The accumulation of all powers legislative, executive, and judiciary in the same hands, whether of one, a few or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.
– James Madison (Federalist Paper No. 47)
On January 20th, 2017, when President Donald J. Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States, newly sworn-in President Trump gave a stirring and passionate speech about the new day that was coming to the USA now that power would be transferred from Washington, D.C. back to the American People. He said:
“For too long, a small group in our nation’s Capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost. Washington flourished — but the people did not share in its wealth. Politicians prospered — but the jobs left, and the factories closed. The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country. Their victories have not been your victories; their triumphs have not been your triumphs; and while they celebrated in our nation’s capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land.”
-President Donald Trump Inauguration Speech 2017
No more well-defined example of the injustices wrought by the hands of an out-of-control Federal Government can be found than the case of the Bundy Family from the State of Nevada, whose multiple family members rot in a Federal Prison on this very day.
Our Founding Fathers said that Federal Government was to be limited in power regarding to land use within states, and that states themselves should have the say over how the land was used. This is made crystal clear in the Federalist Papers.
Over time, as if in slow motion, our enumerated Constitutional rights have been eroded, to the point of being unrecognizable today.
The result has become a bloated and power-mad Federal Government that is hell bent on achieving full spectrum control over every facet of American’s lives. Militarized Federal Agencies are destroying livelihoods and children’s futures. When the people gather to redress grievances, Federal mercenaries are called in and threaten to shoot-to-kill.
We have allowed our public servants to become Rule Protected Predators, willing to kill and destroy families to maintain their iron grip of power and profit.
Here we have the BLM, the EPA, and the FBI threatening death, stealing land by fiat, and slaughtering livestock while laughing about it. We have allowed our public servants to become modern-day robbers.
In the case of the Bundy Family, there were merely the last ones standing. All of the other ranchers that had developed the area around Bunkerville, NV over the past 150 years had been driven off by the same strong-arm tactics that the Bundy’s resisted.
The Center for Biological Diversity had the audacity to offer to buy the grazing rights of their family for next to nothing. This, after years of using the Bureau of Land Management and the Environmental Protection Agency as a club to bludgeon not only the Bundy’s, but all the other families in the area as well.
Was it for some desert tortoise that these multi-generational rangers driven off their land, as the EPA and CBD claim? Perhaps it was the fact that a certain Nevada senator had almost one hundred acres of land adjacent to the Bundy family? Maybe that this same senator wanted to use that land as part of a 9,000-acre Federal Government subsidized solar farm, put together by his son, in concert with Chinese energy giant, ENN Energy Group?
The fact that the Bundy family would not leave their ancestral land helped cause the Reid-Chinese solar deal to fall apart, which incensed Senator “Pinky” Reid, who then determined to use the full might and force of Federal Law Enforcement to bring terror down upon the Bundy Family’s heads.
Power has run amok and the people are being abused. Their land has been stolen, they have been physically trampled, and in the case of Lavoy Finicum, we find that people are even that they are being murdered in what every appearance shows to be cold blood.
The Department of Justice has looked away at all this abuse of power. Their job, paid for by American Taxpayers, was to protect the people from exactly this, but they have allowed federalism to be destroyed in a multi decade effort to centralize power at all costs. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, rather than look more deeply into the causes that erupted into the standoff, instead congratulated the prosecution on their fine work. This dashed the hopes of patriots everywhere, hoping for real justice.
The wildlife refuge standoff could have been prevented if the FBI had not intervened in the republic form of government where the people petition their representatives with grievances to be addressed. The armed standoff, of which the first member was sentenced to 68 years in prison, was instigated by the State and Federal Governments refusal to listen to legitimate grievances brought to them but the Bundy Family and many others. The Feds resorted to threats of lethal force first, making the excuses for action by criminalizing activities that the family had engaged in for almost one hundred years. With the courts stacked full of cronies to the very same usurpers of State Power, the Bundy Family received no justice and have continually been prevented from making their case.
In the latest insult, just before sentencing Bundy supporter Gregory Burleson to 68 years in prison for his role in the armed confrontation what saw the Feds back down, in 2014. U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro, placed into power by then President Barack H. Obama at the insistence of Senator Harry Reid, refused to allow Burleson’s attorneys to argue that they were exercising their constitutional rights to peaceably assemble and bear arms.
The defense was not allowed to highlight the actions of BLM agents in the days leading up to the incident or mention federal gaffes such as the ill-advised “First Amendment” zone created for protesters. Judge Navarro also ruled allowing the prosecutors to introduce testimony about the four accused men and their associations with so-called militia groups. Many legal analysts point out that Judge Navarro went to extraordinary lengths to prevent any possible jury nullification, which would have seen the defendants walk free because of the jury’s refusal to convict due unjust application of the law.
As JFK said those who make peaceful revolution impossible make violent revolution inevitable.
As we reflect on the immortal words of JFK, we should also pay heed to the Bundy’s, who call on us not to hate those who are persecuting them, but rather we to pray for them and strive by action to help them see the light and error of their ways.
You can be sure that this is not an isolated case. The EPA has been using the land forfeiture laws to harass and steal land, often to hand it over to an entrenched political crony. Bit by bit they are destroying the American Way of Life, by forcing dependence upon the Federal Government. In Oregon, where the wildlife refuge standoff occurred, the people supported the Hammond Family. They watched as the government destroyed Harney County.
While the men of the Bundy family languish in prison, Federal Agencies have not given up trying to take everything generations of Bundy members have scratched out of the earth for themselves. The women of the Bundy clan are pretty much on their own.
People need to live in liberty. Land and resources must not be centralized or nationalized. Our sustenance is at risk if the heads of the federal agencies achieve their objective of total control of the Earth so they alone decide the fate of men based on their personal desires for profit or power.
Life Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness IS about freedom from exactly the kind of oppression that the Bundy family has been subjected too, and President Trump should remember his Inaugural Address words:
“What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people. January 20th 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again. The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.” -President Donald Trump Inauguration Speech 2017
We have before us a case where the government power was abused, not controlled by the people, but by the few for their own gain. Lives have been destroyed and only President Trump has the authority to make things right. By signing this petition, we implore President Trump to show compassion and wisdom, and offer clemency to the Bundy men and their supporters.
Cliven and Ammon Bundy and their supporters stood up for their God given rights and the rights of their neighbors. They stood up for Dwight and Steven Hammond, and now we must stand up for all of them.