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Cliven Bundy: Brother-In-Arms

16 April 2014 @ 21:05

In a post from earlier today, Jeff Goldstein looks at the bigger struggle that is being played-out throughout the whole of The United States and why Cliven Bundy’s war is our war.

An excerpt:

Say what you want about the civil disobedience being deployed by Mr Bundy in the slimy world of cronyism that marks so much of Nevada politics; but the fact is, the stand he’s taking, while it may eschew federal court rulings, is nonetheless worth supporting, if only because it draws attention to the draconian means the federal bureaucracies are prepared to use to harass individual private property owners — even as the amount of undeveloped land in the US remains at about 95%, a staggering figure.  As was the 200 armed enforcement officers with weapons the government deployed to try to neutralize this heretic.

I highly recommend reading all of Jeff’s post because, like me, you’ll be provided with some very powerful ammunition which will aide in combating those in this country who want to eliminate Private Property.

Mark Steyn from yesterday:

So the blandly named “Bureau of Land Management” is managing an area the size of Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Portugal combined. Just in Nevada.

In total, the Bureau of Land Management rules over one-eighth of the land mass of the United States. That’s about the size of South Africa – or about three-sevenths of the G7: France, Germany and Italy combined.

You know the way governors like to say, “If California were a country…” or “if Texas were a country…” it would be the twelfth biggest economy in the world or whatever it is? If the Bureau of Land Management were a country, it would be the 26th biggest country in the world – out of 200 or so. Maybe that’s why the BLM needs such a lavishly equipped army…. Maybe it should join Nato and send a division or two to protect the Baltic states.

If BLM were Microsoft or Standard Oil, there’d be an anti-trust investigation. Instead, the BLMpire is the biggest collective farm in history, beyond the wildest dreams of Soviet commissars. Except that, as the Bundys have discovered, no one’s allowed to farm it. It’s serfdom without the perks.

The incoming Emir of the United BLM-irates is apparently some buddy of Harry Reid. Where do you go to vote him out? In the one-eighth of the United States he reigns over, there is not a single polling station. And in the seven-eighths where there are, he’s not on the ballot.

Poor old Cliven Bundy is probably doomed to end his days in jail or destitution or both. But he will have done his nation a great service if his sacrifice brings to an end this affront to accountable government.

One gets the feeling that, in the coming years, a good number of True Americans will end their days ‘in jail or destitution or both’.

We each have to ask ourselves if we are willing to make such a sacrifice — a sacrifice that in a more nobler age was worded thusly:

…we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

We can either do our Duty or join that long and pathetic list of those who betrayed the trust placed in them by The Founding Fathers — who acted as mere agents of our Creator — and who condemned their Posterity to needless suffering and misery.

A Loving and Merciful God bestowed on the people of The United States the natural rights to Life, to Liberty, and to Property.  He placed the maintenance of those rights in our hands, entrusted them to our care.  And, as Samuel Adams wrote in 1772:

Join-Or-Die-600x409If men, through fear, fraud, or mistake, should in terms renounce or give up any essential natural right, the eternal law of reason and the grand end of society would absolutely vacate such renunciation. The right to freedom being the gift of God Almighty, it is not in the power of man to alienate this gift and voluntarily become a slave.

I know not what course others may take, but as for me: I will not be a slave; I will either Live Free Or Die.


  1. 16 April 2014 @ 21:59 21:59

    I’m thinking we’ll see a lot more of this type of govt overreach and citizens saying HELL NO!!

  2. 16 April 2014 @ 22:35 22:35

    I’m rather neutral on the whole Bundy Ranch kerfuffle. While I empathize with his statement that the BLM is destroying his livelihood and way of life by regulating it away, I do not find the idea of breaking the law to be a good thing, but then, at this time, that ideal has fallen on hard times.

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      17 April 2014 @ 00:13 00:13

      The thing is that Bundy successfully exposed both the Democrats’ outrageous hypocrisy (I don’t recall any snipers deploying around Zuccotti Park, for example) and the ridiculous extent to which federal bureaucracies have become militarized. AFA his legal position is concerned, there’s a lot of talk from law-and-order types on the Right saying that he has no real case, but does he really? At what point does getting screwed by the federal gov’t (and make no mistake, they’re purposely screwing him for no other reason than that they can) become so unacceptable that non-compliance becomes the only morally acceptable option?

      I think one thing that’s not being emphasized enough is the fact that he wasn’t just letting his cattle out onto federal land to graze for “free”, but that he and his family were, for all intents and purposes, caretakers of that land, developing water sources, establishing fence lines, and all of the other improvements necessary to maintain property. All at their own expense.

  3. 17 April 2014 @ 05:41 05:41

    “Civilian National Security Force.” The thing is this: Obama has spoken in code all along. The somnolent masses heard curious phrases that they dismissed in the foggy rapture of A Black President. But the man has delivered on his coded promises to his well-versed wind-talkers.

    Homework for the class: What other curious phrases did you hear when Obama was first running? What do you think he meant by “trickle up economy”? His mentor, Jeremiah Wright, discouraged his followers from seeking out “middle classness.” Can you guess why? Do you think “punished with a child” was a gaffe, or more code-speak?

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      17 April 2014 @ 08:27 08:27

      You’re absolutely right. This isn’t from 2008, but there’s, “fundamentally transform the nation”, a statement which he, of course, totally backtracked on while winking to his partisans that, “nah, bro, don’t worry, I totally do mean it.”

      I think that the Fog of An Black President wasn’t the only thing at play but also the compact within the tradition of Old Fashioned Political Bullshitting. Yeah, politicians throw out a lot of chum in order to get elected, but then they get into office and don’t destroy nearly as much as they said they would. Whether they grew some sort of conscience when the responsibility of their elected position finally fell upon them or whether they were just lying to get elected, sometimes you can’t tell. We expect, based on past experience, that politicians won’t (and can’t because of things like the Constitution and gridlock) hurt us nearly as badly as they promised.

      Bill Clinton was going to wreak as much havoc as Obama, but he seems to have figured out that that would have been bad and backed off. Imagine, for example, what HillaryCare would have done to the tech boom if Bubba had continued to double down and force through his wife’s shitty healthcare policy. In hindsight, it seems that he figured out that it was better for the country to just leave well enough alone (though he didn’t when it came to housing). Obama obviously has no such hang-ups.

      Anyway, we’ll see what code words he starts repeating not only regarding the Bundy situation but, especially, the Overland Park murders. He’s already got “journalists” preparing the battle space for him. Hell, I even saw a supposed conservative outlet call the KKK “right wing”.

  4. Adobe_Walls permalink
    17 April 2014 @ 17:29 17:29

    — Kevin D. Williamson
    Cliven Bundy may very well be a nut job, but one thing is for sure: The federal government wouldn’t treat a tortoise the way it has treated him. Harassing a tortoise is a federal offense. But harassing the country? That’s federal policy.

    ~ Kerodin ~
    Every single law on the books, ultimately,
    is enforced with the muzzle of a weapon.
    It does not matter if the charge is failing to pay
    your property tax or jay walking, hosting a yard sale without a town permit, or murder,
    if you resist the punishment in any of these cases, Government will escalate until you yield or…the final step results in the discharge of firearms.
    You forget this at your peril.
    Strictly legaly speaking Cliven Bundy doesn’t have a leg to stand on, that doesn’t mean he’s wrong or that those who support him are. Just because the commies pass a law is no reason to obey it. In the months and years to come many of us are going to have to choose between doing what is right and what is prohibited or required by law.


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