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By Alan Caruba

 

You have to be extremely stupid to send a couple of hundred armed government agents to confiscate some bullheaded rancher’s cattle without contemplating how the rest of the nation will interpret your actions.

 

What was obvious to voters who rejected Barack Obama’s run for the presidency the first and second time was the fact that he lacked any record of competency to be President. The rest voted for him because they wanted to say they helped elect the first black President of the United States and because they believed what this pathological liar said then and since.

 

The assertion that Obama’s and Eric Holder’s actions and policies are opposed because they are black is absurd. It is an insult to everyone who voted for Obama and to the rest of us.

 

I love the notion that Cliven Bundy lives in Bunkerville. It reminded me of Bunker Hill and you know how badly that eventually turned out for the British in 1775. What ensued was a guerrilla war led by George Washington that defeated the most powerful nation of its time. There is no way a militia with small arms can defeat the kind of arms the U.S. government can bring to bear on such a battle, but one has to admire the courage of those people who showed up to confront them. That’s quintessentially American!

 

Bundy should have paid his grazing rights fees. Other ranchers do. What he has done, however, is bring greater awareness the amount of land that the federal government owns in Nevada and elsewhere, particularly west of the Mississippi, and expose a regime that wants to intimidate Americans with force if necessary.

 

According to Wikipedia, “The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is an agency within the United States Department of the Interior that administers America's public lands, totaling approximately 247.3 million acres, or one-eighth of the landmass of the country. The BLM also manages 700 million acres (2,800,000 km2) of subsurface mineral estate underlying federal, state, and private lands. Most public lands are located in western states, especially Alaska. With approximately 10,000 permanent employees and close to 2,000 seasonal employees, this works out to over 21,000 acres (85 km2) per employee. The agency's budget was $960,000,000 for 2010 ($3.79 per surface acre, $9.38 per hectare)

 

 I can understand the need for national forests and reserves, but I have concerns about those reserves that are used as an excuse to deny access to massive energy sources that lie beneath their surface. If the U.S. didn’t own most of Nevada, Bundy would not need to pay grazing fees. Most certainly, his ancestors didn’t. The other excuse, that the government is trying to protect an endangered tortoise, is just part of the environmental movement’s efforts to keep energy sources from being available to all of us. Endangered species is pure fiction.

 

What worries me and many of my blogger colleagues is the prospect of a renewed effort by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) regarding what is essentially a fairly minor dispute between it and Bundy. Showing some common sense, the BLM backed off its initial effort.

 

I don’t think the BLM response to Bundy was exclusive to the agency. That decision needed to be sent up the line as far as the White House. Indeed, it was likely initiated by the White House.

 

Even more scary is the fact that only Fox News channel had reporters on the scene. No other major television news outlet set journalists to record the event. How much in league with the White House does the media have to be to ignore two hundred armed government agents descending on a ranch in Nevada?

 

I suspect that a lot of Americans and most certainly those who live in the rural areas of the nation are going to remember the Bundy face-off with the BLM come the November midterm elections. While most voters are crowded into the cities on the East and West Coasts, there are a lot of others in “flyover country.’

 

When you add in all the folks who lost their healthcare insurance and others who have discovered they can’t even buy a policy until next January, that’s going to be a voting bloc that could decimate Democratic Party candidates.

 

All tyrannies over-reach at some point and we are seeing that occur in the White House. The nation is fortunate to have the House controlled by Republicans and now needs a Senate as well in order to dispense some much needed justice on behalf of Americans.

 

It’s going to be interesting to see how the White House responds to the May 16th “Operation American Spring” being organized to bring a million or more to Washington, D.C. to participate in an event that will demonstrate the breadth of the unhappiness that has spread since Obama’s first election and is gaining momentum since his second.

 

The White House response will tell us all a lot about its current state of thought. Whatever it has in mind is likely to leak before the event. The best thing about Washington, D.C. is its inability to keep a secret. The worst thing is the Obama administration and the Democratic Party.

