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Cliven Bundy and The Rural Way: We'd rather be wrong with Clive than right with Harry Reid
Pajamas Media ^ | 04/21/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson

Posted on 04/21/2014 6:42:35 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Cliven Bundy and The Rural Way


Frank Hanson, my grandfather, riding Paint in Kingsburg, California, in 1959.

I’m sure that Cliven Bundy [1] probably could have cut a deal with the Bureau of Land Management and should have. Of course, it’s never wise to let a federal court order hang over your head. And certainly we cannot have a world of Cliven Bundys if a legal system is to function.

In a practical sense, I also know that if I were to burn brush on a no-burn day, or toss an empty pesticide container in the garbage bin, or shoot a coyote too near the road, I would incur the wrath of the government in a way someone does not who dumps a stripped stolen auto (two weeks ago) in my vineyard, or solvents, oil, and glass (a few months ago), or rips out copper wire from the pump for the third time (last year). Living in a Winnebago with a porta-potty and exposed Romex in violation of zoning statutes for many is not quite breaking the law where I live; having a mailbox five inches too high for some others certainly is.

So Mr. Bundy must realize that in about 1990 we decided to focus on the misdemeanor of the law-abiding citizen and to ignore the felony of the lawbreaker. The former gave law enforcement respect; the latter ignored their authority. The first made or at least did not cost enforcers money; arresting the second began a money-losing odyssey of incarceration, trials, lawyers, appeals, and all the rest.

Mr. Bundy knows that the bullies of the BLM would much rather send a SWAT team after him than after 50 illegal aliens being smuggled by a gun-toting cartel across the southwestern desert. How strange, then, at this late postmodern date, for someone like Bundy on his horse still to be playing the law-breaking maverick Jack Burns (Kirk Douglas) in (the David Miller, Dalton Trumbo, Edward Abbey effort) Lonely Are the Brave.

But the interest in Mr. Bundy’s case is not about legal strategies in revolving fiscal disagreements with the federal government.

Instead, we all have followed Mr. Bundy for three reasons.

One, he called attention to the frightening fact that the federal government owns 83% of the land in Nevada. Note that “federal” and “government” are the key words and yet are abstractions. Rather, a few thousands unelected employees — in the BLM, EPA, Defense Department, and other alphabet soup agencies — can pretty much do what they want on the land they control. And note, this is not quite the case in Silicon Valley or Manhattan or Laguna Beach. The danger can be summed up by a scene I see about once a month on a Fresno freeway: a decrepit truck stopped by the California Highway Patrol for having inadequate tarps on a trailer of green clippings, just as a new city garbage truck speeds by, with wet garbage flying over the median. Who will police the police?

Two, this administration has a long record of not following the law — picking and choosing when and how to enforce immigration statutes, depending on the particular dynamics of the next election; picking and choosing which elements of Obamacare to enforce, again depending on perceived political advantage; and picking and choosing when to go after coal companies, or when not to enforce the Defense of Marriage Act, or when to reverse the order of the Chrysler creditors, or when to allow Lois Lerner to destroy the credibility of the IRS for partisan advantage.

In other words, the Obama administration regularly breaks the law as it sees fit. So we wonder why a federal agency sends out swarms of armed security agents to the empty desert on behalf of a tortoise, when it could just as easily storm Jay Carney’s press conference and demand that the president promise to enforce the Affordable Care Act. Or start apprehending those who are not just violating immigration law, but also serially signing false federal affidavits or providing employers with fraudulent identities.

Finally, Bundy, for all his contradictions, is a throwback to a different age. As the photo atop this article suggests, I had a Bundy-like Swedish grandfather — gassed in the Meuse-Argonne [2] and left with charred lungs — who became a sort of recluse. He broke horses for a living and in his long widowhood survived on his chickens, goats, rabbits, cows, and sheep, in subsistence fashion from 40 acres. He taught me how to dress out a pig, skin goats, and shoot. He also gave me lessons about the world of riding bareback on matched mules. He slept with a bottle of port on his nightstand and a loaded .30-40 Krag leaning against the headboard.

When we acted up, he “locked up” his grandchildren for ten minutes in his six-foot high birdcage with the quail and pheasants. I can remember his Swedish accented “eye yeye yi” each time one of us got bucked off his horse (one was called “Paint,” of course). He raised Fox Terriers for sale with names like “Rex” and “Skipper.” Frank looked like a Cliven Bundy, or a Slim Pickens (whom he knew well as a fellow Kingsburgian cowboy), and sounded exactly like Douglas Spencer (“Swede”) in Shane or John Qualen (“Lars”) in The Searchers.

