Monday, March 29, 2010

Utah - State's Rights Revolt Begins

A dozen or more states are suing the federal government to stop Obama's Socialist HealthScare Plan on constitutional grounds and that is a good thing because if not stopped it will bankrupt the United States. But this is just the beginning of a state's right revolt that is necessary to take power back from the federal government that is reserved in the US Constitution for our states and for WE THE PEOPLE. In an unprecedented move, Republican Governor Gary Herbert of the state of Utah has exercised the right of eminent domain to take back some of the US Government's most valuable parcels in Utah. Apparently, more than 50% of the land in Utah is owned by the federal government. This is not primarily federal parks; but rather land that is probably controlled by the Federal Bureau of Land Management, or perhaps other federal agencies.

This is not unusual. The reality is that the Socialists that control Congress and their environmental wacko supporters from the East and West Coasts dictate land use in many western states. This includes water rights, which impact farmers and ranchers and the sale of mineral rights and, or the denial of the right to develop energy in these energy rich states. In fact, in a real travesty, 86.1% of the land of the state of Nevada is owned by the federal government. The question is why? Republican Governor Gibbons of Nevada should immediately exercise the same right of eminent domain to regain large tracts of land currently owned by the federal government in Nevada to make those tracts available for development, or various commercial uses to generate badly needed tax revenues for Nevada.

As a resident of Nevada, I certainly don't want Socialists like President Obama, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi or even Senator Dirty Harry Reid, who is from Nevada, dictating land use in Nevada. The people of Nevada are fully capable of determining highest and best use of our state's land recognizing common sense environmental concerns. We don't need Washington telling us what to do with our land. It is time the state of Nevada and other Western states fly the yellow revolutionary flag to tell Obama, Don't Tread on Me.

The states and the federal government are headed toward a collision that is likely to result in a Constitutional Convention called by the Red States, which are a greater number than the blue states, to reassert states rights. And, that would be a good thing. It is becoming clearer by the day that we have a federal government that is out of control. We must assert additional states rights related to control over federal taxation, deficit spending, term limits etc. More checks and balances are needed to prevent the reckless actions and Socialist schemes we see coming out of Washington DC that are bankrupting our nation and will lead to the financial collapse of the United States.

Clearly, we must take back our country by electing common sense Conservatives at all levels of government that support limited government, a balanced budget at the state and federal level, lower taxes and less regulation, a strong national defense, the right to bear arms, real energy independence, the sanctity of life and family values. We must get back to the tenets of our Constitution as written by our Founding Fathers rather than as contrived by current and former Presidents, Congresses and the Courts. The states rights revolt that is just beginning will be a long fight; but it is a fight worth fighting to save our country. We can take back our country. We must do it for the sake of our children and grandchildren.

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