Rancher Cliven Bundy can’t win
The point at the very end of the article is well made. A cooling off period perhaps had some wisdom, given that we now know how outnumbered the Federal Agents and BLM were. Cliven Bundy made a fool of himself shortly after the showdown and lost the respect of many of his followers. Now is the time to go in and collect. Either Cliven Bundy pays his fees or his cattle are removed from the range – period. Do not let anti-public land militia hold us hostage. ~ HfH
From: USA Today
Government authorities were wise to back off in April when scofflaw Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy surrounded himself with armed supporters to avoid paying more than $1 million in grazing fees and penalties he had accumulated over two decades.
As infuriating as it was that Bundy had repeatedly defied court orders and insisted he could graze his cattle wherever he pleased, he wasn’t worth a bloody confrontation.
Three months later, though, Americans who obey the law and pay their bills might wonder how long Bundy and his gun-toting pals are going to get away with rejecting the rule of law.
It’s bad enough Bundy is thumbing his nose at courts and government officials. Allowing armed paramilitaries to back down the government at gunpoint is worse.
In a nation awash in firearms, where a small but heavily armed fringe seethes with anti-government paranoia, that just invites more trouble. Indeed, a report released late last week by the Southern Poverty Law Center says the Bundy Ranch incident was carefully planned by armed right-wing groups, which have been galvanized by their perceived victory.
Both the Bureau of Land Management and the sheriff of Nevada’s Clark County agree that Bundy crossed a line and should be held accountable.