Never one to shy away from a fight, Texas Gov. Rick Perry weighed in on the ongoing battle between his state and the Bureau of Land Management Wednesday during a Fox News interview.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, a Republican who hopes to succeed Perry as governor, released a letter to the BLM earlier this week in which he decried the federal agency’s plan to seize about 90,000 acres of land across his state’s northern border.
Abbott declared that he is “ready to go to the Red River and raise a ‘Come and Take It’ flag to tell the feds to stay out of Texas.”
Perry explained that he seconded Abbott’s sentiment and expanded on his own views regarding an “out of control” federal government.
“It’s not a dare, it’s a promise,” Perry asserted, “that we’re going to stand up for private property rights in the state of Texas.”
For its part, the BLM is relying on a nearly 30 year old court case in which Texan Tommy Henderson lost 140 acres of his land when a judge determined it could be taken for public use. Now, the agency is declaring the huge swath of property along the Red River is actually federal land despite the fact it has been deeded to ranchers for generations.
Perry said that, if the case against Henderson could be used as a precedent for additional federal land grabs, the potential for government abuse extends much further.
“Is the federal government going to come back and say, ‘You know what, Mexico used to own the state of Texas so let’s have a conversation of where the rightful ownership of this is?’”
After the tense standoff at the Bundy Ranch and reports that BLM agents rounded up wild horses to have them slaughtered in Canada, it appears the bureau is trying to become the most unpopular federal agency around. Of course, with so many other outrageously overbearing government entities headquartered in D.C., this relatively minor player still has a long way to go to achieve that title.
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