BLM vs. Bundy: Bundy spews, while Reid calls militia “domestic terrorists”

Bundy militia vs BLMNearly two weeks after a tense standoff between armed BLM agents and a 1,000-strong coalition (of armed militia-men, cowboys on horseback, states’ rights advocates and gun rights activists) over the BLM’s roundup of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s cattle from federal rangeland, armed militia campers are still guarding Bundy’s ranch near the town of Bunkerville, about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas.

67-year-old Bundy says he doesn’t recognize federal authority on the land his family settled and has used since the late 1870s, when Bunkerville was founded. His dispute with the BLM dates to 1993, when the government designated the  Gold Butte area as protected habitat for the endangered desert tortoise and cut Bundy’s allotment of cows. Bundy quit paying grazing fees (the current fee is $1.35 per cow per month). The BLM canceled his grazing permit and ordered him to remove his cattle. Federal judges upheld the agency action.

(See “Bundy’s beef with BLM is about Federal vs. State ownership of land in Nevada” and “Leaders of 9 western states meet to take land back from federal govt”.)

In what Bundy advocates call the Battle of Bunkerville on April 12, 2014, the federal government eventually backed off, citing safety concerns. BLM agents were faced with military-style AR-15 and AK-47 weapons trained on them from a picket line of citizen soldiers on an Interstate 15 overpass, with dozens of women and children in the possible crossfire. BLM police released the confiscated 380 cattle, gave up the weeklong roundup, and lifted the closure of Bundy’s vast range half the size of the state of Delaware. The agency said it would resolve the matter “administratively and judicially.”

An armed man stands watch as protesters gather by the Bureau of Land Management's base camp near Bunkerville, NevadaOn April 12, 2014, Eric Parker from central Idaho stood watch on a bridge with his weapon as protesters gather by the BLM’s base camp, where cattle seized from rancher Cliven Bundy were being held, near Bunkerville.

Left unresolved is the federal government’s claim that Bundy owes more than $1.1 million in fees and penalties for letting some 900 cows “trespass” for 20 years on federal rangeland.

According to his son Ammon, Cliven Bundy has since received several certified letters from the BLM, but hasn’t opened them. BLM spokesman Mitch Snow said the letters offer Bundy a chance to keep his cattle if he pays the $1.1 million in trespass fees, plus “reasonable expenses of the impoundment.” Agency officials have said the contract for the roundup was $900,000.

Jonathan Allen writes for Reuters, April 17, 2014, that the federal government’s decision to withdraw in the face of armed resistance has alarmed some who worry that it has set a dangerous precedent and emboldened militia groups.

Ryan Lenz, a writer for the Southern Poverty Law Center that is concerned only with “right wing” terrorism and racism but not the terrorism/racism of the left or of Muslims, fumes, “Do laws no longer apply when the radical right no longer agrees?”

Militia experts say that armed Americans using the threat of a gunfight to force federal officers to back down is virtually unparalleled in the modern era.

Alex Jones, whose Infowars website had helped popularize Bundy’s dispute, called it a watershed moment: “Americans showed up with guns and said, ‘No, you’re not,’ before confronting the armed BLM agents. And they said, ‘Shoot us.’ And they did not. That’s epic. And it’s going to happen more.”

The 5,000-strong Oklahoma Milita has pledged their support to Bundy and vows to take up arms against the BLM if needed.

Energized by their success, Bundy’s supporters are already talking about where else they can exercise armed defiance. They are searching for other Bundys, such as Tommy Henderson, a rancher on the Texas-Oklahoma border who is fighting BLM attempts to seize some of his land.

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As for Bundya Mormon, father of 14, and a registered Republican — he’s not just energized but displays every sign of hubris.

He’d taken to the stage fashioned from a flatbed trailer to tell reporters he wants sheriffs around the country to seize weapons from federal bureaucrats. Bundy’s given interviews and daily press conferences on matters ranging far from his dispute with the BLM, including one on April 19 in which he called black Americans “negroes” and wondered aloud whether blacks on welfare would be “better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn’t get no more freedom. They got less freedom.”

Bundy’s rants already have alienated whatever supporters he had in Congress:

  • Nevada’s Republican senator Dean Heller had spoken out in defense of Bundy and called for a Congressional hearing on the BLM’s roundup. But now, his spokesman Chandler Smith said that the senator “completely disagrees with Mr. Bundy’s appalling and racist statements, and condemns them in the most strenuous way.”
  • Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul released a statement today, saying Bundy’s “remarks on race are offensive and I wholeheartedly disagree with him.”
  • Nevada state Assemblywoman Michele Fiore said, “I strongly disagree with Cliven Bundy’s comments about slavery.”

The BLM’s backing down is only a temporary tactical maneuver. As Martin Armstrong of Armstrong Economics puts it, “The likelihood of the Feds ever backing down is highly unlikely, The Federal Government is severely disconnected from the people and views anyone who stands up to them as a criminal and domestic terrorist.”

harry-reidIndeed, two days ago on April 22 on KSNV-TV, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) already called the militiamen who have converged in Bunkerville “domestic violent terrorist-wannabes.”

Reid then ominously predicted that “something is going to happen” that will stop Bundy from grazing his cattle on allegedly federal land:

“It’s obvious that you can’t just walk away from this. And we can speculate all we want to speculate to what’s going to happen next. But I don’t think it’s going to be tomorrow that something is going to happen, but something will happen.”

