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article imageOp-Ed: Bundy ranch fight — Standing up to an over-reaching government

By Karen Graham     Apr 15, 2014 in Politics
Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy may have won his battle for grazing rights against the Bureau of Land Management, if only for the moment, but he and other American's like him must not let down their guard.
To that end, on Monday, April 14, a newly-formed coalition consisting of ranchers, state legislators, sheriffs, other representatives and leaders in the patriot community was announced at the Bundy Ranch in Mesquite, Nevada. The new group is called the Coalition of Western States, according to Radio Free Redoubt.
At the time of the announcement, an additional 20 legislators from Idaho, Montana, Washington, Utah, Arizona, and Nevada joined the ranks, vowing to stand their ground, right beside their fellow countrymen and women in the federal government's war on Rural America and the "plundering" of the land by an over-powerful and over-reaching federal government.
Washington state Representative Matt Shea led off the announcement, saying one of the main goals of the coalition was to get public lands transferred back to the state level, and not leave them to be managed by "far-away Washington D.C."
One Assemblywoman from District 4, Nevada, Michele Fiore, was aghast that something like what happened to Bundy could happen in "our own backyard." She told listeners that this event showed the importance of knowing who you're voting for, and not being afraid to ask the tough questions.
Fiore's point should be grasped by every American, because this incident has shown the deviousness of some legislators in working behind the scenes for their own personal gains. The Bundy ranch showdown may be a case in point, now that some facts have come to light that many people didn't know.
It may be that Cliven Bundy was targeted to lose his cattle by a Chinese energy giant, ENN Energy Group. They were looking to scoop up federal lands to build a $5 billion solar farm and panel-building facility. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's son, Rory Reid is said to have ties to the ENN Group as their U.S. representative, according to numerous websites.
Rory Reid is a former Clark County Nevada Commission Chairman, and he was able to persuade the commissioners to sell 9,000 acres of public lands in Clark County to ENN Energy Group at below the accessed land value. This was done on the promise by ENN that this would provide jobs in the area, according to Reuters in 2012.
The land was sold outright, for pennies on the dollar, and caused a huge uproar locally. According to Reuters, "separate appraisals valued the land at $29.6 million and $38.6 million. The commission agreed to sell it to ENN for $4.5 million."
Added to this questionable conflict-of-interest, is the fact that the Bureau of Land Management had been eyeing at BLM property under dispute with rancher Bundy. In case no one knows, the BLM is headed up by former senior policy advisor for Harry Reid, Neil Kornz. Is this just a coincidence?
According to documents on the BLM website, the Bundy ranch was in the way of progress for the ENN Energy Group. One such document, now purged from the BLM website sheds some light on the story:
“Non-Governmental Organizations have expressed concern that the regional mitigation strategy for the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone utilizes Gold Butte as the location for offsite mitigation for impacts from solar development, and that those restoration activities are not durable with the presence of trespass cattle.”
This document shows that the desert tortoise was not the mitigating factor behind the government's showdown with Cliven Bundy and his cattle. Harry Reid could care less about the habitat of the desert tortoise, being more interested in purposely extending its range to include the desert lands where Bundy grazed his cattle.
The people of Nevada have successfully shown the rest of America that with enough numbers, we can take back the power of the people. We must continue to let the federal government know that government gets its authority from the people, and not the other way around.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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