Class Warfare Blog

April 24, 2014

The Cliven Bundy Conundrum

If you haven’t been following the news or are from out-of-country, Mr. Cliven Bundy is a cattle rancher in our state of Nevada, who has been grazing his cattle on federal land for 20 years without paying the required “grazing fees.” He has been taken to court numerous times and each time he has lost. His defense is that he doesn’t believe in the existence of the federal government. (Really!) Most recently, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) showed up to confiscate his cattle but they were met with armed resistance, not only from the Bundy family but by hordes of right-wing militia toting guns. The BLM officers wisely backed down from a confrontation to pursue other efforts. Maybe this would be just another odd news note about an odd happening out in the wild West, but for some reason the “issue” got picked up by the right-wing media machine (Fox (sic) News, Rush Limbaugh, etc. but strangely not Glenn Beck). They made Mr. Bundy out to be some sort of patriot instead of the violent radical scofflaw he clearly is.

Clearly the conservative media have lost their minds because the law Mr. Bundy is flaunting was put in place by none other than the GOP saint, Ronald Reagan. Which makes it even stranger that U.S. Senators (Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, etc.) got involved on Bundy’s behalf, one of whom referred to Mr. Bundy as a “patriot.”

Now, let me put this in perspective. Would the right-wing media gone to bat for a deadbeat scofflaw like Mr. Bundy, if he . . .
. . . were African American?
. . . were Hispanic?
. . . were a Muslim?
. . . were an Indian?
. . . were a woman?
Anybody? Really? It seems that the population of aggrieved white people is ever growing. (I grieve for my people.)

And the small community near Mr. Bundy’s ranch is now overrun by pickup trucks full of members of right-wing militia groups sporting loaded AK-47s. Would you want that in your community, Mr. Hannity?

Really?

My evil mind says that the BLM officers should fly over the federal land he is using illegally and shoot all of his cattle, then send him notice to remove the remains of his cattle which were trespassing on our land (yes, federal land is land owned by the people of the United States). But I rarely give in to my evil mind and why should those poor cattle have to pay with their lives for the bad judgment of one asshole not even of their species.

6 Comments »

  1. His recent racist comment also reflects what underlies what most of these white male anti-government types insists is not there. How quick they are to attack people they accuse of playing the race card but if you were a fly in a room full of Bundys the racist comments would runoff of their lips like drool evoked from a steak lover’s vision of red meat.

    Comment by lbwoodgate — April 25, 2014 @ 4:51 am | Reply

    • I see the Rand Paul’s and company are now running away from Bundy after this. Pathetic tossers.

      Comment by john zande — April 25, 2014 @ 5:42 am | Reply

  2. Don’t shoot the poor cattle… turn the land into a petting zoo for poor African-Americans :)

    Comment by john zande — April 25, 2014 @ 5:43 am | Reply

    • *not a petting zoo full of African-American children, rather a cattle petting zoo visited by poor African-Americans.

      Comment by john zande — April 25, 2014 @ 5:45 am | Reply

  3. Mr. Bundy I stand with you. Sent a message to Sen. Dean Heller and Harry Reid. I was really upset that they did not understand your message. I am 68 living in Vegas and I got it. To bad their shallow minds don’t think like me. And I let them know about the BLM. Let’s see if Heller really gets an investigation into the BLM during the round up. Won’t hold my breath. Good luck. I am with you.

    Comment by Jay Quail — April 25, 2014 @ 3:34 pm | Reply

    • Mr. Bundy is protesting grazing rates that are about one sixth the size they would be on the free market. In other words he is protesting having to pay at a huge discount for that is owned by the general public. The BLM is not administering a government boondoggle but a government giveaway!

      Comment by Steve Ruis — April 26, 2014 @ 8:06 am | Reply


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