Private land ownership is the foundation of our free society and it sets us apart from the rest of the world but the Red River government land grab is a precedent-setting case that will forever alter the rights of private land owners and how we think about inheritance.
If the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) can take away the property rights of people who have owned the land for centuries, then no private land owner is safe in this country. Inheriting land will be a thing of the past whenever the government wields its pen with a new regulation or rule.
The government has enough laws on the books and the power of the pen and phone to do anything it wants.
The Bureau of Land Management under the leadership of Harry Reid’s friend and former colleague, Neil Kornz, has chosen to seize roughly 90,000 acres of land that clearly belongs to private owners. The families affected have paid taxes on the property for centuries, at least one person since 1804. They have held the deeds for a century or more in some cases. These people have broken no laws.
The BLM has decided to just take their land, claiming the government has always owned it. Outrageously, they will decide over the next two years how they will use the land and if they will let the rightful owners use it on a lease basis.
The BLM is claiming that the boundary, long defined as the vegetation line to the south of the Red River, has moved as the river moved. The BLM is armed and dangerous but they are not going in with AKs and in combat gear as they did in the Cliven Bundy case, they are taking a low-key approach though they started out differently until the case received publicity.
If the government can invent any arbitrary reason to steal private property in the United States, no private land owner is safe. It gives the federal government unbridled power over our most sacred of rights upon which the foundation of our economy and prosperity is reliant – private land ownership. It is some of what drives men to achieve – the dream of land ownership.
The land grab in Texas by the BLM will be the most egregious government land theft in our history. The government is stealing land that is unquestionably private because it can and it is doing so as part of the fundamental transformation of this nation.
They swooped in out of nowhere after hundreds of years of private ownership to steal.
The ranchers are on solid ground in this case – it is their land. Their is no clear reason as to why the BLM is doing this, but one thing is for certain, if these people don’t own the land, no one in this country owns their own land and the government can come in at any time and take it.
Layne Chapman and his wife Jamie
Land owner, Layne Chapman explains:
Though this land has been the subject of lawsuits for a hundred years, the recent land grab began last summer when the Bureau of Land Management held field hearings about possibly revising regulations on what they perceived to be federal holdings in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas.
Both outgoing Gov. Rick Perry and Gubernatorial hopeful, Texas AG Greg Abbot have condemned the unlawful actions of the BLM.
“If this country’s to stay the land of freedom and liberty, private-property rights must be respected,” Perry said in April in an interview with CBS This Morning.
“It’s not a dare, it’s a promise that we’re going to stand up for private property rights in the state of Texas,” Perry said.
Ken Aderholt, 60, who farms and ranches just north of Harrold, said he could lose up to 600 of his 2,000 acres — an area including his home, barns and pens. “It does make you angry, almost like we’re in a socialist society,” Aderholt said.
This is Marxism which categorically denies private land ownership to the populace.
The BLM isn’t considering a quick, armed assault on these ranchers as they did with Cliven Bundy. Their plan is to drag these ranchers through costly and lengthy trials. They will bankrupt them and steal their land at the end. They have endless sums of money from tax dollars to drain these ranchers of funds.
In a recent agricultural article Layne Chapman wrote, he said this: “I have been blessed with the greatest of all opportunities as I get to wake up every morning as an American farmer. I grow food, engage in capitalism and live the American dream to the greatest degree. I was made in America and take great pride in producing American products that are safer and consistently better than other country’s products.”
It’s sad, tragic, because that is no longer true. We live in a country being fundamentally transformed into a socialist nation. The most fundamental of our rights is the right to own land and live out the American Dream, but it is over unless Americans begin to speak up.
The government is using tactics they won with thirty years ago. Thirty years ago, the BLM stole about 140 acres from rancher Tommy Henderson, never paying him one red cent for it.
He took his case to court and, remarkably, he lost the case. The BLM won by moving the border between Texas and Oklahoma a mile south of where it was. BLM now wants land along a stretch about 116 miles, claiming that the land never belonged to Texas. They are moving the border again. Landowners vehemently deny the claim.
