False Choices, Property Rights and the Bundy Ranch

We’ve been closely following the Bundy Ranch in Nevada and the internet has been buzzing with videos and stories related to what’s happening out there because the mainstream media outlets are once again not doing their job.   The poor and slanted media coverage of this that has been made available will now be hampered even more since the FAA has made the area over the Bundy ranch a no-fly zone effectively ending any aerial footage from news crews. Apparently the Administration wants to completely control this narrative especially since there is every indication that Harry Reid is involved.

We have talked about the far reaching aims of the Federal Government in the expansion of Agenda 21 during our meetings:  Farmers being forced into making concessions to their property granting governmental controls over their land as a result of runaway taxes to their land applied by the same government.   These false choices can place an individual in a precarious situation if the government then determines better use for that land than the actual owner of the property.  As news breaks of a deal struck with a Chinese owned Solar Company to take over the land in question regarding the Bundy farm.

Legislators have hidden behind these Departments, Agencies and Commissions, many of which go far beyond the enumerated powers of the Constitution and it would certainly seem that this is the case with the Bundy Ranch.  In this case we see the Bureau Of Land Management playing a critical role which is being supported by the FAA and other agencies….none of which are managed by elected leadership.  All of us would like to think that when push comes to shove our local enforcement agencies or elected officials would come to the defense of the citizens but when a County Commissioner states that anyone preparing to defend the Bundy Ranch “Better have Funeral Plans” it’s time to rethink that logic.  Not even the sheriff in the area is willing to defend the property rights of the Bundy family.

We have seen similar actions being taken by the government as arrests and raids are made concerning land use all over the country but nothing of this scale.  When groups like ours warned of the dangers of the violations of our rights to property we have often been ridiculed with the claim that the things we warned against would never happen in this county and yet, as this story unfolds, we are finding that the very things we warned would happen are in fact happening.

“In 2012, the BLM and the U.S. Department of Energy published the Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for Solar Energy Development in Six Southwestern States,” the report reads. “The Final Solar Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement assessed the impact of utility-scale solar energy development on public lands in the six southwestern states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah.”

“The Approved Resource Management Plan Amendments/Record of Decision (ROD) for Solar Energy Development in Six Southwestern States implemented a comprehensive solar energy program for public lands in those states and incorporated land use allocations and programmatic and SEZ-specific design features into land use plans in the six-state study area.”

Back in 2012, the New American reported that Harry Reid’s son, Rory Reid, was the chief representative for a Chinese energy firm planning to build a $5-billion solar plant on public land in Laughlin, Nevada.

And journalist Marcus Stern with Reuters also reported that Sen. Reid was heavily involved in the deal as well.

“[Reid] and his oldest son, Rory, are both involved in an effort by a Chinese energy giant, ENN Energy Group, to build a $5 billion solar farm and panel manufacturing plant in the southern Nevada desert,” he wrote.“Reid has been one of the project’s most prominent advocates, helping recruit the company during a 2011 trip to China and applying his political muscle on behalf of the project in Nevada.”

The BLM’s official reason for encircling the Bundy family with sniper teams and helicopters was to protect the endangered desert tortoise, which the agency has previously been killing in mass due to “budget constraints.”

“A tortoise isn’t the reason why BLM is harassing a 67 year-old rancher; they want his land,” journalist Dana Loesch wrote. “The tortoise wasn’t of concern when [U.S. Senator] Harry Reid worked with BLM to literally change the boundaries of the tortoise’s habitat to accommodate the development of his top donor, Harvey Whittemore.”

“Reid is accused of using the new BLM chief as a puppet to control Nevada land (already over 84% of which is owned by the federal government) and pay back special interests,” she added. “BLM has proven that they’ve a situational concern for the desert tortoise as they’ve had no problem waiving their rules concerning wind or solar power development. Clearly these developments have vastly affected a tortoise habitat more than a century-old, quasi-homesteading grazing area.”

The assault on this land includes an estimated 200 armed officials surrounding the ranch and the establishment of Free Speech Zones, as though such a thing is constitutionally allowed in this country. There is no such thing as a Free Speech zone….not in America..

Reps. Matt Salmon (R., Ariz.) and Steve Pearce (R., N.M.) sent a letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Friday expressing their concern about the “escalation of force” used by the federal government.

“This escalation of force reportedly includes the deployment of roughly two hundred heavily armed personnel, including snipers, along with the deployment of Tasers, the use of K-9 units, and brutal physical force against members of the Bundy family and their neighbors who had come to support them,” Salmon and Pearce wrote.

This is the same administration that has refused to secure our borders, refused to send aide into Benghazi while ordering the military to stand down as terrorists killed four Americans then lied to the American people about what happened, sent arms to drug cartels that were used against Americans on American soil,  enabled the Arab Spring with arms and financial aid to terrorists but will now send 200 heavily armed personnel to seize farmland under the ridiculous notion of protecting turtles.

Our economy is in shambles, our individual rights are being violated daily and still the majority of America sits silently as though none of it matters.  It didn’t start with the Bundy’s and it won’t end there.  Will it only matter when it’s your land, your property they seek to violate?

As this story is breaking Marc A Scaringi notified Pennsylvania residents that “We have received a report the ATF has been going house to house in one area in South Central PA checking the serial numbers of fire arms owned by individuals with Concealed Carry permits. Apparently, the ATF has a list of individuals with concealed carry permits. But, apparently the ATF does NOT have search warrants.”

Note:  Portions of the above commentary have been derived from other alternative media reportsThank God for the Internet!!!

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One thought on “False Choices, Property Rights and the Bundy Ranch

  1. Jim, you hit the nail on the head with this article. It is about crony political corruption. Reid needs to resign.

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