So I have been watching this Bundy Ranch government standoff in Nevada since it basically started heating up. I don’t know why it caught my attention so much.
I initially was like “yeah! Stand with Bundy!” Because of my punk rock spirit against the establishment. (Sounds reasonable to me)
I have read and watched a bunch of different reports on this story. Many sources all reporting something different on the same event. It has become very confusing on what to believe and who.
Even on Saturday when I was jumping between two live ustream feeds of the protest and the move to get the cattle back the two different streams were showing the same event but describing it two different ways. One was “They are threatening to shoot if we don’t stay back!” The other was “everything seems to be going peaceful. ”
I have read and seen so much about these people, land rights, grazing rights, bureau of land management, and so on. I almost feel like I know less about the situation than I did when it first started.
A few things though:
One early video I watched of the protesters yelling at law enforcement and a guy got shot with a teaser and he yanked the prongs out of his chest and tossed them back. I laughed and admire his strength. The part with the lady getting pushed down and them threatening to let loose a dog on another lady pissed me off.
If he is violating public land continuously then why wasn’t he arrested and prosecuted in court. Why they standoff with so many armed people and even the no fly zone?
If he owes so much in back taxes/fees/whatever why didn’t they seize his bank accounts and other assets? Why go after so few cattle that wouldn’t be worth the fraction owed they would bring at market?
Did the BLM actually destroy some of the water improvements and troughs on the land? If they did as rumored then whoever took part in that deserves no mercy. You never destroy any water source in a desert area. That creates a death sentence for more than just cattle.
Obviously this wasn’t about preserving the desert tortoise. Does Senator Harry Reid have a hand in this or does it matter anyway since there would be no way he would ever face prosecution?
Can the federal government own land without paying a state for it?
There was a group that offered to cover the past due amount but I don’t think the BLM has accepted it. Why not?
So many questions. One thing for sure is if you want to get the news on something you need to visit every source out there just to get an idea on what might be going on.
Really disturbing. I am glad they didn’t start shooting but I also know this isn’t close to being over.
Both sides went way over board and it is disappointing.