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Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Federal land grabs violate Fundamental Rights of the American people
By Susan Frickey, guest writer and
Center of Self-Governance student
“Time and time again, the Federal government has
breached its promises with respect to the public lands. Western states
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moving to compel the Federal government to honor the same promise it made
and kept with all states east of Colorado: to timely dispose of the public
lands so they can be managed by those whose lives and livelihoods depend upon
the wide management of those lands.” -American Lands Council
When the western states were asked to join the union, they each agreed
to sign a compact with the federal government much as the eastern states had
done. The federal government had turned over lands to the eastern states
as they became established, to control and develop their resources for the
benefit of those states, in compliance with the compact signed by both parties.
However, the western compacts were not treated the same as the
east’s legal, binding contracts. The federal government did not want to
relinquish its claims on the rich resources held in the west; resources of
timber, mining and minerals. There was a “gold rush” going on at the time
and the federal government wanted in on it, so it defaulted on the agreement
with the western states.
Excessive federal control and regulation eventually stripped the western
states of their right to graze cattle, to mine and to generate a tax base from
their natural resources as the eastern states do. The west had watched the
fed’s malfeasance and mismanagement of forests, rivers and mining for decades. This
created an ongoing feud called the “Sagebrush Rebellion”.
In 1828, the states of Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas,
Louisiana, Alabama and Florida repeatedly complained to Congress. The Enabling Act for
those states had not been honored. The Act required the federal government to
“extinguish title” to the states’ public lands. Eventually, the
persistence of the eastern states upheld their inherent right to harvest and
profit from the resources of their own land.
Anger erupted when westerners were denied equal access to their
land’s abundance. Historically, the most active and vocal groups on this issue
in the west have been the small cattlemen. They fought for years against the “absentee
landlord system” which made them tenants of the federal government on land
rightfully belonging to the states and to the people. What galled westerners
above all else was the belief that the kinds of restrictions placed on them had
NEVER been placed on the east.
Events and tempers gradually escalated over the years, when in
1979, President Jimmy Carter's “War on the West” inflamed a second “Sagebrush
Rebellion.” This time, overwhelming grassroots support for the rights of the
people and the states quickly sprung up across the west.
Using the Antiquities Act,
President Carter locked up more land than any other president before him,
taking more than 50 million acres in Alaska alone, despite strong opposition
from the state. Later, President Clinton used
the Antiquities Act 22
times to prohibit hunting, mining, forestry, oil production, and even grazing
in 5.9 million acres scattered across the U.S. Clinton also created 19 new, land-grabbing
“national monuments” and expanded three others without consulting Congress or
One of the monuments President Clinton targeted was the Grande
Staircase-Escalante in Utah, where 135,000 acres of land had been leased for
oil and gas and about 65,000 barrels of oil were produced each year from five
active wells. But President Clinton put an end to developing these vital resources,
killing jobs and making Americans even more dependent on foreign countries for
In an illegal move against the states in 1976, Congress passed the
Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA), which stated that most National
Forest Service and BLM land would NEVER be released to state or private
control. The bill was written under the assumption that the economic benefits
would prove “too tempting to the locals” and environmental concerns would be
ignored in favor of fast cash. Yet the federal government’s negligent land
management program, which left billions of standing dead trees, is what has
fostered the monster forest fires which rage through the west each summer; one
of the many consequences of our federal government’s “environmental concerns.”
Utah Representative Ken Ivory writes: "Right now, the forests - which were a renewable resource, with
the revenue funding schools, roads and public safety - have been shut down to
timber harvesting and now they're basically tinder boxes. We've got so
much dead wood standing in the forests that, in fact, the FBI is even warning
our state foresters that terrorists are encouraging wildfires as a form of
jihad. The forests are so dense now that the trees can't defend
themselves and fend off natural diseases and pests, so forests throughout the
West are largely dead or dying just waiting for any spark to ignite the next
catastrophic wildfire…more than 50% of all land in thewestern United States is owned and controlled by the federal
government. This is in a nation that was founded on the principles of
inherent, inalienable rights to life, liberty and property.
World-renowned economist John Kenneth Galbraith made the statement in the
mid-1980s that ‘where the socialized ownership of land is concerned, only the
USSR and China can claim company with the United States’.”
At this point, Federal holdings
included nearly a third of Colorado, Montana, New Mexico and Washington;
roughly half of Arizona, California, Oregon and Wyoming; and two-thirds or more
of Alaska, Idaho, Nevada and Utah. By comparison, the three non-Western
states with the MOST federal land are New Hampshire (14%), Florida (13%), and
Nationally, the United States government has direct ownership of
almost 650 million acres of land – nearly 30% of its totalterritory.
Red shading indicates land claimed in ownership by the Federal Government
According to the Institute for Energy Research, there is more than
$150 TRILLION dollars of mineral value and more oil than Saudi Arabia and the
rest of the world combined, locked up in federally controlled lands. This unconstitutional
control paralyzes employment, economic growth and opportunity, not only in the west,
but throughout the entire nation.
As the anger and frustration continue to escalate over the theft
of rights concerning land, water, minerals and mining, the federal government
remains unrelenting in its unlawful abuse of the people and the states that
desperately need their own natural resources to survive.
Like pouring gasoline on a raging forest fire, our federal government
has inadvertently called attention to this issue and has cultivated the climate
to force more ranchers like the Bundys, Hammonds, and the Hages to defend their
right to earn a living as they have for generations.What’s at stake for all Americans are our
inherent rights to life, liberty and property, without which, freedom cannot
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