If these idiots don't recognize the authority of the Federal Government, I say fine, pull out all federal tax dollars from their counties and states (including military dollars), and let's see how long these red-state heroes survive without all that sweet, sweet blue-state cash. Otherwise, I am at a loss as to why the Feds are not arresting these assholes for breaking the law.
I am sick to death of white guys getting a pass, or at the very least lots of extra consideration not given the rest of the population, when they do something illegal. From the Masters of the Universe rigging the system and robbing us blind, to the Cliven Bundys of the world, to abortion clinic terrorists, to right-wing militia freaks, God forbid we even discuss these men in terms we use for other law-breakers and people who commit terrorist acts, much less bring the force of law to bear against them.
This situation is especially galling because large majorities of citizens in these Western states support public ownership of the lands these yahoos are trying to privatize.
But the Freedumb-loving white guys have some powerful, well-connected interests behind them, and as we all know, it doesn't matter if large majorities of the public support policy X if enough campaign cash is lined up on the other side.
According to a new analysis from the Center for American Progress Action Fund, a network of right-wing elected officials, organizations, and prominent commentators share Mr. Bundy’s anti-government views and are advancing proposals to seize or sell-off federal public lands in eight Western states.
This network of so-called ‘Bundy’s Buddies’ includes the Koch-funded organizationAmericans for Prosperity, U.S. Senator and presidential hopeful Rand Paul (R-KY), Utah Congressman Rob Bishop (R-UT), and Utah State Representative Ken Ivory. Ivory leads theAmerican Lands Council — a group dedicated to advocating for the seizure of federal lands.The Kochs and their John Birch, Libertarian vision for our country is doing more damage than all our foreign enemies combined. They are undermining our public school system, destroying our natural resources, weakening our economy, suppressing voting-rights, supporting gun-violence, restricting women's freedom - I mean, my God, if Al Qaeda were one-eighth as successful in undermining the lives, health, and freedoms of ordinary U.S. citizens, we'd be waging all out war on the perpetrators of these actions.
Instead, "Bundy's Buddies" make up the heart and soul of one of our two major political parties. I know it's only 8:30 a.m., but I think I'll start drinking now.