When peaceful revolution is impossible, violent revolution is inevitable. Or something like that and is attributed to JFK.
America is crawling a slow crawl towards civil war. That is assuredly coming to pass.
The Bundy brouhaha Bunkerville, Nevada. It is much ado about nothing. The situation is NOT reason to spark civil war in America.
Bunkerville, Nevada is a quaint little berg about one good spit southwest of Mesquite, Nevada. Hunkers quietly along what is loving known as the Arizona Strip. The Arizona Strip is a quasi-geographically confused non-linear word association trademarked marketing ploy. Nestled amidst the cottonwoods and mesquite trees along the banks of the Virgin River. It is also a polygamist bastion for renegade Mormons and other dummies that live life unto themselves. Good on them.
Cliven Bundy is one of those. Infamous rancher type that tends to flaunt the BLM and federales in general. Good on him.
Here’s the deal. Bundy refuses to obtain BLM grazing permits for his open ranged cattle. Any rancher or cattleman with half a grasp on sentient existence knows that they’ve got to have BLM grazing permits if they want to run their cattle on open public land. Land under the authority of the BLM or Forest Service. Whatever. Bundy figures he’s above the rules governing grazing permits. He is not by the by.
Much of Nevada is under BLM authority. So is Utah. That is a given and common knowledge. I’m not a champion of the BLM. They suck but my conclusions are not the same as Bundy’s. I support the BLM’s decision to have the ranchers and cattlemen obtain grazing permits. Cattle rape the desert. That is true. Grazing permits are in actual fact quite inexpensive. Well, Bundy is using the “grazing permit” motif for his insane rationale to spark a civil war. Bundy maintains that “he’s grandfathered in” to the desert he uses to graze his cattle. That is bullshit. There’s NO being grandfathered in to use open public land to graze cattle. Gots to have that aforementioned grazing permit. Anyway, Bundy has been at odds with the BLM for years over his refusal to obtain grazing permits. Problematic in all of this is the BLM’s decision to ignore Bundy. For years they’ve ignored Bundy and that was that. Well now it’s an issue and here’s why.
Bundy was grazing his non-permitted cattle on land he’s always grazed his cattle on and the BLM decided in their “infinite wisdom” to confiscate his cattle. BLM can do that. Bundy has been given ample warning by BLM that confiscation would happen and Bundy in his obstinate defiance of BLM authority stood slack jawed and whining a streak when the BLM came and confiscated his cattle. Bundy is now screaming about ‘range war’. Whatever.
Now, the BLM maintains their confiscating Bundy’s cattle is about protecting the endangered desert tortoise. That is bullshit by the by as, the BLM does not now nor EVER give a hypocritical concern about the desert tortoise. The BLM HAD a desert tortoise protection project going and then they abandoned the desert tortoise and will allow the tortoise to go extinct as the BLM can’t afford to protect the tortoise any longer. Outrageous oh yes that is outrageous and is one of the minor reasons I despise the BLM. Hypocrisy as range management modality is straight up bullshit. But that’s the BLM raison d’état for putting the squeeze on Cliven Bundy.
There is a protected desert tortoise study area tucked away rather discreetly along the Utah, Nevada, Arizona borderlands and the area is posted as “protected” and is allegedly used for “study” but, any actual environmental work remains clouded/shrouded in mystery. I’ve been there and I know.
Okay and so, the BLM confiscated Bundy’s cattle and Bundy went ballistic. When BLM gets grilled by the media as to why BLM ganked Bundy’s cattle, well, BLM offers up the desert tortoise crap-o-la as prima facia reason numero uno and that’s supposed to make everyone happy. The desert tortoise has absolutely nothing to do with any of this.
You see, the BLM has been selling fracking permits to various and assorted fracking concerns and those fracking permits are one lucrative affair. The BLM has been selling those fracking permits all up and down the eastern edge of Nevada and western Utah. A way out there where the deer and the antelope keep well out of sight as crackers like Bundy tend to shoot them critters for sport. THAT is why the BLM confiscated Bundy’s cattle and on account of Bundy’s being in serious arrears to BLM and owes massive amounts of cash to BLM for grazing permits and court costs and fines and stuff like that there AND because the BLM is about to sell fracking permits to those aforementioned fracking concerns for the lands that Bundy had been using, well fait accompli. Bundy set the stage for his ultimate demise for being a dumb ass. Simple as that. Had Bundy obtained those easily obtained grazing permits this would be an entirely different issue AND Bundy would have standing in a court of law. Bundy would of course lose his fight with the BLM and that’s a given but, he’d have legal standing. Bundy has NO legal standing as it all stands now and will lose his cattle, his ranch, and probably the lives of his many children and militia “friends.”
The federales will gun those crackers down for sport. Hell, the federales might just drone Bundy and company. Bundy lives damn close to predator drone central which is run out of Nellis AirForce Base. Just over the hill from where Bundy thinks he can roam so freely and graze his cattle without permit.
Okay, that’s about it in a nutshell. It is bullshit, egregious bullshit, and damn stupid for Bundy and his pals to think they can win in a scrap with the federales OR spark American Civil War Volume 2. Bundy and company get violent and martial law will be slapped all along the Arizona Strip and we’ll all get to see how Bundy and company fair against battle-hardened US military types. There’s frackable oil under them desert tortoise environmentally sensitive lands and the cattle won’t fair well nor will the desert tortoise nor the Bundys and the BLM will fair quite profitably. Pretty dang fracked up and I concede that.