Lies of Omission

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

But One Life To Give

As most readers know, Connecticut Citizen's Defense League (CCDL) held a rally on Saturday in defense of the Second Amendment and in opposition to Public Act 13-3 (assault weapons ban-a misnomer as it is). By all accounts it was well-attended by a largely armed citizenry with no incidents, as one would expect.

In a recent post I encouraged attendance by all who could make it, especially those in other states in close proximity to Connecticut to show support. With or without my encouragement, they did as I suspected they would and many different states were represented. This is the sort of support it will take to drive home the message to every legislature that attempts to pass such arbitrary and illegal laws will be resisted with mutual support.

It has come to my attention that some felt that I would be at this rally due to my wholehearted support and several posts in which I encouraged attendance. My pledge to go to Connecticut was not to attend this rally, but to the greater prospect of government action against gun owners. I sent an email to several trusted folks with that exact intent. I apologize if some got the wrong impression of my intentions, or that I did not make myself clear on my pledge, which stands today, but not just for Connecticut.

Right now, in Nevada another storm is brewing with rancher Cliven Bundy. Most liberty-minded people have been simultaneously monitoring the events in Connecticut and Nevada. Hopefully they have been studying the issues with the Bundy Ranch and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

The issue comes down to the BLM attempts to drive Cliven Bundy from his long-held (over 100 years) grazing rights on federal land. The land Bundy grazed had been improved by him by establishing available water for his cattle, which also served wildlife in the area. As is custom with the federal government, BLM contrived an environmental excuse to force him to remove the cattle from federal grazing (protection of the desert tortoise). This is a long-smoldering issue in the West where the federal government owns huge percentages of land in several states; in Nevada the federal government continues to own over 85% of all land. Where else would a rancher, who had established the ranch prior to the formation of BLM, graze their cattle? When was the federal land available for sale to Bundy?

This is a state's rights issue where the federal government should have ceded the land to Nevada upon establishment of statehood to be sold off to public interests. But, it has come down to Bundy to try to defend himself and his ranch from this injustice.

The confrontation between Bundy and BLM has been largely publicized and while it may shape up as another Ruby Ridge, a patriot might only watch and prep and try to discern one's role in any of the several possible conflicts across the nation. There are still actions in Albuquerque where the police and federal agents have taken a militant attitude toward defending themselves from charges of over-aggressive use of arms. The irony of that should not surprise anyone.

As a patriot dedicated to the ideals of life, liberty and property, one must choose when and where to put their life on the line for these ideals. As Nathan Hale proclaimed, prior to his hanging by the British, "I regret that I have but one life to give to my country." And, so it is for all of us and some difficult decisions must be made today about our own legacies and efforts in the cause of liberty.

I trust in God to lead me to the cause for which I will give my life for this country; I have but one and must choose wisely.

5 comments:

  1. For us to succeed, we must trust in God and not lean upon our own understanding. What can we lose in a fight for our natural laws under God? Our lives? And then we can hear "Rise, good and faithful servant". Our path is clearly shown if we have ears and eyes.

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  2. This is all about control, I agree. Our path is to support our fellow patriots. Thank you T.L. for your attention to this, and thank you as well David for all that you do.

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  3. For the record, my position on CT, or anywhere else for that matter, is exactly the same as yours...even as I derive it differently from you. Here's my take on NV.

    Begin at the beginning. The cattle are HIS. Period, end of story. The only way monies could actually be due and collateralized by the cattle, would be with a signed (by HIM) contract stating such and putting the cattle up as surety.

    Now personally, I would deny any possible "right" of the fed to change the historic grazing rights, but that's a very complex question, especially in the insane context of "public lands" like these. What isn't complex, is that IT DOESN'T MATTER.

    Even granting such a right, which again I personally wouldn't, he should have whatever time is reasonable to move his cattle from "trespass grazing" to non-trespass grazing. Whatever time that takes...no person can be rightfully put in the position of being required to do the impossible, and his cattle WERE NOT trespass grazing earlier.

    Naturally there should be payments to him on the basis of "takings" as covered in the BoR, and now he also deserves recompense (under the law, anyway) for whatever suffering and additional expenses he's endured. But none of that is focal, because that's about money and supposed "justice." The cattle are not about money; they are about PROPERTY...that antiquated notion that this country sacrificed away a long, long time ago.

    The man should have his cattle, and that's all there is to it. Not a soul in this country can lay claim to any property whatsoever--not even their own lives--unless this man has his. "Either this shit gets stopped, or it doesn't."

    IMO someone, somewhere out west, should post up the specific details of what has exactly occured, SINCE THE PROBLEM STARTED. Any day's as good to die as the next, and details matter when dying for a reason like this. At least to me, they do.

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  4. TL:

    You don't have to apologize for nuthin'.

    Re Nevada, we NEED smart boots on the ground. Please pass the word, everyone.

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    Email to wrsa@hushmail.com

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  5. Well said TL. One need not be a fool to be dedicated.

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