Thursday, 24 April 2014 11:28

After Bundy Ranch Fiasco, Reid and Co. Exposed as Real Extremists

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In the wake of the now-infamous federal abuse unleashed on the Bundy ranching family and its supporters in Nevada, defenders of the heavy-handed terror tactics employed by the Obama administration’s Bureau of Land Management are finding themselves increasingly marginalized as potentially violent extremists. That is especially true for U.S. Sen. Harry Reid (shown, D-Nev.), who after launching a series of bizarre tirades against the ranchers and their friends, is being widely criticized and ridiculed — especially for his dangerous attempt to equate American citizens who protest government with “domestic terrorists.”

As The New American and much of the national media have been reporting for weeks, the Obama administration, led by a former Reid staffer who took over the BLM, descended on the Bundy ranch with heavily armed agents. Making matters worse, officials even tried to corral protesters into an unconstitutional “Free Speech zone,” sparking nationwide outrage. The David vs. Goliath-style violence and abuse by the feds, much of it videotaped and posted online, shocked the conscience of ordinary Americans.

Incredibly, amid the operation to remove so-called “trespass cattle” from supposed “federal” land, BLM agents even tasered and assaulted some members of the family and its supporters, hundreds of whom came from across America to stand with the beleaguered ranchers whose family has been there since the 1800s. The feds also came under severe criticism for unleashing a dog on a pregnant woman, assaulting a cancer victim, tasering a rancher, and aiming sniper rifles at peaceful protesters. Outrage is still growing.

The supposed reason for the federal intimidation and violence against the family surrounds alleged unpaid grazing “fees” and a desert tortoise that the federal government claims to be trying to protect. However, as The New American and many other publications have documented, there is almost certainly more to the story. Sen. Reid and his family, for example, are being accused of corruption yet again for having multiple financial conflicts of interest, perhaps explaining their fanatical reaction to the standoff. Many lawmakers, though, say it is part of a much deeper problem.

“This is not an isolated incident and is part of a broader war on rural America,” Washington State Rep. Matthew Shea, who is working with other Western officials to evict the feds, told The New American. Another lawmaker seeking to wrest control over the almost 50 percent of land in the West claimed by the U.S. government, Utah House Speaker Becky Lockhart, said: “What’s happened in Nevada is really just a symptom of a much larger problem.”

Either way, the extreme reaction by the Obama administration and supporters of the federal machinations in Nevada has sparked a potentially historic backlash that is growing quickly. Indeed, after the Bundy ranch standoff, the issue has become one of the major concerns facing liberty-minded Americans, earning non-stop media coverage for weeks that has still not died down. In Congress, though, it is increasingly becoming a partisan subject among the lawmakers who have commented, with radical Big Government advocates exposing their true colors — and their dangerous violent tendencies.

For instance, Sen. Reid, already facing multiple scandals and possibly about to lose control of the Senate, has increasingly marginalized himself as part of the lunatic fringe amid the debacle. “Those people who hold themselves out to be patriots are not. They're nothing more than domestic terrorists,” the controversial Senate majority leader said last week after the BLM decided to back off from the highly questionable operation at the Bundy ranch. “I repeat: What went on up there was domestic terrorism.” It was not clear what exactly the senator viewed as “terrorism” or what definition of the term he was relying on.

Still, consider very carefully the implications of what Reid is saying — especially in light of the ongoing terror war, in which the Obama administration claims the authority to unilaterally murder or indefinitely imprison anyone, including Americans, without even charges or trial. Indeed, some of the most deranged and fanatical elements of the far Left have even called for federal drone strikes to assassinate the Bundy family and their supporters. Others on the violent pro-Big Government fringe were even hoping for a Waco-style massacre.

On the other side of the aisle, though, as Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) suggested, cooler heads have largely prevailed. Republican U.S. Sen. Dean Heller, also of Nevada, for example, defended the Bundy family and its supporters across America, blasting the feds’ effort to “march an army” in there to cut off access to the land. “What Senator Reid may call domestic terrorists, I call patriots,” Sen. Heller added on KSNV-TV in Las Vegas. The senator also reportedly spoke with the BLM boss to express “great disappointment” and urge the agency to make changes to “preserve Nevadans’ constitutional rights.”