The Battle of Bunkerville may merely be a dress rehearsal for what lies ahead – a rising confrontation between the government and the American people.

H/t FOTM’s Wild Bill Alaska, swampygirl and CSM

~Eowyn

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AKA John Galt
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Reblogged this on U.S. Constitutional Free Press.

Chris
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Chris

I did not view Mr. Bundy’s remarks as racist.he isn’t very articulate but I see where he was going with this.Blacks have not taken full advantage of the freedoms in this country to prosper. The race baiters are in full bloom. Whether you like what he said or not, i do believe we have a 1st Amendment is this country. The left always attacks with hatred and garbage and looks for a chance to push their agenda. This whole situation is going to get blown totally out of site if you keep repeating ignorance. This is about the Feds stealing… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

The Southern Poverty Law Center is a Left Wing Hate Group populated with anti-Christian bigots!

Chris
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Chris

Who is Martin Armstrong? Quote from above: “Armstrong reminds us that “Obama’s head of the Justice Department, Eric Holder now Attorney General, called the shots on WACO back then. He got away with it before – why not again?” Eric Holder was appointed by President Ronald Reagan as a superior court judge for the District of Columbia. I ‘ve heard this from other misinformation artist, about Holder. Funny because Eric Holder was appointed by President Ronald Reagan as a superior court judge for the District of Columbia in 1998 and held that job until 6 months after Waco in the… Read more »

tina
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I understand where he was going with his statement. Alot of people will not. He meant for their own good. Believe it or not. In his era and most of mine. Blacks were called negroes. We all know what Oprah calls them. They all call each other niggers. The PC movement made it worse than the “F” word. Now days people lose their breath and pass out if they hear it said. Most definitely I hope people do not lose sight of the real issue over something like this. It is time for all walks of life to come together.

colddeadhandsdays
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Reblogged this on Cold Dead Hands Days and commented:
Sounds to me like there continuously trying to smear him and destroy them in the media so that they can move in and kill him and his family without being gone down by American militia patriots.. I didn’t take anything he said as a racist. He had a valid point because maybe the left this ideal of freedom and government dependence is in fact worse than slavery? Think that’s what he was pondering and asking

MomofIV
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MomofIV

open mouth, insert foot…sometimes silence is golden

hocuspocus13
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Mr. Bundy was asked about blacks from the NYT reporter

Mr. Bundy did not just out of no where start talking about blacks

And before your inaccurate accusations get you sued, listen to the entire video and not just the snipet put out there by the left wing to fool the American People once again

And in it’s entirety it is clear Mr. Bundy was not racist

And I agree, the Bundy matter has nothing to do with the black people so therefore it was quite inappropriate and unprofessional of NYT to do so

John Molloy
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John Molloy

Bundy may have had problems with the Feds but during the few times I heard him on camera, I think he may have spent too much time with cattle and not enough time with people. He sounded inarticulate and should have shortened his comments. Sometimes publicity elicits buffoonery.

lauraiancu
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Bundy has my support. whether or not he says things outof context is only a side step the media uses to divert attention of the facts in what the BLM is doing and how stinkin govern ment thinks they own every thing. Yup, bundy has my support all the way 😀

Date: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 21:10:52 +0000 To: lauraiancu@hotmail.com

Seumas
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Seumas

Given this, perhaps he should ask the mormon church, with their billions in “tithes” flagrantly filched from people under the pretext of faith, for a bailout. (If they can blow so much money on a mall, surely they can help some poor old rancher trying to hold onto his land?) Lest we forget, mormonism is luciferian and gnostic at it’s core, it is as far removed from legitimate Christianity as any other polytheistic evolution-centered religion is, and it would seem this story may have been exploited as an advertising pamphlet for them. The saying “pride goes before a fall” may… Read more »

Glenn47
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Glenn47

I understand where Mr Bundy was coming from. Is he articulate, no, but then when faced with a question like he was, and the whole question was not played on air. Put yourselves in his shoes, he spoke out of frustration. He fears for his life, his family and his living. He saw things these last weeks that no man should have to witness. He grew up with calling blacks negroes,and it wasn’t derogatory. Every few decades, the terms changes. It would be wonderful if no one ever mentioned race, we are Americans first and foremost. This was the distraction… Read more »

joandarc
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joandarc

Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this excellent post. It is incredible how Bundy alienated extremely important people, senators, representatives, et al., by his most stupid comments about race which has got nothing to do with the issues at hand. Good grief, talk about being your own worst enemy and setting forth a binge of comments that will follow him and conservatives forever. It is so important to THINK before you SPEAK! Now, he will be treated like the plague, because no senator or representative or respected conservative will want to be associated with him. Dear God!

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TrailDust
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Bundy stood up to the feds. That simple fact is what energized so many people. It’s sad he is not good at guarding his words now that he’s famous. I do agree that real lawmen should seize all the guns and ammo from the federal bureaucrats immediately. Can you imagine your local post office people showing up to your door with their shiny new SWAT vehicle, or the weather service guys armed to the teeth to enforce your carbon footprint issues? Frankly, if that happens, the only thing left of these guys will be a carbon footprint.

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