There has been a tremendous fixation of anger for the last number of years of the federal government owning and in control of so much land in the west of which it owns 47 percent of it. In some states, including Oregon, Utah, and Nevada it owns the majority and of course they use to own all of it. Naturally as the United States moved west it expanded by purchasing or taking the land that became new states. As the expansion progressed it transferred land to state governments, largely through homesteading and land grants, which allowed farmers to procure parcels of land for agricultural use.
The following is from a post by Quoctrung Eiu and Margot Sanger-Katz, published by the New York Times, Titled “Why the Government Owns So Much Land in the West”: “In the early 1900s, cattle farming became a speculative boom because farmers realized that the federal government was basically giving away a valuable free commodity: grass. This quickly became a problem that economists call the “tragedy of the commons.” Everyone was allowed to let cattle graze the millions of acres of public grass. Ranchers, local officials and lawmakers got together and created a law called the Taylor Grazing Act, which effectively created a federal body called the Division of Grazing to manage the grazing of these lands.”
Whenever you have some kind of managing land after many years of open use it leads to complications and stand-offs.The stand-off in Oregon could have been prevented and La Voy Finicum would not have been killed. Ammon Bundy and his followers did not take up arms against local and federal governments. Just because there is a protest and people are carrying arms which is a Second Amendment right does not mean they are going to shoot up the town. They also had every right to exercise their First Amendment rights to address their government for grievances. This is where The Oregon State Sheriff’s Association (OSSA)made their mistake by siding with Ward and the federal government against the citizens that gathered at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge Center.
The following is from a post by Tim Brown, published by eagle Rising News: “Had David Ward been a constitutional sheriff, he could have ended all of this peacefully by simply removing federal agents from his county with regards to this matter and met with the protesters who had been peaceful all along. In fact, the only shots we know that have been fired have come from federal agents and state police.”
“As if this were not enough, Sheriff Brian Wolfe, who is not only the OSSA President, but also the Sheriff of Malheur County issued a statement backing Ward.”
There are some giant groups that are out to make some big money from lands that nobody has wanted to purchase that had been become difficult-to-reach tracts of land in the west because they had become unattractive to farmers. The only thing that whatever land is left is good for grazing so why are these ranchers being pressured to leave. There is always some way to negotiate a settlement but from the look of things the government is trying to force out the remaining ranchers from the land they process. You remember those old cowboy movies where the rancher was forced to sell well that’s exactly what’s going on now. This needs to be talked about with We The People because it sure as hell looks like a land-grab. You remember the Bundy Ranch in Nevada when Senator Harry Reid got so angry over the outcome and then we found out that Reid had some deal going on with China to install solar power on that land, and guess who was living on that land? of course, Bundy. There is much money to be made on these lands and we better ask the hard questions as to who will be making the money.
“The Congress shall have Power to dispose of and make all needful Rules and Regulations respecting the Territory or other Property belonging to the United States….”
“However, that power is limited immensely in Article I, Section 8, Clause 17 about federal control of land.
To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of Particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings– (EMPHASIS ADDED).”