Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript – In this one rare instance here, we all remain republicans but we can maybe claim that we’re Republicans now. A shocker of all shockers that Speaker John Boehner has not folded the tent, which I must say I am cheerfully impressed by. I don’t hold out any hope that he’s actually going to hold the line, but he certainly is not giving into the demands, the illicit and I think ridiculous demands of, number one, the president, who doesn’t have any say-so in it. Check out today’s transcript for the rest…
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Mike: Two things. First of all, I went to the U.S. Department of the Interior. I was going to do a little due diligence on the Park Service and when it began its reign of tyranny. I found this: “Because of the federal government shutdown, all national parks are closed and National Park Service webpages are not operating. Then it forwards you to the Department of the Interior site, which has some kind of information on it. I was only doing this because I was curious to see what I could find out. I know the National Park Act of 1933 was when most of the damage was done for the establishment of these things called national parks. I’m still trying to find a constitutional justification for that.
The national government can own land. This is spelled out in the Constitution. Let me give you an example: the Louisiana Territory. The difference between then and now, though, is that in Jefferson’s view, after the Louisiana Purchase, they purchased it from the French to stop the English and Spanish from getting it. Louisiana, which went all the way from the Gulf of Mexico to the Canadian border, those people were free to govern themselves. The Jefferson administration made no claim on the land. As a matter of fact, when Louisiana came around to the idea of joining the union and forming a state, which I currently reside in today, the process was prescribed by the Constitution.
President Jefferson, and then President Madison who ultimately would have been president when Louisiana was admitted on 20 April 1812, when the constitution of this state was being drawn up, it was drawn up without any interference, without any edict being issued from the Feds. No claim was made to any of the property. As a matter of fact, the State of Louisiana, in its first constitution, which was approved by Congress and we were admitted in April of 1812, the first constitution specified that our territory extended three leagues out into the Gulf of Mexico, including all the islands. That means about ten miles from the coastline at the time, which would have been, by the bye, about 30 miles south of where it is today. Thanks to erosion, much of that has been reclaimed by the gulf.
The Feds made no claim, so how did this national park idea come around? Under what authority did they, for example, confiscate the Mosquito Lagoon off the coast of central Florida? On what authority did they confiscate Yosemite and Yellowstone? They’re even telling people you can’t go see the Grand Canyon. Arizonans are saying: We might not be able to go in your silly little park, but we can go see it. No, they closed the highway down. Most recently, tourists are being denied access to all these parks with yellow cones barring their entry into places like the Badlands. Civil disobedience is happening out there. Tourists are going through the cones. I want to play you this clip.
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