Not to point the blame at one individual, but as and example, I would like to look back to the Clinton Administration. With one stroke of his mighty pen he created the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. It was done under the guise of the Antiquities acts. His motive was the protection of the wilderness.
Bit by bit the state of Utah has been snatched up by the Federal Government. LaVar Christensen has a great piece on this history. Some claim it as protecting the environment. Some claim that the land serves a great good to the public be being public land.
I don’t necessarily disagree that it serves us better as public land. However, I completely disagree that it is the Federal Government that should protect it. In fact, I believe that it is unconstitutional.
I love playing in Utah’s backyard. I love the beautiful mountains. I enjoy playing in the red rock country. I relax in our many lakes. I would fish in our many rivers, but it is a skill I have yet to accomplish. It is frustrating to know that because of the federal control over these areas, I have less freedom to enjoy it they way I want. We need to fight this control. Not just because of the right to play, but also for the sovereignty that is due our state by the constitution.
This taking of Utah’s land (more that 65% of the state is federal land) hurts Utah. It reduces our freedom; it reduces our property; it reduces our rights; it reduces the land we can play on; it reduces the land that we can own; it reduces our state’s tax revenues; it diminishes our sovereignty as a state. And we must fight to take our land back.
That’s why I would love to attend the Parade and Rally that is going on tomorrow. Unfortunately, I can’t. I have two family obligations that will keep me from attending any of it. But I will be there in spirit. If you can make it to any part of this, please think of me. Please consider that there is at least one other person there in spirit.
This rally can bring about great change. I hope that the Take Back Utah Organization will work with the Patrick Henry Caucus to legal claim our lands back to where they belong. They belong in the hands of either the citizens or the state. The people who use this land should have a say in how it is control. I agree that we need to Take Back Utah.