Remember the armed standoff in Nevada in April 2014? I wrote about it back then:
There were many questions, and the government called Bundy “paranoid.” However, an Obama-appointed judge just dismissed the case against him. He said that the government had “flagrant misconduct” and was so “outrageous” that “no lesser remedy” than dismissal with prejudice “is sufficient.”
A video showing the protestors at the Bundy ranch taking on federal agents went viral. A dispute about grazing fees had been escalating for over 20 years between Clive Bundy and the Federal Bureau of Land Management. On April 5th, agents enforced a court order and began removing cattle from the land under dispute. Members of Bundy’s family and others protested, and the confrontation resulted in people being thrown to the ground and threatened with police dogs. Bundy’s son Ammon was tasered, and a few demonstrators were arrested.
Bundy took a stand, declaring a “range war” against the federal government on his website. Around 300 supporters gathered at his ranch. Cliven’s son Dave Bundy and others who’d been arrested were released, but the fervor of resistance was not quenched. They hung banners with messages like “Liberty – Freedom – For God – We Stand.” Some were armed, presumably ready for a standoff.
Saturday, the BLM caved, saying it would not enforce a court order to remove the cattle.
The ranch protesters had a clear message: This is not about cattle. “People are getting tired of the federal government having unlimited power,” Bundy’s wife Carol told ABC News – including the power to push your cattle off land where they’ve grazed for over 140 years.
As Constitutional attorney David French wrote, “The government, you see, lied. It withheld evidence. It concealed the truth from the court and from the American people. To say this isn’t to whitewash Bundy’s misdeeds. He broke the law. He defied the government without any legal justification, and his own conduct helped precipitate a crisis that could have led to a horrible tragedy. Bundy was wrong. But so was the government, and the government’s conduct, given its enormous power over the lives and liberty of its citizens, was far more troubling than anything Bundy did.”
Exactly. It’s time to take the power away from this corrupt government. Here’s how.
Image Credit: By Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America (Cliven Bundy) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Hat Tip: National Review