The governor of Nevada was also alarmed by the federal agency’s trampling on the unalienable rights of his constituents. “No cow justifies the atmosphere of intimidation which currently exists nor the limitation of constitutional rights that are sacred to all Nevadans,” Gov. Brian Sandoval, also a Republican, said about the fiasco. “The BLM needs to reconsider its approach to this matter and act accordingly.”

Some of the harshest remarks came from U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman of Texas, another lawmaker developing a reputation as a firm supporter of the Constitution and his oath of office. In a letter to Obama, extremist Interior Department Secretary Sally Jewel, and BLM boss Neil Kornze — the former Reid staffer — Stockman lambasted the administration’s lawless constitutional violations and demanded an end to the out-of-control operations.

Stockman also discovered that the feds’ extreme tactics employed at the Bundy ranch are not authorized by law — let alone the Constitution. “Because of this standoff, I have looked into BLM’s authority to conduct such paramilitary raids against American citizens, and it appears that BLM is acting in a lawless manner in Nevada,” he wrote, citing limited powers granted to the federal government and the fact that even under U.S. law, the BLM has no authority to exercise police powers.

“The federal government must not only stand down, but remove all federal personnel from anywhere near the Bundy ranch,” Rep. Stockman continued in his stinging rebuke of the administration’s bizarre and dangerous behavior in the Nevada case. Instead, if the federal government has legitimate business somewhere, it should rely on local law enforcement, which does have authority in its respective jurisdiction. In the Bundy case, that would have been the county sheriff, who critics said should have been arresting rogue BLM agents for their lawless violations of rights under color of law.

Outside of Congress and the political realm, similar trends are taking place in the media. On one side, Fox News, many newspapers, and most of the alternative media have taken a balanced approach to the story. At the same time, some Big Government propaganda outlets have joined the Reid family’s extremist crusade against the American people.

The fringe leftist MSNBC, for example — perhaps the most extreme national (despite its rapidly imploding market share and credibility) media outlet in the nation — in a fit of bizarre paranoia on the Chris Hayes show, even claimed the ranchers and their supporters were “insurgents” somehow engaged in a “little insurgency.” Consider, again, the implications of those violent statements in light of how the U.S. government has been treating so-called “insurgents” and “terrorists.” Already, the federal government has made clear that it considers Americans and veterans with mainstream political views to be potential terrorists, too.

Still, outside of the most extreme pro-Total Government “media” hacks, Reid’s outlandish comments were earning the controversial senator fierce rebukes from across the political spectrum. Even some stalwart establishment media outlets such as the Washington Post blasted the senator’s derangement in referring to American citizen protesters as “domestic terrorists” — as well as the frightening implications of such extreme rhetoric.

“The comparison is as noxious as it is absurd,” observed Post columnist Marc Thiessen on April 21 in a stinging piece lambasting Reid’s extreme comments. “It would be easy to dismiss Reid as a buffoon with a chronic case of logorrhea.... But instead of painting conservatives as extremists, Reid is only painting Democrats as enemies of the Western way of life.... Calling his opponents ‘domestic terrorists’ won’t solve his political problems — it will only make them worse.”

With radical Democrats in Congress and the press becoming increasingly marginalized as potentially violent extremists in the wake of the Bundy fiasco, now would be an excellent time to rein in the federal government. Good first steps, critics say, would be to strip it of its unconstitutional land holdings across the West once and for all, reining in its various violations of the Constitution in other areas, along with disarming its swarms of heavily armed storm troopers.

Already, as The New American reported this week, a fast-growing coalition of lawmakers and elected officials from Western states are rising up to do just that, and they are optimistic about eventual success. With enough public pressure — and with extremist Democrats expected to get crushed in the upcoming mid-term elections — the American people have an excellent opportunity to start restoring constitutional government.

Photo of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.): AP Images

 

Alex Newman is a correspondent for The New American, covering economics, education, environment, politics, and more. He can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Follow him on Twitter @ALEXNEWMAN_JOU.