My other grandfather was a refined Welsh version of the rural way, but no less independent as a small farmer who worked all his land himself until he quit one day at 86 and died that night in the hospital. He was as wiry as my other Swedish grandfather was a hulk. The one was a master horse rider, the other an expert at plowing with horses. Growing up with them, I never much learned about the secrets of “business” or “how to make it” (sometimes I wish I had). Making it, as I at sixty look back at them now, was probably defined as talking bluntly, gaining a reputation for “straight shooting,” paying all your bills on time, never making excuses for failure, and in general being loyal to friends and of some worry to enemies. To understand Bundy’s fatalism is to appreciate the rural way and its polite contempt for the softer world of the city and the mush that now passes for making it. Losing nobly was preferable to winning badly — Old Ajax to the core.

So we are not threatened by the likes of Cliven Bundy. Instead, the scary lawlessness extends to the bureaucracy itself, given that under Obama the government is becoming tainted and an ideological tool of social transformation. After just six years, we shrug that, of course, the IRS is biased. The Justice Department is politicized; ask Dinesh D’Souza or the AP reporters. No need to mention the NSA. The EPA makes laws up as ideologically required [3]. No one believes the State Department that in the weeks before the election a video-caused “riot” led to expert jihadists zeroing in with their GPS-guided mortars on a CIA annex in Benghazi. And so on.

Bundy is just different from what is now America — he looks different, talks differently, and dresses differently. These are the superficial veneers to someone who lives mostly through different premises from those of Pajama Boy nation [4], the world of Jay Carney and his cute Stalinist posters [5], the cosmos of Anita Dunn and her Mao gushes, or the metrosexual networking that is the gospel of Silicon Valley or the DC beltway. Few of us rely on human muscle anymore to survive one more day. Fewer of those who do combine that with horse-power, and its world of leather and wood and rope. Bundy is self-employed, without an SEIU union, a PERS pension, or a GS-15 health plan.

Given all that, I suggest Cliven Bundy is far more endangered than is the desert tortoise, and that his kind will be gone shortly in a way the federally protected tarantula and Gila monster or delta smelt will not. He, not they, is in the federal crosshairs [6]. So, yes, I can make some allowances for the nihilism of Cliven Bundy. We could not live in a modern, high-tech world only of Cliven Bundys, but perhaps we cannot live in a world without a few of them now and then to remind us of what we have become.

Almost everything, natural and human, has conspired against these sorts: a hail storm that wrecked the plum crop two days before harvest, or a swaggering psychopathic neighbor who stole the irrigation canal water until stopped, or a no-good who filed a phony workers’ compensation claim for a stubbed toe, or an ancient wobbly grinder that sliced off a finger, or the thieving Packing Company that always sent back slips each year saying “45% cull rate,” whether the fruit was small or big, scarred or smooth, ripe, overripe, or green.

To be a cattleman in the Nevada desert in America of 2014 is to live on Mars, or rather to live among 24/7 enemies, human and animal alike. How a man survives from cattle ranching on leased land in the Nevada badlands I cannot imagine, but I wonder nonetheless and in that amazement wish to see him continue.

My cowboy grandfather, Frank Hanson, died at 80, while Reese Davis, my maternal one, died at 86, in a world where the former never, until his last day, went to the doctor after his year in a Belgium hospital (he was a Lewis machine gunner before the gassing), and the latter went just twice. Theirs was a pre-cholesterol-testing, no-colonoscopy world, in which you just chugged on eating the wrong food, getting up to hard physical work each morning until you “got a cancer” or “the ticker quit” and at your funeral the neighbors said “ya, he worked hard” and went home. I remember the oncologist saying to my father about his dead father, “Are you sure he didn’t smoke? Take a look at those burned lungs on the X-ray.” And my dad curtly answered the specialist, “That’s what mustard gas does.”

The point is Mr. Bundy is no Rahm Emanuel, Al Gore, or Jay Carney. He is no Jay-Z or Sean Penn. He is a world away from the Kardashians and the BMW meets Mercedes crowd of the California coastal corridor or the psychodramas of brats at Dartmouth. Bundy does not have the white privilege that those who have it — mostly liberal, wealthy, and seeking an apartheid existence — damn in others.

