Article written by Fox-519 reflecting on the events at the Bundy Ranch:
The course of history is determined not by battles, by sieges, or usurpations, but by the actions of the individual. The strongest city, the largest army is, at its most basic level, a collection of individuals. Their decisions, their passions, their foolishness, and their dreams shape the years to come. If there is any lesson to be learned from history, it is that all too often the fate of armies, of cities, of entire realms rests upon the actions of one person. In that dire moment of uncertainty, that person’s decision, good or bad, right or wrong, big or small, can unwittingly change the world.
-Jim Butcher Furies of Calderon
It may be called the battle that started the 2nd American Revolution: The battle of Bunkerville, Nevada. How amply named. It sounds like something we should be reading in a history text book huh? But it’s not, its happening right now. In front of our eyes, the pages of history are being written (again).
As you all of read and followed over the past week the Bundy Family and their ranch is currently under siege from 200 plus “Armed Federal Agents” of the Bureau of Land Management. The BLM would say that at the heart of the issue is that Mr. Bundy and Family have not paid their grazing fees and has been feeding their cows for free on BLM land and that the Bundy’s are killing or endangering a particular type of tortoise.
But it is much, much bigger than this.
At the heart of the issue is that our Government has become too big, too powerful and the rights of the individual guaranteed by the Constitution are being walked all over daily and worse have been taken away. They the “Federal Agents” set up a “First Amendment area”. Last I checked, the first Amendment was not an “area”, it is a God given right.
The respect that was established 238 years ago for the rights of the people has been obliterated. All day long as I have read the articles and some of the firsthand accounts of the protestors against the BLM “agents” I have felt this quote ring in my ears again and again;
Wonderful is the effect of impudent and persevering lying. The British ministry have so long hired their gazetteers to repeat and model into every form lies about our being in anarchy, that the world has at length believed them, the English nation has believed them, the ministers themselves have come to believe them, and what is more wonderful, we have believed them ourselves. Yet where does this anarchy exist? Where did it ever exist, except in the single instance of Massachusetts? Can history produce an instance of a rebellion so honorably conducted? I say nothing of it’s motives.
They were founded in ignorance, not wickedness. God forbid we should ever be 20. years without such a rebellion. The people can not be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions it is a lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. We have had 13 states, independent 11 years. There has been one rebellion. That comes to one rebellion in a century and a half for each state.
What country ever existed a century and a half without a rebellion? And what country can preserve it’s liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two?
The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
– Thomas Jefferson (the Tree of Liberty letter)
As a financial analyst of our economy, I know that this is all about money. Daily I watch greed and money drive our inflated economy and know that at the heart of it all, people are and have sold their souls and have given up their rights and are none the wiser for it. But some of those who have never given up their rights have finally said “enough is enough”!
It is time. It is time for us to break the shackles of Tyranny. We need to break them through our words and civil actions. But if that does not work, you need to be ready to break them by other means. Dare I use the word …. rebellion.
However, the last item shouldn’t be of any consequence to you, because any American reading this should immediately read the last item and realize that it shouldn’t have to happen because we can change our attitudes now. We can change our Politicians, we can change our rules of our cities, we can change the rules of our counties. We can change. You can change.
We as Americans need to realize that what our founders gave us 238 years ago was a gift that we have allowed others to squander for us. It is time to take it back, stand up for what is right, what is good, what is true and what is pure. Don’t allow the incremental creeping of Tyranny in any form!
It starts with you the listener, the reader, the action person. You can make a difference, you have to make the choice now… not tomorrow … not next week.
It starts today… in a place called Bunkerville.
God Bless, Fox-519