What would you rather have, beef or allegedly endangered desert tortoises? If you are politically correct, you answered desert tortoises — and our rulers are the quintessence of politically correct. Consequently:
A Ruby Ridge-style standoff is brewing in Nevada, where dozens of armed federal agents are closing in on cattle rancher Cliven Bundy over claims that Bundy has allowed his cows to graze illegally on government land, endangering a protected species of tortoise.
Vowing to take a stand for, “your liberty and freedom,” Bundy says he is prepared to be killed as authorities surround a 600,000 acre section of public land as a result of Bundy violating a 1993 Bureau of Land Management ruling which changed grazing rights in order to protect the endangered desert tortoise.
“With all these rangers and all this force that is out here, they are only after one man right now. They are after Cliven Bundy. Whether they want to incarcerate me or whether they want to shoot me in the back, they are after me. But that is not all that is at stake here. Your liberty and freedom is at stake,” Bundy said. …
Feds postponed a similar raid in 2012 over fears the action would spur violence. Bundy has drawn a lot of support from the local community and protesters are heading to the area to demand authorities back off. Officials have created a taped off “First Amendment Area” where demonstrators can voice their concerns. A sign placed inside the area reads “Welcome to Amerika – Wake Up” alongside a hammer and sickle logo.
The Obama Regime appears to mean business this time. Cliven’s son Dave was arrested for taking photographs outside the “First Amendment Zone.” The federal government has deployed snipers against unarmed members of the Bundy family, just like Russian puppet Viktor Yanukovych recently did in the Ukraine.
The establishment media is predictably portraying Bundy as an outlaw. But his neighbors don’t seem to agree:
Wielding signs and slogans, several hundred demonstrators rallied Monday to support beleaguered Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy after authorities began to seize his cattle from federal land.
Nothing could be more classically American than a good old-fashioned Western showdown. But things are a little different, now that the country has been fundamentally transformed. For one thing, now it is the government doing the rustling.
As for whether the cattle really oppress useless tortoises, that is both doubtful and irrelevant. The standoff is about power versus liberty. The federal government owns virtually all the land in the West. Now that it is dominated by lunatics opposed to the cattle industry for ideological reasons (according to leftwing dogma, raising cattle makes the weather be too warm for the sacred polar bears due to flatulence), we are coming to understand that this state of affairs can no longer be tolerated.
On tips from Bill T and Ben S. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.