Tensions have escalated over the last week between the federal government and a rancher in the southern part of Nevada.
Cliven Bundy is accused of not paying a grazing fee since 1993 on what the federal government claims to be federal land. Bundy claims that the land doesn’t belong to the federal government, but belongs to the state of Nevada. Bundy also believes that he shouldn’t owe the federal government anything for his cows to graze in this area.
Another important aspect that seems to be played into this situation is that federal agencies are alarmed that these cows are grazing next to a species of endangered tortoise.
People from all over the country have come to support Bundy in an act of defiance against what they claim to be an example of federal intrusion. It progressed to a real ugly situation when it was reported that both sides, protesters and federal agents, were drawing their weapons at each other.
However, while Mr. Bundy may be on the wrong side of the law, the real issue here is why on earth has the government sent so many resources to round up Bundy’s cattle?
Think about it.
We still have America’s longest war going on overseas. We have an escalation in violence in Ukraine. We have the possibility of the IRS abusing its powers and targeting particular groups. We have the Attorney General of the United States that has been found in contempt of Congress for his failure in turning over documents in the “Fast and Furious” incident. We have a healthcare system that is more flawed now than it has ever been. We have millions of illegal immigrants constantly flowing through our southern borders. We have the NSA spying on American citizens. We still have veterans not getting the help they so desperately need.
Yet we focus money and manpower on Clark County, Nevada.