HOLY COW! - REAL LESSONS LEARNED IN NEVADA
by Andy Weddington
Sunday, 20 April 2014
"When the people fear the government there is tyranny, when the government fears the people there is liberty." Thomas Jefferson
Yeah, yeah, yeah - several courts have ruled against Mr. Cliven Bundy (and his grazing cattle).
Blah, blah, blah.
Got that. And so do many Americans.
Today's brief comment is not about the law necessarily. There are bigger lessons going on in Nevada.
Besides, is the law right? Is the law fair? Is the law corrupt? Are the courts corrupt? Are the politicians corrupt (ha, ha, ha)?
Those points aside, the President of the United States and the Attorney General of the United States (who likely don't know a cow from a horse) and others in the administration have shown little regard for rule of law (though their sworn duty as public servants is to enforce) and on matters far more important than grazing cattle.
So the position of Mr. Bundy and the actions of his supporters should not come as surprise. No surprise at all.
That Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader, is involved (clearly emotionally) raises all sorts of questions as to his personal interests. For starters, what's (as in money) in it for him (and his)? The pile of chips (not cow) must be impressive for him to refer to Mr. Bundy and his faithful as "domestic terrorists."
But all the law and politics and bureaucracy and posturing aside there are a few core real lessons to take away from Nevada - and the president et al., best pay attention.
1. What patriots look like.
With the Bundy family and their backers rests example of hard-working, principled folk with moral conviction who know right from wrong and will not cower.
2. How to draw a red line.
In short, Mr. Bundy refuses to pay grazing fees the federal government (which he does not recognize) says now amounts to a million dollars. When the Bureau of Land Management attempted to confiscate his cattle, Mr. Bundy and his followers said, 'Oh no you don't,' - red line drawn. The Bundy party did not back down. Nor did they redraw (nor erase) the line. With numbers (and guns) in their (the patriots) favor, the feds wisely released the cattle and retreated. Otherwise, there was likely to be many a dead fed.
Even facing death patriots (President Obama refers to their like as Bible clingers and gun totters) do not back down.
Harry Reid (who should be removed from public office) says, with threatening tone, it's not over.
But beware patriots, Senator. And watch your step.
There are many more patriots than showed up last week. Right or wrong, they stand for something. And they (in their eyes) have the high ground - at least morally - and are to be feared.
So they proved last week - a demonstration of liberty.
America is awakening.
Mr. Jefferson was a cattleman.
Cattle - that grazed in pastures and woods - supplied beef, milk, butter, and manure (fertilizer for crops) for Monticello.