April 23rd, 2014

Texas AG Abbott To BLM: ‘Come And Take It’

Red River

The West seems to be in revolt against the BLM, and its high-handed, unlawful actions. First there was the Bundy Ranch, and now the  Red River,  both instances of the BLM over-reaching its legal authority. Out in the West, folks are getting mighty upset, as well they should. We have a government that ignores the Constitution, which just happens to be the Supreme Law of the Land, though Government Bureaucrats and politicians like to conveniently forget that fact. We the People are finally standing up and saying, “No. You have gone too far. We have had enough.” – Shorty Dawkins, Associate Editor

This article comes from Breitbart.com.

“I am about ready,” Attorney General Abbott told Breitbart Texas, “to go to the Red River and raise a ‘Come and Take It’ flag to tell the feds to stay out of Texas.”

Gen. Abbott sent a strongly-worded letter to BLM Director Neil Kornze, asking for answers to a series of questions related to the potential land grab.

“I am deeply concerned about the notion that the Bureau of Land Management believes the federal government has the authority to swoop in and take land that has been owned and cultivated by Texas landowners for generations,” General Abbott wrote. “The BLM’s newly asserted claims to land along the Red River threaten to upset long-settled private property rights and undermine fundamental principles—including the rule of law—that form the foundation of our democracy. Yet, the BLM has failed to disclose either its full intentions or the legal justification for its proposed actions. Decisions of this magnitude must not be made inside a bureaucratic black box.”

In an exclusive interview with Breitbart Texas, General Abbott said, “This is the latest line of attack by the Obama Administration where it seems like they have a complete disregard for the rule of law in this country …And now they’ve crossed the line quite literally by coming into the State of Texas and trying to claim Texas land as federal land. And, as the Attorney General of Texas I am not going to allow this.”

Abbott challenged the BLM director directly stating in his letter, “Nearly a century ago, the U.S. Supreme Court determined that the gradient line of the south bank of the Red River—subject to the doctrines of accretion and avulsion—was the boundary between Texas and Oklahoma. Oklahoma v. Texas, 260 U.S. 606 (1923). More recently, in 1994, the BLM stated that the Red River area was “[a] unique situation” and stated that ‘[t]he area itself cannot be defined until action by the U.S. Congress establishes the permanent state boundary between Oklahoma and Texas.’  Further, the BLM determined that one possible scenario was legislation that established the ‘south geologic cut bank as the boundary,’ which could have resulted ‘in up to 90,000 acres’ of newly delineated federal land.  But no such legislation was ever enacted.”

As to what kind of standoff might Texas might be facing with the BLM on this matter, Abbott said, “I think that we should be able to resolve this from a legal standpoint because, I believe, what the BLM is doing clearly violates the law. They don’t have any legal standing whatsoever to do this and that’s why I have issued this letter today.”

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9 Responses to “Texas AG Abbott To BLM: ‘Come And Take It’”

  1. 1
    Chris Says:

    Gotta Love Texas.

  2. 2
    FormerWAC Says:

    You betcha, Chris! I’m an Okie, but love Texas as well, it’s my second home! You don’t mess with Texas, cause Oklahoma will stand with them!

  3. 3
    LARRY HALL Says:

    Finally, someone in a government office taking up for we the people

  4. 4
    Chris F. Says:

    Oh no two Chris’s here, no problem I’ll go by Chris F. form now on.

    Glad to see this posted.

    I have had a few experiences with the BLM not only with my property which I no longer own, but with the community and Natural gas in Wyoming, some of the things they pulled up there.

    The problem is we the people do not communicate and so it is not known the extent, Ranchers are not known for their blogging abilities……

  5. 5
    Charlie G. Says:

    So, is this the feint or was the Bundy ranch the feint ? Gotta keep an eye on both hands. Divide and conquer ?

    If the Bundy Ranch was the test case to gauge a response I am guessing that the FEDS were not happy. Certainly any response from the Texas / Oklahoma border would have to be an order of magnitude larger

  6. 6
    Greg Says:

    Atty General Greg Abbott should replace Eric Holder… Print up those “Come and Get It” signs with your campaign donation web address and I will vote for you and Governor Rick Perry all the way to Washington!

  7. 7
    Tom Says:

    I need solid help, want to contact a local unit
    I feel the need to help

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    Joe Berry Says:

    I am with ya Texas they had better stop this tyrannical behavior and go by the constitiution or there will be hell to pay

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    Tim Says:

    I warned the folks at work…If I don’t show up, I am probably on my way to the Red River with my M1A!

    The Fed have got to know we will not put up with a land grab. It will get very ugly, very fast.

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