Money is not Bundy’s point. Pleasing Harry Reid or the federal bureaucracy is not either. Making a living from the scrub of a desert by providing people good food probably is.

Grant him that. He’s our past, Harry Reid and the bunch in Washington our future. To paraphrase the ancients, sometimes we’d rather be wrong with Cliven Bundy than right with Harry Reid — and the SWAT teams that will revisit Mr. Bundy and his clan very, very soon [7] to enforce a dispute over grazing fees and insensitivity to a tortoise.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Nevada
KEYWORDS: blm; bundy; bundyranch; clivebundy; harryreid; nevada; vdh

1 posted on 04/21/2014 6:42:35 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
"...we cannot have a world of Cliven Bundys if a legal system is to function."

Even VDH gets it wrong sometimes. Does he think there is a "functioning legal system" in the US right now? Ask the "secured" Chrysler and GM bondholders.

2 posted on 04/21/2014 6:48:57 AM PDT by Former Proud Canadian
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To: SeekAndFind


3 posted on 04/21/2014 6:53:26 AM PDT by greyfoxx39 (Blessed Holy Week to all.)
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To: SeekAndFind
So, yes, I can make some allowances for the nihilism of Cliven Bundy.


Very strange choice of words for Bundy's stand.

I really don't understand Mr. Hanson's point. This article seemed to suggest he was on Bundy's side, but then he did not defend his position once. It was a self serving article at best as he reminisced about his grandfather.

Tell me Mr Hanson? DO YOU STAND WITH BUNDY, or are you just going to comment from the peanut gallery as the nation slips into metrosexual fascism?

4 posted on 04/21/2014 6:59:31 AM PDT by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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To: SeekAndFind

We’d rather be wrong with Clive than LEFT with Harry Reid

fixed it

5 posted on 04/21/2014 7:00:49 AM PDT by G Larry (There's the Beef!)
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To: SeekAndFind

One look at the HLS and the BLM military brown shirt and you have the answer. There is no need for these units and they should be limited to a handgun only. If more action is needed they it should be up to the local police to do the job. We are living in a near communists dictatorship now. Soon will not be able to turn it around and the time may have passed us now.

6 posted on 04/21/2014 7:02:06 AM PDT by Logical me
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To: SeekAndFind

Thanks for posting.

7 posted on 04/21/2014 7:02:35 AM PDT by MamaTexan (I am a Person as created by the Laws of Nature, not a person as created by the laws of Man)
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8 posted on 04/21/2014 7:09:34 AM PDT by ponygirl (Be Breitbart.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Those who pervert the law will leave us no choice but to be "wrong" according to their twisted standards.

The law perverted! And the police powers of the state perverted along with it! The law, I say, not only turned from its proper purpose but made to follow an entirely contrary purpose! The law become the weapon of every kind of greed! Instead of checking crime, the law itself guilty of the evils it is supposed to punish!

(Bastiat, The Law)

9 posted on 04/21/2014 7:09:58 AM PDT by nonsporting
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To: Former Proud Canadian
If you don't think there is a functioning legal system, then you and Bundy are wasting your time with BLM.

You need to go out and start killing judges.

Without a judge or judicial decision, this is a citizen versus bureaucrat conflict.

So it is really a conflict between Bundy and the judge(s). The saps at the BLM merely enforce the judge's decision.

An in the bigger picture, there is the congressional act FLPMA(legislative branch), administered by BLM(executive branch), resolved by a judge(judicial branch)

But Bundy says he doesn't recognize the federal govt so he doesn't recognize the legislative, executive, or judicial branch.

10 posted on 04/21/2014 7:11:25 AM PDT by Ben Ficklin
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To: Ben Ficklin

Article 1 Section 8 paragraph 27. The Feds can’t own more than ten square miles in a state. Once it was admitted to the Union, Nevada was no longer an owned territory of the United States. But a sovereign state with equal standing as all the others.

11 posted on 04/21/2014 7:15:55 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Former Proud Canadian

Read your excerpt again:

“we cannot have a world of Cliven Bundys if a legal system is to function.”

That’s the view of the government. The government thinks the legal system, which includes all their discretionary enforcement decisions, is working just fine, and that anybody who thinks otherwise is, all together now, racist, stupid, evil, etc.

