Two separate issued are being addressed in Article I Section 8 related to the ownership of land by the US government and they are clearly separated by the word "and" in this clause.
The first, highlighted in blue, is the seat of government which is Washington DC. The second, highlighted in purple, are the other lands that must be purchased from a State (not "States" as "States" don't own common real estate) and those purchases must be approved the "Legislature of the State in which the Same (real estate) shall be" and that these land purchases are expressly limited to the "Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards and other needful Buildings" of the federal government. BLM lands and National Parks are not lands being used for Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards and other needful Buildings" nor were they purchased from the State in which these BLM lands and National Parks exist.
To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of Particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards and other needful Buildings;
Last edited by Shiva_TD; Jun 04 2012 at 08:21 AM.
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