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9 comments

  • Comment Link MemphisMickey Friday, 25 April 2014 21:47 posted by MemphisMickey

    Here is the JBS own words:
    Tangent: Civil Disobedience
    [A]s also stated in the Blue Book, we believe that a certain amount of government is an absolute necessity for any civilization. Because, without law to protect a man’s life, family, and the results of his productive labor, there can be no freedom — as both the wisest Greeks and Romans had already learned two thousand years before us.
    — Robert Welch, July 1978 Bulletin
    It is not proper to test a law by disobedience to a law. Respect for law must be cultivated as a virtue in a free society. Moreover, civil disobedience has often been employed as a Communist tactic to induce passage of more restrictive laws and to increase the government’s enforcement powers.
    Citizens must obey all civil and proper laws that protect life, liberty, and property. Questionable laws should be obeyed until they can be legally corrected or repealed by an orderly legislative process. Over a period of years, The John Birch Society has legally blocked passage of many unconstitutional and dangerous measures by exposing them to public scrutiny. And the Birch Society is ambitiously engaged in the lawful process of repealing and rescinding other bad laws, as well as blocking proposals for questionable constitutional amendments.
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    Tangent: Militant Revolt
    The basic strategy involved here is also one reason why so much of the Communist agitation and propaganda of the poor misguided fools at the bottom is being aimed, in open and vicious hostility, at the very Insiders in the upper levels who are subtly encouraging, promoting, and controlling it. For their interest and plans do not lie in the success of these militant revolutionary operations, but in the public reaction which such increasing lawlessness and defiant treason will ultimately produce. The straightjacket of brutal force can then be subtly woven over the American people by the very power which these Insiders can gradually seize and exercise, with public acquiescence, as a means and under the excuse of putting an end to such rampant anarchy, crime, and confusion.
    — Robert Welch, November 1969 Bulletin
    Movements calling for the forceful or violent overthrow of our government (including those advocating even the slightest semblance of militant revolt) must be vigorously opposed. Actions of this kind are led either by misguided fools or by our mortal enemies. The problems in Washington stem only from the ignorance or neglect of the people. Neither Congress nor the White House is occupied by forces beyond our power to expose by vigilant, peaceful, and honorable means. Every necessary and lawful mechanism is now in place for expelling the politicians who violate their oaths. Additionally, we have the means for exposing the power that props them up.
    The American people do not need a revolution except in their understanding and fortitude. It would be a serious mistake in strategy not to capitalize on the strength of the system we have inherited and which the enemies of freedom are working so hard to destroy. If Americans today understood the principles of good government and the forces of despotism, our problems would be solved readily through the normal political process. Without this understanding, what hope can there possibly be that freedom could come out of insurrection and revolution?
    With widespread understanding, revolution would be unnecessary — the electorate would empower a constitutionalist Congress followed by the restoration of good government. Without that understanding, particularly of who the good guys and bad guys are, any attempt at rebellion would play into the very hands of those seeking total power.
    Make no mistake about it, the power behind the scenes in Washington would be very pleased to see a violent revolution in America. It would bring about the very conditions under which that real enemy could surface and openly take full dictatorial control. As the JBS educational army advances, members and friends must not be tricked into employing methods having even so much as the semblance of anarchy, violence, or force.
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  • Comment Link Nora Thursday, 24 April 2014 23:47 posted by Nora

    When I read Reid's comments about all things Bundy, I was slack jawed at how totally deranged Dirty Harry Reid sounds. I mean that man is full blown crazy! I've begun to realize just how much he's off his rocker. So arrogant and trying like mad to convince the weak minded that he's in the right and that Bundy is a deadbeat...sound familiar? Same rhetoric as the bankers. They accuse the other party of the very things they're guilty of, and just throw things out there to see if any of it sticks. Yep, I think we need to throw Reid in jail for Domestic Terrorism, defund the BLM and disarm every fed agency.

  • Comment Link Tionico Thursday, 24 April 2014 21:31 posted by Tionico

    Reid is having a pouty party cuz Ol' Man Bundy is a MAN and not a mouse, and failed to roll over and play dead when Reid's henchmen came round to oust him. Seems Bundy is, er, rather inconveniently situated, and Reid needs him to disappear. Sort of like the bullybrat down the block who, along with hs baseball bat and axis of evil show up at the ballfield and try and decide who will play, who will watch, who will go home, and who will be "disappeared". Dey gotta name fu dat kinna buncha guys, ya know.......

    The people of Nevada need to launch a recall campaign for their creep in chief. If I lived there I'd be the one. But I don't so I can't.

  • Comment Link Tionico Thursday, 24 April 2014 21:25 posted by Tionico

    Memphis Mickey, stop being a bought and paid for mouse. Courts can be, and often are, corrupt. This one was purchased by the good ol boy Reid family. Of COURSE they'll "find" for Reid. They know on which side the bread their butter will be found. And, liking butter A LOT, they will do/say what is needed to keep it coming. Further, that case never should have been heard in a FEDERAL court. Wrong jurisdiction. This is a state matter. BLM do not OWN that land. The State of Nevada do. Federal courts are not to judge such matters, particularly when a federal agency is one of the parties to the action. Can you say "conflict of interest"? Yes, I thought so.

    Being against "civil disobedience" is one thing, laying down and letting tyrants run over you is quite another. We all should ALWAYS stand firm and strong to support and defend our Constitution, and the rights guaranteed under and through it. Failure to do so often and persistently enough is WHY this debacle happened. Sort of like what happened on the morning of 19 April 1775, at Lexington and a few hours later at Concord. If you don't understand what "civil disobedience" occurred on that day, I'd suggest doing some study instead of provoking reactions here.

  • Comment Link Scott Carpenter Owens Thursday, 24 April 2014 20:43 posted by Scott Carpenter Owens

    Senator Reid and Leland should be put in the same cell
    Respectfully,
    Scott Carpenter Micheal Owens

  • Comment Link Frank M. Pelteson Thursday, 24 April 2014 19:12 posted by Frank M. Pelteson

    Always looming in the background is Agenda 21, which wants to vacate all rural land and herd people into crowded ghetto projects to starve to death.

    AND THAT IS WHAT MATTOID REID REALLY WANTS, I think.

    For more on Agenda 21, please visit http://www.jbs.org/issues-pages/stop-agenda-21 .

  • Comment Link Joyce Thursday, 24 April 2014 19:02 posted by Joyce

    Memphis Mickey, you may side with the real terrorists, who are in Washington, DC working to destroy our Constitution and our Nation, but I side with the true patriots who said enough Ruby Ridge's, enough Waco massacres, enough of big government riding rough shod over American citizens and too much government over reaching its powers granted by the Constitution and too much unconstitutional actions against American citizens.

    Too much corruption by immoral, asocial psychopathic government officials such as the land grab scheme of Harry Reid, his son and the BLM, all of whom seem to feel they are above the constitutional laws of this land. Many of these corrupt politicians and all of their appointees, should have been tried for treason, high crimes committed and imprisoned long ago.

    George W. Bush, Queen Elizabeth, Tony Blair, Canada's prime minister, and the Pope who recently resigned all have already been convicted of crimes against humanity in the International Courts.

    Obviously too many of our Congressional members are puppets of the one world global government, aka the new world order, or they would have already taken action to imprison the corrupt members of this administration and they are afraid of being tried for treason along with them.

    Hopefully some intelligent class action law firms will step forward to file a class action lawsuit, for We the People, against these traitors who have not only failed miserably at doing their sworn duty of protecting our Constitution from both foreign and domestic threats, but are actively working with the domestic terrorists in the White House to destroy it. Hopefully it will also include the arrest and trial of all living past presidents and their appointees, since according to Bill Clinton in the video "Clinton Agrees With Bush" all presidents from Harry Truman on, whether democrat or republican, have been pushing for the new world order. If this is true then they were all committing TREASON while in office.

  • Comment Link Patriot57 Thursday, 24 April 2014 14:08 posted by Patriot57

    MemphisMickey, you're like a one track record. Every single comment I've read from you on New American is exactly the same.

    Did you actually read the article? Enforcing the court order in the manner BLM did it was not legal. Furthermore, the point is not about the rancher, the court order or anything else of the sort. The point is that a criminal politician is calling Americans domestic terrorists for protesting. Do you think this is appropriate? Should they now roll over and accept a hell-fire missile from an Obama drone to avoid any semblance of civil disobedience?

  • Comment Link MemphisMickey Thursday, 24 April 2014 12:38 posted by MemphisMickey

    Is not enforcing court orders legal? Isn't the JBS against Civil Disobedience?

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