Why the Standoff at the Bundy Ranch is a Very Big Deal

If you haven’t been following the unfolding drama at the Bundy Ranch about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas you need to start now. The escalating confrontation between irate local residents and federal agents of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has the potential to take a very dangerous turn for the worse at any moment, as hundreds of militia members from states across the country are expected to descend upon the area and make a stand with 67-year-old Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy.
The kindling for social upheaval has been growing in America for quite some time.
The question in my mind has always been what will the catalyst be to spark the brushfire? Will it be the Bundy Ranch?


 

Submitted by Michael Krieger, Liberty Blitzkrieg:

Before I get into any sort of analysis about what this means within the bigger picture of American politics and society, we need a little background on the situation. The saga itself has been ongoing for two decades and the issue at hand is whether or not Mr. Bundy can graze his 900 head of cattle on a particular section of public lands in Clark County. Cliven Bundy has been ordered to stop, but he has stood his ground time and time again. As a result, the feds have now entered the area and are impounding his cattle. According to CNN, Between Saturday and Wednesday, contracted wranglers impounded a total of 352 cattle. The Bundy family, as well as a variety of local residents have already had confrontations with the BLM agents. Tasers have been used and some minor injuries reported. Most signoficantly, militia members from across the country have already descended upon the area and it seems possible that hundreds may ultimately make it down there.

To me, the argument of who is right and who is wrong in this situation is the least interesting part of the story. I have noted time and time again that the feds are becoming increasingly out of control and belligerent to American citizens. We know the stories (think Aaron Swartz) and we know the overall trend trend. However, the reason the Bundy Ranch confrontation is so interesting, is that for whatever reason this particular incident seems to be striking a particular chord of dissent. It is often times the most random, unforeseen and innocuous things that spark social/political movements. This standoff has it all.

From CBS News:

LAS VEGAS (CBS Las Vegas/AP) — Militia groups are rallying behind a rancher whose cattle are being seized by the federal government.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that two militia members from Montana and one from Utah have arrived at Cliven Bundy’s ranch.

“We need to be the barrier between the oppressed and the tyrants,” Ryan Payne of the West Mountain Rangers told the Review-Journal. “Expect to see a band of soldiers.”

Payne said that militias from New Hampshire, Texas and Florida are likely to join and stand with Bundy and stay at his ranch.

“They all tell me they are in the process of mobilizing as we speak,” Payne told the Review-Journal, adding that hundreds of militia members are expected.

Lawmakers are adding their voices into the fray, criticizing the federal cattle roundup fought by Cliven Bundy who claims longstanding grazing rights on remote public rangeland about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas.

Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada said he told new U.S. Bureau of Land Management chief Neil Kornze in Washington, D.C., that law-abiding Nevadans shouldn’t be penalized by an “overreaching” agency.

Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval pointed earlier to what he called “an atmosphere of intimidation,” resulting from the roundup and said he believed constitutional rights were being trampled.

The fact that a U.S. Senator and the Governor are publicly coming out agains the feds is in my opinion a very big deal and may signal the beginning of a true fracturing in the social fabric. Something that I have been expecting for many years.

Heller said he heard from local officials, residents and the Nevada Cattlemen’s Association and remained “extremely concerned about the size of this closure and disruptions with access to roads, water and electrical infrastructure.”

The federal government has shut down a scenic but windswept area about half the size of the state of Delaware to round up about 900 cattle it says are trespassing.

Sandoval said he was most offended that armed federal officials have tried to corral people protesting the roundup into a fenced-in “First Amendment area” south of the resort city of Mesquite.

The site “tramples upon Nevadans’ fundamental rights under the U.S. Constitution” and should be dismantled, Sandoval said.

People being rounded up like cattle in these bullshit “First Amendment areas” is completely unacceptable.

BLM spokeswoman Kirsten Cannon and Park Service spokeswoman Christie Vanover have told reporters during daily conference calls that free-speech areas were established so agents could ensure the safety of contractors, protesters, the rancher and his supporters.

Meanwhile, federal officials say 277 cows have been collected. Cannon said state veterinarian and brand identification officials will determine what becomes of the impounded cattle.

The kindling for social upheaval has been growing in America for quite some time.Disrespectful and ignorant statements from billionaire oligarchs like Sam Zell only make it worse. The question in my mind has always been what will the catalyst be to spark the brushfire? Will it be the Bundy Ranch? We’ll have to wait and see.

Personally, I hope cooler heads prevail and there is no violence, because once you head down the road of violent confrontation between the people and the feds you are opening up a can of worms that will not easily be bottled up again. In such a situation, everybody loses. However, my long-term fear is that unless the government and its puppet masters on Wall Street and elsewhere in big business change course, social upheaval will prove inevitable, whether the Bundy Ranch sparks it, or some other incident down the road. These are troubled times and they are likely going to get worse before they get better.

