStates of America". http://www.sweetliberty.org/issues/concon/newstates.htm
"In the event you would be inclined to dismiss the relevance of the proposed new constitution, bear in mind that it is the product of a tax-exempt think-tank which took ten years, $25,000,000.00 and the collaboration of over one-hundred like-minded individuals. . . It would be folly to believe this investment is intended to be merely an exercise in political theory. The frightening reality is, the planners are serious in their efforts to impose a new constitution upon the people of America as we enter the 21st Century." -- Col. Arch Roberts, Committee to Restore the Constitution
Please read the entire article at:http://www.sweetliberty.org/issues/concon/concon2012.html
In closing, I would just like to point out we ALREADY have a perfectly good constitution that no one follows, what makes you think they would follow a new one. This con-con is a scam my friends, and if you believe you have nothing to lose with it and everything to gain, you could not be more wrong.
My answer to Steve (see Comments) is that banker & corporate elite have already destroyed the US Constitutional separation of powers and shifted virtual dictatorial authority to Washington, DC where they dominate political discourse, run up colossal NATIONAL DEBT and monopolize Western Land Title.
So how can Americans re-empower themselves and restore the 'separation of powers' and 'checks and balances' envisioned by our Founding Fathers? In effect, how do we restore THE RULE OF LAW?
We can follow Texas Governor Greg Abbott's plan.
Will Abbott's plan destroy the banker & corporate elite's grip on power? Of course it will. THAT'S THE WHOLE IDEA! So "out of control" only means OUT OF BIG BANKER AND BUSINESS CONTROL.