I don’t see where in our constitution it gives the Federal government the right to own land.
The tenth amendment does say that “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
Reagan did bring about a revolution of looking at the constitution and defending it. The battle continues on today.
Ronald Reagan was campaigning in Utah in 1980 when he offered an unusual pitch to the state’s voters: “Count me in as a rebel.”
A weird argument for a candidate for the presidency, but in that place at that time, it was good politics. Utah was one of six states at that point that had passed legislation aimed at nullifying federal ownership of land within the state’s boundaries. As we noted Monday, while explaining the takeover of a federal building by armed activists in Oregon, large percentages of land in the West are still owned by the federal government, including more than half of Utah.