In a surprising and heartening development, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has announced that it is standing down in Nevada, where they have been confiscating Cliven Bundy’s cattle.
The BLM is “concerned about the safety of its employees and the public,” according to a local news source, 8newsnow, who reports,
“BLM wants to proceed with the sale of the cattle already gathered during the roundup but is reportedly willing to share the revenue from the sale with Bundy.”
Cliven Bundy has become a symbol of the ever-creeping overreach of the federal government. Mr. Bundy stood his ground against BLM’s overreach, which has gained him much-needed media attention, but the sad truth is that Cliven Bundy is one of many.
Due to Cliven Bundy’s determination, America is now aware of the plight of the ranchers. More and more people are questioning why the federal government should own a whopping 87 percent of the land in Nevada. Some want the public lands to be transferred back to state control.
For example, just yesterday, Senator Dean Heller addressed the plight of the Bundy family. Heller was quoted by Mark Waite of the Pahrump Valley Times as saying,
“I think what’s going on in Mesquite, in Clark County, is a pretty good example of why we might be better off if the state ran this property not the federal government. I think the overreach of the federal government down there is pretty outlandish at this point”
Public pressure surely was the drive behind BLM’s decision. Americans can chalk up a win for today, but remain vigilant in the fight to reign in the federal government.
Cliven Bundy, American hero, is a brilliant example of what one man can do. How many others would have fought this battle for decades?