Apaprently, Cliven Bundy is running for the Republican nomination for governor of Wyoming, only he’s using the name Taylor Haynes. Haynes is running on a platform of taking over that state’s national parks, including Yellowstone, and arresting federal officers if they try to do their jobs.
If elected Wyoming governor, Republican Taylor Haynes intends to take back federal lands and could open Yellowstone National Park to drilling, grazing and mining, he said.
Haynes, who describes himself as a conservative and a scholar of the Constitution, said the U.S. government can own only 10 square miles of land, Washington, D.C., for the seat of government, as described in the U.S. Constitution under Article 1, Section 8, Clause 17.
In addition to constitutional reasons, the state should own federal lands to better manage the resources — Haynes specifically criticized the federal government’s management of U.S. forests — and generate more revenue for the state, he said.
“There are thousands of drilling permits in the federal system” awaiting approval, he said.Among federal lands, Haynes includes the portion of Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, Grand Teton National Park and Devils Tower National Monument. He also wants the state to own U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands…
If elected, Haynes would send federal government agencies a certified letter and invite them to attend a meeting in which he will explain his plan. He said they must be gone by January 2015, when he would takes office.
“Then in whichever county they attempt to have any official activity, they will be arrested for impersonating a law enforcement officer in Wyoming,” he said.
Well that’s not too bizarre or anything. It’s also really ignorant. Yellowstone was a national park before Wyoming even existed as a state and the Wyoming state constitution explicitly gives up any state control of federal land there forever (Article 21, Section 26). They can’t “take back” those lands because they never belonged to the state of Wyoming in the first place, just like the land Bundy thinks he can use free of charge never belonged to the state of Nevada. But these are facts, something wingnuts are allergic to.