12 posted on 04/21/2014 7:16:55 AM PDT by jiggyboy
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To: SeekAndFind
Quote of the year from Victor Davis Hanson

“So Mr. Bundy must realize that in about 1990 we decided to focus on the misdemeanor of the law-abiding citizen and to ignore the felony of the lawbreaker. The former gave law enforcement respect; the latter ignored their authority. The first made or at least did not cost enforcers money; arresting the second began a money-losing odyssey of incarceration, trials, lawyers, appeals, and all the rest.”

13 posted on 04/21/2014 7:17:42 AM PDT by Tupelo (I feel more like Philip Nolan every day)
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To: SeekAndFind

Sentimental, poetic and off the mark.

I would say Cliven Bundy has his stetson planted firmly in 2014.

Cliven Bundy is not going to lay down and let the Progressive train run over him anymore that the rest of us are. He is standing tall for freedom and inspiring the rest of us to do the same. Its time to drink a little tea and talk a little treason.

14 posted on 04/21/2014 7:23:16 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: massgopguy
Hire a lawyer and take it to court. Or, hire the oathkeepers and militia and start an armed revolution.
15 posted on 04/21/2014 7:24:16 AM PDT by Ben Ficklin
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To: Georgia Girl 2

I don’t know. This VDH piece is getting a bit of criticism here, but I thought it was an excellent read. It seemed to encaspsulate and reflect the actual reason WHY I’m in strong support of Bundy moreso than anything else I’ve read.

It admittedly a bit downbeat, though. But when I look at the current state of the American populace (versus Bundy and the ilk of my own ancestors), it tends to merit a pretty downbeat tone.

16 posted on 04/21/2014 7:34:50 AM PDT by greene66
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To: massgopguy
Article 1 Section 8 paragraph 27. The Feds can’t own more than ten square miles in a state.

Utterly irrelevant. That provision is with regard to land for a national capital, and anyway it applies to land ceded to the federal government by a state or states, not to land within a state.

FWIW, the notion that Nevada is some sort of outlier or anomaly with regard to the federal government retaining title to land after it became a state is just untrue.

Kansas, for example, which became a state in 1861, had public (federal) land still being homesteaded by settlers many decades later. In fact, that's how some of my ancestors acquired their farms.

Nevada has the highest percentage of public (federal) land for the simple reason that it has more land nobody wanted to buy or settle on than any other state.

I'm curious if anybody has a link to actual information on whether some land remained as yet unsold in federal title after statehood in states farther east than Kansas.

17 posted on 04/21/2014 7:49:32 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Ben Ficklin
>>But Bundy says he doesn't recognize the federal govt so he doesn't recognize the legislative, executive, or judicial branch. <<<{> But Bundy says he doesn't recognize the federal govt REGARDING THE FEDS AUTHORITY OVER STATE LANDS IN NEVADA.

Mary Davis's photo.

A quick background as to why the BLM should not be harassing Cliven Bundy. This issue goes all the way back to the Confederation Papers, prior to the writing of our US Constitution.

Please remember that the Supreme Court has reversed more than 150 of earlier Supreme Court decisions on natural law. Is that what you would consider as someone being consistent and reliable in interpreting the Constitution?

The Resolution of 1780, "the federal trust respecting public lands obligated the united States to extinguish both their governmental jurisdiction and their title to land that achieved statehood."

In the Constitutional Convention of 1787, The Charter of Liberty contained these words, "The new Federal Government is an agent serving the states.", "The delegated powers are few and defined", "All powers not listed are retained by the states or the people", "The Resolution of 1780 formed the basis upon which Congress was required to dispose of territorial and public lands", "All laws shall be made by the Congress of the United States". (not agency bureaucrats!)

That should be sufficient for you to determine who all public lands belong to, hint - NOT the Federal Government!

"The Constitution is a written instrument. As such, it's meaning does not alter. That which it meant when adopted. it means now". So said the Supreme Court in South Carolina v United States in 1905

Articles of Confederation, Article VI, clause 1 All engagements entered into before the adoption of this Constitution, shall be as valid against the United States under this Constitution, as under the Confederation. In Article IX "... no State shall be deprived of territory for the benefit of the United States."

Formation of a "more perfect union" does not absolve that union of prior engagements, including those obligations establish by the resolution of 1780 and the Articles of Confederation.

Our government system is established by compact, not between the Government and the State Governments but between the States as Sovereign Communities. By James Madison 1821 (This is what make the County Sheriffs the highest law enforcement officer in that County and gives him/her the authority to tell the BLM, the FBI or any other Federal Agency to get out of the County or they will be arrested and jailed.)

