Okay, for you city folk, listen up. You need to pay a little attention to what is going on beyond your suburban borders. I know. You think anything important happens in cities. Well there's a lot of land out there, and a movement which just sees itself as having won a big victory by using force.
The ones who are crowing over this 'victory' want no federal government-- except maybe the military. Never you mind how they get the freeways they used to travel to the confrontation or the one they blocked as a show of force. Logic is not a factor. Read their comments. They consider this a victory over Obama (though he had no connection to this) and one for the little guy who of course, as usual is NOT a little guy.
This guy wasn't the first to do this but might turn out to be the most successful in challenging the right of management on federal lands. There have always been those who wanted no public lands
The Sagebrush Rebellion got its name back in 60s. Some have thought it was no longer active; but if they paid attention to the talk and signs in many areas of the Plains and Mountain West, they would know it had gone nowhere. It is still active and filled with resentment. The people who support it think those who do not don't know how to work up a sweat.
In this movement, some want the states (which they consider easier for them to control) to manage all federal lands within their borders. Others, like the man in the above link, claim it should be theirs because they live nearest it.
Regulation on use of the land? You have to be kidding! Regulations are communist plots, designed by environmental wackos and promoted by city folk who do not know how to work.
I should add during a drought, they are the first ones to blame the government for not enough canals to get them water from somewhere else.
So here is this big rancher north of Las Vegas in the Virgin River country and he's been grazing his cattle on the federal lands for twenty years and paying nothing. He competes to sell those beef with those like us who not only own our own land for all grazing but pay someone else to lease any extra land we use. Pay for it? How unAmerican by the Sagebrush Rebellion thinking. Besides when he sells his beef and he didn't have to buy hay or lease land, he has more profit and isn't profit what it's all about-- for some.
Into this morass, causing the whole thing to rise again as an issue, stepped the klutzy BLM with a cattle round-up from which they just had to back down thanks to the guns of cowboys and militia bunches. Too dangerous BLM authorities said as they even gave back the cattle they'd rounded up. Idiots! You do not start something you cannot finish and earn respect by cowboys or any rural living folks. Backing down handed a big victory to the we hate order movement. The chortling can be heard all across the West with AR-15 owners leading the howling. And I'd bet those cowboys who had worked to round up the trespassing cattle are taking a lot of antacid about now.
So if the country is going to just let Americans have the 650 million acres of federally owned land, why should it all go to someone like this cattle rancher? You know some would want it to go to the highest bidders which means Koch brothers and their ilk. Instead, to be fair, how about we divide up-- out of federal hands and into ours as individuals.
Exactly how much land will that be? Well we have to take out of the mix the military lands for training and forts-- 19 million acres. Most would say take out the national parks like the Grand Canyon which would take 83 million out. 55 million for the Indian reservations But that still leaves a tidy amount for us to all own... 500 million acres. Let's see, there are 313 million of us. That divides down to what a little over 1 1/3 acres each.
Of course, you have to keep in mind a lot of that land is nothing but sagebrush, rock and sand. Some includes mountains that are too steep to walk on let alone live. A lottery could determine who gets what. Americans love lotteries.
So then that rancher in Nevada could work out a lease deal with his new neighbors, all 25,000 of them or however many ended up owning that land he's been taking for free. That's fair, dontchathink?