The alternative media played an important role in 2014 as they highlighted what the mainstream media wouldn’t. As a Nevada ranching family struggled to repel the invasion of federal authorities who were stealing their cattle, the world took little notice of the Bundy Family until alternative media sites rang the alarm bell. The battle for the West was underway and many Americans did not realize that blood was very-nearly spilled in this fight against federal oppression.
Now, the federal authorities are at it again and, not-so-coincidentally, the Bundy Family is back in the spotlight.
Oregon ranchers Dwight Hammond, 73, and his son Steven Hammond, 46, were found guilty in 2012 of a federal anti-terrorism statute. Their crime was simply doing what the government would not: the ranchers burned areas to neutralize the threats to their land, threats that included invasive species of plants and the ever-looming threat of wildfires. The duo conducted burns that were once routine in the densely-wooded state of Oregon, but that have slowed dramatically in recent decades as militant environmentalists refuse to allow responsible forest management techniques that include burns.
For their “crime,” the Hammonds were charged in connection with a 2001 fire and Steven was charged in connection with a 2006 fire. The judge, U.S. District Judge Michael Hogan, who has since retired, understood that the offenses did not include malice and gave Dwight three months and Steven one year. Both men served their times.
However, in a shocking move, the Obama Administration demanded that the two men who have been out of prison for years be hauled-off to serve the rest of the mandatory minimum for their supposed crimes- five years.
After a lengthy legal process, the notoriously-liberal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals agreed and sentenced the men to return to prison in October of 2015.
As the two men prepare to return to prison in clear violation of our Constitution’s ban on double jeopardy, conservative ranchers have spoken-up about the tyrannical treatment, including the Bundy Family.
“With great concern and love and much consideration from prayer, I come to you Harney County Sheriff of Oregon David M. Ward, rancher Steven Dwight Hammond, and rancher Dwight Lincoln Hammond, Jr.,” Cliven wrote in a letter on his blog.
“I, Cliven D. Bundy, have been involved for several weeks in the background striving to understand and comprehend your dilemmas in Harney County, Oregon,” his letter added. “I understand that the grass that was burnt on each side of the fence was grazing rights that had been created through beneficial use, one side of the fence being private property and the other side of the fence being private property rights. The fires that were set were for a good purpose and had good results.”
Bundy further asserted that the federal government has no jurisdiction in this Oregon matter.
“These lands are not under U.S. treaties or commerce, they are not article 4 territories, and Congress does not have unlimited power,” Bundy wrote. “These lands have been admitted into statehood and are part of the great State of Oregon and the citizens of Harney County enjoy the fullness of the protections of the U.S. Constitution. The U.S. Constitution limits United States government.”
The family has been outspoken about the need to stand by these ranchers who are being re-imprisoned for doing what state and federal governments refused to.
However, according to several reports, three of Bundy’s sons and a reported 150 militia members have stormed and occupied a federal building in Eastern Oregon, the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge about 50 miles outside of Burns, Oregon. The building was closed at the time of conquest.
“The facility has been the tool to do all the tyranny that has been placed upon the Hammonds,” Ammon Bundy claimed.
Ammon Bundy and around 300 armed protesters marched through the rural town on Saturday and the Bundy son, in a video, urged patriots to flock to the refuge to stand-up for the persecuted ranchers. Ammon has declared that the group has enough food to last for “a while” and has not ruled-out violence as a means of repelling federal tyranny. The group claims to plan on using the facility as a militia base “for years.” “We’re planning on staying here for years, absolutely,” Ammon told The Oregonian. “This is not a decision we’ve made at the last minute.”
When it comes to patriotism, the Bundy Family is not a group of talkers; they’re doers. In 2014, I was at the Bundy encampment when it was announced that the BLM had been forced to blink first and would return the stolen cattle to the family.
Immediately after, however, I watched from atop the bridge over the wash in the Nevada desert as hundreds of armed Americans demonstrated the true purpose of the Second Amendment as they forced the heavily-armed federal authorities to release immediately the stolen cattle. Before the third American Revolution began, the federal authorities retreated and released the cattle and it sent a message to all patriotic Americans: we must be forceful in our demands for the retention of our rights.
It was an inspiring moment that showed that Americans could stand strong against governmental oppression and emerge triumphant.
Will this principled family emerge triumphant again against an out-of-control federal government that once pledged to operate as a servant of the people? Or will federal tyranny stomp-out the citizens?