The Bundy Ranch and the Rule of Law
John Hinderaker of Powerline makes the case that Bundy doesn’t have a legal leg to stand on, despite sympathy for his problems with the Federal government. Yet, what is legal in the creeping lawlessness of increasingly out of control Federal agencies, bureaucracies, laws and regulations. Indeed, given the utter and staggering pile of laws, rules and regulations we’re all guilty of something, as pointed out in Glenn Reynolds’ Ham Sandwich Nation. If it weren’t for alleged violations of the desert tortoise under the Endangered Species Act, some other suitable charge could be brought against Clive Bundy to confiscate his ranch.
Most of we peasants are much too busy to devote our time to such undertakings. Most of us are too busy trying to make a living to have, after taxes, enough to take home to put food on the table, clothes on our kids’ backs and a roof over their heads. Most of us, if ever confronted by the federal government, would simple not have the time or resources to stand against such an assault.
And, there are people, however, who do have the time and resources to move the federal government against such citizens as Clive Bundy. Corrupt politicians in league with crony capitalists and other assorted rent seekers. For, the law was brought against Bundy for the purposes of such mutual enrichment. The head of the BLM is a former Senator Reid staffer. There are allegations that the interest in Bundy’s ranch is tied up in a solar project between Senator Reid’s son Rory and Chinese interests. Further, we know that Senator Reid has grown rich in office; far in excess that what could be accounted for by his Senatorial salary.
You can connect the points, but can you prove that in court? Alleged is the best we can say for this corruption is difficult to prove and far beyond Clive Bundy’s ability to ferret out. Because, this corruption follows the Chicago Way. Everything is ‘understood’ so there are very few actual quid pro quo’s actually uttered. It was ‘understood’ that the newly minted US Senator from Illinois–Obama–was going to get his mortgage from Northern Trust for his 1.5 million dollar manse in Chicago’s Hyde Park. And, it was also ‘understood’ that the lobby of Northern Trust was not going to be trashed by ACORN.
You can’t prove it. You can’t fight it. Connections with the right people and between the right people can bring down the frightening wrath of the federal government against individuals and totally destroy them. Given that one million dollars is 1/1,000,000 of a trillion dollars, what’s a million or two given away to a connected politician for a favor. With the trillions being spent in Washington DC, a million here or there simply gets lost in the clutter.
Which finally brings up the only saving grace in this temporary truce concerning the Ranch Bundy. The Second Amendment. The rule of law of last resort. The citizens that went out to protest and obstruct the depredations of the BLM agents were armed. They wisely kept their guns in their trucks and automobiles. But, the agents knew they were there. And, those agents caved. Caved because they weren’t professionals. Professionals, warriors in the true sense of the term have a discipline that keeps them from engaging in gratuitous destruction. Such as holing water tanks, destroying fences and killing prize bulls.
Bureaucrats with guns out for a little adventure away from the boredom in the office cubicle. Sniper rifles, real assault rifles! Cool toys for your little adventure scaring the peasants. Hired thugs with guns. Guns, that in other circumstances, would have been effective intimidation in gun-controled blue America. But, they knew they were up against people similarly armed and suddenly the job wasn’t easy. So, true to the thug code, you go somewhere else where the pickings are easier. They, the BLM agents, weren’t about to die for the desert tortoise.
Senator Feinstein knew exactly what she was doing with her ‘assault weapons’ ban. And, so did her fellow travelers such as Obama. The weapons they targeted are the civilian versions of similar military versions; and as such, are designed to take a beating and continue to function after literally firing hundred of rounds. These are the weapons, though lacking full auto capacity, that provide the individual citizen the necessary parity to stand against thugs in the pay of tyranny. The BLM agents caved because they knew that they against skilled marksmen–I suspect a lot of ex-military–with the necessary weapons to create that parity. And, the protesters knew that too.