I would guess that nobody under the age of 50 will read this post, as all of those young whipper snappers are all committed heart and soul to their Facebook pages and have human contact only via 140 characters or less on Twitter.
Accordingly, I will jack up the font and address this for those of us who need cheater glasses (at least) in order to read it.
Most of you probably remember John Rose's old cartoon "Snuffy Smith" (a spin off of an even older cartoon, 'Barney Google'), where a poor backwoods Appalachian moonshiner and his wife, Weezy, scrapped a living off of the land where they could, and Snuffy would cook up some corn squeezin's with his still.
Snuffy was constantly on the alert to roaming 'revenuers' or as I like to spell them as did Snuffy as 'revenoo'ers.' These revenoo'ers were from an unnamed federal agency, probably back in Rose's day the Department of the Treasury or perhaps the IRS, and now are represented by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
In any event, these revenoo-ers were constantly trying to smash Snuffy's still, and Snuffy was constantly shooting back, protecting his property from these over reaching revenoo-ers.
Now we are seeing a modern day Snuffy Smith, Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, fending off the power of the over reaching federal government in the form of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).
These BLM revenoo-ers have unilaterally decided in 1993 that some desert tortoises on this land that was used by this rancher to graze cattle were threatened by this grazing, and the BLM withdrew his previously granted grazing rights. When asked why this decision was made, a simple statement was issued that the tortoise and its habitat were adversely affected, and that grazing rights were no longer allowed.
The tortoise is threatened? Sez who? Sez the BLM. When asked for the data supporting this decision, none was ever provided. This data has been requested for decades now after this 1993 unilateral decision to protect this threatenened tortoise, and these requests have been ignored to the present day.
And this seems to be how things work now. An unaccountable, unelected bureaucracy makes decisions that impact Americans, and no recourse or grievance is allowed. No sir. Just do it, peons. The U.S. government has spoken.
Hopefully we wake up, and see just what is going on in Nevada currently. On the surface, a guy is ignoring the law. A law made up out of whole cloth, voted on by nobody, and accountable to nobody. What kind of law is that?
If we stand back and allow the BLM to win on this, by upholding this 'law' and crushing this little rancher, then the precedence has been set.
They came for Cliven Bundy's cattle. The revenoo-ers can come for you, too.
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