Welcome to the Colony of Nevada

sov·er·eign·ty  (svr-n-t, svrn-)

n. pl. sov·er·eign·ties

1. Supremacy of authority or rule as exercised by a sovereign or sovereign state.
2. Royal rank, authority, or power.
3. Complete independence and self-government.
4. A territory existing as an independent state.

In 1864 Nevada became the 36th state of these United States, right? It is in all the history books.

Well, not quite. You see only 15 percent of Nevada became a state. The rest is a colony of London on the Potomac, ruled by whim and caprice under a Parliament of Fools and King Barack. The residents of the state have no say, no sway, no power over 85 percent of the land within the state’s putative sovereign boundaries. That land is under the control of an array of appointive federal governors — the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service, primarily — who rule with impunity and without challenge.

The latest evidence of the validity of this observation comes courtesy of the Lincoln County Record. Sorry, you’ll have to drive to Lincoln County and shell out 50 cents to read the story by senior staff writer Dave Maxwell.

Maxwell reports in the Feb. 1-7 edition that the Bureau of Land Management’s Caliente Field Office manager Victoria Barr has canceled the 20th annual off-road race put on by Southern Nevada Off Road Enthusiasts — SNORE for short.

Race Director Ken Freeman was quoted by the newspaper as saying the race was canceled because a certain section of the race course had not been graded, though race planners did not intend to use that section this year due to erosion during the winter. He also said the BLM initially told the County Commission that area had been properly graded, but changed their story two weeks later.

Barr said the permit was denied because restoration work required after last year’s race had not been completed.

“I am very disappointed in the field office,” Freeman was quoted as saying. “I feel they are biased and prejudice towards our group doing events there, even so much as changing the rules on us during an event. Other groups are not even bothered, but we have to have a different set of rules to play by.”

He also complained the Caliente office charges SNORE $50,000 to $60,000 for permission to conduct the race though the Las Vegas office charges only $12,000.

A SNORE race in Nye County was canceled this past year because BLM demanded a fee of $47,000.

So, who can the SNORE fans appeal to? The City Council? No. The County Commission? No. The governor? No. The state Legislature? No.

SNORE’s only suggestion was for people to write the state’s two U.S. senators, two out of 100, in far off London on the Potomac for supplication.

The point is that permission to use “public” land in Nevada can be denied for any reason or no reason by bureaucrats who owe allegiance and their paychecks to federal bureaucrats in far off Washington and not anyone with state or local authority.

SNORE officials estimate the decision will deprive Lincoln County of about $4 million in economic impact the race had generated annually.

Welcome to the Colony of Nevada.

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14 comments on “Welcome to the Colony of Nevada

  1. […] A version of this article originally appeared here. […]

  2. brucefeher says:

    It’s them vs. us!

  3. Vernon Clayson says:

    Maybe ‘umble ‘arry of the king’s court will figure an exchange of land, a race trail that is little more than a dusty gully for something that will benefit a special pal or cause? I used a question mark because it was a question, not because there’s a question to ‘arry’s interests. I ‘ave an idea, ‘old the race in, around and through Searchlight, what would be another layer of dust to ‘arry’s ‘ometown?

  4. Rincon says:

    The continued ownership of this land by the feds nearly 150 years after statehood is riduculous. Knowing that , one would think the feds would try to avoid making waves, but whoever said they were smart?. I can’t figure out what it is that they’re protecting. We look at the Grand Canyon and call erosion some of nature’s finest work, but if man erodes land at a trillionth of the scale, it’s “degrading” the environment. Maybe they’re trying to preserve that rich topsoil.

  5. As I recall, the Tyrant Lincoln wanted Nevada’s silver, and even though Nevada only had half the population necessary for statehood, a deal was cut to bring it in, leaving the vast majority of the land under federal control, in spite of the Constitution’s guarantee of equal footing with the original 13 states.


  6. nyp10025 says:

    Another act of oppression by that cruel dictator Abraham Lincoln. Almost on a par with his insistence that the Union be preserved.

  7. Steve says:

    “Union be preserved” slavery be damned or not, by any means necessary. A Republican to the core equal to any of today’s Republican leadership.

  8. When a union has to be enforced at the end of a gun barrel, it’s not much of a union.

  9. An insistence without a shred of constitutional backing.

  10. nyp10025 says:

    You see, whenever I see Mr. Mitchell accusing the President or other Democrats of being radical or out of the mainstream, I try to keep in mind that he and other participants on this board believe that Abraham Lincoln was wrong about the Civil War.

  11. “My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that. What I do about slavery, and the colored race, I do because I believe it helps to save the Union; and what I forbear, I forbear because I do not believe it would help to save the Union. I shall do less whenever I shall believe what I am doing hurts the cause, and I shall do more whenever I shall believe doing more will help the cause.” – Lincoln

    Yes, killing anyone who would desire to leave the Union certainly makes Lincoln a great guy, because “saving the Union” at any cost was the ultimate goal, not freeing any slaves. So much for him being the Great Emancipator. Of course, this is pretty obvious once you actually read the Emancipation Proclamation, which freed the slaves in those lands where Lincoln had no control, but not the slaves in areas he still had control over.

    It always amazes me when some people can’t understand that the more power the federal government usurps, the fewer individual liberties we retain. And that ever since the War of Northern Aggression, the Constitutional balance of power between the states and the federal government has continually tilted further and further towards D.C., to the point that the original concept of state sovereignty is considered a joke by many modern politicians and pundits. Of course, these people are too lazy to read the foundational writings, especially the Federalist Papers and those writings that opposed the Constitution’s ratification, commonly known as the anti-federalist papers.

  12. Rincon says:

    I agree with your line of reasonong to some extent, Winston, but I’m still unsure of who declared war on whom. The Confederacy attacked Fort Sumpter. Was this not the first act of war?

    Although I can understand the idea of a right to secede, I think we are far better off than say, Yugoslavia or the European Union. That makes me happy with the result if not the process.

  13. Steve says:

    Its not about being “better off” its about being better period.

  14. […] “Are we a state or a territory in the United States?” Bundy asks, stating the fundamental question. Perhaps the more accurate determination is that Nevada is merely a colony. […]

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