Thursday, April 17, 2014

Now That the Feds Have Backed Off, Where Does This Leave the Nevada Rancher in His Battle With the Gov’t?

‘The Door Isn’t Closed’

For now, however, a relative calm has fallen on Gold Butte and Bunkerville, the return of armed federal agents increasingly unlikely. But Washington’s decision over the weekend to cease its roundup operations does not mean it has abandoned its plans to exercise authority over Nevada’s public lands.

The door isn’t closed,Bureau of Land Management spokesman Craig Leff said after federal agents retreated from the area. “We’ll figure out how to move forward with this.

Aided by armed militiamen, some of whom were reportedly in Nevada at Bundy’s invitation, the veteran rancher has won himself a brief reprieve.

But it’s unlikely he’ll win any meaningful legal battles in the near future.
As I stated in a post yesterday, "When I wrote the description for this video, I did my very best to stay neutral, and just allow the video to speak for itself." I am maintaining the same stance in providing this story.  The opinions coming from various legal sources, however, seem to say that Mr. Bundy may not have the grazing rights that he believes he does.  There are still many questions to be answered, such as the big one:  What is the government going to do now about the Bundy ranch situation? 

Last Saturday (April 12, 2014), we were just an itchy trigger finger away from what could have been a disaster for everybody involved.  Many lives could have been lost in a standoff gone very wrong.  Thankfully, the U.S. government decided to stand down.

So, how is the government going to find a way to resolve the dispute without a future blood bath?  All I can say is that we'll have to wait and see.  I can imagine that, for a very different reason than what Sen. Harry Reid said, "It's Not Over," we may still be on the brink of a looming tragedy.  Whether he is right or wrong, we would hope that the federal government doesn't want to make a martyr out of Cliven Bundy.  The timing would be somewhat embarrassing for Obama's administration due to the ongoing situation in Ukraine.  Trying to negotiate a peaceful resolution in the Geneva talks would make diplomacy a little more difficult if we had a violent resolution of our own disagreement over state sovereignty with a rancher in Nevada!  Just sayin'...

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Now That the Feds Have Backed Off, Where Does This Leave the Nevada Rancher in His Battle With the Gov’t?
By Becket Adams

Apr. 17, 2014 10:27am


Cliven Bundy
Federal agents waved the white flag Saturday and retreated from Gold Butte, Nev., releasing some 389 “trespass cattle” that had been rounded up as the result of an ongoing land dispute between rancher Cliven Bundy and the United States.

But as Bundy family members celebrate what they call a decisive victory in their decades-long struggle against the federal government, the legal battle between the Clark County rancher and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management is far from over.

He’s still making these arguments about how the federal courts don’t have jurisdiction because the United States doesn’t own the land in question,” Dan Greenberg, an attorney and president of the Advance Arkansas Institute, a nonprofit that advocates for public policy based on the principles of limited government, told TheBlaze.

He’s losing on all these claims,” Greenberg said, noting that Bundy’s arguments have already been rejected twice by the courts. “Unfortunately for him, his arguments – that he simply doesn’t recognize federal authority – will not be recognized in the courts. … The legal theory here that Mr. Bundy’s using is radical in its implications.

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