By Al Benson Jr.
We’ve all heard about the federal officers in Nevada trampling on the rights of Cliven Bundy and his family and trying to steal his cattle, while at the same time roughing up members of his family. Who knows what wonders those federalized thugs may have performed had there not been a bit of opposition to them on hand to protect the Bundy family. That situation is far from over. The BLM may have backed off for now, but if they don’t come back some other group of federalized thugs will—when they figure there are not too many witnesses around.
There has also been an incident in Recapture Canyon in Utah, not far from Blanding, where a group of citizens protested what they felt were severe restrictions on the use of public land. My wife and I have been through Blanding on several occasions. There is a state park there called Edge of the Cedars that has part of an old Indian ruin in it. We’ve stopped there a couple times. It makes you wonder if the various states where there are Indian ruins wouldn’t be better off if the state cared for the ruins instead of the feds doing it—but that would mean the states would have to control and possess the land the ruins were on and the feds wouldn’t like that—too much decentralization involved.
Now we have yet another situation, this one in Otero County, New Mexico. According to an article on http://www.washingtontimes.com for May 12th, written by Valerie Richardson: “A New Mexico county board on Monday instructed the local sheriff to open the Forest Service gates blocking thirsty cattle from reaching water, setting up a clash with federal agents over state water rights and endangered species. The Otero County Commission voted 2-0, with one commissioner absent, to ‘immediately take steps to remove or open gates that are unlawfully denying citizens access to their private property rights.” The article noted that this situation comes while ranchers and others in many places in the West complain about what they describe as the federal government’s tightening control over public land. In the neighborhood of 52% of the land in Western states is owned by the federal government. In other words, over half of the West still belongs to the feds even after statehood has been given to all the states there. State sovereignty in the West is a myth, folks. Since many of these states came into the “glorious Union” either during or after the War of Northern Aggression, it would seem that the feds were not going to allow a situation where the states out there had any real rights in regard to secession or anything else. They were going to make sure they stayed in control and that the new Western states remained mere vassals of an overreaching federal Empire in Washington.
This is the way empire’s work—giving the illusion of “freedom” but denying the real article.
The situation in New Mexico became alarming to the ranchers in Otero County this year when Forest Service officials would not open gates that allowed cattle to reach a creek in the Lincoln National Forest. When asked about it, rangers stated that they are “…trying to protest the riparian area, which is considered habitat for the New Mexico meadow jumping mouse.” Come June, this mouse is expected to be listed as an endangered species and this shutting down and listing would include something like 190 miles of “critical habitat in Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico,…after a settlement with WildEarth Guardians in 2011.” So it seems like the feds are doing this because they had a “settlement” with this group. Did the group sue the federal government over the New Mexico jumping meadow mouse and the feds are doing their part by denying ranchers the right to water their cattle? Seems like this is the deal.
The ranchers argue that they own the water rights to the creek in Lincoln National Forest, and, according to New Mexico law they do. But since the creek is on “public” land they will be denied, even though they are part of the public. You see, with the feds, all of the public is equal but some, like these radical environmental groups, are more equal than others.
This group, WildEarth Guardians, has quite a track record. According to an article on http://blog.mysanantonio.com for June 20, 2012 and written by Steffi Porter: “Between 2007 and 2011, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services gave $680,492 in tax money to the Wild Earth Guardians, according to the testimony of congress members partaking in the hearing. They said that the Wild Earth Guardians sued U.S. Fish and Wildlife 76 times.” This particular article had to do with another “endangered species” the sand dune lizard in Texas. Anyway, it seems that this and other leftist environmental groups make big bucks suing the federal government over “endangered species” and to settle these lawsuits, the feds just start shutting down all kinds of land that local folks need to survive. But who cares about the local folks anyway? They are only ordinary people, and the feds would really like to have them off the land anyway.
It would be much easier for them to begin to implement Agenda 21’s “Rewilding Project” in the West if they could just get the people off the land so the UN could turn the American West (and other places too) into one vast animal reserve, off limits to ordinary folks, but usable for the ruling elite.
There’s a lot going on with the federal “War on the West” that we haven’t been told about. The ranchers haven’t been told about all this either. They are just the victims at this point, but they need to begin to start researching to find out what is really going on and putting the pieces together. Marxist “reconstruction” is alive and well in the West, just like it is in the South, the North, all over. This government has declared war on its people and it will wage that war any way it has to, no matter how many people are injured, ruined, or become “collateral damage.”