For those unfamiliar with the Hammonds, here is a quick catch up. A family that has had a ranch in Oregon for over a century began experiencing encroachment upon their ranch going back to Theodore Roosevelt and escalating into the modern day when their water access and easements have been arbitrarily removed without any sort of due process. They have time and time again been persecuted by a massive federal bureaucracy and now, for no crime committed whatsoever, and out of what is pure spite, the federal government is putting good old fashioned family men in prison well past any sense of what is called for possibly killing one and breaking up families and having children raised without a father for the next half decade. This is also be a source of huge financial burden not only in the sense of missed work time but also in the form in massive fines equaling in the near half million to be paid out for no damage to any land whatsoever. To make this subject make the blood boil even greater, the family was forced as part of their conviction to allow the state to have a “right-of-first-refusal” which means that the Hammonds will be required to sell their ranch to the state if ever the time comes that they are going to sell it giving the BLM even further incentive to run these poor souls off of their family estate.
Now, as to why we are all guilty.
Mandatory Minimum Sentences
This is where I SCREAM at conservatives. Not too long ago, liberal judges started letting violent criminals off Scot Free for heiness crimes they had been convicted of. This of course got conservatives all fired up and so the conservatives responded to these liberal judges by showing them and putting in stiff mandatory minimum sentences for often times ridicules crimes like smoking weed. Mandatory minimum sentences are a glaring EVIL. They are and always were meant for this exact scenario. To get a rancher to plead guilty of doing a controlled burn and then bring in a federal prosecutor to use that same confession to slam dunk convict that same rancher of what . . . terrorism! The great conservative evil, terrorism; the word that makes conservatives throw their rights onto the ground and plead for protection. And so yes, a rancher, who did no wrong, is double jeopardied into a second conviction for a confession made in a plea deal and because of the conservative judicial baby, mandatory minimum sentences, two great men will spend a collective ten years locked in a cage treated as brutally as if they were murderers and rapists.
Armed Federal Agencies
This is where I yell at liberals or rather democrats. Liberals, with all their love of big huge government, have happily allowed otherwise benign federal agencies to become literal armies. In 1997 congressman Ron Paul passionately explained on the House floor that arming agencies such as the BLM would have horrible consequences to the very core and fiber of our country. How true has this become as rancher after rancher has literally been run off their farms at the barrel of a BLM gun. Now the BLM is making unprecedented moves to confiscate, by government fiat, private property from estates that have been always private, not by imminent domain with fair compensation, but by force and fiat. Big government is the real terror, not ranchers and farmers standing up and fighting for their life, liberty, religion, and their livelihood along with their duly acknowledged estate.
This is where I yell at local governments. Corrupt state senators have definitely been a huge problem. Recently, the state of Arizona almost, and I mean almost, passed a law to make it illegal for the national government to gain any additional real estate within the boundaries of the sovereign republic. A corrupt state official who is a Republican in name only found a parliamentary way to block it from being passed. This is a no brainer law to be passed by the different states. When a BLM army shows up to very unlawfully acquire a citizens protected property, the local sheriff, the state police and even the local militia all have the moral high ground in upholding the state law that says that this cannot happen. The states need to unite and stand like Utah and get their land back from the federal government. Even national parks should be redesignated as State parks. If states want to preserve scenic vistas then that will be the will of the people and not the federal bureaucracy.
The Faux War on Terror
This is where I yell at the elites. By this point it is very apparent that there is a very fake and a very scary and life and liberty threatening illegal and undeclared war on terror. This needs to end. We need to simply become allies with Iran and Syria, to defund and strangle out the rest of Al Queda and ISIS and to end it. I bring up the war on terror because now, when good righteous men who are well spoken and have a great message do a pretty minor protest, they are labeled as domestic terrorist. This is a very dangerous precedent to allow and too many of us are using this rhetoric. No more, there is no such thing as a man standing up against the uniform of the state, who is doing no harm to his fellow man, to be labeled as a terrorist. A terrorist has no right, they are allowed to be tortured, assassinated, droned, indefinitely detained and now even worse, having their families hunted down and killed. This must end, or we will see our Republic disappear like sand in the wind.
This is where I yell at our ancestors. I guess the unconstitutional land grabs did happen during the great depression and great wars but man were they ever bamboozled by the homesteading acts. For 80 years the states allowed the federal tier to own and sell and control the land because they were feeding the people out of the palm of their hands giving hard working Americans deeds if the right conditions were met. This should never, ever have been allowed, it has always been and still is against the Constitution of our country. The Constitution of the USA is explicit in limiting the actual land territory that can belong to the Federal government. It explicitly states that it can have a 10 square mile district and enough land to have buildings, bases, prisons, etc. It definitely limits the ownership of vast stretches of land to the states and the people. This makes sense as the lower tiers of government will be much more efficient and have much greater incentives to manage land in their own backyard. The second 400 million acres of land were claimed by the federal government, supreme court case after supreme court case should have hammered away at the corrupt and power grabbing federal government. This should never have been allowed to happen. The western united states is vast, filled with resources and space and lots and lots of citizens would benefit to the either the control of the state government getting the land or of the selling of public land to the citizens allowing for a new generation of homesteading and land access.
Courage to be Free
Enough. No more long prison sentences for non-violent individuals. No more listening to corporate talkers telling you what to think paid for by evil men conspiring to overthrow our nation. Conspiring, right out in the open, with groups that are well known and established and published to overthrow us. We have the UN, the world bank, the federal reserve, the entire Democratic party, banks, think tanks all seeking to overthrow us and yet, we are afraid of God forbid being called a conspiracy theorist. Enough. We all stand up, together, or we all go to political detention centers just like the Hammonds are headed to right now. I am yelling at all of us for letting the state actively do what they are doing, we can stop it, at the local level, at the state level, at the national level and at the grassroots level. Let us all commit to the constitution and the republic and not be scared by fake rhetoric and misinformation.