RIGHTS: Cliven Bundy, the BLM, the Feds, and Clark County…my thoughts

c.bundyI’m watching this situation in Nevada for several reasons…all DIRECTLY related to Federal overreach in so many ways. Warning…this is QUITE long…but you need to read it.

But, I have to say first, that as an employee of the state of Wyoming, my job requires me to work directly with the BLM Wild Horse and Burro program, and in my five plus years in this job, I’ve never seen the BLM, with my own eyes, do anything even REMOTELY similar to what is happening in Clark County, Nevada. 

What other things AM I dealing with that brings this day’s situation and confrontations to the forefront of my mind? I’ll list a few for you…maybe you’ll understand WHY I’m referencing the Nevada issue tonight.

Read closely. Pay attention to my words, and watch over the next few days what happens in Clark County. 

Mr. Cliven Bundy has already stated that he’ll stand his ground against the federal government, much like Randy Weaver did…back in 1992 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruby_Ridge).  Bundy believes strongly in the 10th amendment, and State’s Rights.  

Strangely, Bundy took his stand against paying the BLM for grazing rights the FOLLOWING year, in 1993, and refused to be extorted further by the state and federal agencies since that time, causing the BLM to begin this week to confiscate the cattle of the Bundy clan out on the public range….but why now?  Only God knows what reason. 

Remember this…I’m watching as an observer now, a private citizen…and I recall all too well the events of Waco, Ruby Ridge, OKC…and how they changed Americans…and government…and the evil that arose back in those days BECAUSE of it. I moved from Texas to Alabama in a job transfer within the USPS, only weeks before Waco was torched. Being a born and bred Texan, I could not believe what the feds did…or why. It was simply the biggest murder rampage EVER in the history of Texas, by Americans from our own government, against a group people who would have eventually come out when they ran out of food.

Un-fucking-believable. Let’s continue with my real connection to the current events in Nevada…Here goes.

1) Bundy made a reference this week to Randy Weaver, a victim of Federal government murder. In October 1999, I met Randy Weaver, while I was attending the 1999 Birmingham pre-Y2k Gun Show. I’d gone with a friend, someone I had validated as a Vietnam Vet, SF, Medic. Between helping him set up, and watching his table, I did some window shopping, and came across Weaver at his table, on the south side of the convention center area of the show. 

He was selling copies of his book, of HIS side of the story…something I really hadn’t seen covered in the years after his special place in history. He was about 4 or 5 inches shorter than me, graying, grizzled hair, and a quiet and modest man. Certainly not an anti-government domestic terrorist, classified as a separatist, right there…in the heart of Birmingham, Alabama….well known in history for its racial division, KKK, bombings, and so much horrible violence in the 20th century. 

If Weaver was a separatist, he wouldn’t have stepped a toe in Alabama, much less Birmingham. He was neither a Mark Kournke nor a William Cooper…both loudmouth, conspiracy-laden media hacks who invented stories that made them the darlings of what become the rebirth of American Militias…a bad thing.

Over the day, I chatted with Randy a couple of times. Seriously, if you were a fan of American History, you’d want to take a moment to chat just a little bit, with someone who had been on the wrong-ass end of a Federal Criminal Investigation, AND who had been shot by them, and seen his wife and son killed by almighty federal snipers, right in front of his eyes. 

Nothing deep, nothing personal. Just a quiet conversation about time, family, and moving on. That was the only conversation I ever had with him, and I purchased a copy of his book to read later, which he signed for me. A memory of a man haunted by demons YOU AND I will never stand up to. A notch in the gun belt of my life. More on that later.

2) A year later, almost to the day, I moved with my family to Wyoming, resigning a job I loved, as a federal employee…a city letter carrier for the US Postal Service, which I held as a career for almost 10 years. In the late 90’s. a friend I’d known since junior high school had convinced me over several months that a trucking venture he had started in Wyoming, held promise for big money, and traveling the USA. 

I bit…quit…and we moved. The job was the worst decision I ever made in my life, and it cost me everything I made on the road doing the job, PLUS my postal retirement of tens of thousands of dollars. I hadn’t done my due diligence…and we wound up homeless in Wyoming…and started over. But that’s not the pertinent part of my backstory. The move, and business failure, eventually led me back to college in Central Wyoming, and I earned three college degrees in under 5 years, in web development, broadcasting, and education. BEST thing that ever happened to me. Now, for the interesting part. 

Remember that 2nd degree above, the broadcasting one? Yep…that was with Wyoming Public Television, based at Central Wyoming College. Over the 4+ years at CWC, I did dozens and dozens of live shows, satellite truck video shoots, ran master control, and handled titles and audio on countless shows and events, and was involved in history in the making events (Vice president Cheney entering the public again, after accidentally shooting his friend in Texas while quail hunting…I was the main camera operator shooting head on video during his speech in the opening day of that year’s legislature). Dozens of satellite trucks from all over the country taking feeds from our Sat. truck, and I’m keeping steady hands and solid framing of his speech, and it’s going out to the entire western world. Wow. Breathtaking…and stunningly huge parts of my life.

