Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy and his family have owned his ranch since the 1870′s. Bundy has grazed his cattle during the past 20 years on land the federal government claims to be owned by it,and managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).
Even after Bundy lost in court proceedings which have ruled Bundy owes the federal government over $1 milllion in grazing and other fees,and ordered Bundy to cease and desist from his use of the BLM land, Bundy brazenly refuses to comply with these orders,maintaining that the land is owned by local Clark County and the State of Nevada to which Bundy has paid all the necessary local and state government taxes and fees.
Even though the legal cards are stacked deeply against Mr. Bundy’s quiet enjoyment of the BLM land for his cattle, Bundy refuses to remove his cattle from the land or to pay the federal government the fees awarded it in court.
Nonetheless,sympathies for Bundy run high among many Americans who have been shocked by the blatant lawlessness,arrogance and disregard for Americans rights and freedoms in repeated cases under the current Obama administration.
These include NSA spying. IRS,FBI,OSHA illegal targeting of conservative groups. Numerous ACA illegal changes since enactment. by Illegal backdoor executive orders. Illegal back door amnesty to illegal immigrants thru illegal executive memos by cabinet level officials backed up by Obama. The failure to defend Americans in Benghazi,leading to the murder of four Americans,and the cover ups and lies to the People,still on going. Defrocking of national defense resources that are essential to protect the American People. Emasculation of nuclear deterrent forces by emptying fifty missile silos of their arms. Gun running to Mexican drug cartels resulting in numerous deaths. Running up over 17 trillion in debt thereby undermining the abiliity of the Amedrican People to afford to adequately defend themselves,and fund their health and retirement programs adequately.The list goes on.
What has now emerged in the Bundy cattle grazing case is a highly volatile situation in which the passions of many Americans have actually taken over,and in ways similar to the Boston Tea Party which was also an illegal act. The inflamed emotions toward the government for its own perceived lawlessness ignores the weak legal ground on which Bundy stands in his case. Instead ,many people are responding more to the brute force being used by the Federal government against Bundy, rather than to the facts and merits of Bundy’s case.