Why did the federal government back down and return Cliven Bundy’s cattle without firing a single shot?
Was it because Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was about to be exposed in a corrupt deal with the Chinese to use federal land in Nevada for a huge solar power farm?
I don’t know the answers. But as far as I can recall, this is the first time in my lifetime the federal government has ever retreated in the face of domestic dissent by white people.
For those who have not been following the story: the Bureau of Land Management sent armored vehicles and snipers to Bunkerville, Nevada when they started to round up cattle owned by a rancher named Cliven Bundy, who is said to owe more than a million dollars in back grazing fees for pasturing his cattle on land claimed by the federal government. Mr. Bundy did not acknowledge the jurisdiction of the feds — only that of the state of Nevada and Clark County — and resisted the encroachment. Hundreds of supporters poured into Bunkerville from all over the country, many of them armed, and stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the Bundy Family against the federal government. Today the BLM backed down. It announced that in the name of public safety, it had agreed to return Mr. Bundy’s cattle and pull out.
Whatever the reason for the retreat, the feds have lost their mojo in this one, big time. Cliven Bundy and his supporters faced down federal snipers and armored vehicles without flinching. All the mojo has passed to them.
I don’t see how the federal government can allow this to stand. Expect a second act.
Make sure to read what Sipsey Street Irregulars have to say about what happened in Bunkerville.
Links to various news stories about the standoff at the Bundy ranch (yes, I know some of them are Infowars, but Infowars has been reliable on this story so far):
- NRO on the Reid/Chinese solar deal, from two weeks ago
- Infowars on the meeting with Clark County sheriff
- Chinese solar power land grab
- Protesters block I15
- ABC News: Feds back down
- Deal Reached: BLM Will Release Confiscated Cattle to Rancher
- I-15 Shutdown
- Feds Back Down
- BLM to Cease Bundy Ranch Operation
- Feds Back Down From Bundy Siege After Infowars Exposé of Chinese Land Grab
Many thanks to our British correspondent JP for sending the photo used at the top of this post.