Politics and the Bundy Ranch Standoff

Republican presidential hopefuls steer clear of Nevada ranch fight

Cliven BundyGOP presidential hopefuls are largely steering clear of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s fight with the federal government.

The showdown, which left armed militia members and feds staring each other down last week, has captivated talk radio and cable news shows, turning Bundy into a conservative cause célèbre.

Yet Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and former Arkansas Governor and 2008 presidential candidate Mike Huckabee are the only big-name GOP stars to have spoken out on the dispute so far.

Tea Party favorite Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has been silent, and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) have also not commented on Bundy, who has been fighting the federal government in and out of court for more than 20 years over his refusal to pay grazing fees. SOURCE

In regards to the Cliven Bundy event in Nevada I am not going to say too much either way about who is right and who is wrong. Truthfully, I don’t know and neither do any of the multitudes of bloggers and sensationalists that have knocked out volumes about this stand-off, its causes and its outcome.

I do know that at this time nothing has been settled, one way or another.

I DO believe that there is a lot of *politics* being played out on the grand stage of life and as with any theater, it’s all in the interpretation.

Is it wise for politicians to stay quiet over this dustup in Nevada? Some seem to think so.

All three offices did not respond to calls for this story.

GOP strategists suggested that Bundy’s case is far too risky for most candidates eyeing the presidency, particularly given the possibility of armed conflict with federal police.

“The Republican Party’s very sympathetic to Cliven Bundy’s property rights, states’ rights argument,” said strategist Ford O’Connell, who worked on John McCain’s 2008 campaign. “But many Republicans also prize the rule of law above all else. Right or wrong, Bundy had his day in court and lost.”

A strong belief in the *rule of law* is why I am having difficulty with all the reasons why, from both sides.

We know Mr. Bundy has had his day in court, and we know that he has been ruled against. Even though this is *public land* it is MY understanding that the BLM and U.S. government can indeed charge Bundy for grazing rights. The courts seem to think so.

Bundy and his family may have been grazing cattle on this land for 150 years, but as I understand it, they don’t OWN the land, they aren’t even leasing; it is PUBLIC LAND and again, as I understand it, Bundy and family are basically *squatters*.

If Mr. Bundy did indeed hold title to this land and the federal government was seeking to remove him, from HIS land, then that could, and should be called a LAND GRAB, but if the land is NOT privately owned then Mr. Bundy is, in MY opinion, subject to paying fees or being evicted from property that is NOT his.

On the other hand; if Mr. Bundy were the LEGAL OWNER of this land, or if he were a lessor paying to graze his cattle on the land in question, and if the Federal government were to come in and attempt to illegally evict him, that would be, in MY opinion, a fight worth fighting and a cause worth supporting. Continue reading

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Wendy Davis — Wrong for Texas

Editorial: Public privateering — Wendy Davis said she wouldn’t, but did it anyway

Wendy Davis 2Wendy Davis isn’t the first Texas politician suspected of confusing public duties with private income. Elected and appointed officials from both parties have dipped their beaks, and, sadly, Davis won’t be the last as long as Texas legislators write their own laws.

Except Davis insisted she would be different, that “Texans deserve better than failed leaders who dole out favors to friends and cronies behind closed doors … [a governor] who knows that quid pro quo shouldn’t be the status quo.”

So it was disappointing to learn Sunday, in another excellent bit of journalism from senior political writer Wayne Slater, that Davis, as a state senator from Fort Worth, profited from her day job as legal counsel to public entities while also voting and twisting arms in ways that benefited her clients, including the North Texas Tollway Authority.

“Everyone does it” isn’t much of an excuse when it’s exactly what you told voters you wouldn’t do. SOURCE

For the past few days I have neglected Texas politics as I covered the situation in Nevada. It’s time for me to get back to the business of Texas!

Did you ever have this exchange with your parents, particularly your Mother? “But Mom, all the kids are doing it…” I know I did, and Mom’s stock answer was, “If all of your friends jumped off of a cliff…”

The correct answer to that question is NOT, “But Mom, we don’t have any cliffs in this part of Louisiana…”

Trust me on that one.

My Mom is the reason I have the values I do today, she is the reason I turned out the way I did. She ingrained honesty into my fiber, she is the one that taught me that the TRUTH is always the best course of action and that honesty is one of the most admirable qualities a person can have. My Mom is the reason I don’t care what party a politician belongs to and is why I fully expect that they should ALL tell us the truth and stand up for their words and promises.

That’s what I believe, but spending my late *formative* years in Louisiana was a direct polar opposite politically to the honesty and integrity that I was taught growing up.

Is it ever going *happen* that way? Will we ever have politicians that can be counted on to be filled with integrity and honest to a fault?

In most cases; there is not a snowballs chance in hell that a politician will always tell the truth and stand up for their words and deeds, in most cases.

Sure, there is always that rare individual that has the personal integrity that inspires them to do the right thing, to tell the truth and to be an honest politician, but in this day and time such a person is truly a rare commodity and a breath of fresh air.

Wendy *the warthog* Davis is a duplicitous liar. She is the kind of person that my Mom was referring to when she said, “That SOB would climb a tall tree and tell a lie rather than stand on the ground and tell the truth..” Continue reading

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Bundy Ranch — The TEST is over

Tough-talking Harry Reid vows Bundy ranch showdown ‘not over’ for feds

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid weighed in on the Nevada ranch standoff, warning that even though federal agents retreated over the weekend, “it’s not over.”

Mr. Reid’s remarks Monday appeared to be his first public comments since Bureau of Land Management agents touched off a confrontation with demonstrators last week by seizing cattle from the Bundy family ranch in a dispute over grazing fees. The agency, which says Cliven Bundy owes more than $1 million in unpaid fees, backed off Saturday and returned the cattle.

In impromptu remarks Monday after a speech at the University of Nevada, Reno, however, Mr. Reid struck a defiant tone on the matter of lawbreaking.

“We can’t have an American people that violate the law and just walk away from it,” Mr. Reid told Reno TV station KRNV. “So it’s not over.” SOURCE

There is NO nice way to say this, so, here it is; Harry Reid is an ASS, a hypocrite, a stain on the face of America and he is readying a heavily armed response to the standoff at the Bundy Ranch.

There IS a heavily armed response being orchestrated by one of the most anti-gun Senators imaginable and the mainstream media, the American Media, is not even bothering to make a cursory *pass* at a story.

You doubt that the heavily armed response is being set into place? Well take a look at this YouTube video shot on site at the Bundy Ranch on 4-14-14.

As soon as the BLM Rangers pulled back the blog world erupted in celebratory cheering as many that were covering this story declared VICTORY over the Feds.

People; pay attention, what withdrew was a handful of BLM Rangers, federal law officers to be sure, but they are NOT attack troops, they are just your basic federal officers.

What you see in the above video is the hard-core riot police, SWAT Teams, *reactionary* officers with full blown ATTACK capabilities arriving, and as some are so fond of saying; this shit is about to get REAL!

Many of them (protesters) remained Monday at the property, despite pleas from federal and state officials to disband and return home.

“I feel sorry for any federal agents that want to come in here and try to push us around or anything like that,” Jarad Miller said in an interview with KRNV-TV. “I really don’t want violence toward them, but if they’re going to come bring violence to us, if that’s the language they want to speak, we’ll learn it.” Continue reading

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