This is Cliven Bundy and his wife. They are the largest ranch land owners in the valley north of Las Vegas. They are currently in a battle with the Federal Government™ and the Bureau of Land Management, who have been herding his cattle with helicopters and stealing them and selling them over state lines in Utah. Problem is now the bordering counties have set up checkpoints and aren’t allowing the stolen cattle through. The police and BLM thugs have started attacking and arresting people and photographers, justifying it under Territory Law, not Constitutional Law. Neighboring ranchers, as well as people from across the country have set up an encampment near the Virgin River on Highway 170. I turned off the highway randomly and for no apparent reason and happened upon their protest site. I hung out for a couple hours and talked with them and learned all about their struggle for their constitutional rights against a system bent on denying them. #BUNDYvsBLM #notesfromtheroad (at Bundy Ranch)
"It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace— but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!"