On Monday, I reported that the land that Barack Hussein Obama Soetoro Sobarkah illegally designated in Nevada for a national monument was near the Bundy Ranch. On New Year’s Eve, protesters rallied at Gold Butte to protest the criminal land grab by the Obama administration.
Kevin Jenkins reports at The Spectrum:
As Utah’s attorney general works with county, state and federal leaders to craft a lawsuit against President Barack Obama’s Wednesday declaration of monument protection for a Four Corners area land tract, Nevadans opposed to the president’s similar declaration of a monument south of Mesquite are waging a more uphill battle without high-profile government officials by their side.
A few dozen people, most of whom were family members or friends of Bunkerville rancher Cliven Bundy, staged a quiet rally Saturday at the state Route 170 access to the Gold Butte land falling under the monument declaration near Bundy’s home.
The demonstrators rang out the year under cloudy skies as they held signs that decried Obama’s authority to restrict access and called on President-elect Donald Trump for help, but throughout the morning hours they primarily visited with each other while watching an occasional vehicle pass.
Some of those in attendance claimed that there were more than a few dozen at the protest.
Jonathon Skipper Speece posted that there were nearly 100 at one point.
“We’re proving that the Bundys couldn’t have had a conspiracy, because we’re never organized enough to conspire against anybody,” said Carol Bundy, the wife of Cliven.
Bundy was referencing the trumped up charges against her husband and other political prisoners in Nevada regarding their 2014 stand at Bundy Ranch.
Many at the protest recalled who the real aggressors were during the siege.
“Once they threw me down, then it piped up a little. People were upset. … But we just told them to get out of here,” Margaret Houston, younger sister of Cliven Bundy, said of the Bureau of Land Management.
“Who were the aggressors?” Carol Bundy asked rhetorically. “They showed up first with their army – with their guns, with their snipers on the hill with their communication equipment.”
“But this isn’t even about that,” Houston said. “This is about them coming in and thinking that they can just say this is a monument and take all this land away and people won’t be using it.”
In referencing the land that was just declared a national monument, Mrs. Houston said, “There are a lot of people who come down here and ride.”
“These are the people that are using this land,” added Carol Bundy. “These are the people that are going to get hurt. They are also the people that aren’t here picketing because they don’t understand that they won’t be able to go where they want to go.”
While Mrs. Bundy noted that the monument declaration states “pre-existing rights” will be preserved, she also said that it also says there will be no grazing on the land.
“My rights of pre-eminent rights established way before the BLM, that’s a state right that’s pre-existing,” she argued.
The states should be in control of these lands,” Finicum said Saturday. “We should not be allowing the federal government to just come in and steal the West, because that’s what’s happening. … This really stems from the lands not being given back to the state in the West.”
It’s not even about “allowing” anything. It’s about the fact that the Constitution does not permit the central government to engage in this behavior. It’s clearly in violation of the US Constitution, which says that in order for the central government to own land outside its 10 square miles in DC, it must obtain the land from state legislatures and that land must be used “for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings” (Article I, Section 8, Clause 17). None of that is taking place concerning this issue.
May God bless the efforts of these protesters to encourage other people to wake up, understand the law and demand that representatives follow the law or be dealt with under the law.
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