Cliven Bundy needs a civics class.
You can have Red States remove voting booths, reduce voting times, make it harder to vote on every level and Republicans never mention rights or oppressive government.
But ask a fat-cat rancher who has been mooching off government land for 20 years and Conservatives question the existence of the United States.
Further context: The land is federal land, has been since 1848. By his own admission his “ancestral claim” only goes back to 1877. So when his ancestors started grazing their cattle on that land, it had already been federal land for 29 years.
A movement to reform the Electoral College and elect the president based on the national popular vote has half the states it needs.
Republican Senator Mitch McConnell calls it “absurd and dangerous.” The Wall Street Journal says it deserves to “die.” The Heritage Foundation calls it “unconstitutional.” The Washington Post calls it “flawed.” A Republican National Committee resolution says it is a radical, un-American, “questionable legal maneuver.”
It is awarding the presidency to the candidate who wins the most votes.
…These right-wingers are truly worried that a plan reforming the way the president-electing Electoral College works is gaining legal ground and could bring the biggest change in the political landscape in decades. The National Popular Vote plan would replace the current system, in which states award Electoral College delegates to whomever wins the presidential vote in that state, with a new interstate agreement where a participating state’s delegates would be bound to the national popular vote winner.
….In other words, as soon as states with a total of 270 Electoral College delegates sign on—and they are halfway there—presidential elections where one state swayed the outcome, such as Ohio in 2004 and Florida in 2000, would be no more.
…“It is born from a frustration of a system that is inherently broken, a system that allots two-thirds to three-fourths of resources in a presidential campaign in the last six or seven weeks to six states. That isn’t democracy,” said Pam Wilmot, Common Cause’s National Popular Vote coordinator. “We cannot and should not have a small number of states deciding the outcome of presidential elections for the rest of us.”
…The idea that voters across the country—not just in politically split battleground states—would elect the president scares the Republican Party and arch conservatives on so many levels. It would upend the way candidates and political parties and consultants now work to retain their power and influence. It would force presidential nominees and parties to campaign in more racially diverse states, more cities and suburbs, addressing those communities and their concerns.
“We need to kill it in the cradle before it grows up,” McConnell told a Heritage Foundation audience last December.
Sign me up
McArthur, the McClelland of Ww2
“After six months held by the Nazis in a prisoner of war camp, Major Alexis Casdagli was handed a piece of canvas by a fellow inmate. Pinching red and blue thread from a disintegrating pullover belonging to an elderly Cretan general, Casdagli passed the long hours in captivity by painstakingly creating a sampler in cross-stitch. Around decorative swastikas and a banal inscription saying he completed his work in December 1941, the British officer stitched a border of irregular dots and dashes. Over the next four years his work was displayed at the four camps in Germany where he was imprisoned, and his Nazi captors never once deciphered the messages threaded in Morse code:”
“God Save The King” and “Fuck Hitler”
I see we nothinkkk..
This is Cliven Bundy and his wife. They are the largest ranch land owners in the valley north of Las Vegas. They are currently in a battle with the Federal Government™ and the Bureau of Land Management, who have been herding his cattle with helicopters and stealing them and selling them over state lines in Utah. Problem is now the bordering counties have set up checkpoints and aren’t allowing the stolen cattle through. The police and BLM thugs have started attacking and arresting people and photographers, justifying it under Territory Law, not Constitutional Law. Neighboring ranchers, as well as people from across the country have set up an encampment near the Virgin River on Highway 170. I turned off the highway randomly and for no apparent reason and happened upon their protest site. I hung out for a couple hours and talked with them and learned all about their struggle for their constitutional rights against a system bent on denying them. #BUNDYvsBLM #notesfromtheroad (at Bundy Ranch)
"It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace— but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!"
So an asshole refuses to pay fines and pitches a bitch fit when his cattle is confiscated.
Fuck him. he wanted to use someone else’s land without paying the price; the fact that it’s the “FED’RAL GUVMENT” who owns that land makes no difference.
Think of these people when the next middle class suburban tea bag villifies those urban welfare queens.This family has been on the public dole since the 1870’s
reblogging in honor of the 50th
This where Joseph Conrad got the inspiration for “Heart of Darkness”