Full article here.

In Liberty,
Michael Krieger

 

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Comments

  1. Here is a report from a friend of the Bundy family http://jimstonefreelance.com/ about what is going on. While they don’t own the land they do have grazing and water rights and WILL UNTIL THEY STOP USING THOSE RESOURCES. The BLM wants the water to sell to the city of L V and Harry Reed and his son Rory are involved in a scheme to sell that land to the ChiComs  @ way under market value (WHY), and the only thing standing in the way of all this corruption and money is the Bundy family ranch and the law. The law seems to be easily trampled by the Reed’s and their corrupt tentacles but, not the Bundy’s. ALSO– The BLM was going to sell the cattle at one of the smallest cattle markets in Utah. No cattle markets in Nevada would take the cattle without a properly signed brand inspection (which the BLM cannot obtain without Cliven Bundy’s signature). The BLM paid the owner of the Utah cattle market $300,000 to do the sale (‘R’ Livestock Connection in Monroe, Utah, owned by one Scott G. Robbins, according to the Utah Business Entity Search). Utah Governor Herbert stepped in and forbid them from bringing the cattle into Utah without the legally required health and brand inspections (which again, require Bundy’s signature) and that no feral cattle are allowed to be imported at all (per Utah statute).

  2. http://saboteur365.wordpress.com/2014/04/12/bundy-ranch-standoff-the-people-vs-the-lying-united-states-government/ tells you why.
    Between all the manipulations and the confiscations and so on and on and on… it’s time to depose bankster thugs and their toadies.

  3. @RocketsRedGlare
    Here’s the direct JimStone link… I also posted it on the other story thread here on SD last night….  the commentary over there is pretty hot now.
     
    http://www.jimstonefreelance.com/fromaranchersmouth.html

  4. Ruby Ridge set the tone for the Bundy Ranch situation back over 20 years ago.  Waco also served as a point of historical martyrdom.  These events alerted a WHOLE generation of Americans to the potential for tyranny from the Federal Government.  It’s Lon Horiuchi payback now…  (He was the murderer of Vicki Weaver.)
     
    The BLM was one of the federal departments heavily involved in the recent purchase of over 2 Billion rounds of ammunition.  So, to those who would argue that the BLM has not been ‘militarized’ I can only suggest that Bundy Ranch stands in discredit of that assertion.
     
    If the Bundy Ranch becomes Concord/Lexington II, the genie released may very well never be stuffed back into the bottle.

  5. Everyone, thanks for the links.  I’ll be in central north Nevada next week with a mining group.  Then later in the week with quite a few Utah Mormons.  I wonder what the mood will be….

  6. All this got my head spinning into political and philosophical thoughts. For those interested, here they are:
     
    Regarding Mega corporations, Ukraine, Bunkerville Bundy Ranch and Buddha.
    This is about Personal respect, respect for others, respect for family, respect for community, respect for city and state.
    This is about Balance of powers.
    Individual rights, home and property rights, and community rights.
     
    We live in an intimate, inter-connected weave.
     
    Sovereign rights of an individual must be honored. An individuals life and death must always be their choice. What goes into our body; food, drugs and probes, -must always be our choice.
    What occurs in the privacy of an individuals property, their room, their home, -must always be their choice.  These are the “redlines” that must be honored by all others.
    Self determination of individuals, families, communities, cities and states -must always be honored and protected. These rights are foundational to the necessary balance of powers; to harmony and freedom for everyone.
    The founding fathers of this country, 250 years ago, clearly understood this necessity.
    When corporations or governments have become “too big to fail,” they have overstepped their limits; overstepped their exercise of powers. At that “too big to fail” point, the balance of powers between the individual and the collective, has been over stepped. The individuals will rise up and strip the “too big to fail.”
    This is also how things work in nature, in microbiology, in physics, and throughout this awesome universe. A balance of energies is always, dynamically, being established, disturbed and re-established.
    (And then Buddha will ask:
    What is the source of the disturbance? Individual willfulness seeking collective connectedness. Cease the seeking:  -in the context of full awareness, the disturbance goes away. Celebrate.
     
    Always remember, deep deep within, Loving Presence.)

