FEDERAL LAND GRAB
Live from Clark County Nevada with embattled rancher Cliven Bundy covering the ongoing battle between the cattleman and the Bureau of Land Management and the utter violation of rights that is in progress.
The Founders were opposed to providing a centralized federal government with unlimited authority to purchase and, as is routinely the case today, seize state and private land.
During the federal convention debates in September, 1787, Elbridge Gerry, who later went on to serve as vice president under James Madison, contended federal purchase of land "might be made use of to enslave any particular State by buying up its territory, and that the strongholds proposed would be a means of awing the State into an undue obedience."
In order to make certain the federal government did not abuse the Enclave Clause, the words "Consent of the Legislature of the State" were added.