by Jason DeWitt
The good people of America’s West have simply had it with the Bureau of Land Management and their heavy-handed tactics. They want their land back and they want the feds out.
Utah Sheriff Marty Gleave has been in office for nearly 25 years and has seen things go from bad to worse with the ‘land police’. The county he presides over, Piute County, has about 8,000 citizens living there, but the BLM controls 74% of the land.
That’s obscene. The Sheriff has always worked with the feds… they have been there when they needed them on federal cases. But by and large what the feds do, the Sheriff’s department already does. They don’t need or want them there. Gleave referred to the feds, particularly the Forest Service and BLM, as “mismanagement” of their pretended authority.
From Terresa Monroe-Hamilton of RW News:
A Utah sheriff has put out the word that he will not allow his county to be overrun by the unconstitutional Bureau of Land Managementand the US Forest Service, and has gone so far as to warn the BLM that he will “deputize everyone and arrest all federal agents” should they enter his county in a similar manner to that of those in Nevada and Oregon.
Sheriff Marty Gleave has been serving the county he is in as sheriff for nearly 25 years. According to Gleave, all he has seen is that things “get progressively worse and worse and worse with the so-called land police.”
Gleave serves Piute County, which is the second smallest county by population in Utah. However, following theprotests in Oregon, thearrests of many protesters at Bundy Ranch, including Cliven Bundy and the murder of LaVoy Finicum, Gleave addressed the Rural Caucus of the Utah State legislature on February 12, 2016.
At the center of a conflict in dispute between Sheriff Gleave and the US Forest Service is Gleave’s uncle Stanton Gleave, a longtime rancher in the county.
Sheriff Gleave points out that men can abuse their authority and used himself as an example to demonstrate that if he wanted to abuse the authority entrusted to him by the people, he could have people in jail every day. However, he knows that would be wrong and lawless.
Gleave said that he was not a fan of the militia showing up in his county because he had a militia, the people.
“We’re not taking no more cuts on the Mountain. I’ll deputize every man, woman and child in the county to stop what’s going on,” Sheriff Gleave concluded.
I think the Republican candidates should be asked bluntly if they are for the dismantling of unconstitutional agencies like the BLM, the Forest Service, the ATF, the DEA, the Department of Education and Homeland Security.
These agencies need to be dismantled. Land needs to be given back to the states and taken away from the government. State’s rights should always trump the fed’s authority. Good for this sheriff.