You’ve probably heard about the U.S. government trying to round-up rancher Cliven Bundy’s cattle that have been grazing illegally on public lands in Clark County in Nevada for more than 20 years. Clive is said to owe about a million dollars for grazing his cattle which he refuses to pay. Now the Bureau of Land Management has shown up after two court orders and made an effort to remove Bundy’s cattle. To counter the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) armed militia groups from across the country have come to Nevada to join the rancher in fighting what they say is U.S. “tyranny.”
This from far right-wing media source WND, “After a weeklong confrontation between protestors and armed agents of the Bureau of Land Management events at the Bundy ranch in Bunkerville, Nev., came to an abrupt end Saturday when the BLM suddenly threw in the towel and left.” Notice how this right-wing source doesn’t mention most of the protestors are armed? Timothy Egan of the New York Times wrote, “One of the rancher’s supporters, Richard Mack, a Tea Party leader who is in the National Rifle Association’s Hall of Fame, said he planned to use women as human shields in a violent showdown with law enforcement. “We were actually strategizing to put all the women up front,” Mack said in a radio interview. “If they were going to start shooting, it’s going to be women that are going to be televised all across the world getting shot.” I note that Mack is also a sheriff. Some real tough cowboy wannabees you have there who are going to hide behind a woman’s skirt.
The cowboy wannabe militia claim the BLM wants the land to protect turtles, or for the water which will be used by military contractors to make weapons, or that Sen. Harry Reid wants the land for China etc. I don’t care whether these are true or crazy conspiracies. As a taxpayer I just see Bundy as a wealthy armed tax cheat that thinks taxes are for the rest of us “little people.” The armed militia defending him is just like the stupid teabaggers that are being used by wealthy1%ers like the Koch Brothers. We all know that if Bundy was a Native American, a Hispanic or armed Black Panther being set upon by a government force these militia types would join the government force to eradicate what they’d call un-American types. These militia and teabaggers were the same folks calling for the police to use force and shoot down Wall Street Occupiers.
I’ve run into these government is a tyrant out to get me types for a few decades now. When I lived in Warren, Ohio I had one move in to a house right behind me. He was a white trash racist hillbilly. The first thing he ever said to me was, “The previous owner of my house didn’t tell me that I had (I’ll use the N word) for neighbors. The minorities in my neighborhood were good neighbors and this guy was not. He filled his small yard up with junk cars, boats and all manner of scrap metal. When city officials told him to clean up his yard he claimed big government was out to get him. I was a member of a few different organizations whose members kept mentioning a man struggling in Austintown, Ohio that was reaching out to various organizations for help. After meeting the guy I found out he was a white-trash hillbilly with acres and acres of junk cars, garbage etc. His neighbor’s houses were being overrun with rats and roaches because of this man’s junk. Austintown township trustees were suing him to clean up his yard. Instead of paying someone to haul away his trash he invested money in video equipment. We then took that equipment to monthly Austintown township meetings to videotape the terrible government bureaucracy that was “out to get him.”
I’ve met two more guys lately that are of the same mold. They are a pair of guys that are best friends and both have a science background. Neither one has discovered the modern science of deodorant. Both have yards full of junk and are fighting with their local governments over their rights to live like pigs. Never mind the rights of their neighbors not to be infested with roaches and rats. Both of these guys are prominent in the Tea Party and big Ron Paul supporters. I have a neighbor down the road about half a mile that has the first car he ever owned. Actually, he has every car he has ever owned in the yard on blocks. His yard is stacked with all manner of junk. Out front he has a sign that states, “Keep America safe fire Obama.” I am growing weary of freeloading would be cowboys and white trash that want to turn their neighborhoods into slums. I’m tired of this scum thinking local government officials or President Obama are tyrants out to get them. When these folks destroy a neighborhood or community the fact is that they are the tyrants.
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“Life’s hard. It’s even harder when you’re stupid.” – John Wayne