Feds Prep Next Attack on Bundy Ranch

By Gary Franchi – World Television Service –

The FEDs are on the offensive once again – the target – BUNDY RANCH. We knew it wouldn’t be long after the Bureau of Land Management’s embarrassing retreat for them to regroup and return with a new strategy. The new battlefield, Instead armed troopers, they’re coming at Bundy with pen and paper. Administrative tactics, intended to pry the land away from the people of Nevada.

Before we get deeper into that, here’s the backstory. In April we brought you the story about on the Bundy Ranch Federal Seige in Southern Nevada – a battle that had been raging for decades – a battle between the Federal government, and ranch owner Cliven Bundy.

It all started years ago, when the Bureau of Land Management was established. Before that, cowboys and ranch hands were free to graze their cattle all over private property. Once the BLM came along, they decided to start imposing a tax for private ranches to be able to graze on open lands. Because the Bundy family had been feeding their cattle on those lands for years without a tax, they disputed the demands, calling it unnecessary.

To be clear, the Bundy’s don’t OWN the land, it’s actually owned by the STATE. But when the Feds came in and encroached on the land, it raised debates about the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution. The Tenth Amendment says, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

There it is, right in the Constitution, clear language saying the State OR the People have the power to govern and control anything not assigned to the Federal Government in the Constitution. But when the Feds showed up, they not only demanded the land, they also killed thousands of dollars worth of Bundy’s cattle, burying them in mass graves. Outraged by the encroachment and forced takeover, Bundy and hundreds of other locals showed up and blocked their path. After a long standoff, the Feds went home defeated.

Now, they’re back, with a new strategy. This time, calling 33 parcels of land, that contain nearly 2 million acres of Nevada of land “Areas of Critical Concern.” Bundy’s calling it a move of retaliation, several months after the Feds retreated..

But don’t count the Bundy family out just yet. When they learned of this new subtle attack by the Feds, they released this statement:

“We are not intimidated by the past action of the federal government, nor will we yield to their future attempt to subdue the State or the people. We refuse to submit to unconstitutional codes and regulation that dismantle Statehood and deprived our American neighbors and ourselves of the unalienable right so many of our kinsmen suffered and died for.”

Grant Gerber: Horatius on Horseback

By William Grigg – Pro Libertate –

Then out spake brave Horatius, the Captain of the gate –
To every man upon this earth
Death cometh soon or late;
And how can man die better, than facing fearful odds,
For the ashes of his fathers, and the temples of his gods?

Grant Gerber, who died on October 24 in Elko, Nevada while surrounded by his family, was a casualty of war. The 72-year-old, who served as a military intelligence specialist with the Army Special Forces in Vietnam, did not succumb to an ancient injury suffered in combat with the Viet Cong. His wounds were inflicted in early October during a peaceful counter-offensive against an immeasurably more powerful collectivist enemy – the U.S. federal government.

In the fashion of many combat veterans, Gerber died as the result of a battlefield accident. He was an organizer of the “Grass March Cowboy Express,” a 2,800-mile horseback expedition intended to draw attention to the plight of western landowners, and to petition the government for relief. His fatal injuries occurred in Kansas when the horse he was riding stumbled in a prairie dog’s den and rolled on top of him.

Although Gerber’s death was not the result of a specific act of violence, it was nonetheless sustained in combat with an implacable enemy that – unlike the Viet Cong – is actually imposing communism on the home he held dear. Communism, as Marx’s Manifesto helpfully explained, is “the abolition of private property,” an objective toward which federal bureaucracies have made considerable progress.

In defiance of the U.S. Constitution and in harmony with the Communist Manifesto, the federal government is, by a considerable margin, the largest landowner in the United States. In each of the western states, Leviathan owns the majority of the available acreage. The Feds have possession of nearly ninety percent of the land in Nevada, which was obtained through an aggressive war with Mexico and steady expropriation of the Western Shoshone Indians. That pilfered property is administered by the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management, which are systematically strangling what remains of the ranching industry. Similar policies have devastated the mining and logging industries, in Nevada and throughout the region.

Gerber, a personal injury attorney who was elected to the Elko County Commission in 2012, clung tenaciously to the earnest but mistaken belief that the U.S. Constitution protects private property and restrains government power. He spent decades of his life fighting to restore the constitutional balance between the states and Washington. His model was colonial organizer and agitator Samuel Adams, who, like Gerber had been employed by the tax-extracting sector before repenting and lending his talents to the cause of individual liberty.

Prior to 1976, the federal Leviathan recognized – albeit grudgingly – the authority of county governments to manage “federal” lands. The successor to King George’s distant, tyrannical government decided to celebrate America’s Bicentennial by enacting the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (PLPMA), which ended the pretense of actual federalism by announcing perpetual ownership of those lands by Washington. That same measure turned the BLM into a fully realized police force – a fact memorably displayed earlier this year in the agency’s paramilitary assault on Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, his family, and their supporters.

Rather than submitting with expected docility to Washington’s land grab, western property owners – and, to their credit, many elected county officials – organized a revolt that came to be known as the “Sagebrush Rebellion.” Grant Gerber was among the first to enlist, and he quickly distinguished himself among his fellow rebels.

 
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