An astounding article written by a reporter for ThinkProgress, a liberal rag, put the general issues of the Bundy Ranch in a fairly neutral light. It was a good piece. Better yet, the comments section were instructive. Kerodin brought this to my attention and it serves its purpose.
Many of the commenters said that the founders would be ashamed of us, that we had not read the founders, or we would not support resistance to the federal government. Wasn't Bundy a freeloader? A fee cheat?
Fortunately for the patriot/liberty movement these sorts of drones don't matter in the larger view of things. Lost on these individuals (can't really call them Americans if they don't know, believe or will stand for those things that makes one a citizen of the United States) is the events at the Bundy Ranch were exactly what the founders would have initiated. We know this, because they did initiate the Revolutionary War over it, over arms they were not supposed to have, a violation of law, I imagine as serious as grazing cattle.
They either don't know, or are willfully ignorant of the fact that Article 1, Section 8, Clause 17 states:
"...and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings"
The purpose, obviously, was to provide for defense of the numerous states, allowing the state legislatures to vote on whether to allow the feds to own land so they could build fortifications to the defense of the nation. Nothing more. Nothing is said about owning land because it is beautiful, or houses endangered species. It doesn't even say they are allowed to own the land, only to build upon the land their "needful buildings."
This is where it all comes down to oppression, tyranny and theft. As I have said a million times, we have only those rights we are willing to die to preserve. Yes, if one is dead, one cannot enjoy their rights, but in the act one secures that right for one's posterity.
On reading the comments in the article it becomes clear that the two Americas can no longer exist in one nation. Those who swear fidelity to the state cannot bear the temerity of those who swear fidelity to the Constitution. Those ships are too far distant to make contact.
In all the rhetoric, the main theme is lost. A family faced the loss of their livelihood due to the presence of a tortoise. The government sought to deprive Bundy of his property by shutting off his time-honored rights to graze the land held illegally by the federal government. To enforce the will of the government a private army was sent out to intimidate him into compliance with a demand to pay an authority that has lost its right to obedience by abandoning that which gives it credibility. Without the "lawless" militia, the government snipers might have pulled a Ruby Ridge.
How any American can look at that situation and come up with the belief that Bundy was in the wrong, shows that they are no longer Americans at all, but some sort of drone serving at their masters call. That is not the spirit that broke the British government, it is not the spirit that forged a new land from wilderness, it is not the spirit of that drafted one of the most important documents in human history.
Those on the side of Bundy exemplified everything the founders thought they were preserving with the drafting of the Constitution. That America is still alive in the hearts of patriots regardless of the popular opinions of slaves.