After reporting on so many of these cases, it’s really getting harder to deny the fact that the government seems to see land ownership – especially rural landownership – as a threat to their power structure.
The latest case of government abuse comes out of Colorado where a couple was forced off their land through the use of eminent domain – only the seizures had nothing to do with building roads, hospitals or any other public service that might explain the their use of the eminent domain rules.
Landowner Andy Barrie, says he had no choice but to give in and give the government his land after engaged in a lengthy legal battle where he says “They’re spending us to death.”
Two years ago, Andy and Ceil Barrie bought two pieces of land: a house in an established subdivision, and a piece of backcountry land at a higher elevation, accessible by an old mining road.
The backcountry land, which is surrounded by over 2 million acres of White River National Forest, had to be accessed with a utility vehicle because of its remote location. The couple used an old mining road dating back to the 1880s to access their land, and that’s where their problems began.
Even though the couple was using an established mining road, the U.S. Forest Service denied the couple access to their land and then the county demanded the couple sell the land. When they refused, the local county commissioners condemned an old mining cabin that was on the land previous to the Barrie’s purchase of the land, claiming it was being condemned for wiring and plumbing issues – even though the cabin had neither plumbing nor electrical wiring.
“I understand that we are all trying to save these beautiful mountains and make them accessible to everyone, but you know that property has been sitting there since President Garfield signed our land patent, and we’re not doing anything bad there,” Ceil Barrie told Fox News.
The couple tried to fight the ruling, but the county then claimed the land using eminent domain. They were then forced into a lengthy legal fight that almost bankrupted them, forcing them to eventually give into the government’s demands.
This type of story is not uncommon; in fact, it’s going on in rural areas of the country each and every day. We’ve covered these types of stories numerous times in the past: from a WWII vet who was forced out of his 88-year-old family owned grocery store; to the heartbreaking story of Andrew Wordes, who took his life after code enforcement teams seized his home; to the Off-Griders in California who were threatened with arrest for daring to live an off the grid lifestyle, these stories all show how out of control the government has become at every level.
Our basic rights are being stripped before our eyes, and the once great American Dream of owning your own little piece of land is quickly becoming an American Nightmare.