The falsehood of tyranny

The idea of the current American government being tyrannical is as false today as Thomas Jefferson being the source of this quote.

I’m trying to wrap my head around the whole Cliven Bundy cattle issue.  I’ve tried to research and read up on as much as I can about what’s going on there, and from everything I’ve read, the guy is nothing more than a sore loser that’s trying to get out of paying a debt that he owes to the taxpayers and citizens of America.

The most complete summation of events that I’ve found in one place was posted at the Washington Post today.  Until I read that one, I didn’t know that bombings had taken place at federal offices over this land issue.  There’s been all kinds of court rulings handed down against Bundy, yet he has not paid a dime in 20 years for illegal grazing.

Am I to understand from this ordeal that, if I don’t agree with standing federal laws and court orders, I can go round-up a bunch of armed citizens and bully the government around?  Of course not.  What I don’t understand is why hasn’t his earnings been garnished like any other person would have had done as a result of non-payment of a judgement fine?

If we are to remain a country of laws and uphold the Constitution, then Bundy needs to either pay up or move the cattle.  Case closed.  This ain’t about tyranny of the government.  If the government were being tyrannical, every single person sitting out there in the desert would have gotten mowed down by a mini-gun sitting on the side of a Blackhawk.  The last thing they would have seen would have been the business end of an A-10 coming in for a ground sweeping run.

These part-time wanna be soldiers are going to get innocent people killed just so they can pretend to get angry about some tyrannical government.  If you don’t believe me, then take the words from someone there on the ground protesting himself.

“We were actually strategizing to put all the women up at the front.  If they are going to start shooting, it’s going to be women that are going to be televised all across the world getting shot by these rogue federal officers.” — Former Arizona Sheriff Richard Mack

If you have to put women in the line of fire to portray officers as rogue, then you obviously know that you are in the wrong.  A real man would stand on his own two feet without the human shields if he were right in his actions.  The only government tyranny is festering inside the heads and rhetorical echo chambers of a group of people who, for lack of a better term, can only be described as loose cannons.  Once again, people are trying their best to make the DHS Right Wing extremists report from 2009 looks like it was written by Nostradamus instead of government intelligence analysts.

Furthermore, when Glenn Beck comes out as the “Voice of Reason” against the actions and intentions of Right wing groups, you ought to know something is seriously wrong with what you’re doing.  As expected, the Bundy supporters have basically labeled Glenn Beck a heretic or sellout.

The Feds were wise to back down for the moment.  There are obviously people out there who are spoiling for a gunfight so they can claim how the oppressive Obama regime is trying to tear up the Constitution.  With those people, there was no solution that would not result in bloodshed last week.  Hopefully, cooler heads will prevail.  Some of these very same talking heads who have stoked the flames of tyranny need to come clean with their followers and explain the truth.  Let them know that they’ve been selling the falsehood of tyranny like an old-time snake oil salesman.


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3 thoughts on “The falsehood of tyranny

  1. Like you, I’m not completely up to speed on what’s going on here. A couple of things here, first, Thomas Jefferson quotes (as well as a lot of other famous people) are often either quoted incorrectly of just pulled out of thin air. At best, things people said, off the cuff, 200 years ago are very difficult to verify, even if they’re true. This is the best place I know to try to verify Jefferson quotes:

    I’ve never lived out West but I can understand that the fact that 80-90% of some of these states are government land can cause problems. The county I live in is about a third government land and it does create some problems. It is what it is, though.

    From what I do know about this situation, Mr Bundy appears to be tilting at a windmill. He knew the whole 20 years or whatever it was that he owed grazing fees and who the land belonged to. I don’t have any sympathy for him; he knew the rules of the game when he started playing.

    And lastly, the other night, I heard one of the people out there (not sure who) that said it takes 325 acres per cow, in that part of the world. Maybe that’s your problem right there. If it takes that much land to raise cattle, maybe they don’t need to be raising cattle there. You need roughly a square mile (640 acres) for every two head. (As a contrast, in my world, most places you can do fine with one acre to one cow).


    • From what I do know about this situation, Mr Bundy appears to be tilting at a windmill. He knew the whole 20 years or whatever it was that he owed grazing fees and who the land belonged to. I don’t have any sympathy for him; he knew the rules of the game when he started playing.

      I agree 100%. I made the comment about the land needed out there to raise cattle on a different website, and some there disagreed with my point that maybe he needed to seek a different line of work because that’s what his family did for generations. What they did then doesn’t seem to be working now or else he wouldn’t have needed to keep expanding his area of grazing.

      I’m just glad that nobody’s been hurt.


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