By Allen Clifton
Cliven Bundy is nothing more than a mentally unstable individual who doesn’t want to pay the fees he’s accumulated for the laws he’s repeatedly violated. He’s also becoming quite the conservative icon. Why is he becoming an icon? Because he’s an anti-government whack job who’s gathered other anti-government whack jobs on his land in the truest form of the ridiculous right-wing mantra of “Come and take it!” A group of armed fools honestly believing that a handful of guns can really stop the federal government if the government decides to use hostile force.
Most conservatives have no idea why the federal government has a problem with him, all they know is that he’s anti-government and he’s “standing up to the government corruption.”
But what this really breaks down to is Cliven Bundy doesn’t want to follow the laws, because he wouldn’t benefit off free land to graze on if he did. He’s trying to claim that he doesn’t recognize the federal government’s claim over these lands, even though several court rulings have sided with the federal government. It’s absolutely ridiculous.
He wants to be able to have his cattle graze on these lands that he doesn’t own, all while profiting off the cattle that illegally graze on these lands.
As he’s continued to do this over the years he’s been continually fined by the government for his illegal grazing. Now his battle with the government has essentially come to an end with two separate court orders telling him to remove his cattle and to not “physically interfere with any seizure or impoundment operation.” And now he’s throwing a last-ditch hissy fit before he either ultimately pays his fines or face the consequences of not paying them. I would like to point out the irony of someone claiming that land they don’t own “isn’t the government’s land” while living in a country that was founded by a government which essentially took most of its land from Native Americans.