    • JimG
      GOD is in complete control of His creation, our Father having counted the cost to build His house { His creation}  established the end before the beginning and therefor provided a path back home by His only begotten Son Jesus Christ,  and we all will be re-gathered out of this world/Babylon/confusion being it a dividing/gendering or a duality of mind/confusion of face
       
       We as spiritual beings have put on  corrupt flesh which is an eating of the tree of knowledge of good and evil which is to say our nakedness or separation from our spirit via our perception gathered by our five husbands/senses from that which is without or outside of self, this reasoning or duality of mind brings us to an expected end and that being the desolation of our soul, this process turns us back to our first love that being our soul ruled by our spirit and not our flesh, we as carnal beasts now abide in a state of this confusion which is the order of things, which is a process of learning or the putting on of this same image of our creator 
       
      There is only ONE tree in the midst of the garden and TRUTH having bean hung from it, we are now able to eat of its fruit of LIFE  
       
       
          

  7. If Harry Reed and his son Rory are the cause of all of this, then somehow they need to be prosecuted.
     

  8. If it’s proven these A-Holes are Russian, I’m jumping into my truck and driving to Nevada. I’ll shoot these pricks myself!!!

    • The Russians are NOT the enemy my friend…your Government is the enemy, and always will be.
       
      If I recall correctly, many years ago Cuban leader Fidel Castro came to NYC to participate in a United Nations conference of some sort. As he exited his cab, he was surrounded by reporters. One stuck a camera and microphone in his face and rudely inquired:
       
      “Mr. Castro, what does it feel like to come to a Country where everyone has Rights and Freedoms sir?”
       
      Mr. Castro beginning to let out an obvious chuckle, pointed North, South, East and West and respectfully replied:
       
      “My dear, you said there are Freedoms? There are Rights? Where? Look around you nice lady, look around you very carefully from coast to coast, there ARE NO RIGHTS, THERE ARE NO FREEDOMS! It is a myth my dear, a vast lie to placate the masses into submission. So please look in your own backyard before you accuse.”

  9. I doubt these uniformed and heavily armed soldiers/(Law officers) have taken any oaths to protect and defend the constitution of the United States. I believe they are just mercenaries who work for unelected agencies of govt. and they take their orders from the head offices. They have no loyalties to the people, only their employer. Meanwhile, overseas, we have our uniformed soldiers and peace keepers standing in the gap and defending foreigners from their governments or some other sort of threat. Our soldiers have sworn an oath to protect and defend the Constitution and they are on the other side of the world. Who are these armies that are now threatening American citizens within their borders and even cancelling free speech within certain zones of their making?
    Washington D.C. has sworn an oath to protect itself from enemies foreign and domestic such as, conservatives and libertarians, tea party types, Christians, constitutionalist’s, small businesses, law abiding citizens and gun owners, people who own to much or have been to successful, retired military and veterans and they now have armed to the teeth, every unelected agency of Govt. They all seem to have 3 letters in their names and in this case BLM  – Bureau of Land Management.  What is going on here?

    • BLM?  The true meaning of that acronym is Bureau of Limp Manhood.  They must be pretty limp if they just HAVE to take on an old rancher and abuse him on his own property by overwhelming force.  Only true cowards would behave in that manner.  

  10. For Those Of The American Jury… Here Is The Rest Of The Story As Presented By Shiree Bundy
    Posted By: Watchman Date: Saturday, 12-Apr-2014 13:23:49

    Here the letter just received from Bundy’s daughter, Shiree Bundy Cox

    “I have had people ask me to explain my dad’s stance on this BLM fight. Here it is in as simple of terms as I can explain it. There is so much to it, but here it is in a nut shell.

    My great grandpa bought the rights to the Bunkerville allotment back in 1887 or around there. Then he sold them to my grandpa who then turned them over to my dad in 1972. These men bought and paid for their rights to the range and also built waters, fences and roads to assure the survival of their cattle, all with their own money, not with tax dollars.

    These rights to the land use are called preemptive rights. Somewhere down the line, to keep the cows from overgrazing, came the bureau of land management. They were supposed to assist the ranchers in the management of their ranges while the ranchers paid a yearly allotment which was to be use to pay the BLM wages and to help with repairs and improvements of the ranches. [my highlighting, Don]

    My dad did pay his grazing fees for years to the BLM until they were no longer using his fees to help him and to improve. Instead they began using these moneys against the ranchers. They bought all the rest of the ranchers in the area out with their own grazing fees. When they offered to buy my dad out for a pittance he said no thanks and then fired them because they weren’t doing their job. He quit paying the BLM but tried giving his grazing fees to the county, which they turned down.

    So my dad just went on running his ranch and making his own improvements with his own equipment and his own money, not taxes. In essence the BLM was managing my dad out of business. Well when buying him out didn’t work, they used the endangered species card. You’ve already heard about the desert tortoise.

