Transfer Most Federal Lands to the States

When considering the debate over federal lands, many Americans think of just protecting national parks. Utah citizens know better.

According to the Deseret News, the federal government owns 5% or less of the land in twenty-five states, but 66.5% of Utah!1

The United States is based upon self government and inalienable rights, including the right to own and manage one’s property.

All issues and programs delegated to the government should be handled by the lowest level of government possible.

Although I personally believe all federal lands with the exception of those needed for national defense should be transferred to their respective states, proper safeguards must be established to guard against state and local corruption.

Utah’s Constitution specifically addresses federal lands.2 Federal land issues are being studied by the Utah State Legislature.3

For whatever reasons our Utah forefathers disclaimed public lands for statehood, public sentiment has sifted in favor of state ownership. When the current will of the majority aligns with principles of good government, it is the unequivocal duty of an elected official to support his or her constituents.

Despite the persistent pleas of the American people, our elected officials have been unable or unwilling to restrain government spending, stop the executive branch’s usurpation of power, or block their every attempt to turn control of our assets to multinational corporations and global government.

As our national debt spirals, many feel surrendering Utah lands to these entities will be disastrous. With so much at stake, citizens are demanding the transfer of federal lands to the states.

The United States is a land of liberty. It must never become a land of bondage.

Let’s thank Congressman Jason Chaffetz for his six years of public service and release him so he can serve his country in another capacity. Vote Robert Stevens for Congress. Let me show you what I can do.

Questions and Answers

Q. What are your thoughts on the incident down in Mesquite this past weekend?
A. I heard Senator Hatch say on Saturday night that he made a phone call and told the feds to back off, and that he didn’t want another Waco.

We Americans have every right to defend our property, the Constitution and Judeo-Christian principles.

The public has awakened to the fact that his executive branch does not promote core American values. They see elements in the federal government sowing discord and using force against peaceful citizens.

To what end is the federal government creating these events? To disarm us? To get us used to accepting federal force against innocent victims? To transfer public lands to multinational corporations or global government? I don’t know but I think every motive should be considered.

Things of this magnitude don’t happen by accident. They are planned events. If they weren’t, the President would just make a few phone calls and call off the wolves.

Watch Judge Napolitano comment on this issue:

See also Western lawmakers gather in Utah to talk federal land takeover.

Footnotes

1 From 0.3 to 81.1: What percentage of each state is owned by the federal government?

2 Utah’s Constitution, Article III, Section 2The people inhabiting this State do affirm and declare that they forever disclaim all right and title to the unappropriated public lands lying within the boundaries hereof, and to all lands lying within said limits owned or held by any Indian or Indian tribes, and that until the title thereto shall have been extinguished by the United States, the same shall be and remain subject to the disposition of the United States, and said Indian lands shall remain under the absolute jurisdiction and control of the Congress of the United States.

3 H.B. 148: Transfer of Public Lands Act and Related Study