Wait, So I’m Allowed to Steal A TV Then, Right?

Federal land grabs. If you live out west you know all about them. No matter how they are disguised or by what organization they are sanctioned a land grab is legalized theft.

Out in Montana this is a clear and present danger. The Federal Government (or some subsidiaries thereof : ie. The House Natural Resources Committee) are trying to pass HR 5101 or “Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act of 2010″. This is the first in a line of bills (which they hope to pass in quick succession) to culminate in the Y2Y (Yellowstone to Yukon) a transcontinental wildlife conservation corridor. Now this all sounds fine and noble. But what is under the surface of this initiative?

Y2Y would in affect take huge tracts of privately owned land and turn it into a wildlife preserve, making it impossible for the farmers and landowners to do anything with their land but sit on it until they have it bought out from under them by an environmental protection group.  If this bill were passed it would take 2.5 million acres of Montanan land and turn them into wildlife preserves, with a possible 8.5 million to follow.

This is the worst kind of theft and violation of personal property rights. When theft is disguised as a righteous crusade to save the planet, and becomes federally mandated, legalized and supported by the public, something is wrong. You can bet the public wouldn’t support this bill if it involved their front yard, not to mention their livelihood.

Y2Y is a poison. A cancer that would spread and cover the entire west and more if allowed to go unchecked. This bill and others like it should be taken very seriously by us as Americans, and we should do all we can to stop them from being passed into law.

And again, these are not righteous crusaders out for animal rights. They are the worst kind of power hungry thieves. A land grab is nothing more than a show of power and outright theft.

Tom DeWeese
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Tom DeWeese is one of the nation’s leading advocates of individual liberty, free enterprise, private property rights, personal privacy, back-to-basics education and American sovereignty and independence.