What started the standoff in Nevada with the private rancher?
Information and facts, over a 20 year period, are still uncertain. What is certain is one of the largest contingents of law enforcement since Waco, Ruby Ridge and others. Cell service was cut off and designated protest areas were forced to be dismantled. Sounds like multiple violations of our Bill of Rights.
Reports are the rancher stopped paying grazing leases 20 years ago. Why? "Bundy, 67, and his large family cast their resistance to the roundup as a constitutional stand. He says he doesn't recognize federal authority over state land."
I agree. As far as I'm concerned - the federal government became nothing more than cattle rustlers. This land is your land, this land is my land...
In my book I detail why states must take back federal land, no federal sales tax within the states, etc. In other words, the states need to take back their sovereignty. UT and NV both ceded large parcels of land to the federal government and have yet to be fully compensated. UT had started formal proceedings to 'foreclose' - not sure where that went.
Excerpts from the book, 'Beers with our Founding Fathers'...
Our Founding Fathers, in favor of states’ and individual rights with less government, intentionally gave more latitude for the interpretation of state sovereignty. It is important to understand this essential interpretation – otherwise you have a ‘what came first, the chicken [state’s rights] or the egg [individual rights]’ question – individual rights come first, which cannot be infringed upon by the state or federal governments, and states’ rights cannot be infringed upon by the federal government.
The history of our Constitution is that the federal government has no jurisdiction or authority over the states, except as provided under the commerce clause, and interstate activities and commerce. By inference, it also provides that the states maintain exclusive jurisdiction over all matters within their boundaries, and which are not either reserved to or under the jurisdiction of the federal government.
Second Amendment places the responsibility, and empowerment, to the individual to not only protect themselves, but to protect the sovereignty of their state and Country.
The history presented in this work ends with the ratification of our Bill of Rights, but our history, of course, does not. One significant event was another revolution – the American Civil War from 1861 to 1865. Often also referred to as the War of Northern Aggression, it was a War of States’ Rights. It was a war in which growing animosity – political and socioeconomic disparity – would lead to the severing of the bonds that held the states together. The federal government suspended rights of citizens and engaged in a war to enforce federal powers over state sovereignty. But, that is perhaps another book, but an important lesson to look into as we decide the direction of our Country.
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Dean A. Beers, American Patriot
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