Recently, the Bureau of Land Management, headed up by a close associate of Harry Reid’s, descended on Cliven Bundy’s Nevada ranch with armed agents in full armor and carrying assault rifles which they kept aimed at Bundy and his family from behind promontories.
They shut down free speech, cut off Internet communications, and required protesters to stay in a “free speech zone,” miles from the ranch.
They ran roughshod over Bundy’s land, damaging pipes and property and, while capturing errant cows, they killed and buried a number of them.
Cliven Bundy – a saint he ain’t.
At this point, I need to add that Bundy, his own worst enemy, gave a shocking interview and the NY Times picked up one of his quotes on Wednesday in which he pondered the question of whether Blacks were better off as slaves. He is in big trouble and lost most of his Republican supporters. If you click here, you can hear a full video of his views – they’re horrible.
The NY Times made certain to mention Bundy was a registered Republican.
Bundy also owes the government money and he needs to work that out.
However, that doesn’t change the fact that we have an emboldened and out of control government.
The government came in prepared to shoot and kill a rancher and his family over a grazing violation. It doesn’t change the fact that the government established free speech zones in a country that is supposed to be one big free speech zone.
All of this prompted militia to come into the Bundy ranch to protect him. It also prompted Harry Reid to claim the protesters were terrorists.
Reid is the same man who jumped on the Occupy Wall Street bandwagon in October 2011 and demanded the rich pay more in taxes as if he weren’t one of the super rich. He lives in the Ritz-Carlton.
These occupiers, who were violent, dirty, and irrational, who continuously called for the downfall of capitalism, were A-OK in Reid’s book.
Harry Reid is the 1%. He arrived in the senate with $1 million dollars decades ago and now has about $10 million. One third of his portfolio is in land and he has accrued this wealth on the limited salary of a public servant.
It is said that one can’t go very far in Nevada without running into Harry Reid because his power and his reach are so extensive. Political journalist Steve Sebelius said of Reid’s control over the Democratic Party, “It’s like an iron fist inside a titanium glove.”
Reid has engaged in nepotism over jewelry and has accepted favors such as riding on “evil” corporate jets and sitting ringside at boxing matches. Illicit land deals and questionable stock market transactions have beefed up his portfolio.
He recommended his aide to head up the Bureau of Land Management and that could be no accident. His power and his wealth will continue to grow for himself and his family. Will it be on the backs of ranchers like Cliven Bundy?
The Bureau has jumped from this escapade to another where they are considering the confiscation of 90,000 acres of land along the Red River that borders Texas with Oklahoma. The land is owned privately and the owners have paid taxes on it for, in some cases, a hundred years. There are no claims of anarchy in this case. It’s simply the Bureau of Land Management wanting to grow their land portfolio.
The government owns 26% of the land in this country, most of it is in the West. Why should the government own anything but some National Parks and why are they allowed to make money off the land which politicians then use to buy votes each election?
Government land grabs are going on everywhere throughout this country through Eminent Domain and false claims. Thanks to the 2005 SCOTUS decision in the Kelo vs. the City of New London, any government can employ the power of Eminent Domain to seize land simply to give it over to private developers.
You might not have heard about the case of the Audubon Society and those who hope to save the Outer Banks of North Carolina from them. The Audubon Society has been behind land seizures in the Outer Banks. The Save OBX signs are for real.
The Audubon Society forced the closing of beach access on Hatteras Island through lawsuits which they have pursued aggressively, using threats and political influence. They’ve destroyed the living conditions and livelihood of many residents and businesses, some of whom are third and fourth generation families.
The government has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to keep the residents off their own beaches, but has done nothing to help them as they lose their businesses and their homes. Between 2008 and 2011, over 50 businesses closed and there were 400 foreclosure filings.
It’s a war against people, fishermen and OVR users (who are mostly surf fishers). It’s all being done in the name of protecting the birds, particularly the Piping Plover. One of the arguments used, demonizes OVR drivers as reckless when there is no evidence that it is the case. The birds are doing just fine and there is no proof otherwise.
The environmental groups still walk and drive along the stolen beaches freely, which only THEY now use.
These videos are from 2009:
Fish & Wildlife went after Tombstone, Arizona. Have you heard about that?
