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Mark Steyn On The #BundyRanch Incident

14 April 2014 @ 21:27

Two spot-on observations by one of our best Patriots [he’s more of an American that all of the Left combined].


…These are low-level bureaucrats from a minor branch of the vast bottomless alphabet soup of federal agencies, and they’re running around pretending to be elite commandos. The county sheriff is supposed to be “the law”. But he had to broker a deal to get the BLM out of there because in America every jumped-up pen-pusher from the Bureau of Compliance has his own branch of “the law”, a personal SWAT team to act as judge, jury, executioner and, if necessary, as in Nevada, as army of occupation. In most parts of the developed world, there is “the police”, and that’s it. If a bureaucrat from the Ministry of Paperwork wants to have you seized, he has to persuade a judge to issue a warrant and then let the local coppers handle it as they see fit. There is an obvious conflict of interest when every tinpot regulatory agency has its own enforcement arm, and it imputes to even legitimate cases the whiff of something malodorous and, indeed, despotic.

A ‘whiff’?  No longer.  The national government reeks of the stench of Tyranny.

Mr. Steyn again:

Jay Currie thinks the Nevada showdown reflects a shifting balance of power between the citizen and the state-media complex. He may be right. In the pre-smartphone era, I think the BLM snipers would have had few qualms about offing members of the Bundy family, anymore than their fellow bureaucratic enforcers at Ruby Ridge did about shooting Vicki Weaver in the head as she was cradling her baby and running for cover. Waco might have gone differently in the age of cellphone video.

This should give us all some hope.

And so should this:


Good old American resolve and ingenuity in action — they surrounded the browncoated bastards!



  1. rosalindj permalink
    14 April 2014 @ 21:37 21:37

    Great commentary, though I wish he hadn’t called them “brown coated bastards”. So says a Firefly fan..

    • 15 April 2014 @ 02:27 02:27

      agreed! the “brown coated bastards” were the ones on horseback!

      “bastards” being used as an affectionate term, obviously.

      now, brown SHIRTED bastards, that would be entirely appropriate.

      • thecampofthesaints permalink
        15 April 2014 @ 07:25 07:25

        It was an attempt to tar them with a modern name for Redcoat. Obviously, FAIL.

        On Tue, Apr 15, 2014 at 2:27 AM, The Camp Of The Saints wrote:


  2. Starless permalink
    15 April 2014 @ 08:57 08:57

    Bundy makes a very good point about county sheriffs who seem all too willing to meekly comply with orders from alphabet soup agencies (hey, they might not get those surplus MRAPs if they don’t). Unfortunately, he’s not articulate in a way that LIVs may understand. I saw him and the son who was tasered on some show on FNC, and despite the talking head doing her utmost to help them through the interview, it was still a bit of a disaster. And then you’ve got that one son of his with some kind of facial paralysis — or bee stings, or…something — who, I expect, leaves most viewers wondering mostly WTF is wrong with his face instead of listening to what he has to say.

    So, I have to wonder if the outcome of all of this is going to be more voter sympathy for individual liberty, or LIVs thinking this is some isolated incident involving a kooky rancher who just doesn’t want to pay his bills. I think the legal argument is less compelling, and more difficult for a Nevada rancher to articulate to LIVs, than repeating the fact that paramilitary agents, in the fashion of mob enforcers, were sent in to collect a debt. This is also a very good time to remind the American people that federal agents had numerous opportunities to arrest David Koresh in town, but chose instead to ram a tank into a compound full of children.

    Regardless of the finer legal points of Bundy’s (or Koresh’s — though I’m not saying they’re directly analogous cases) position, any American, whether more conservative or liberal minded, should be very concerned with their gov’t’s willingness to bring out the mailed fist in order to deal with problematic cases involving its own citizens. I fear that instead they will just grunt and turn to see what’s happening on whatever celebrity competition show is popular this week. (That dancing show is still on, isn’t it? Oh, how I weep for my once great nation…)

    • Starless permalink
      15 April 2014 @ 09:51 09:51

      As an addendum: it’s also probably a good time to remind everyone of this image.

      Remember, they do it all For The Children. If they have to destroy those same children in order to save them, then so be it.

  3. formwiz permalink
    15 April 2014 @ 15:49 15:49

    O U T L A W, Hell.

    Lawman, Patriot, American Cowboy!

  4. Adobe_Walls permalink
    15 April 2014 @ 21:20 21:20

    No vote one can cast this year (or any other for that matter) is more important than the vote for county sheriff. This is especially true in counties where the sheriff’s department is the sole LE agency.

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