The whole situation in Nevada stinks. Either the federal government thinks that the general public won't do anything should they perpetrate another mass murder a la Ruby Ridge or Waco, or the federal government is trying to provoke a fight. Either sickening, or terrifying.
It really doesn't look like people are taking this lying down, this time: twenty cowboys bypassed the unconstitutional Bureau of Land Management, and rounded up some of Bundy's cattle, and returned them to his property. Good show, there.
What I want to know is this: since when is the federal government permitted to appropriate land without due compensation. Since they seized lands held in common, they should have paid the full market value to each person who owned/used the land for grazing.
Since they didn't, it's my read of the situation that Bundy is entirely in the right, and the federal government is entirely in the wrong.
Then again, any time the government is up against the citizen who has committed no crime, the citizen is always in the right, and the government is always in the wrong.
Our Founding Fathers knew this. It's why they wrote into the constitution that the government is not permitted to write a law naming someone a criminal, nor are they allowed to criminalize behavior after it's been committed, then prosecute, to deliberately turn someone into a criminal.
I really miss my country.
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