There were a couple of posts today dealing with mindset. One was an excellent post by Resistor In The Rockies and another was from Tea Party Economist. These were opposite mindsets that, along with all of the other patriot blogs out there, brought home the issue: Mindset.
It doesn't matter what some of the people in the country think of Cliven Bundy, most are trying to make him out a hero or a deadbeat. I don't think he is necessarily either one (though I do lean toward the hero end of the pool), but he is a man in the old sense; the righteous sense; the type young boys wanted to emulate and discovered their own character in the attempt.
Cliven Bundy stood up, not just a few weeks ago, but twenty years ago and has been standing on the principle he believed in all that time. There are the mealy-mouthed who say he should have paid his grazing fees. One might as well say he should have sold his soul, because that is what the other ranchers in Nevada did. They took a payoff, a dive, they threw the game, because the other players were bigger, tougher, meaner. I have no doubt that what the other ranchers did was the smart move. That's how the feds work: threaten, punish, shove and if that isn't enough they send out the snipers.
In America? The only thing that ever made America special is because it was not full of cowards shielding their face against the sight of the beast. If that's who we are; who we have become, there's nothing left to fight over. If Gary North (Tea Party Economist) is right, I have to be wrong.
Cliven Bundy understood that there are worse things than being dead, there is the loss of a dream. For him, it was the idea of passing down a ranch to his posterity. He knew that the ranch could not function on less acres than he grazed, simple as that. The first notice that told him he had to reduce his herd was the same as a death sentence to his future.
Most people don't understand cattle; how much they eat; how much ground must be dedicated to each head; how profit is derived from the offspring; how the herd must generate a specific number of steers, etc. That's why they don't understand that back in 1993 when they said he would have to reduce his herd and graze less land, it meant going way below the profit margin. It meant death to the ranch. So he told them to kiss off, they could not have his dream; they could not neuter his legacy for the sake of a desert tortoise (which was just a ruse backed by cultist environmentalists and used by the thugs to mask their brutality).
So Bundy stood on principle, he did not look for a bargain or to flout the law. It was a cruel, vicious, calculated prospect and he knew it. Today, Bundy and those at the ranch are more akin to those at the Alamo, standing on principle, knowing that they will lose an all-out battle, but also knowing that they will sow the seeds of rebellion and ultimate victory. "Remember the Alamo" is a well-understood phrase even today.
The difference, however, is crucial: Santa Ana (this time) is paid by us; acting as our agents; in our name. That is an indignity that might only be absolved through blood. The mindset required is: Blood in, blood out.