I found your blog a few days ago and really enjoy reading it. I would like to comment on the sentiment expressed in one of the links you posted in “Odds ‘n Sods” today– Judge Openly laughs at Bundy Ranch Defendants Rights.
First, I agree that our courts are corrupt, many judges are openly undermining our Constitution and Rule of Law, and denying a defendant’s rights and then laughing about it is inexcusable.
What I disagree with is the idea that the Bundy family is a bunch of “Patriots” standing up to “the tyrannical state.” In my opinion, what they are is a family that feels entitled to use public land as if it was their own. They don’t own the land; they lease it. If they won’t abide by the terms of the lease, then they can and should be given a chance to meet the terms of the lease, but if they won’t then the landlord (in this case the BLM) has the right to evict them and try to collect back rent.
I’ve had an experience with a rancher like this near Reno. I was hunting on public land (fenced but BLM) when an armed “guard” approached me and informed me I’d have to get off of “private property” as I was trespassing on a ranch (with not a cow or steer in sight). I left; I wasn’t going to fight it out with an armed “guard”, and I figured maybe I was wrong about it being BLM land. Later when I checked, it was (is) in fact BLM land, but some “rancher” thinks it’s his to use as if he owned it.
I might be wrong about the Bundy family, and if they don’t interfere with hunters, hikers, campers, et cetera on “their” public land I’ll change my mind. As long as they keep acting and talking like they own it though, it’s very hard for me to have much sympathy for them.
HJL’s Comment: The Bundys are probably not the best example nor is the whole issue the best court case. Similarly, it took a long time before “D.C. vs Heller” presented itself as the right case to bring the issue of gun ownership before the Supreme Court. SurvivalBlog has been cautious from the beginning about the Bundys, as we saw many issues with how they were setting up the conflict. However, it is the case that sits before us, and there are serious issues in the court cases where the government has stacked the deck in their own favor. If the abuses of the Feds continues unchecked, it makes it more difficult the next time the issue has to be dealt with. It would certainly be nice if a clean-cut case presented itself in the complex issues surrounding the BLM and Federal ownership of large swaths of land, but in the meantime this is what we have to work with, and we need to make the best of it. You may not like the Bundy’s and you may not even agree with their politics or their actions, but the issues are real and they are a danger to each one of us.