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Section A: General News


Editorial: Was Bundy raid about turtles, money, power, or politics?




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April 23, 2014 | 4,984 views | 60 comments

The federal government’s dangerous overreaction in the Cliven Bundy case in Nevada has once again brought attention to the issue of gun control and the uncontrolled power of the federal government.

The jury is still out on this one, as the guns that most needed controlling in this case were not those of private citizens, but those of the federal government. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and other federal agencies came in with heavily armed personnel, swarming over the Bundy Ranch with the latest high-powered weapons, helicopters, ammunition, and whatever else was available.

Americans clearly saw this as overreach by the government, and an overreaction to one man’s standoff with the federal government.

Some said the raid was ordered to protect a species of endangered tortoises, but that seems not to be the case because the tortoises and cattle get along quite nicely, and have for decades.

Others contend that it was over money that the rancher owes to the federal government. However, there are procedures to be followed in such cases -- procedures that do not involve black helicopters.

There are so many aspects of the Bundy Ranch raid worthy of attention. One is the mistreatment of cattle and property by the federal agencies. There should have been protests from PETA over the mistreatment of the cattle, if not the abuse and mistreatment of private citizens and their property. The BLM showed no concern for the cattle that were rounded up and herded indiscriminately. Some died from exhaustion and starvation as mama cows and their babies were separated. Water sources and other infrastructure tanks were wrecked in the process. Some individuals were tased and even arrested.

While PETA was not concerned, Americans from all over the country were. They came to the aid of this besieged rancher by assembling en masse near the Bundy Ranch. Many were armed. With all the firepower overhead from the feds and the heavily armed citizenry, it was a powder keg ready to explode.

Thankfully, cooler heads prevailed and another Ruby Ridge or Waco catastrophe was avoided, at least for now.

If this standoff was about money, why did the federal government pay almost $1 million to “cowboys” to go onto the ranch to round up the cattle? Surely it cost more to conduct this raid than the money the Bundy family owed to the government.

And it’s not like this Bundy guy is the only American who owes the government money. Look how many in the Obama administration itself owe taxes. Fox News reported that government workers and retirees owed more than $3.5 billion in back taxes in 2011, and their homesteads were not under siege by federal agents.

Remember Timothy Geithner and other Obama appointees? They owed back taxes but were forgiven, and then rewarded with cushy government jobs.

Heck, just look at one “reverend” Al Sharpton alone, who owes a reported $1 million to $2 million in back taxes. They make no secret about it and they are not going after his estate to collect.

Consider Warren Buffett, one of the world’s wealthiest investors, who is reported to owe not just millions, but a billion in back taxes.

How can these people continue to operate with ease, while the government puts full force behind its effort to collect from one rancher in the middle of the Nevada desert?

In the meantime, Sen. Harry Reid is still fired up about the Bundy Ranch. He warns: “It’s not over.”

I’m sure it isn’t. This Cliven Bundy story is more about conservatives “clinging to their guns and religion” than it is about saving a protected turtle or collecting money owed to the government.
 

Your Opinions and Comments

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
May 2, 2014 7:41am
 
The imposition of slavery in the US is alive and well through the use of prison farms and forced labor camps within the federal and state correctional facilities. They just use different names for "plantations'.

 
James Branum  
Grand Prarie, TX  
May 2, 2014 3:48am
 
LPwilson....Black Horses are next. :-)

 
LPwilson.org  
A click away  
May 1, 2014 7:21pm
 
LOL I guess your fourth user profile will be "Cow Whisper."

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
May 1, 2014 7:24am
 
The most disgusting thing about Mr Bundy's comments was the observance of all the bushy tailed cowardly cows joining the herd. Now, I guess some view the stampede to diminish the first amendment to be a fair and balanced rush ... More ›

 
James Branum  
Grand Prarie, TX  
May 1, 2014 4:54am
 
GPwilson...... LINO :-)

 
LPwilson.org  
A click away  
April 30, 2014 3:30pm
 
Clear, I as this writer and Mr Partain differ ideologically. We are not consistently parallel. It just goes to show there is a difference to the options of the RINO & DINO. Local Libertarians want to help Wilson County ... More ›

 
Johnny Partain for Congress  
CD15  
April 30, 2014 9:30am
 
Conspiracy? Maybe. It seems like such an overreaction to typical Sterling prejudices that I originally thought Sterling committed a crime. But considering the "intolerance" and rabid preoccupation of the progressive ... More ›

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
April 30, 2014 7:32am
 
Magic Johnson and associated group in line to purchase Clippers. The plot thickens. This certainly has the potential for a conspiracy lawsuit by the current owners. Stay tuned.

 
squawk box  
Pandora, Tx  
April 30, 2014 7:04am
 
Hey Chief....You forgot the pink tennis shoes option on casual Friday.

 
Chief Noetall  
Wise, Texas  
April 30, 2014 7:01am
 
Dress code for the American Totalitarians. 1. Jack boots, Pink tunics, Green wrist support bracelets, with a rainbow rally cap.

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