Nevada Sen. Harry Reid is doing little to assuage the speculation that he has a financial interest in seeing federal agents force the Bundy family off of their Clark County ranch. Since initial reports surfaced speculatively linking the Senate majority leader to a lucrative Chinese-backed solar farm planned for the area, he has released multiple pointed messages seeking to demonize the ranching family and its supporters.
Initially, he concluded the standoff between federal Bureau of Land Management forces and the ranch is “not over.”
His son, Rory, who some contend was also involved in the land deal with China, followed suit this week by expressing his desire to see the Bundys prosecuted for refusing to pay grazing fees they believe are improper.
The reason millions of Americans are outraged over the action taken at the Bundy Ranch, however, has much less to do with those fees than the excessive force shown by federal agents who physically assaulted family members, systematically shot cows on the ranch, and threatened violence against peaceful protesters.
As Texas Republican Rep. Steve Stockman pointed out in a recent letter to Barack Obama, federal law prohibits the BLM from enforcing the law through force. Instead, the U.S. Code dictates local authorities take the lead in resolving such matter.
Nevertheless, the elder Reid is taking sides against not only the Bundy family but the many Americans who are trying to avoid another Branch Davidian Compound-style massacre by advocating for a peaceful resolution.
Of the men and women who stood up to armed BLM agents last week, he said they are “nothing more than domestic terrorists.”
Leaving no room for speculation, he reiterated that “what happened there was domestic terrorism.”
He alleged that “hundreds, hundreds of people from around the country” showed up in Clark County, ostensibly with the intent to wreak widespread violence. Conspicuously, however, no such outbreak occurred even with the assembly of countless armed citizens.
“They had sniper rifles in the freeway,” he complained. “They had weapons, automatic weapons. They had children lined up.”
Reid concluded that the protesters “wanted to make sure [kids] got hurt first,” which might make liberty-loving Americans wonder why anyone would get hurt at all for merely exercising their constitutional rights.
Appearing at an event in Las Vegas this week, he continued his rant against the family’s patriarch.
“Cliven Bundy does not recognize the United States,” Reid asserted, explaining he sees it as “a foreign government.”
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