Over the years (since 2014) I have been writing about this tyranny being forced on ranchers all over the west and midwest USA. Where this recently formed government agency “the Bureau of Land Management” has been assuming control over land, deeds and contracts that they have never had any right to what-so-ever.
This is something that the Bundy family has eloquently explained many times in regards to the enumerated powers vested to the government via the constitution, with very clear rules and guidelines on how much power the government has as well as how much land they can control.
Article 1, Section 8, Clause 17 of the Constitution — otherwise known as the enclave clause — prevents the federal government from owning most 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;–
When the Bundy’s went to Oregon to demonstrate and protest the re-sentencing (double jeopardy) case of Dwight and Stephen Hammond, who were two generational ranchers in Harney County Oregon, that for years has had the federal government make them offer after offer on the purchase of their ranch, and the Hammonds have refused. Eventually the Hammonds were charged with terrorism for having a perimeter fire control burn, that ranchers commonly do as fire protection, by burning off brush around their property. The fire burned some BLM property, but the judge in the case said that the fire not only did not do any damages, but it actually raised the property value by $100. That judged defied federal sentencing guidelines for the terrorism charges, and gave them roughly a year each in jail. They served their year, and got back to farming, where some decade later a new judge re-sentences them, and wants an old man to serve 5 years for a brush fire.
This is when many ranchers from around the area flocked to Harney county to protest this tyranny. The Malhuer Wildlife Refuge was occupied by some of the ranchers, and it eventually led to the murder of rancher Lavoy Finicum, who had a squeaky clean criminal record, not even so much as a parking ticket, and the FBI sniped him.
After that, on the day they buried him on February 5th 2016, I took my rifle down to the Maine State House Of Representatives, and I demonstrated that carrying a weapon is not a crime. Despite being hassled by the police, the protest was successful in bringing awareness to Lavoy Finicum’s unjust death at the hands of the lying FBI agents that shot at him without being justified.
If you do a search here on Clovis Star, you can look into the history of my support for this cause, including risking my life by protesting at a government building with a rifle.
Well, as it all turned out, the entire Bundy family was found NOT GUILTY on all charges, just as I predicted that they would, and I was willing to risk my life to make that statement.
Next is justice for Lavoy Finicum!
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