Wildfires destroyed much of Tombstone and most of their water supply a few years back. The city tried to repair the pipes but the government said they might hurt wildlife and they could only repair the water supply if they used farm animals and hand tools. Even a wheelbarrow was too mechanized and dangerous to the wildlife, they said. Meanwhile, Tombstone was under a state of emergency.
The greenies wanted the water freed from the evil pipes. That’s what some said. Meanwhile, the animals the greenies are trying to protect were destroyed by the wildfires.
The Goldwater Institute is trying to protect the town from our federal government and the extreme environmentalists. As of April 15th of this year, the government continued to block Tombstone residents’ access to water as the summer approaches, preferring “wilderness preservation” over humans.
Nick Dranias, attorney for the Goldwater Institute, said that the federal government has lost sight of human beings in the management of the land.
“Federal overreach is seemingly aimed at clearing federal lands of all forms of currently unfashionable human activity,” said Dranias. “But unlike the mere impoundment of cattle, the fight over water between the City of Tombstone and the Forest Service could threaten the very existence of the arid western states.”
If we put it to a referendum, and since the people are the federal government, would the vote go in favor of returning much of the land to the states? It would mean a return to states rights as our Founders envisioned. Perhaps we need a movement to bring this all to a vote.
Fish & Wildlife is now militarized as well. Armed agents twice raided the Gibson factories on the claim that the wood they used for guitar frets and that was certified as legal was illegal. Henry Juszkiewicz, the CEO, believes that the government raided because they appeared to be losing in court. Gibson agreed to a settlement to get the government off his back.
Gibson is not unionized and there had been rumblings from the lumber union about them and their foreign wood.
You need to read about the prairie chicken, the Houston toad, and the dusky gopher frog. Don’t forget to learn about the sagebrush lizard. The desert tortoise was supposedly the reason Cliven Bundy couldn’t graze his cattle. This all comes under environmental terrorism masquerading as environmentalism.
In October of last year, the government raided an organic farm over raw milk. Growing your own food can get you arrested. The people caught up in this raid are some of the government’s own leftist people, but it didn’t matter.
The Amish community doesn’t take government subsidies and they want to be left alone. The government will not leave them alone.
In 2010, Amish farmer Vernon Hershberger attempted to sell his raw milk as part of a private club. He was arrested – you know how dangerous those Amish are.
In May, 2013, he had his day in court. Herschberger was charged with multiple licensing violations and violating a hold order that state officials placed on his products after they raided his farm in June 2010.
The jury vindicated Hershberger — for the most part — when it acquitted him on three of the four charges. He was found guilty of violating the hold order and continuing operations after the raid. Hershberger was sentenced to pay a $1,500 fine and no jail time. He has appealed the lone conviction.
In February 2012, an Amish man, Dan Allgyer, was forced to close his rural Pennsylvania business after a federal judge sided with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and ruled that he violated federal law by shipping raw milk across state lines.
There is a movement afoot to legalize the selling of raw milk.
It was last August when it came to light that more than 40 government agencies had armed divisions after the EPA raided the tiny gold mining town of Chicken, Alaska hoping to find Clean Water violators.
These agencies have more than 120,000 full-time officers with guns and it’s not just DHS or the FBI, it includes the Library of Congress, the Department of Education, the Federal Reserve Board, the Post Office, and other unlikely departments.
The EPA descended on Chicken, Alaska with more than 70 federal agents in full body armor carrying M-16s and “assault shotguns.”
“Imagine coming up to your diggings, only to see agents swarming over it like ants, wearing full body armor, with jackets that say “POLICE” emblazoned on them, and all packing side arms,” gold miner C.R. Hammond told the Alaska Dispatch.
I can imagine it because I’ve been to Third World nations.
The other federal agencies participating in the operation were the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Coast Guard, the National Oceanic and the Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Park Service.
The EPA denied it was a raid though it was impossible to deny the armor and M-16s.
The government has been raiding gun factories, gun parts stores, and there have been endless land grabs in the name of the environment. The government is cutting down the military while growing the power of Executive Branch agencies. What could go wrong? Nothing to see here.
Oh well, at least we have our weed and our government subsidies.