Listen to Tommy Henderson explain the convoluted reasoning by the BLM:
The first victim of this scheme, Tommy Henderson, asks, “How can BLM come in and say ‘Hey, this isn’t yours’ even though it was patented from the state, you’ve always paid taxes on it, our family’s paid taxes for over a hundred years on this place. We’ve got a deed to it, but yet they walked in and said it wasn’t ours.”
BLM is going to use the Henderson lawsuit as precedent to confiscate the 90,000 acres which includes a boy scout camp.
The government has unlimited funds and they have forgotten that we the people are the government.
In April, Abbott wrote to the Bureau of Land Management, saying he is “deeply concerned” that it “believes the federal government has the authority to swoop in and take land that has been owned and cultivated by Texas landowners for generations.”
In a letter to BLM director and Harry Reid’s friend, Neil Kornz, Abbott said: “The BLM’s newly asserted claims to land along the Red River threaten to upset long-settled private property rights and undermine fundamental principles—including the rule of law—that form the foundation of our democracy,” Abbott added. “Yet, the BLM has failed to disclose either its full intentions or the legal justification for its proposed actions. Decisions of this magnitude must not be made inside a bureaucratic black box.”
The BLM doubled down and responded by saying “it is absolutely not” increasing government land holdings along the river. They said that because they have decided this is their land to take.
A compact in 2000, which took place after the Henderson land was taken should have settled this but the government will not be stopped.
After delaying for two months, the BLM responded to the letter by Rep. Texas AG Greg Abbot and Sen. Ted Cruz, the BLM declared they own the land and always have.
“According to the plain terms of Article VII,” Kornze states in the letter, “the Compact ‘does not change: ( I) the title of any person or entity, public or private, to any of the lands adjacent to the Red River; (2) the rights, including riparian rights, of any person or entity, public or private, that exist as a result of the person’ s or entity’s title to lands adjacent to the Red River; or (3) the boundaries of those lands.’ Therefore, any shifts in the boundary between Texas and Oklahoma as a result of the Compact may mean that public lands that are owned by the United States now are within Texas that were formerly in Oklahoma.”
Kornze concluded, “The BLM will determine the uses and extent of these public lands through the current public planning process and any necessary surveys.”
Texas AG Greg Abbott was not impressed. “The BLM’s recent letter fails to answer the questions that I and many Texans have about the BLM’s seeming land grab along the Red River,” Abbott said in a statement emailed to The Texas Tribune. “The BLM’s inadequate response will force Texas to pursue other options to obtain the needed information — including litigation if needed.”
In response to their letter, Rep. Thornberry introduced the Red River Private Property Protection Act (H.R 4979) to clarify ownership of the land along the Red River boundary between Texas and Oklahoma. “My bill tries to make it clear,” Thornberry says in an exclusive interview with Breitbart Texas, “if you’ve got records in the county clerk’s office or the state office that show you’re the owner, then you’re the owner. And, the BLM has got to give you a deed that affirms that you’re the owner.”
Rep. Mac Thornberry said the 2000 Red River Compact resolved these boundaries.
Last week, kdhnews stated that it is unclear exactly what land they are stealing and how they will treat ranchers who have owned the land, paid taxes on the land, and cared for the land.
The bureau’s draft resource management plan is due within two years. At the earliest, it says it will finalize the plan by 2018. Meanwhile, locals are still receiving tax estimates on the disputed land — regardless of whether they technically own it. They are also under stress and in limbo.
The BLM has not decided whether it will close off parts of the land or make it open to the public. One option would be to let Texans continue using it, though they would then be subject to federal regulations. Another option would be to sell it. Or Congress could tell the agency to do something else with the land.
How despicable is that? Picture this as your land. Put yourself in their place. The government owns half the West. When will enough be enough. I can answer that – when they own all of it!
The Gathering of the American Patriot who are fighting this can be viewed on this link. If you are short on time, go to 22:00.
Interview with Rep. Mac Thornberry:
Greg Abbott’s full letter:
The full BLM letter to Texas Attorney General Greg Abbot via Breitbart:
The full BLM letter to Sen. Ted Cruz via Breitbart:
Read more at Come and Take It and the BLM’s tendency to make up rules as they go along.