Here go the right-wing lunatic fringe once again. For the past week they have been proclaiming that the federal government is attempting to steal land from a Nevada rancher. Groups have organized with the goal of travelling to Nevada in order to kill federal agents attempting to enforce the law. What would gather this group up with the goal of unloading as many bullets as possible in what they call the “next Ruby Ridge?”
Why, it is this man, Clive Bundy. Here’s the video:
Land Use At Root Of DisagreementBundy has been failing to pay the fee for the use of federal land now for over 20 years. After numerous warnings, the federal government began impounding Clive Bundy’s cattle. Of course this caused an outcry of support by anti-government protesters, many of which began arming themselves in anticipation of a wild-west like stand-off.
But why did Clive Bundy stop paying his rent? In an interview with Pete Santilli he came out and said it.
He simply denies that the federal government can own the land, so he refuses to pay for the right to use it. The reality is that the state of Nevada was created out of the merging of the Washoe, Utah and New Mexico territories, three pieces of land owned by the federal government. Why does the federal government own over 80 percent of the land? Because they never sold it in the first place, and still maintain ownership in trust of the land as part of the commons. The US gained the territory after the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1849. The portions which were allocated originally were done, initially, under mining and farming claims, but greatly expanded later by the Enlarged Homestead Act of 1909.
If and until the United States agrees to sell the land in question, it is the property of the United States. To claim otherwise and win would not succeed in enabling access to the land, but would instead revert the land to its previous registered owner. Incidentally, that is Mexico. If that happens, adios la gente estúpida!
Bundy Summons Gun-Loving Psychopaths To Cause.Mr. Bundy is inventing terms and conditions in his head, qualifications to defend his defrauding of the US Government of over a million dollars. To defend his fiction, he has called upon armed goons with the idea of murdering people who are there to do their job. This is intimidation of the highest order. But facts do not matter to these ammosexuals. Their fear of some bogeyman monstrous “Govn’t” and their romanticized ideal as to what an armed standoff is so grand, that they would sooner bring war against the United States than pay their own rent. They are just that eager for a war which they cannot win, believing in the fiction one sees in cinema.
Wisely, the Bureau of Land Management backed off of their impounding of illegal cattle. This is not the end of the matter, but the government now will turn to tactics that will make Mr. Bundy wish that they had just impounded his cattle. Things they do can include having his auctioning license and sales permits voided. They can lein his property. They can even legally take snipers and shoot all of his cattle from a safe distance. They can make his life a living hell in ways none of us can fathom.
But hey, he got to play cowboy for a few minutes.