Many have praised President Donald Trump’s selection of Montana Congressman and former Navy SEAL Ryan Zinke as Secretary of the Department of Interior. In a recent interview with Breitbart, Zinke seems to sound very conservative as he puts forth his desire to restore trust to the Interior Department. However, the one thing that is always missing when you get into these interviews and discussions is the limitations of these people by the Constitution.
Charlie Spiering of Breitbart wrote of his interview with Secretary Zinke. According to Spiering, Zinke sees himself as the commander of an operation, and he is that, but is he going to be acting constitutionally? That is the main question.
“This is like assuming a giant command, where my focus up front is the field. My focus is the rangers and the land managers that are on the front line,” he said. “There’s a lot of frustration and dissatisfaction on the front line because they feel like they’re being micromanaged by Washington. They’re feeling like they have a lot of resources pulled back. From a military point of view, it’s the sergeant and the chief on the front line that win wars.”
As he looks forward to changing the face of the Interior Department for the next 100 years, Zinke channeled Teddy Roosevelt, a president who began the illegal land grabbing in the first place by the central government.
“We’re going to reorganize the Department of the Interior for the next 100 years,” he said.
The interview took place following Trump signing a bill that would roll back the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Planning 2.0 rule, which completely rules out any say so of the people to how the BLM operated.
Zinke claims the signing of the bill indicates that Trump will make good on his promises to restore trust in America.
“We’re going to do exactly what the president has promised the American people he would do,” he said. Zinke is tackling the idea of restoring power to local officials and shifting more power out of Washington. He explained that key component of that mission was restoring trust with the citizens of the United States.
“There is a lot of distrust with some of the heavy-handedness of the government; I would say arrogance,” he said.
Indeed, there is a lot of arrogance, especially when a BLM agent claims their authority supersedes the Constitution, and armed BLM agents and snipers seek to train their weapons on American who are peacefully protesting their lawless actions.
While Barack Hussein Obama Soetoro Sobarkah made some last minute land grabs out West, Zinke says that Trump is seeking ways to roll those back.
“I don’t think it’s in dispute whether he can modify a monument,” Zinke said, referring to the president. “The dispute is whether or not he can nullify it — still untested and unclear in the law.”
Seriously? The Constitution is clear about land that the central government may own. It’s extremely clear. If Trump is serious about this, then let him write an Executive Order that acknowledges the central government’s usurpation of power in grabbing land illegally. If a court wants to rule against him, then how about President Trump understand who has authority in the matter. It is not the Judicial Branch. Furthermore, I don’t think the Constitution gives authority to Congress to write legislation that allows for land grabbing for parks, wildlife refuges or other ridiculous purposes without the express consent of the state legislature.
In speaking of what took place at Bundy Ranch in 2014, Zinke said, “I would say the war is over with the new president and the administration,” he said. “We want to be the good neighbors.”
He claimed how the central government handled the Dakota Access Pipeline protest in February was how they could work well with local sheriffs to “enforce the law.”
“We want to see when we have a law enforcement problem, our first line of defense is the local sheriff,” he said.
Again, the issue is the Constitution. Where did DC get that authority concerning the land?
One thing that was mentioned in the article regarding the interview was this little tidbit:
According to Zinke, local Interior officials should be embedded in the local communities, serving as advocates for the people, rather than just the enforcers on the ground.
“That’s a cultural shift, which I think is absolutely critical to the success of this organization long term,” he said.
Embed central government employees to advocate for the people? Or did he mean condition the people? This is wrong on so many levels.
The people have the right to advocate for themselves, Mr. Zinke. It’s protected under the First Amendment. We don’t need government agents doing that for us. We have elected representatives for that. Didn’t you take an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution as a Navy SEAL? What does the Constitution say about land that DC can control? Here, let me help you. It’s pretty simple.
The Constitution is clear about what land the federal government may possess and for what purposes. Article IV, Section 3, Clause 2 of the US Constitution states:
The Congress shall have Power to dispose of and make all needful Rules and Regulations respecting the Territory or other Property belonging to the United States….”
However, that power is limited immensely in Article I, Section 8, Clause 17 about federal control of land.
To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over suchDistrict (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of Particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings– (Emphasis added).
If you want to follow an administration, go ahead, but don’t think you are following the Constitution. Make no mistake, the war is not over. DC continues to violate the Constitution at will and no justice is brought upon those that break the law. Until there is justice, the war will continue.