One thing is for sure: Alaskans sure love their property. They call it the “Last Frontier,” and for good reason. This place is pure wilderness. We got to experience nature in its purest form on a deep sea fishing excursion. A 4:45 am alarm jolted us out of bed to drive to the port town of Whittier, Alaska, and we met up with some crew from Crazy Ray’s Adventures. Captain Keith and his parter Jeff brought us aboard the iCrazy II and off we went for a long day of fishing. It took three hours to reach our fishing destination out in the ocean, but it was a beautiful trip. We witnessed the unrivaled scenery of the Alaskan mountains and saw a plethora of marine life including puffins, dolphins, orcas, and humpback whales.
We were mainly going to fish for halibut, but they weren’t biting that day. An interesting conversation began between a couple of our group members and the Captain. You see, the halibut is a federally regulated fish, but it didn’t used to be. Each person is limited to two halibut a trip, but only if you catch a small one first. If you catch a larger one first, you’re done halibut fishing for the day. Now, where in the Constitution did the States delegate the power to regulate fish in the ocean to the federal government? I must’ve missed that part when I read it because I’m pretty sure the government has no business telling the Alaskan people how many halibut they can catch. Anyways, the halibut weren’t biting that day, but everyone caught their share of yellow eye and black rock fish, which you can see in the picture. I thought these were difficult to real in, but it was nothing compared to reeling in a ling cod. These are the huge, ugly fish you see in the front! The first two lings we brought on board were caught on accident. Naomi and John both hooked a black rock fish, but the ling cod grabbed them up as bait, giving us a bigger catch! Then they let me try. I was a little apprehensive because they were so big and I didn’t know if I could handle, but Captain Keith helped me the whole way and I ended up with two “hogs” as they say! I caught six fish in total for the day, so I think that’s pretty good for a first-timer.
KrisAnne had the opportunity to speak to the Alaska Miners’ Association during their breakfast meeting. She gave a wonderful presentation on land and resource management; a topic the Alaska Miners care about a great deal. Nerves ran high for this presentation because federal BLM and environmental agents were present in the room. Nonetheless, KrisAnne delivered a balanced, thought-provoking proposition to the Association. Land is so important to the preservation of liberty. Without property, which includes land, you cannot preserve yourself. If you cannot preserve yourself, then you have no right to life, which is the root of ALL liberty. We know that just power derives only from the consent of the governed, and government must receive power from the people. But where in the Constitution do the States delegate the federal government the power to claim and regulate their land? Ownership of land rests solely in the hands of the people. Article 1 section 8 clause 17 of the Constitution tells us what the federal government has jurisdiction over. The have power “for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings” with legislative consent of the State. That’s it. So why do we let executive agencies create regulations over our lands and resources? The only difference between a law and a regulation is that regulations are made by those who have not been elected. Does legislation without representation ring any bells? Because that is what is happening in America… TODAY. It doesn’t have to be this way. The States can take back their rightful power to manage their lands as they see fit. Alaskans actually live in Alaska. Would they not know what is best for their own land? We don’t need to bring all land and resource management to a halt, it just needs to be brought back HOME. BLM and EPA agents shouldn’t worry about losing their jobs. We need their expertise! It would just be more useful, not to mention constitutional, if they worked for agencies organized within the States. Leave the land to us. It is ours to manage and preserve.
Pursuing truth and defending liberty, always.
-A Devoted Patriot