as you might have Heard and if you don't know history at all, you might have been angry about, Obama did something amazing and make a large area of federal owned land protected.
Now you get terrorists like the Bundy's who took over a wildlife refuge because they think they have rights to it. THEY DO NOT! THIS IS NOT THEIR LAND, IT'S ALL OF OURS, LITERALLY!
Now lets go back to the Mexican American war and what we gained
See now all that land in the southwest was initially owned by the government, the whole damn thing. Now in 1862 Abe Lincoln passed the homestead act which LITERALLY GAVE YOU A HUGE CHUNK OF LAND FOR FREE AS LONG AS YOU SETTLED IT.
The government wanted it settled so they gave you 160 acres land, you paid a tiny fee and if you settled it in five years it was yours, the Enlarged Homestead Act, was passed in 1909 and doubled the allotted acreage from 160 to 320 acres. Another amended act, the national Stock-Raising Homestead Act, was passed in 1916 and again increased the land involved, this time to 640 acres.
We gave away so much land and we sold even more. The massive amounts of land that are left were deemed absolutely worthless by everyone and in 1976 it all ended with the passage of the Bureau of Land management, the land was not being sold anymore and no one wanted it anyway.
Now lets get to what is happening
See these days that is public land
That is over 600 million acres that every American has access to. You can Hunt, Fish, Hike, Camp, and enjoy the great outdoors.
Now then you get Cliven Bundy, He is a Rancher and had to pay for Grazing Rights for his cattle and hasn't kept up in 20 years. He gives people like my Great Uncle an honorable and good man who owns a Cattle ranch in Northern Washington state, about 20 miles from the Canadian Border a bad name. My great uncle loves public land, he pays his grazing rights, and he supports the environment.
Cliven Bundy and his ilk want to take it all away from you and me.
And he thinks that this land is his. He and his ancestors thought the land was worthless, then they got greedy and now they want to steal it from you and me.
If he got his way, you couldn't hike on that land anymore, you could camp there, you couldn't Hunt there, you could enjoy those outdoors.
CLIVEN BUNDY AND HIS ILK ARE STEALING FROM ALL OF US, EVERY American HAS A RIGHT TO THAT LAND. HE DOES NOT AND OBAMA JUST PROTECTED 1.6 MILLION ACRES FROM PEOPLE LIKE HIM.
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Yea I don't know much about history or this topic in general but it seems like a good thing to be protecting land. That's all the NODAPL people are fighting for. Everyone should protect our land, not just the NAs.