From the Washington Times:
"A secret administration memo has surfaced revealing plans for the federal government to seize more than 10 million acres from Montana to New Mexico, halting job- creating activities like ranching, forestry, mining and energy development. Worse, this land grab would dry up tax revenue that's essential for funding schools, firehouses and community centers. President Obama could enact the plans in this memo with just the stroke of a pen, without any input from the communities affected by it."According to the article, the ability for the federal government to perform land grabs in a case such as this is part of the 1906 Antiquities Act, however, we are witness to another case of the federal government using soft loopholes to centralize power.
What is more, this land is high energy land - land in the western states known to have large amounts of natural resources, mines and oil fields currently in operation in some cases. The intent is to shut down mines and oil operations as part of an environmental lurch left. This shut-down will cost thousands of additional jobs, though this seems an obvious trade-off to all those miners and other employees and private land owners ON THE LAND NOW... I mean, it's the environment, and the climate, and if THAT isn't a national treasure/monument, I don't know WHAT is...
Under the Antiquities Act, it appears that by Presidential Discretion land can be 'consumed' by the fire of the federal government, without approval from the state governments or private property owners, for the sake of "science" - in this case climate science. The text reads, in part:
American Antiquities Act of 1906Congress has a history of passing bad law, law that could otherwise be deemed unconstitutional, and law that seldom makes sense on the ground. This act is prime example of a carte-blanche authority for the federal government to acquire private land under the guise of science... when climate and environmental science is the 'science-de-jour', does our protection from unconstitutional land seizure vaporize?
16 USC 431-433
Sec. 2. That the President of the United States is hereby authorized, in his discretion, to declare by public proclamation historic landmarks, historic and prehistoric structures, and other objects of historic or scientific interest that are situated upon the lands owned or controlled by the Government of the United States to be national monuments, and may reserve as a part thereof parcels of land, the limits of which in all cases shall be confined to the smallest area compatible with proper care and management of the objects to be protected: Provided, That when such objects are situated upon a tract covered by a bona fide unperfected claim or held in private ownership, the tract, or so much thereof as may be necessary for the proper care and management of the object, may be relinquished to the Government, and the Secretary of the Interior is hereby authorized to accept the relinquishment of such tracts in behalf of the Government of the United States.
This brings me back to the topic of Nullification. It is up to the states and the people of the states to openly reject, TO OPENLY REJECT the doctrine of the federal government - be it done by Republicans or Democrats... The Federal Government is existing outside of the confines of the Constitution - so much so that this nation is not even a shadow of its founding self... it is, in fact, nothing at all resembling a free nation of free people...