    Well that didn’t work either, so then began the threats and the court orders, which my dad has proven to be unlawful for all these years. Now they’re desperate. It’s come down to buying the brand inspector off and threatening the County Sheriff. Everything they’re doing at this point is illegal and totally against the constitution of the United States of America.

    Now you may be saying, “how sad, but what does this have to do with me?” Well, I’ll tell you. They will get rid of Cliven Bundy, the last man standing on the Bunkerville allotment and then they will close all the roads so no one can ever go on it again. Next, it’s Utah’s turn. Mark my words, Utah is next. Then there’s the issue of the cattle that are at this moment being stolen. See even if dad hasn’t paid them, those cattle do belong to him.

    Regardless of where the cattle is my father’s property. His herd has been part of that range for over a hundred years, long before the BLM even existed. Now the Feds think they can just come in and remove them and sell them without a legal brand inspection or without my dad’s signature on it. They think they can take them over two borders, which is illegal – ask any trucker. Then they plan to take them to the Richfield Auction and sell them. All with our tax money. They have paid off the contract cowboys and the auction owner as well as the Nevada brand inspector with our tax dollars. See how slick they are? Well, this is it in a nut shell. Thanks”

    Shiree Bundy Cox

    PS We Need you to show up tomorrow April 12th. We need lots – tons of people now.

    Date: April 12, 2014
    Time: 8am – BLM goes home
    Place: Bunkerville Exit on I-15, 3 miles south of Mesquite. Go east 2 miles toward Bunkerville.
    Bring: sun protection, its getting hot. Water, food, cameras.
    DO NOT bring: Guns or wear Cammo patterned clothing.

    This needs to be peaceful law-abiding people showing support. No more, no less.

    PPS – Please forward this to friends.

  11. A Snip Of An Interview With BLM “Ranger” Says It All… It WAS The Patriot Guns Which Made Them Relent…

    The good news is that the interview with one of the BLM Rangers, who admitted feeling ashamed over what he was being ordered to do, revealed that the government’s stooges have little stomach to enforce the unconstitutional “laws” decreed by DC against an armed populace. And if it works at the Bundy Ranch, it can work at the local military recruiting offices, Obamacare facilities, and tax offices! In that context, this is a victory for We The People. <Yep– NEVER Give Up Your Firearms… They Speak the ONLY language the thugs understand. Apparently even they are human enough to want to go home to their families after a hard day, but not in a bag….

      First off, let me offer my profound thanks to the thousands of : Patriots and Militia who answered the call and stood in the : front lines in the place of all of us who sat on the sidelines….

     1) This (probably) Temporary outcome is VERY heartening to  lonely Patriots… They now know for sure that there is a : vocal action-oriented kernel of Spirit alive in America, and the rallying call is the US Constitution.

      2) The thousands who massed at Bundy ranch in support actually  spent their time, money and personal assets to rally in the face of an oppressive government. This message will not be lost on politicians and media, even though the results of any effect will result in only grandstanding.

      3) There will probably be a Congressional  "investigation" which will be used mostly to garner political support for the mouths who wish to rule.  This investigation will partially expose the corruption of Harry Reid and his involvement in this Chinese Corpgov  reality that was the instigation around the whole charade.

     4) There will become a general knowledge of the root cause of our Constitutional crisis.  Like it or not, NONE of this could not have occurred without the "laws" passed or enabled by unelected bureaucrats of a bought off Congress.

     5) Vigilance… It is the eternal price of liberty. NEVER surrender your guns. Remember that it ACTUALLY WAS the presence of The peoples FIREARMS that led the BLM to relent…

     "to prevent violence" They said… Yep it sure did..

      NEVER give up that ultimate vote.

    (h/t) Watchman

    • The incident at Bunkerville, NV, was EXACTLY why the Founding Fathers inserted the 2nd amendment into the US Constitution.  It is not there for gun collecting, buying-selling-trading arms, target practice, or hunting (which is not mentioned even once in the US Constitution) but because ALL governments grow until they become cancers on the body of the nation that gave them birth.  When that happens, free men and women have not only the right to remove that government from power but the duty, as free Americans, to see to it.  In order to do that, we MUST have the means by which we can face down tyrants and their minions.  Arms ARE the means.  Virtually all Americans would prefer to accomplish this via peaceful means, if at all possible.  But if the political process is corrupted to the point that it can no longer effect peaceful political change, what else is left to us?  We either roll over and give up the rights that hundreds of thousands of American patriots have bled and died to ensure OR we fight like hell and secure those rights for ourselves, our children and grand children, and all Americans yet unborn.

