Hors-Sens

Smoke and Mirrors

Two Ph.D’s and a Lawyer that I have heard speak in 2016 are all smoke and mirrors, or pure BS, whichever you prefer.  They attempt to show how the Constitution limits Federal land ownership and the goal is to prove the federal government can’t own and needs to dispose of its vast public lands in the West.  They use Article 1 – Section 8 – Paragraph 17 and Article 1 – Section 3 – Paragraph 2 to justify their beliefs.

Article 1 – Section 8 – Paragraph 17 does not limit the ownership of property by the Federal Government.  It gives the Federal Government Exclusive Legislation in all cases whatsoever and to allows property to be purchased from individual states in said manor.  Read it for yourself.

Article 1 – Section 8 – Paragraph 17:  To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards and other needful Buildings;-And

Article IV - Section 3 - Paragraph 2 allows and sets guidelines for the ownership of property by the Federal Government.  Again, read it for yourself.

Article IV - Section 3 - Paragraph 2:  The Congress shall have Power to dispose of and make all needful Rules and Regulations respecting the Territory or other Property belonging to the United States; and nothing in this Constitution shall be so construed as to Prejudice any Claims of the United States, or of any particular State.

The Constitution allows the federal government to own land, make the Rules and Regulations needed to govern it or to dispose of it. It also states, nothing in this Constitution shall be so construed as to Prejudice any Claims of the United States.

Why do these two Ph.D’s and a Lawyer take pages or hours to explain what our forefathers meant in their two simple paragraphs?   Our forefathers may have answered, “We were not trying to deceive you.”  It is plain simple without the B…, well you know. 

 




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