Showdown Looming? Anti-Bundy Nevadans to Oust Militia?
|May 5, 2014||Posted by Staff under Land Disputes|
This 2014 excerpt of MSNBC, May 5, is by Jane C. Timm.
Nevada Democratic Rep. Steven Horsford is trying to oust the pro-Bundy militia from his district, citing constituents who are bothered by the presence of the self-appointed militia.
The group has been camping near Cliven Bundy’s land to defend the embattled rancher in his battle with federal land managers. Bundy – who says he doesn’t recognize the federal government – owes more than $1 million in fees for letting his cattle graze on federal lands for the last two decades. The Bureau of Land Management stopped trying to seize Bundy’s cattle last month, after a face-off with the militia.
Many thought when the face-off was done the militia—who came from all-over the country—would depart, but they have not.
Rep. Steven Horsford is calling on the senator, governor, and others who made Cliven Bundy out to be a patriot to stand with the residents.
Republicans have struggled to reconcile their support for Bundy’s states-right’s views with his racist rants.
Ed. Notes: As usual, both sides are partially right. People should pay for land, they should not just use it without compensating anyone, but they shouldn’t necessarily pay to the federal government but instead to their community, perhaps the county or state. And the government that receives payment shouldn’t necessarily keep the rents but instead disburse them to residents. Doing that would compensate those excluded from the (ranch) land and would give the owner a legitimate title to “hers” ranch.