  12. For you military guys, get this description of the LEO compound…
     
    A reader sends as of 0652EDT today:
    I just arrived at the ranch at 0340. So far my phone and iPad are indicating good reception. I drove by the LEO compound on the way in to Mesquite to fill up on fuel. They have generators with flood lights at their entrance. It looks like something reminiscent to Iraq with the way they have their vehicle entry point set up. The barricades are set up to ensure a vehicle can’t penetrate the main gate. They even have a dump truck parked across the entrance to the compound – to further prevent a VBIED attack?
    As I drove further down the road I could see flood lights illuminating the dry riverbed. It appears they have an inner and outer perimeter and a third perimeter of early warning equipment. The LEO compound is more than a compound. It is a fire base, pure and simple.
    There are 3 satellite news vans parked at the entrance. So far I have seen about 100 cars parked along side the rode. People are sleeping in tents and in their vehicles. I have made friends with the family parked next to me. They said they are from from Utah, Mom and her 2 teenage girls, an older brother and his roommate. All are open carrying.
    Going to crash out in the truck. The rally starts at 9. Will try to send updates as I get new useful info.

  13. From the next post with the video of the photographer at the side of Hwy 15, the people helping Bundy might be leaving.  If the SWAT and other fire teams are coming in as the weak BLM thugs leave, this situation could change very quickly
    I could not tell a lot from the 34 minute video due to wind noice but there may be more militarized LEO and others coming into the area to fill in the ranks on this fire base.  
     

  14. BLM has hastily removed documents from its web sites about a deal brokered by Harry Reid to sell the Chinese a huge section of the area for 1/6th of what it is worth so they can build a solar power station and a solar panel plant. Since when it is the BLM’s job to make deals with the Chinese and GIVE AWAY land that belongs to the people of the United States? Reid and the BLM need to be dragged into court over this, Reid removed form the senate tomorrow, BLM all funding cut off.
     
    Also don’t forget Operation American Spring May 16th march on DC. Can’t think of a better time to show DC we are serious.

    • BLM has been scrubbing documents on this thing all week… but when the story about Harry Reid and his son’s complicity in a $5 Billion deal with a Chinese solar company hit the fan, all hell broke loose!   LOL!  The real killer for the feds in all this is that this whole thing was a variant of the Agenda 21 crapola and now, it’s clear to the world that the environmental reasons (tortoises) for all these preemptive land access issues are all Bull Sh*t and THAT genie ain’t NEVER gonna go back in the bottle ever again…. 
       
      Oh, and on another note, an interesting tidbit.  As of Friday, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)  is pleased to announce their latest inductee into their Domestic Terrorist listing Hall of Fame… one Cliven Bundy!!!!!  Now, I defy ANYONE to tell me THAT is not a KNEE-SLAPPER!!!!  Morris Dees strikes again!!!!

  15. Sov Econ
    That is good news. I’ve heard the Patriots are staying.
     One of the worst mistakes these brave  stalwart men and women  at the Bundy compound can make is believe these lying bastards and promises that they will leave and make nice.
    Every tyrant and every government comprised by tyrants has a 6,000 year old tried play book designed to deceive the people they are attempting to suppress.  
    KLUMMAC’s administration and his cronies are no more of less than cut from the same dirty cloth.  It would not surprise me to see JPM or GS involved in facilitating the Chinese land sales.
     JPM has its own private army given their vested interests in the Kleptocratic  Fascist corporatocracy of the USSA.
     We seem to have forgotted that apt way of referring to America.
    The Southern Pimp Law Orifice is just a agitprop mouthpiece for the swarthy components of the Swastika Brigade, 
    Like I said yesterday, when 50% plus of the population is on the dole the usual suspects will come out of the woodworks.
    I would not be surprised to see the usual race pimps, Urban League, Rev Fat Rat Sharpton, ACLU, Holder,  Jesse Jackson and others weigh in on this, demonizing these Patriots.
    What these ugly people in the administration  do not realize is that WE fight for ALL Americans, not just one race or color.
     If I was a black or red man I would be rally to the cause to save my people. The overlords have a special place for non-whites.
    The real racists in this country are those who’s soft tyranny that has subjugated and subordinated the black, brown and red man for the last 200 years.
     The two races in this country that fared terribly at the hands of evil overlords they were the black and red man and woman.
    I know there are many Patriots of color and hopefully they rise to this occasion.  The overlords, elites and oligarchs mean harm to all of us, weak or strong, male or female, black or white.  This is a battle for the soul of America and the Constitution. And yes, this is the Bunker(hill)ville of our century. 
     

  16. Stand Your Ground, Historic Event 
    59 seconds ~https://m.youtube.com/?reload=2&rdm=12j0tx34g#/watch?v=lT3FMawJ154 

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