What I have written here is but a short piece of the process that the Founder went through to establish our Constitution and system of government.

Please view these videos and see if they don't change your mind about whether or not Cliven Bundy is in the wrong by defying the BLM.

1of3 Stephen Pratt speaking to Sheriffs at WSSA conference

2of3 Stephen Pratt speaking to Sheriffs at WSSA conference

3of3 Stephen Pratt speaking to Sheriffs at WSSA conference

Here's one that shows why the Sheriff of Clark County is duty bound to keep the BLM and all Federal agents from arresting Cliven Bundy.

Steven Pratt, Bound by Oath to Support THIS Constitution,

18 posted on 04/21/2014 7:53:54 AM PDT by B4Ranch (Name your illness, do a Google & YouTube search with "hydrogen peroxide". Do it and be surprised.)
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To: SeekAndFind; All

* The EPA assigns one million acres to previous owners in Wyoming.

* The BLM Rustles cattle in Nevada.

* Now the USFS Rustles Cattle in New Mexico.

What will Speaker Boehner do now to punish these lawless Federal Bureaus?

BTW, have y’all noticed that Obama is very effectively using these lawless events by his Bureaus to distract from the NSA, Benghazi, IRS and Obamacare Scandals?


Is the modern day equivalent of the KKK the Bureau of Feudal Land Management, (BFLM) ?

If so, then Feudal Lord Reid would then be “The Grand Dragon of the BFLM.”

Feudal Lord Reid’s Rustlers are hired guns, who are furious but not fast, which also applies to their multimillionaire Leader: Feudal Lord Reid.

With the past Democrat-based KKK, and now the present Democrat-controlled BFLM, ethics be damned, as abject fear is the main goal of both of these Medieval Outlaw Gangs, past and present.

“Ethics” will be justified later by Liberals who will write the ‘revised” PC History of these times, past and present; of powerful men with outlaw hatred toward free people in America, Black or White, poor or rich.

The Jackboot Heel of Democat Tyranny is now upon us, again !


19 posted on 04/21/2014 8:01:28 AM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Sherman Logan

Found a nifty site on the BLM website. Record of all title transfers out of public (federal) ownership.

Turns out there was still a lot of homesteading going on in Missouri, by definition on federal public land, in the teens of the last century.|st=MO|cty=043|sp=true|sw=true|sadv=false#resultsTabIndex=0&page=100&sortField=6&sortDir=0

Missouri became a state in 1821. Federally owned land was still being homesteaded a century later.

There are good arguments that Bundy is being mistreated. The notion that it is illegal for the federal government to hold title to land within a state is not one of them. Or, if it is illegal, it’s an illegality that has been ongoing since the early days of the nation.

Here’s a link to similar land transfers from federal ownership to private in Florida in the middle 20th.|st=FL|cty=095|sp=true|sw=true|sadv=false#resultsTabIndex=0&page=1&sortField=6&sortDir=1

Florida became a state in 1845.

20 posted on 04/21/2014 8:03:38 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: B4Ranch
I'll promise not to try to pass myself off as a conservation biologist if you'll promise not to try to pass yourself off as a constitutional lawyer.

But I will tell you that the BLM likes to use the desert tortoise as an indicator species because they are much easier to count than quail

21 posted on 04/21/2014 8:07:45 AM PDT by Ben Ficklin
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To: Sherman Logan

Again, you people who haven’t actually farmed or ranched (or dealt with the BLM) in Nevada should load up on some facts before spouting off.

First, the reason why there is so much “federal” land in Nevada has NOTHING to do with “what people didn’t want.” It has to do with the Republican political leadership of the state stampeding to get the state admitted to the Union in 1864 and commit the silver and gold reserves found in the state to the US Treasury to prop up the US government, which was issuing a ferocious amount of debt in the days after the end of the central bank of the US.

Basically, the interests in Carson City said “anything that isn’t already deeded is federal.” There was no time for anyone to claim interest(s) in the land. The Republican political forces basically reckoned that the private lands from the Walker River north to the Truckee were about all that concerned them, and the silver mines in Virginia City were their primary concern, and in they rushed to the Union.

The lands claimed by the DOI in the 19th century were open to settlement, but the process was ended in 1976 by FLPMA.

