This has the potential to be monumentally huge (no pun intended). President Trump stands poised to take on the Federal Government’s right of ownership over public land, including the National Monuments act of 1906.
I have blogged on this subject in the past but really felt that I was merely blowing against the wind, taking a position that no one else would seriously consider. I approached the subject from the standpoint of a strict constructionist after searching the United States Constitution for any mention of federal land ownership apart from that detailed in the Enumerated Powers, Article 1, Section 8, Clause 17.
Although land usage authority is mentioned in other places, nowhere is the government given authority to acquire any land that expands on the above mentioned article, section and clause.
Even Thomas Jefferson admitted that he overstepped his constitutional bounds with the Louisiana Purchase but did so “for the good of the country.”
And now President Donald J. Trump is indicating that he will enter into this fray and I could not be more pleased. Mr. Trump, carry a pocket sized copy of the constitution with you and when detractors ask why answer, “it’s not only the law of the land, it’s the right thing to do.”
It would not be possible to undo everything done in contravention to this section of the constitution, France will not be reclaiming most of Middle America, but it might be possible to drastically reduce the size of the Federal overreach.