Tag: Bundy

The Oregon Standoff: Understanding LaVoy Finicum’s Death & the Management of BLM Land

 

When one talks about the Bundy Family, the first thing that springs to mind is the standoff in Nevada in 2014. However, perhaps even more important is the standoff and occupation at Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in 2016. Indeed, the two events are often conflated because Ammon Bundy is the son of Cliven Bundy, the man who stood up to the federal government over “grazing fees” on Bureau of Land Management land.

The occupation was a highlight for both the militia and the sovereign citizen movement as well as proponents of states’ rights. The main argument from those occupying the land is that the federal government is mandated by law to turn over the land that they manage to the individual states in which the land sits. This, they argued, was particularly true of the Bureau of Land Management, United States Forestry Service, and United States Fish and Wildlife Service land.

Bundys Go Free, But Their Lawyer is Tazed and Arrested

 

Remember the Oregon Wildlife Refuge Standoff and the shooting of LaVoy Finicum? Well the verdict was just released and the Bundy brothers, Jeff Banta, Shawna Cox, David Fry, Neil Wampler, and Kenneth Medenbach were found not guilty on all charges by the jury. The government was stunned and did not like the jury’s verdict, so why not take it out on their attorney. When their lawyer asked for his client’s immediate release he was tasered and arrested by federal agents. Oh yes, the federal government is now charging the attorney with failure to comply with a lawful order and disturbance.

Does Anyone Else Find This Rather Ominous?

 

Senator Harry Reid at a Las Vegas Review-Journal event had some interesting statements to make regarding recent events at the Bundy Ranch in Nevada.

“They’re nothing more than domestic terrorists, I repeat: what happened there was domestic terrorism….There were hundreds, hundreds of people from around the country that came there,” Reid said. “They had sniper rifles in the freeway. They had weapons, automatic weapons. They had children lined up. They wanted to make sure they got hurt first … What if others tried the same thing?”

The Rule of Law?

 

Most Americans claim to support the rule of law, especially over the rule of man. There is a good reason for this position: it is a foundational part of the ethos of our nation, one that is voiced (or at least given lip service) by most Americans. There is a long history of its practical benefits for society. While the nation has not always lived up to this precept, it has, by a long shot, been the norm more often than not. Those of us who believe in “playing by the rules” and supporting the rule of law do so under the belief and expectation that: