UPDATE: Why the BLM is Standing Down in Cliven Bundy Dispute
UPDATE: “According to Infowars reporter David Knight, who is on location, the BLM is standing down and will be releasing Cliven Bundy’s cattle shortly. This comes after reports stating that feds were ready to fire on protesters if they attempted to seize the rancher’s cattle.”
Why? There’s a good possibility that the directive to stand down came from the White House. The Democrats are in a political tail spin. Political aspirations look bad for November. They don’t need daily reports on how the Feds are armed to the teeth persecuting a lone rancher and his cattle. Waco and Ruby Ridge come to mind. The Democrats are trying to clear the deck of potential bad news stories. Getting rid of Kathleen Sebelius is part of the process.
Reports that Harry Reid and his family have a vested interest in this government land doesn’t help the government’s case against Cliven Bundy, especially with the bad publicity that he’s gotten lately over payouts to his family.
What follows is the original article posted April 11, 2014:
Governments thrive and survive on ignorance. They take advantage of how ill- and uninformed people are. That’s why government schools were created. Freedom of thought is limited. Textbooks are chosen for adoption by the school board. Administrators aren’t going to allow any history or civics book teach a political worldview that will damage their educational and political monopoly. H.L. Mencken (1880-1956) wrote:
“The aim of public education is not to spread enlightenment at all; it is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed and train a standardized citizenry, to put down dissent and originality. That is its aim in the United States, whatever the pretensions of politicians, pedagogues and other such mountebanks, and that is its aim everywhere else.”
So what is the government afraid of in the Cliven Bundy land dispute with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)?
We’re hearing that it’s about a tortoise. Maybe if Americans see that the federal government is trying to save an endangered animal that they’ll side with the Feds.
It’s my opinion that the BLM does not want the rest of America to know how much land is owned by the federal government and what its various agencies do with it.
What if Americans get fed up with the Feds and tell them to give back the land they took from the states? All hell would break loose. More centralized dominoes would fall. The Feds can’t let it happen.
Here’s a map you may not be familiar with.
“The United States government has direct ownership of almost 650 million acres of land (2.63 million square kilometers) – nearly 30% of its total territory. These federal lands are used as military bases or testing grounds, nature parks and reserves and Indian reservations, or are leased to the private sector for commercial exploitation (e.g. forestry, mining, agriculture). They are managed by different administrations, such as the Bureau of Land Management, the US Forest Service, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Park Service, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the US Department of Defense, the US Army Corps of Engineers, the US Bureau of Reclamation or the Tennessee Valley Authority.”
The federal government makes money off these lands through lease arrangements. Where does the money go? Back to Washington where it is used to expand the national government’s reach.
Notice how most of the federally occupied land is west of the Mississippi where population density is not very high compared to states east of the Mississippi. While each state gets two senators, the House of Representatives is based on population.
Nevada has three representatives. Compare that to Texas (32), New York (29), and California (53).
The federal government owns 84.5 percent of Nevada. Compare that to New York at less than 1 percent.
Did you noticed how much support the media gave the Occupied Wall Street crowd? Did the Federal government use anything near the fire power it’s loading up in Nevada against them?
And how about the refusal of the Federal government to protect our nation’s borders? Illegal aliens cross over and use federal lands all the time and don’t meet much resistance. In fact, once they enter the country illegally, we pay for many of them to live here. So why are the Feds going after one rancher who isn’t bothering anybody?