Ask yourselves this, my Tea Party friends: Why do you think the Feds didn't arrest Clive Bundy two years ago instead of now? The facts on which the feds have criminally charged him haven't changed in those twenty-two months. Neither has Bundy or his views and positions on the dispute. So what happened between April of 2014 and February of 2016 to remove the veneer of protection from the Nevada rancher against becoming a political prisoner of the Obama Regime?
Here's a hint: You're not going to like the answer:
Cliven Bundy and four others have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Nevada on sixteen charges related to the 2014 armed standoff near his ranch over unpaid grazing fees, the Associated Press reported.
The sixty-nine-year-old Nevada rancher was arrested February 10th in Portland, Oregon, where his sons, Ammon and Ryan Bundy, are jailed and accused of organizing the occupation of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. In the takeover, which lasted nearly six weeks, they had demanded that public lands be turned over to locals and that two area ranchers serving sentences for arson be freed.
Ammon Bundy, of Idaho, Ryan Bundy, of Nevada, Ryan Payne, of Montana, and Peter Santilli of Ohio, were also indicted by the Nevada grand jury Wednesday.
The charges against them and Cliven Bundy include: conspiracy to commit an offense against the United States, conspiracy to impede or injure a federal officer, weapon use and possession, assault on a federal officer, threatening a federal law enforcement officer, obstruction, extortion to interfere with commerce, and interstate travel in aid of extortion.
"This indictment sends a resounding message to those who wish to participate in violent acts that our resolve to pursue them and enforce the law remains unwavering," Nevada FBI Special Agent in Charge Laura Bucheit said in a written statement.
Cliven Bundy is accused of leading "a massive armed assault" of two hundred followers to stop federal law agents who were [stealing] about four hundred of Bundy's cattle on [Bundy's land that the feds had usurped] in April 2014, according to documents filed by U.S. attorneys Wednesday.
Just thought I'd drain the Obamunist BS out of the Regime's account of the First Battle of Bundy Hill. I thought y'all would appreciate it.
"This indictment sends a resounding message to those who wish to participate in violent acts that our resolve to pursue them and enforce the law remains unwavering." Wow, that sounds bold and testicular and gauntlet-laying, doesn't it? So why did the feds wait almost two full years to send this "resounding message"?
The answer is obvious: Two years ago the feds were the armed aggressors and thieves, invading a man's home, stealing his livelihood, threatening his family, in a long-running, ideologically-driven effort to destroy him. The optics for the Obama Regime were awful; to have stormed Casa Bundy and either dragged him and his family and friends away in chains, or gunned them down outright, would have been to confirm every suspicion and accusation that the Right has ever had about The One. To say nothing of vindicating Cliven Bundy and making a martyr of him. It would have been public relations disaster of epic proportions that would have set back the environmental tentacle of the White House Agenda.
I've said it repeatedly and I'll say it again: The Bundy Hill battles always have taken place on a propaganda, not literal, battlefield. When it was the feds attacking Clive Bundy, that was an easy narrative for the public at large to grasp: Big, jackbooted thug Government tromping on the little guy. Terrible optics for the feds. And that, not the rule of law (which no longer exists in this country) is what was protecting Bundy.
When his sons, Ammon and Ryan, led their friends into the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge on that fool's extortion errand that got Robert LaVoy Finicum killed, the Bundys forfeited, threw away, that protection. They flipped the PR optics against themselves and in the government's favor. And the arrest and retroactive criminal indictment of Cliven Bundy, who had no role in and nothing to do with the Second Battle of Bundy Hill, is the incontrovertible truth.
What should we learn from this entire saga? That defending our families and homes against government attack and federal aggression is both our Second Amendment right and patriotic duty; and that attacking the government is really, really stupid and the surest way to discredit our cause.
In other words, "FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT!" smart.
Are we willing to learn the difference?
Pity the Bundys did too late.