KrisAnne Hall: Cliven Bundy, Cows And The Constitution

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This is not a case of a gray area of personal property vs. federal property. And now we are repeating a history of Kings and Tyrants because we forgot that the federal government has no Constitutional right to own land. Period. The only authority for federal land ownership is through precedent and practice. As a matter of fact, James Madison WARNED us of this very tyranny in 1792:

“I, sir, have always conceived — I believe those who proposed the Constitution conceived — it is still more fully known, and more material to observe, that those who ratified the Constitution conceived — that this is not an indefinite government, deriving its powers from the general terms prefixed to the specified powers – but a limited government, tied down to the specified powers, which explain and define the general terms.”

Our founders went to great pains to create a limited and defined federal government so we would not have to negotiate with Kings. With amazing foresight, Madison explains the consequence of allowing the federal government to turn these “clauses” into defined powers:


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7 years ago

What seems to be missed in all this is whats behind it. It has nothing to do with the fact Bundy’s family has been grazing cattle there 100 years, it has nothing to do with a non-indigenous tortise species which was introduced there. It has everything to do with the fact Harry Reid’s son is trying to lease the land to the Chinese to build a solar farm.
US taxpayers are probably footing the bill through “Green Energy” tax subsidies.
Don’t let this get out to the militias in NV or there will be a range war.

Harold poole
Harold poole
5 years ago

Federal government does have a right to own land, 200 years of discussion and rulings by a constitutional due process has said so. So just because you wish it otherwise it is not. You are twisting meanings and lying