Yesterday, I wrote about the goings on in Clark County, Nevada at the Bundy Ranch. I discussed that the Bureau of Land Management came in to enforce a lawsuit decision that stemmed from the government’s desire to protect the desert tortoise. He has been in dispute with the federal government since 1993.
The dispute between Bundy and the federal government dates to 1993, when land managers cited concern for the federally protected tortoise and capped his herd at 150 animals on a 250-square-mile rangeland allotment. Officials later revoked Bundy’s grazing rights completely.
BLM spokeswoman Kirsten Cannon said Bundy racked up more than $1.1 million in unpaid grazing fees over the years while disregarding several court orders to remove his animals.
Now, people in Nevada, including the governor and lieutenant governor, see the federal action as intrusive and abusive.
Why did the BLM feel the need to send the, reportedly, 200 plus agents armed to the gills to enforce a court ruling? Well, that would be because Mr. Bundy said he will do whatever it takes to defend his home and livelihood. BLM officials take that as a threat.
In all fairness, I can see that as plausible. I can understand the concern. However, lets take a look at BLM’s actions to this point. One of Bundy’s sons came home beat up and claims it was done at the hands of BLM officers. Another action was that another Bundy son was tazed at a protest. It was not a violent protest; I saw the video. Yet another action taken was the threat with dog attack to a pregnant Bundy family member. It’s in the same video as the tazing.
The federal government set up First Amendment zones. You know what that is? That is an area in which you are free to exercise your First Amendment right. Outside that zone, you are no longer free to do so. This kind of action to silence people in a non-violent manner. Generally, these areas are set somewhere no one can see or hear your protests. This tactic is used in Washington, D.C., various universities, and in other cities.
BLM spokeswoman Kirsten Cannon and Park Service spokeswoman Christie Vanover have told reporters during daily conference calls that free-speech areas were established so agents could ensure the safety of contractors, protesters, the rancher and his supporters.
Please… I seriously do not buy that. I see it as total crap.
So, that brings us to that happens if someone gets trigger happy. A local CBS affiliate in the area aired coverage of the crisis, in which they interviewed locals. Two ladies they showed both stated they were scared of the consequences of militia members rolling into town. One lady said it would disrupt their entire town.
While I can understand her concern, I think she may want to really think about the consequences of NOT standing up and doing something. What about the fact that ass the federal government forces itself upon a community, that community will have a harder time regaining any political territory?
People need to wake up and see that not everything will benefit them in the short run, but if they want to live free from tyranny, they better be willing to sacrifice now to save the country for future generations.
I want you to understand that to many, and allegedly this goes for Bundy, too, this whole ordeal is not really about cattle. It’s about oppression from the government. It’s about state’s rights versus the federal government. It’s about OUR freedoms and liberties, no matter where in this country you live.
Whether you think the rancher is right or not in his decision to keep his cattle on the public land, look at the federal response to the issue. Look at how heavy handed they are when it may not have been necessary to go as far as it did.
Want to know a big shocker? This isn’t really about a tortoise. There have been exploratory oil wells on the land already. That tells me that the BLM has probably been paid off to allow oil companies access to the land.
So, what happens now?
Well, with militia members from various states showing up, hopefully they will outnumber the feds by enough that it will result in a peaceful resolution, but what happens if someone from either side fires a shot?
At that point I see all hell breaking loose in the area and you’ll find a lot of dead agents and militia members, both. I don’t want to see that happen. However, I also don’t want to see the government force its will upon the people. That means blood may have to be shed to stop it from happening.
Thomas Jefferson once said, “the tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”
The tree of liberty, in order to flourish, but be fought for. When a nation becomes lax and fails to defend liberty from the greedy hands of those in power, the tree will die.
You decide what you think is the best route for you to take. Once you make that decision, stick with it. Your country needs you to keep your resolve.