One of the problems with the homesteading laws (which included the Stock Raising Act and Desert Land Entry) is that until powered irrigation became common, these acts, which had been predicated upon the amount of land a farmer could farm in places like Kansas, were far too little to be economically viable. If I want to run 300 head of cows in Nevada, I don’t need a section; I need 100’s of THOUSANDS of acres. One AUM is 50 to 70 acres in the high desert of Nevada, and probably closer to 200 acres in the lower desert (south of US Route 6) in Nevada.

What did the homesteading acts allow? 640 acres (one section) per family. OK, that’ll allow you to run a couple cows, year-round.

22 posted on 04/21/2014 8:09:22 AM PDT by NVDave
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To: Sherman Logan

And that’s those states.

In Nevada, the BLM has a policy of “no net loss” of land. So when Dusty Harry cuts loose a section in Clark County for his buddies at Del Webb, the BLM pursues buying up ranches in the rest of the state.

Now, here’s where there’s another wrinkle: Reid put in some legislation to have the BLM use the proceeds of selling off public land at auction in the south of the state to buy up private water rights in the north of the state... which Harry and his evil spawn Rory would like to pipe to Clark County.

23 posted on 04/21/2014 8:12:08 AM PDT by NVDave
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To: Ben Ficklin

Watch the videos and then you decide if Stephen Pratt is worthy of your respect.

24 posted on 04/21/2014 8:13:51 AM PDT by B4Ranch (Name your illness, do a Google & YouTube search with "hydrogen peroxide". Do it and be surprised.)
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To: SeekAndFind

The Cliven Bundys are the rough-hewn timbers that made our country great. The Washington/Hollywood/Ivy League crowd is the slime that bubbles up from the secular sewer. The corrupt stench is the oder of a dying culture.

25 posted on 04/21/2014 8:20:03 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: NVDave

You are quite correct that the homesteading act was designed with eastern and midwestern lands in mind. That’s where almost all the congressmen who passed it were from and what they were familiar with.

The problem with the notion that the federal government retaining ownership of much land in Nevada after it became a state is that it just isn’t true. Most states had land still owned by the federal government after they became states. Above I’ve posted links to documentation of public land sales in the 20th century in MO and FL.

Here’s some from a single county in MS. Feds still selling off public land more than a century after statehood in 1817.|st=MS|cty=019|sp=true|sw=true|sadv=false#resultsTabIndex=0&page=1&sortField=6&sortDir=1

26 posted on 04/21/2014 8:23:59 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Sherman Logan

Comparing the land disposal in eastern and midwestern states to the western states isn’t fruitful.

Those state records you’re pointing me at show disposals of piddly little parcels - “quarters of quarters” or 40 acres.

That, in those states that could grow tobacco was enough to live on.

In the western states which came into the union in the latter half of the 19th century, the policy out of DC became one against land disposal, and then only in split estates. It is far easier to get a mining claim in Nevada than to gain control of the surface rights. In those other states you mention, when you gained land, you gained it all. They usually didn’t have split estates.

In no other state does the US Government control such a large proportion of the overall land mass in the state as Nevada. Other western states were far smarter than Nevada was, because they reserved proportions of the state for state lands. Nevada didn’t do even than. For example, here in Wyoming, we have “state sections” where graziers pay the state of Wyoming for the grazing rights. This is used to fund schools in the surrounding county.

Then there’s a little tidbit that most people who have never lived, farmed/ranched/mined in Nevada don’t know: Several of the BLM offices in Nevada are “penalty duty” for DOI employees the DOI would like to make quit. When you’re dealing with the BLM on land disposal issues in Nevada, you have pure, simple stupidity standing in your way as well as the other factors.

27 posted on 04/21/2014 9:00:28 AM PDT by NVDave
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To: Sherman Logan; NVDave
There were federal lands for homesteading up until 1976.

All of conflict about Bundy is about FLPMA and FLPMA ended homesteading.

But there is still a lot of landswapping going on and if you need some BLM land, or Forest Service land, you go out and buy some private land that the land agency deems to be desirable and they will gladly swap with you. In my neck of the woods, for the last 25 years, Weyerhauser has been swapping with Forest Service, FWS, and state agencies in which Weyerhauser is trading away acres for board feet.

