April 18, 2014
IF WE HAD A DEMOCRAT PRESIDENT HE'D HAVE STARTED THE SHOOTING:
The Pretend Complexity of the Nevada Cattle-Grazing Dispute (JULIET LAPIDOS APRIL 18, 2014, NY Times)
Posted by Orrin Judd at April 18, 2014 3:08 PMThe Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy owes the government over $1 million in unpaid fines, incurred for grazing his cattle on protected public land. When the Bureau of Land Management tried to confiscate his cattle in early April, he resisted, attracting armed supporters clearly itching for a violent confrontation. "We were actually strategizing to put all the women up front," said one of his backers, the Tea Party leader Richard Mack. "If they were going to start shooting, it's going to be women that are going to be televised all across the world getting shot." Not nearly as histrionic or rash as Mr. Bundy and Mr. Mack, the B.L.M. backed down and said it would "work to resolve the matter administratively and judicially."This is a pretty straightforward situation--unless you're an anti-government libertarian, or an anti-government libertarian who aspires to one day run the government.