August 26, 2019

Does LePage Still Have Life in His Back-In-Your-Face Reversion Bill?

It was my understanding, eight days ago, that Maine Gov. Paul LePage’s bill proposal, designed to prevent any president seeking to establish a “national monument” in Maine, was dead in the water.

According to a news release from the Maine Heritage Policy Center, LD 1600 still has some teeth…sort of. The Maine Senate narrowly passed the bill, 18-17, the meat of which says: “These deeds and conveyances or title 17 papers must contain a covenant requiring that all right, title and interest in the property 18 revert to the grantor if the United States attempts to designate this property a national 19 monument pursuant to 54 United States Code, Section 320301 (2015).”

This bill now heads back to the House for a final vote.

As I wrote before, if this passes, it will be interesting to see how this will wend it’s way through state and federal courts.

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Gov. LePage’s Attempt to Block Quimby “Monument” Ends in Fluff With No Puff

Some used to think we lived in a democracy, of which they also considered a good thing. No longer and it was never good and only slightly better than an oligarchy, dictatorship, etc. It is quite clear from events in Maine that the people aren’t interested in another useless national park, one that, if established, would not be taken care of, because the U.S. Government can’t take care of what they have now. But, I guess that’s neither here nor there in this day and age of uncontrolled totalitarianism, and the forcing of the wills of those in power onto those that should be called subjects.

Due to the opposition of many Maine residents to a national park near Baxter State Park, by the wishes of the land owner, Roxanne Quimby, efforts for a park, which requires a vote in Congress, have become efforts to convince the current oligarchical president, Obama, to use his executive “privilege” and, while closing his eyes, to the unappealing-in-any-way land, grant it as a National Monument. It matters not whether the proposed monument land has all the qualifications for a monument designation. It’s about politics. Well, isn’t it?

Maine’s governor Paul LePage is opposed to Federal intrusion, which is what a park or monument would do, and has sought some kind of legislation that might prohibit either action. His latest attempt was to craft some sort of law that would force ownership of the land back to the original owner if that land was purchased or given to the U.S. Government and designated as a park or monument. Those of us with curious minds would have loved to see how that would have worked out.

The Maine Governor’s huffing and puffing, ended benignly, when his proposed bill, LD 1600, was amended to read that the State of Maine doesn’t wish to have another national park or a national monument. Here’s how the summary read: “This amendment is the minority report of the committee. It removes the requirement for a reverter clause in a deed and conveyance or title papers in the event that land is given by the State to the Federal Government and the Federal Government attempts to designate such land a national monument. It adds language specifying that, in the case of designation of property as a national monument, the consent of the Legislature is not given to the Federal Government for the acquisition of land.”

In an article in the Portland Press Herald, it states: “Bill opponents questioned whether the measure would violate private property rights or violate the U.S. Constitution.” What property rights? The only property rights that exist individually are those we are allowed to have, i.e. the right to pay the king his tribute for using the land. Once the king decides there are other uses, those granted privileges are taken away.

We know that whatever the president does or whatever the Congress does, nothing is unconstitutional. We must learn to get over this myth. Article I, Section 8 of the United States Constitution says, in part: “To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by the Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.”

For those unaware of Section 8, it is a long laundry list of the Powers granted unto Congress with the establishment of the U.S. Constitution. The above clause becomes the “general article,” similar to the Uniform Code of Military Justice’s Article 134. For less studious minds, it’s similar to the “Coaches Rule” which reads: Rule one, the coach is always right. Rule two, refer to rule one.

The short of it is, Congress can do anything it damn well pleases because when they signed the Constitution (the people had nothing to say about it) they granted themselves a general article in which they can “make all Laws which are necessary and proper.” And don’t think for one minute that you or I have any say in what is “necessary and proper.” We all laughed when a reporter asked Nancy Pelosi, then Speaker of the House, if Obamacare was “constitutional” and her response was, “You gotta be kidding me.” She knew, we didn’t and can’t figure it out…yet.

Here’s the reality. If Roxanne Quimby is well-connected enough with Barack Obama, at the least she will get her national monument. Forget whether or not the president has certain powers. Those who can see should know by now the president is allowed, by Congress, to do just as he damn well pleases. And, we should know now that Congress has the power to do what it wishes. Maine, not a “sovereign” state as most falsely are led to believe, cannot stop any action the president or Congress decides to do. We gave up that sovereignty when we signed onto the United States Corporation contract.

What will happen with Ms. Quimby’s land actually depends upon how beholding Obama is to Quimby – how much money and support she has given Obama and whether or not her actions deserve his actions. That’s how the corrupt government works – always has and always will. But in our programmed insanity, we keep convincing ourselves the next election will change things. Uh, huh!

While the Maine governor, residents and legislators get their undies in a bunch over trying to stop Roxanne Quimby, the best that they can do is waste taxpayer’s money by drafting, amending, discussing and passing a bill that is nothing more than a resolution stating that a weak majority of House members don’t want Quimby’s park or monument.

It’s much akin to the large pit bull ordered to sic a man who was being a bully. The pit bull ran after the man, cornered him and began barking (in a soft feminine voice) bowsy-wowsy, bowsy-wowsy.

Fluff with no Puff!

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