During that period of time, on the opening convocation of CWC that year of Cheney’s speech, a certain Mr. Gerry Spence, of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, was the main speaker. Mr. Spence was the man who defended Randy Weaver in the federal trial of Weaver, regarding the fiasco of the FBI/ATF operations that cost him his wife, his son, and years of his life. 

As a project for my broadcasting degree, I personally videoed Spence’s speech that day, and edited it into a full blown hour plus DVD, shooting two cameras at once. He learned about the video a few days later, and requested a copy from me…and I was glad to do it, handling it personally for him.

As I learned during his convocation speech, Mr. Spence had started his law career right here in Riverton, Wyoming decades before, and in his years in town, had made many friends, and many enemies (guess that’s par for the course in his line of work), and had made his mark in the judicial world by getting Weaver acquitted of the charges the Feds lobbed at him.

With that video project, and in those few personal contacts with Spence, I did ask him one simple off the subject question, regarding Weaver, mentioning I’d met him years before in Alabama. I asked Spence, “Was he screwed by the feds, made out as an example to scare any one else brave enough to take a stand and just want to be left alone?” 

A short pause. A muffled cough of clearing his throat. “Yes…I believe he was”. 

Notch #2.

How the hell was I to know, in my simple, yet sometimes mixed up life, that I’d be meeting both ends of such a tragic, yet massive federally created and managed disaster of such immense proportions that it changed the face of “evil US government” to “Murderous US government”? Under Clinton, our rule of law became one of the most thug-laden cluster-fucks the world had ever seen within our own shores.

Fate? Karma? Shits and giggles from someone on high? I’ll never know…but I do know this. The last 20 years of my life has been about learning more about American History, in every way, shape, and form. That ever increasing and deep study has changed my political foundation, from simple conservative, to staunch Constitutionalist. I believe in giving people a hand up, not a hand out. Slaves are made in that way…as we have seen in 2008 and 2012.

The Rights of Man. Pure and simple. The Rule of Law. What we see today is that, which is so abundantly clear and sadly, has been increasingly overt and in your face with such violence and spittle-laden screams from mindless liberal drones…that it can not be mistaken for anything…but what it is.

Those that have the money….rule the law. A direct reference to what is happening to our poor Mr. Bundy in Clark County.

Quick review….#1 – Met Randy Weaver. #2 – Met Gerry Spence 7 years later. Connected the dots from the two people who PROVED it was government malfeasance of the highest order that led to the deaths of his family members, and nearly killed him…direct from the US Department of Justice. 

These two items are a forewarning of what Mr. Bundy is up against…and the BLM? WHY? Why are they forming such a formidable force against a cattle rancher who for all intents and purposes, INCREASED the use of unused land, but as a rancher cared for and helped the land be useful and abundant as a reusable source for his herds for decades. This, causing increasingly personal threats from snipers, mulitple uses of tasers on family memers, attack dogs let loose at pregnant women and others, and cancer survivors thrown to the ground by thuggish LEO personnel? 

Dear God…where is the common sense in all this? Oh wait, there IS none. It’s strictly a show of force against ONE man, over TAXES…with threat of DEATH (with snipers and machine guns, what else would they plan on doing, if things went to the ultimate level of response?).

Why? To remind all of us…you and me…that this is no longer our nation

It’s the MONEY that rules who lives, dies, or grows mushrooms in their butt cracks. The power, ultimate life and death rulings and decisions of who keeps or loses freedom (and liberty), belongs to those who write the laws, pass the laws, take ever growing portions of our personal income, and threaten and berate us and COST us even more income by passing more laws to steal even more money with every waking hour. 

One word…Obamacare.

One number. $18 trillion.

While they’ve stolent just over one third of Bundy’s beef herd, they’re broadcasting on mainstream media that they don’t have the funds to continue feeding a certain strain of desert tortoise, and they’re going to have to EUTHANIZE them? (read it your self –http://rt.com/usa/desert-tortoises-euthanize-nevada-024/

Steal someone’s herd, and then KILL TURTLES YOU’RE SWORN TO PROTECT AND DEFEND AND MANAGE? Who’s running these things….fucking morons?

Regarding Bundy? The taking of rights and practice, held for generations, and extortion enforced by the guys with guns to CONTINUE paying up, or suffer the consequences. Where. Is. The. Justice?

Now…here’s part 3. MY personal experience with another Federal Agency over-reaching its bounds…right here in my home town of Riverton, Wyoming.

I’ve got several dogs in this particular fight…allow me tell you about them. 

We’ve lived here for 13 years, in this small rural western town, on the eastern foot of the Rockie Mountains. I’ve been all over this state, nearly exclusively with Wyoming PBS filming events, producing live shows or recording for editing, and fucntioned as production personnel in all areas of state government. I met previous governor Dave Fredenthal several times, state and federal legislators, and celebrities, both with PBS, and as a student representative from our college down in the state capital. Haven’t met Matt Mead yet, our current GOP governor, though I expect to in the coming months, for reasons I’m not at liberty to say, because of my job in the state. 

