I don’t know anything about this Cliven Bundy versus the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) fight, expect what I read in the pixels and we all know the media is controlled by socialist Muslims, right?
The issues at hand seem to be a) Mr. Bundy has been grazing his cattle on government land for the past 21 years without paying the fees that one who engages in such a practice is obligated to pay (he now owes around a million dollars) and b) that Mr. Bundy has also moved some cattle into an area that is restricted from grazing to protect a species of desert tortoise.
For his part, Mr. Bundy says the land in question is rightfully his, has been used (not owned, used) by his family since before the formation of the BLM and that his use of the land trumps public ownership. He’s had his day in court, several of them, and lost every time. Now he says he doesn’t recognize the existence of the US government. His notions are not unique in his part of the country – where many seem to be all too happy to take whatever the government will provide and give nothing themselves. Various local and state officials and leaders in the region have expressed sympathy for Mr. Bundy’s point of view. I think if we’re going to get into this whole “possession” question, we ought to invite representatives from the Navaho and Apache nations to give their thoughts on the subject. Seems only fair.