Tuesday, April 15, 2014
A battle has been temporarily won, but the government's war on the American farmer & rancher is far from being over... The next round is just over the horizon
Friday, April 11, 2014: Our team spent the entire day (from sun up to sun down) performing tasks that the BLM should have been doing. Instead of rustling cattle, tazing an old white man and pushing an old woman to the ground at the Bundy Ranch, they should have been working to protect our public land from the scourge of drug and human smuggling. Why doesn't the BLM deploy hundreds of armed goons, snipers and helicopters to take on the drug cartels in the Sonoran Desert National Monument?
The BLM land, immediately west of my home and neighborhood have been destroyed by Mexicans. Rarely, do I see BLM rangers on patrol or doing anything to curb the devastation of the Sonoran Desert. On Friday, our team took to the high ground and "decommissioned" multiple narco spotter positions. These LP/OP's are the key to the smuggling trade, as they are the ones that "direct traffic" and keep the drugs flowing. Most of these positions are on top of hills or far from roads. As a result, law enforcement rarely sees them, because they don't like to get out of their trucks.
On every rancher's grazing permit it says the following: "You are authorized to make grazing use of the lands, under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management and covered by this grazing permit, upon your acceptance of the terms and conditions of this grazing permit and payment of grazing fees when due."
Federal agents back down in stand-off with armed cowboys: BLM release cattle after they were surrounded by militia following agreement to stop targeting rancher in modern-day 'range war'
In an embarrassing climbdown, the Bureau of Land Management retreated from its high profile standoff with Bundy and his rag-tag bunch of anti-federalists after the BLM attempted to forcibly capture nearly 1,000 of his cattle. Full Article
Cliven Bundy was one of these people who received extremely unfair and unreasonable "terms and conditions." Keep in mind that Mr. Bundy was required to sign this contract before he was allowed to pay. Had Clive signed on the dotted line, he would have, in essence, signed his very livelihood away. And so Mr. Bundy took a stand, not only for himself, but for all of us.
Ranchers, throughout the course of a hundred years, invested thousands (and perhaps millions) of dollars and sacrificed along the way to obtain these rights through purchase from others. At a whim, the government can take everything away with the stroke of a pen. This is the very thing that Clive Bundy took a stand against.
Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy: “The citizens of America” got my cattle back
"The dispute is over, the BLM is leaving, but emotions and tensions are still near the boiling point, and we desperately need a peaceful conclusion to this conflict," U.S. Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., said in a statement. "I urge all the people involved to please return to your homes and allow the BLM officers to collect their equipment and depart without interference." CBS News
The media has portrayed public land as owned by the government and we, the people, are simply intruders, given a limited privilege of usage. It is our land and the different government agencies are simply hired to care for the land, not dictate how we use it, how we are charged for it and how they can control us. The real problem is not who the employees of these agencies are, but, instead, our elected representatives who allow (while profiting) the over intrusive government to treat us as intruders of the “King's land.”
A Victory in the First Battle of What Will be a Long War
The BLM could easily show up again tomorrow, next week, or next month. They’ve already spent millions of taxpayer dollars in their crusade against Cliven Bundy. At some point when the crowds disperse and the television lights go dark, the BLM may very well return, with their guns, their helicopters, and their shiny white SUVs. Full Article
The Feds will be back. For a while, they'll let the protestors believe they are going to get their way, but came back on a cold night with batons and bulldozers and started cracking skulls. Things will not change, until we quit believing that a two party system is really a choice. It isn't. They both work for the kings of elitist and they get paid far too well to change. We need an alternative elective group that will make it their priority to rid us of an over bloated government.
"Men have looked upon the desert as barren land, the free holding of whoever chose; but in fact each hill and valley in it had a man who was its acknowledged owner and would quickly assert the right of his family or clan to it, against aggression." --T. E. Lawrence
If you like your cattle, you can keep your cattle.