Mary Boneta has been fighting the conservation easement placed on her 64 acre Virginia farm by the powerful PEC (Piedmont Environmental Council) since the day she bought her land in 2006. It has been a long fight-much like David and Goliath-but the tide in the last year or so has turned in her favor. To read an update on her inspiring story follow this link.
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Every land grab by the federal government is a threat to state sovereignty and property rights. Late January 2015 President Obama signaled his latest land grab. To learn more about the effort by the feds to lock down the 1.5 million acres of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge along with all the natural gas, oil, and minerals underground, click on this link.
Missouri Representative Mike Moon appears unwilling to allow the veto last year by the Missouri governor of a bill to stop property right infringement through the use of Agenda 21 policies to remain unchallenged. On December 12, 2014, Representative Moon introduced House Bill 216. While currently not on the House of Representative calendar, we must hope for its further advancement, as what happens in other states affects our own. To learn more click on this link.
Thirty-one percent of our nation’s land is owned by the federal government while 63.9 percent of the land in Utah is owned by the federal government. This prompted Utah to pass in 2012 a bill to attempt to force the federal government to return to the state control of over 20 million of its acres-by December 31, 2014-along with the ability of the state to garner economic activity from the land and the minerals under the land. It is a state vs. federal rights issue with serious implications for the several other western states that find themselves in the same predicament. This situation will not resolve quickly-if at all-but bears watching.
To read the actual bill click on this link.
To read a brief (1 page) informative legal overview of the issue, click on this link.
To read a series of talking points that explains, among other things, why certain states after statehood managed to force the feds to give them ownership of their own land, while others, like Utah, did not, click on this link.
Trick or Truth? What EPA and the Corps of Engineers Are Not Saying About Their “Waters of the U.S.” Proposal
For most of this year the federal government, specifically the EPA and the Corps of Engineers, has been forwarding a set of proposed regulations that would greatly expand the definition of “navigable waters”. The EPA and the Corps wants the citizens to trust that if the EPA and the Corps are allowed to expand the definition that the wet zone in your back yard or the intermittent creek that in the spring flows along the side of your house will not be included under the newly expanded regulation. Should you believe them? Hello! By now only the most naïve amongst us still trust the federal government to tell the truth.
Good news. The American Farm Bureau Federation, knowing that whoever controls the water, controls not just the water but the land on which the water lays, in order to protect property rights, has in this article gone toe-to-toe with the EPA to tell you, the citizen, the truth about these over-reaching regulations. To learn more click on this link.
The most recent and ongoing land grab by the federal government is occurring along the Texas Oklahoma border, where again the now infamous Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is attempting to steal 90,000 acres of privately owned ranch property. One of the things that the Obama crowd is proud of and always attempts to do is “to control the language”. In this case the BLM is selectively using two terms “accretion” and “avulsion” to create an argument as to why the land along the Red River in Texas really belongs to Oklahoma. This then will allow an opening for the BLM to confiscate the Texas ranchers’ land. To learn more click on this link.
Like we don’t have enough problems trying to keep the U.S. Federal Government from advancing Agenda 21 by stealing our property, now China is busy buying up acreage and businesses in the United States (and other countries). At the rate the private lands are being swallowed up by the feds and China, due to the law of supply and demand, what land is left will be able to be purchased only by the elite. It makes it easy to imagine that the federal government and China are both in collusion to advance Agenda 21. To learn more click on this link.
There are many opinions on the Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and his battle with the federal government. Some folks think that regardless of whether Bundy thinks he should or should not pay the feds his fees, if he doesn’t, then he is a free loader, or that because his speech is not PC enough, we should ostracize him completely and negate his property concerns. Others, who feel that the federal government has no business owning massive amounts of what should be state owned lands, are just grateful that FINALLY someone has brought attention to the loss of state sovereignty, property rights infringement, and the heavy hand (can you say thugocracy?) of the feds. All that said, I highly recommend that you read the explanation of Article 1, Section 8, Clause 17 of the Constitution known as the Enclave clause which authorizes Congress to purchase, own and control land in a state only under a specific set of limited circumstances by clicking on this link.
To read how wind farms make losers out of the environment, property rights, and the deficit, while benefiting the rich investor click on this link.
Note: Getting rich is a good thing as long as those with the rich interact also get a positive outcome.
Neither Communists nor Socialists believe in property rights. Neither do extreme environmentalists believe in property rights although for a different reason. Extreme environmentalists believe the ‘average Joe’ could not possibly know how to protect the land, so ‘average Joe’ should not be allowed to own land. Hence, the creation of the Wildlands Project (see Lesson 2 at www.agenda21course.com) with it goal to force citizens off of the land and into “human settlements” where they can be contained and controlled. The more land the federal (and state and local) government controls, the closer to fruition will be the Wildlands Project.
This is why the final outcome to the 2016 41 day stand-off between Ammon Bundy and his supporters and the Bureau of Land Management on a Oregon Wildlife Reserve is so very important. To be reminded of the facts of the two plus year saga and to celebrate the win for property rights (and slap-down to the Wildlands Project) watch this short video by clicking on this link.