|Original Treaty of 1846 between the United States and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, |
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From The Oregonian:
[Armed Occupier] Payne said the group believes the federal government has no constitutional authority to hold vast land tracts. He said any deed transferring land to the federal government should be considered void.That means they will have to void the 1846 Treaty with Queen Victoria.
This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land. . . .U.S. Cons., Art. VI. [emphasis added]
To give those "vast tracts of lands back" would be to void the treaty and return the Pacific Northwest States to the current Queen, Elizabeth II, another accident of birth and a Saxon to boot. (They had to change their family name from "Saxe-Coburg and Gotha" to "Windsor" during WWI for PR purposes.)
I have never seen a more ridiculous and stupid, armed, political protest. I still hope and pray we can end this peacefully even if it is arresting them one by one as they head into town for more snacks. (I'm not making this up!)
And speaking of Queens with huge tracts of land:
Oh, and if it should be given back to anybody, I propose not the Queen, but the native inhabitants of the area. The Malheur Paiutes sure are interested.
For more serious history on the Oregon Treaty, see:
For Emily's link from below, see: