DOES THE CONSTITUTION PERMIT FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO OWN LAND?
By Damon Mancuso
May 22, 2014
Josephine County, Oregon -- I can’t count how many times I’ve heard one of our county commissioners or state representatives say something like: “Federal law trumps state law” or “Under the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution, federal law is superior to state law.”
The Supremacy Clause does not declare that all laws passed by the federal government are the supreme law of the land. Here is the entire clause: “This Constitution, and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the Constitution or laws of any State to the contrary notwithstanding.”
Notice the part that reads, “laws of the United States made in pursuance" of the Constitution. This basically says that all laws and treaties must first be constitutional in order for them to be valid and the supreme law of the land, in pursuance thereof, not in violation thereof.
So does the constitution permit the federal government to own land? Yes it does, but there are very strict limitations. Our founding fathers were very specific concerning federal ownership and control of land. Article I, section 8, clause 17 of the U.S. Constitution gives the feds control of 10 square miles of Washington DC. It further states that land within the boundaries of a state may only be acquired if they first have the consent of the state legislature. The federal government is limited in it’s acquisition of land to four purposes, military forts, arsenals, dock-yards, and other needful buildings. Nowhere in the constitution does it grant the federal government the power to “own” millions of acres. The so called "public lands" that they currently control must be returned to the states.
If you’ve been paying attention lately, the Feds have been in overdrive in their pursuit to control vast areas of the west. The perception is that this is for environmental reasons; after all you can hardly turn the TV on or pick up a newspaper without seeing some dire news story about the environment. Global warming, climate change and sustainable development have become everyday terms.
In reality, federal control of our land has nothing to do with the environment or saving the planet, it’s all about money, power, and control. More specifically it’s about Agenda 21, the United Nations plan for global domination. The implementation of Agenda 21 is not only taking place at the national level, but is being pushed at the local level through the “International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives”, or ICLEI for short. Using the environment as a weapon, they are getting state, county, and city governments to implement the plan one piece at a time.
Josephine County Oregon residents just witnessed an attempt by our clueless county commissioners to implement a slice of Agenda 21 through four so called “junk ordinances”. County voters wisely rejected them by a wide margin.
Residents of Southern Oregon have witnessed the slow death of our local economy. This slow death is the direct result of federal land control. The Federal government controls nearly 70% of the land around here, and they have done a good job of closing it off to the public. Add a compliant board of commissioners, and a state legislature dominated by liberal socialist, it’s no wonder that we are in decline.
Ok, enough doom and gloom, what can we do to stop this? Can it be stopped or is it too late? Well folks, I have some good news for you, it’s not too late, and yes it can be stopped!
Education is the key to stopping, and ultimately reversing the path we are on. Get involved with a like minded group. Educate yourself, and then take action by educating others. Get involved with your local and state governments. Contact your representatives, and hold their feet to the fire!
When it comes to activist groups, I like the John Birch Society. They have been around since 1958 and have been very effective at slowing down the insiders plan for global domination and control. Here is a quote from the first paragraph of the JBS Agenda: “The John Birch Society is an activist/educational organization whose members employ truth as their only weapon. We believe that when a sufficient number of citizens are made aware of what is happening throughout the world, and who is making it happen, our nation will adopt a better course — both at the ballot box and in reversing the steady plunge toward socialism and total government.”
I’m not trying to “recruit” you into JBS membership, but rather to help motivate you into action. If we are to save this Republic, it will be because people are waking up, and taking action. The JBS is by no means the only group in the game. There are a number of outstanding organizations that are working towards the same goal. Success will come if enough people get involved.
If you live anywhere near Grants Pass Oregon there will be an excellent opportunity for you to educate yourself and get involved. There is an event taking place on June 7th, from 9am till 5pm at the Josephine county fairgrounds. This free event, sponsored by Josephine County Sheriff Gil Gilbertson and The Liberators, is being billed as the “Solution Revolution.”
From the Liberators website: “Attorney and Utah State Representative Ken Ivory, one of the authors and architects of Utah's Statehood Bill, will talk about solutions that can be put in place now and SAVE our forests, wildlife, plant life, fish, water and most importantly, OUR LIVELIHOOD! Learn about Utah's Statehood Bill and how their state and counties are preparing.
Learn about other states and county successes, and who's moving forward with courage, conviction and solutions of their own. Our natural resources have AND CAN provide a much needed product and comfortable living for many generations to come!
This is a critical election! Invite your elected officials and those running in your area to attend. Our representatives must be informed and prepared to act!
This is the solution to taking back our lands.
I plan on attending this all day event, and you should too! This is a golden opportunity to educate yourself. There will be literature tables from a variety of like minded groups in attendance to further your education and involvement. Listen to the speakers, ask questions, visit the various literature tables, join a group or groups (I belong to several), and most importantly use your new education to take action.
In closing, the solutions are not that complicated, but you must get involved. Attend this event, get involved, and take action, our very future as a truly free nation depends upon it.
© 2014 Damon Mancuso - All Rights Reserved
Damon Mancuso has been a resident of Josephine County for the last 17 years and is active in the local chapter of the John Birch Society. He is also a member of Oregon Firearms Federation, Gun Owners of America, a life member of the NRA, and has recently joined Oathkeepers. Damon believes that we must restore government to its proper constitutional role, and to accomplish that, education followed by action is critical.