Are Americans going to witness another Ruby Ridge? Another Waco? Tensions continue to escalate in Nevada as longtime rancher Cliven Bundy and the federal government face off. While Bundy holds strong against the federal government, federal authorities have converged with a show of force eerily reminiscent of the overzealousness found in the sieges on Ruby Ridge and Waco decades earlier.
“We own this land,” he said, not the federal government. Bundy claimed that he is willing to pay grazing fees but to the county, not BLM.
“Years ago, I used to have 52 neighboring ranchers,” he said. “I’m the last man standing. How come? Because BLM regulated these people off the land and out of business.”“I have raised cattle on that land, which is public land for the people of Clark County, all my life. Why I raise cattle there and why I can raise cattle there is because I have preemptive rights,” he said, explaining that that includes the right to forage.“Who is the trespasser here? Who is the trespasser on this land? Is the United States trespassing on Clark County, Nevada, land? Or is it Cliven Bundy who is trespassing on Clark County, Nevada, land? Who’s the trespasser?”
“It’s a freedom issue. It’s not about cows. It’s a state rights issue. I really hope that we can learn and defend our liberties here and keep on fighting until the end,” Bundy said. “I don’t when the end is going to be, but I believe that America is the greatest land in the world and it needs to be protected.”“Our rights and liberties need to be protected and we’re going to stand for that,” he added.