 

© Alan Caruba, 2014

Tags: BLM, Bundy-Ranch, Obama-administration

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The Bundy issue is not about cattle, it is about Harry Reid trying to steal Cliven Bundy's land.

 And  look how they did Hage up in Central Nevada , Government's Shocking Interference in Rancher's Life http://blog.heritage.org/2013/06/11/court-rebuffs-government-overre...

Fight federal abuse of property rights by making the government obey its own rules

http://washingtonexaminer.com/fight-federal-abuse-of-property-right...

I don't believe this is about the land, cattle or anything other than people being fed up with a government that is out of control. The corruption in Washington, D.C. has become so bad that is has started using we the people as a punching bad. We have a President who has never lead or run anything and a AG that is power hungry. We have Senate and Congress that has fail us and are unable to work together. I don't trust any of them within or outside the Beltway. Obama's his cronies like, Valerie Bowman Jarrett, Eric Holder, and socialist/communist CZAR'S  seems to be run everything so Obama can take vacations and play golf when ever his likes. And yes I also believe Harry Reid has something to do with this as well. He now has his boy running the BLM and when Harry says jump, he jumps. I support the Bundy's either way,

Awesome, Volunteer Patriot!  I have added this one to my collection here at work.

--Frank Nitty

Vounteer, you nailed it.  They aren't even trying to cover it up anymore!!!!

The federal government shouldn't own any land except for national parks that cover more than one state. All the land that belongs to the feds should be sold to american citizens.  

Agree!

It wasn't Fox News that was on the scene, it was Prisonplanet.  They are the ones who did the coverage on scene.

FOX News in fact had a live crew on the scene. No other cable or broadcast network did so.

No, I watched....only one I saw on the scene when it was happening was David Knight from prisonplanet, Fox and Blaze chimed in afterwards.  ( and they weren't actually giving fair coverage)  Blaze lied about the sherriff and the crap about putting women up front....that was a lie told by someone else who wasn't even at the camp.  Fox didn't cover Bundy fairly.  They didn't go into the detail of how preemptive rights work with farmers, nor did they share that Bundy had rights to the land, the foraging rights, etc., paid for and passed down to them.  These rights were given to them by the federal government before land management ever was a part of things.

Land management fees were not to paying for those rights...as Fox portrays to its viewers.  Land Management fees paid for the land management workers and the supposed care and upkeep to the land they were supposed to be managing.  They were not upkeeping the land as per contract.  The Bundy's were paying out of their own pocket to upkeep the land.  Land management did not keep their end,m that's why they weren't paid.  Land management was using the fees gathered to buy out the ranchers...not upkeep the land.  They were the ones who breached what the fees were about, not the Bundy's.

The only news sharing this is Prisonplanet, because Alex's family has owned land in Texas over generations as well.  He understands how buying the rights to access to government lands works.  Fox and Blaze are confused on the rights.  And Blaze is not telling the truth about the sheriff Mack and putting the women at the front of the line. 

What the conservative alternative medias need to do is check their facts and not be divisive between each other.  I check them all daily and compare them.  And my experience is prisonplanet gets the news first, then Fox and Blaze.  I really don't trust Fox or BLaze nearly as much as Prisonplanet, personally.  But there are about 3 other alternative sources as well.  And in doing daily checks with them all, I've found Prisonplanet to be the most accurate and comes out first with on the scene reporting.  I trust on the scene reporting best, because I'm not into video clips and commentary, because they choose what part of the clips they share, shave off, etc. and then they give their views of the situation.  Where on scene coverage can't be manipulated to that extent.

Don't let the facts get in your way, verginia!

Here's William Lajeuness broadcasting live from the Bundy ranch, 5 days ago.

If Fox wasn't there, how were they broadcasting live?

Perhaps there was somebody there from Alex Jones as well. I usually don't read stuff there: he's a bit of a nut-job.

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