Here’s the turning of the worm for part 3…

You may have heard the huge rumble regarding the Wind River Indian Reservation, and the EPA CHANGING reservation boundaries, to overlook treaties and state legislature decisions delineated in a 1905 congressional change to the original reservation boundaries, AGREED TO by the feds, the state, AND the leaders of the tribes at that time, that split out a the eastern center part of the reservation for homesteaders to get land grants and form cities, specifically Riverton, (map of the issue here http://goo.gl/X4ZyEJ ) Pavilion, Kinnear, and a few other tiny places that really don’t qualify as “towns”.

The tribes say these towns, and OLD reservation boundaries, are STILL Indian Country, and therefore they should have rights of jurisdiction, 109 years AFTER they ceded the land as stated by the 1905 law. That means where I live now, according to them, is reservation land. That means if I was to buy any land around here, if this EPA unjust ruling stands, the tribes could throw eminent domain around, and just take it from anyone they pleased. Oh, and that job I have with the state, is on the northern edge of Riverton…1000 acres of STATE property. Yep, that would go to. 

Our governor is putting up a fight, using the state’s attorney general. Our federal legislators in Washington DC, Senator’s Enzi and Barraso, and Representative Lummis are writing bills as we speak to fight this federal overreach of land, by the EPA, by ultimate mandate… without any review by the Judicial or Legislative branches of the triad of Federal Government. 

Landowners, business owners, local municipalities, and literally everyone with ANY understanding of the American Constitution are paying microscopically close attention to this agency’s intentional overreach of the EPA limitations, by setting precedents of LEGAL changes they have NO POWER to make. In other words, a VERY personal example, right in front of my own eyes, of federal governmetn Executive Branch malaise and corruption…ruling by fiat and direction of the worst presidential administration this nation has EVER seen, in all of our glorious American History.

It absolutely makes me so bloody nauseous to see tyranny and theft by law, right in front me…daily…in a town I call my home, in a job that means so much to me, in a state that is one of THE most conservative in the nation. 

Notch #3.

Wyoming is the EQUALITY state. Individual rights. Justice for all. Not the “screw me out of my business, take my home of 50 years, steal my family ranch of 100 years, nor  limit my future forever” changes…because a handful of people in those two tribes (both full of corruption and embezzlement themselves, thanks to the 3 casinos that now exist on the edges of the Rez). Just this week, one of the tribe’s general councils fired several business council members, without publicized call or reason, leaving the council unable to operate, since without those people, they don’t have enough people to form a quorum. Gee…hindsight is 20/20. Stupidity abounds.

So…Bundy is ready to pay the ultimate penalty of potential death, for his beliefs that he has the rights to graze on public land, without paying for it…because he sees the fees for what they are… extortion…which has driven all the other ranchers from Clark county.

Let me repeat that for emphasis…ALL the other ranchers of Clark County are gone. Bundy is the LAST man standing. He’s not standing alone. Thousands of Americans are coming to stand with him. 

A cliche coming up, but very poignant and directly related to Bundy and clan.

“Those who fail to remember history, are doomed to repeat it.”

Bundy feels he has a God given right to do what he’s been doing for 20 years. The feds are ready to kill him for his beliefs…and they have directly related experience in exactly that kind of thing, murdering innocent men, women and children either by gunfire, snipers, or intentionally set blazes. 

The feds, again, stealing a man’s livelihood, destroying his life, and threatening and abusing the people he loves and cares for…because they can…because previous politicians and political hacks have changed, rewritten, or added new laws that give them the legal act to do…what they are now doing.

Is Bundy right? Is he doing the right thing? Is he doing it to say to the feds, and at the same time, all Americans…that SOMEONE has to make that stand?

I believe HE believes he has the rights. I believe HE feels he’s been wronged, screwed over, and left without any other alternatives. 

And…yes…I believe that the BLM, their task force, their snipers, gunners, and thugs, and all their federal backup…are ready to kill again. 

This is one for the courts to decide. But, in this administration and political environment, how could Bundy, or really, even any of us, trust the courts to do the right thing? AG Holder is not known as anything but a righteous, preening, racist, lying meat puppet, who does nothing to help the “Common Man”, which is THE reason for position existing in the first place.

Where does this all end, for Bundy, and real Americans? In the courtroom by a jury of his peers, or in the gutter, an American (or several) lying dead on the pavement with their life’s blood slowly oozing away into history.

Watch and learn. Remember what eventually happens with this standoff. 

But for the grace of God, could go you and I.

Updated: April 12, 2014 — 3:42 pm

The Author

Rich Fleetwood

Rich is the founder of SurvivalRing, now in it's 24th year, author of multimedia CDs and DVDs, loves the outdoors, his family, his geeky skill-set, and lives in rural southern Wyoming, just below the continental divide (long story, that...). Always ready to help others, he shares what he learns on multiple blogs, many social sites, and more. With a background in preparedness and survival skills, training with county, state, and national organizations, and skills in all areas of media and on air experience in live radio and television, Rich is always thinking about the "big picture", when it comes to helping individuals and families prepare for life's little surprises.

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