Cross posted from Frederick Leatherman Law Blog
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Cliven Bundy is a thief and a right-wing domestic terrorist who belongs in prison. For more than 20 years he has grazed his cattle on our land without our permission and without paying us any fees. Neighboring ranchers paid their fees and have grazed their cattle with our permission.
Yesterday, the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) that manages our lands surrendered without a fight to Cliven Bundy and his followers who threatened to use deadly force in resisting the BLM’s effort to enforce a federal court order to seize his trespassing cattle and sell them at auction to satisfy the debt he owes for trespassing on our lands and refusing to pay the grazing fees.
April 12, 2014 is a dark day in U.S. history because it is the day that our government surrendered to the right wing hate machine.
I do not doubt that neighboring ranchers will follow his example and refuse to pay their fees.
I do not doubt that Cliven Bundy’s victory will embolden other right wing wackos to take similar action.
Contrast how law enforcement authorities have reacted with violent aggression against peaceful people protesting against the tyranny of the criminal banksters and the richest 1% of our people who, as majority shareholders, own control and profit from their acts of financial terrorism.
Contrast Bundy’s victory with what is happening to Cecily McMillan.
She is a 25-year-old student and activist who was arrested two years ago during an Occupy Wall Street demonstration in Manhattan. Without any provocation, police attacked and beat her until she went into a seizure. When she felt someone grab her right breast from behind during the attack, she threw her elbow catching a cop under the eye. She is being prosecuted for assaulting a police officer, a class D felony with a possible seven-year prison term. Her trial began this week.
Contrast Cliven Bundy’s victory with our government’s focus on prosecuting whistleblowers whose only “crime” is informing us what our government is doing to us and to other innocent people all over the world.
Contrast our government’s treatment of the poor cutting food stamps and heating assistance during a depression.
Our government has become another face of the right wing hate machine and you and I are its enemy.
If you doubt what I say, tune in to what is happening on twitter where an orgy of hatred has been unleashed.
Picture from BLM Neveda licensed under Creative Commons