The money available to the land agencies to buy land is mostly from the Land and Water Conservation Fund(1965). And that act requires that 60% of the money appropriated be used to buy more land. For each forest and each BLM unit there is a lot competition for this money. Sometimes, Congress will make a special appropriation as they did in 2000(1 million) to buy the Baca #1 ranch in New Mexico to create the Valles Caldera, on which they lease grazing. They charge a tourist $10 per day to hike and a rancher 55 cents per day to graze one cow-calf unit.

28 posted on 04/21/2014 9:29:32 AM PDT by Ben Ficklin
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To: greene66

I agree. It is a good article.

29 posted on 04/21/2014 9:34:18 AM PDT by Girlene (Hey, NSA!)
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To: Ben Ficklin

A lot of the landswapping is to consolidate tracts. Much of the West is checker-boarded due to old railroad and other land deals. Consolidating tracts is generally in everybody’s interest.

30 posted on 04/21/2014 9:57:58 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: B4Ranch
I don't look at it that way. You may focus on the county sheriff whereas a would focus on the county govt to include the sheriff the prosecuter, and to commissioners or supervisors, and the executive if the county has one.

There are urban counties and many rural counties, who are collectively powerful.

This whole subject of the feds imposing on the western rural counties is not accurate.

CARA, and CARA 2000 included Payment in Lieu of Taxes(PLT). The premise behind PLT was that as the federal land agencies reduced economic activity on these federal lands, that reduction in economic activity would reduce the tax base and income to county govts and school districts in these rural counties thru-out the west, creating hardship.

So CARA didn't pass but the CARA compromise did and PLT was part of the Compromise. PLT took the form of the Counties Payment Bill and was supposed to last 7 years. You may recall that many freepers griped and complained about this govt giveaway.

So anyway, as it turned out, The GOP was trying to open Area 181 in the Gulf to drilling in 2006, but they needed some dem votes, so they told these western states dems that if the dems would vote for this offshore drilling, the GOP would vote to extend the Counties Payment Bill when it expired the following year.

Nothing ever dies in Congress, it just lives on.

So, the premise that these rural counties in the west are getting hurt by reducing logging or grazing, is not accurate, they are being compensated.

31 posted on 04/21/2014 10:03:44 AM PDT by Ben Ficklin
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To: B4Ranch
Ben Ficklin is a liberal implant here who has been all over these threads the past few weeks. I'd also like to point out that the only person who has advocated killing judges or "starting an armed revolution" is Ben Ficklin.

The purpose of the Oathkeepers and militia arriving at Bundy Ranch was to prevent another Waco or Ruby Ridge, not to start an armed revolution, and they managed by grace of God to pull that off and come to a peaceful resolution.

Ficklin seems quite put out that a hundred or more weren't massacred under that bridge. Talk about blood lust. And that's just when he's not sneering down his nose at the "uneducated peasants" here at Free Republic.

32 posted on 04/21/2014 10:07:01 AM PDT by ponygirl (Be Breitbart.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Does VDH not realize that Cliven Bundy is one of his contemporaries? The man is 67 years old, and Hanson is 60.

The Bundy Ranch situation has nothing to do with preserving a relic from our distant past, and keeping the ranching lifestyle as some sort of Colonial Williamsburg living museum. This is about a corrupt criminal enterprise deciding that it wants what is yours and is going to do whatever it has to do to take it, come hell or high water.

If some corrupt senator decides that they want Hanson's vineyards, they're going to find a way to take them. If they can't buy him out, they'll tax him into bankruptcy, rig the court system, plant evidence (marijuana), declare his land a fragile ecosystem, bring in SWAT teams and burn him out... whatever they have to do, they will do it if it serves their ends. And as long as we keep putting up with it, it is going to keep happening.

Eventually, every one of us who believes in the Constitution is going to be considered an ancient relic who is in the way of "progress."

33 posted on 04/21/2014 10:14:52 AM PDT by ponygirl (Be Breitbart.)
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34 posted on 04/21/2014 10:16:30 AM PDT by SZonian (Throwing our allegiances to political parties in the long run gave away our liberty.)
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To: ponygirl
The fact that you have to call me names like liberal implant, means that you have lost the argument. Plus, you have broken a long established rule at free republic. You are supposed ping the person that is the subject of your ad hominem attack.

But I must say that you look really good waving the flag.

35 posted on 04/21/2014 10:43:58 AM PDT by Ben Ficklin
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To: Ben Ficklin

LOL. What ever makes you feel better, sweetie.

36 posted on 04/21/2014 1:02:07 PM PDT by ponygirl (Be Breitbart.)
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