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GOP Supports Restoring Western States Land

Clair’s been active in this area for years and done several programs and events on the issue as well, the GOP has now put the issue in the platform so maybe we’ll get the States East of the Mississippi to join the Western States in the effort to restore all Our Lands to All Western States and stop the Poor Payments from the PILT Program.

Republican National Committee Counsel’s Office;


WHEREAS, The federal government promised all newly created states – in their statehood enabling contracts – that it would transfer title to the public lands;

WHEREAS, This promise to transfer title to the public lands is the same for all states east and west of Colorado;

WHEREAS, The federal government honored this promise with Hawaii and all states east of Colorado and today controls on average less than 5% of the lands in those states;

WHEREAS, The federal government has failed to honor this same promise with MT, WY, CO, NM, AZ, UT, ID, NV, WA, OR, CA and AK and today still controls more than 50% of all lands in these states (more than 80% of the state of Nevada);

WHEREAS, The Supreme Court of the United States declared these enabling act contracts to be “solemn compacts” with enforceable rights and obligations on both sides;

WHEREAS, In 1976 the United States Congress ended its nearly two hundred year public policy of beneficially transferring ownership of public lands by passing the Federal Land Policy Management Act (FLPMA);

WHEREAS, After the passage of FLPMA our public lands are instead being managed perpetually for their conservation value;

WHEREAS, Public lands previously held in trust for the individual states were managed for their resource value prior to the passage of FLPMA;

WHEREAS, Local state and national economies are all being adversely impacted by the loss of use of the natural resources thus being managed;

WHEREAS, Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT), Secure Rural Schools (SRS), and other public Off sets are financially inadequate, have been unreliably funded and do not adequately compensate the States for the breach of their Enabling Acts;

WHEREAS, The U.S. Supreme Court case Hawaii v. Office of Hawaiian Affairs speaks to the proposition that Congress cannot by subsequent, unilateral action alter or diminish the rights conferred upon a state in consequence of its admission to the Union;

WHEREAS, Under the guise of “sequestration” to cut federal expenses, the federal government is cutting western states’ revenues in the form of PILT, SRS and FML (Federal Mineral Lease) cutbacks;For More Info on this: Read More

Our US Constitution gives US Sovereignty over our government, however with the Federal Governments out of control Budgets that in a short time will be larger than that of the Private Sector which will in time give the Government total Sovereignty over US. They’re using the election process, that was put in place to prevent this from happening, by giving them ability to control the outcome of our elections with the benefits they give those who are dependent on government against those outside of government who are depending on themselves to stay independent of government hand outs which end in Government control.

This is more threatening to US than any enemy outside of our country’s borders, we must address this issue brought about by all in Office who’ve voted for what seem to be out of control spending, when in fact it’s perfectly controlled by those in office. Our Elected officials continue the march to larger deficits and government in the name of National Defense or Social Justice, which they call compromise but in reality for some is Surrender and for others it’s just plain old Socialism with a New Bright Face called Social Justice using the Entitled Class to bring about the downfall of Our Republic. The above was adopted by the Republican National Committee on January 24,2014. 

On my part there’s only one solution to this danger and that’s to remove any and all who’ve voted for Deficit Spending, Larger Government, meaning more Departments, Agencies, Laws and Regulations most of which are Un Constitutional. I ask all to take part at all levels in the upcoming election cycles, as this is our opportunity to stop those in office from completing the Take Over of Our Republic, so join those of US who won’t surrender or settle for anymore Compromises of Our God Granted Constitutional Rights and vote them out.

In Closing: Election Cycles are Critical for the Nation as to whether we sink deeper into a Socialistic Nation or Restore Ourselves to a True Republic form of Government. The choices are clear, never support anyone who votes against or compromises the US Constitution and Our Freedoms and believe that’s actually what most of us are hoping for and the GOP Power Brokers are afraid of: (Time to Drain All Political Swamps).  

God Bless You All; Clair Van Steenwyk

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