This will probably shock those who know me. Fellow Libertarians and Conservatives will drop their jaws, and Liberals may be pleasantly surprised and say that I’m finally sounding reasonable. However, they would do well to read all the way through.
It is so easy to hate the federal government and all that they do. In particular, when they show up with heavy arms against American citizens, it should be viewed with a magnifying glass when it comes to fascism, particularly given the bent over the last ten years towards a totalitarian federal government. However, excluding their methods, Bundy has no right to be there. It is not his land. It’s not even the state’s land. As such, it falls under the land owner (sadly, the federal government) to say how that land should be used. The land owner says no grazing, not even if money is paid. It doesn’t matter if Bundy paid the fees to a state agency. That is as if I said I didn’t want the trees on my land cut and the loggers when to my neighbor and got his permission to cut my trees. Doesn’t matter. Those are my trees. That is the federal government’s grass.
So, how did we get here? Well, a long time ago, we stole the land from Mexico. This is if you ask a Liberal. In truth, we killed a hell of a lot of Mexicans and took the land as spoils of war, which is the long honored tradition of how land is usually acquired. All of this land then belonged to the federal government as the western states did not exist. As territories petitioned to become states, the federal government allowed them, but retained the rights to the majority of the land in these states.
Why? Ugh…maybe for power? There is no good justification for this. Other than a few key strategic ports or some sort of attraction that is so out of the ordinary (maybe the Grand Canyon, etc…and even these I would disagree with as they should be owned by the states anyway), all the land inside the state’s borders should belong to those states, as they do in the eastern states. The fact that the federal government decided to retain these lands is a symptom of the federal government wanting to have more control, and it should have been nipped in the bud. I am a strong proponent of returning these lands to the states.
Also, when the land is under the federal control, you have potential for abuse. For instance, it has been alleged that Harry Reid’s son has designs on this land, and that was why the ranchers have been removed. I find it interesting that his son has been a guest on many shows discussing why the federal government is right and that Bundy should be removed. If all of this turns out to be true and Harry Reid plans on parlaying this land to make his son a lot of money, I think both of these people should go to jail for a very long time. They won’t, but that’s what should happen.
I always say that phrasing matters. It’s not what is said, but how it is said. Saying something is “unacceptable” is vastly different than saying something is an “abomination.” So I find it very disturbing when Harry Reid says “We can’t have an American people that violate the law and then just walk away from it.” Whoa. Dude, this is ONE GUY that is breaking the law. He didn’t say “an American citizen.” He’s saying “all of us.” That’s scary. That says how his side views us. We are separate from them. It is the government vs the people. As Ron Paul said, “the US Government views you and me as the enemy.” Meanwhile, the government (particularly this President, his administration, and the Democrats in general) have broken Constitutional law after Constitutional law, and no one dare lift their voice.
I will give one positive. While I believe Bundy is wrong in this case, I am glad to see that the people out there are brave and strong enough to stand up against the government. Soon, we may all have to. I am not one of those that advocates revolution. I believe the Constitution is the greatest document ever written. The only problem with it is that we stopped following it. Revolutions tend to be replaced by terrible alternatives. I truly believe there is still yet time to change the system via the electoral process. We are running out of time, however. As more people become content to suck on the public teet, the chance to reverse course becomes slimmer and slimmer.
Long Live the Constitution!