The BLM apparently hasn’t learned its lesson about Americans refusing to stand down from defending their rights. Just as the militia swarmed into Nevada to defend Clive Bundy, the Texas lieutenant governor is sending a strong message to the feds that you don’t mess with Texas.
From Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst’s official website:
“The federal government’s history of arrogant overreach is approaching a new low with the Bureau of Land Management’s threat to confiscate up to 90,000 acres of Texas land,” said Dewhurst. “This outrageous, illegal act makes my blood boil as it should for every Texan who believes in the sanctity of private land ownership.”
The BLM is claiming that the property rights that Texas has in the lands in question never existed. Typical.
At issue still is the definition of the boundary as the southern vegetation line, which shifts as the river’s course changes over time. According to Dewhurst, it is illogical to argue the boundary between Texas and Oklahoma, the southern vegetation line, can move south as the river’s course changes, but can never move northward. Unfortunately, the BLM, with a heavy hand characteristic of the federal government, has argued that deeds and patents to some 90,000 acres were awarded at a time the State of Texas had no legal right to do so.
Dewhurst immediately called out this abuse of power by the feds and called for a lawsuit against them for this egregious violation of state sovereignty and property rights, noting that the BLM has done it before:
“This is a federal land-grab, pure and simple and the BLM has done it before, some 30 years ago when they took 140 acres from Tommy Henderson, a proud Texas landowner,” said Dewhurst. “Taking private property away from Texas families, who in some cases have paid taxes on the property for over 100 years since they assumed ownership from the State of Texas, is entirely unacceptable.”
Dewhurst called on Texas Attorney General to file suit against the Federal Bureau of Land Management to stop the illegal taking of Texas lands.
I’m afraid to even discuss what might happen if you push Texas too far… They say “don’t mess with Texas” for a reason. They’re going to defend their rights with any means necessary if push comes to shove. The BLM better wise up, lest we have another Bundy ranch situation on our hands.