In a rare instance of Cliven Bundy doing something that approaches honesty, the Welfare Cowboy opened up to the Las Vegas Review-Journal about his role in nearly causing hundreds of his fellow “patriots” to die horribly.
Bundy is the subject of a federal investigation into the armed standoff between Bundy’s clan of hatriots and the Federal Government that could result in criminal charges against the rancher.
In the mean time, Bundy says he is enjoying the peace and quiet as he continues to bilk taxpayers out of money.
“One thing that’s happened is, since the standoff, we’ve really enjoyed some liberty and freedoms out here,” Bundy said in an October 30 interview with the Review-Journal, claiming that the armed uprising drove out “overreaching government policing agents.”
“Since the standoff, we haven’t seen one BLM vehicle on any of these country roads around this ranch,” Bundy said. “We haven’t seen one BLM ranger. We haven’t seen one (National) Park Service ranger. We haven’t really seen any undercover-type people. We haven’t seen snipers on top of our hills. We haven’t seen high-tech communication equipment. We haven’t seen any of those things.”
However, he does admit that his leadership of a number of armed and insane militiamen almost cost his supporters their lives. “One backfire of a vehicle, one firecracker, one somebody makes a crazy gunshot — it was that close, and it could have been either side’s fault. It could have been We-The-People’s fault, or it could have been the government agency’s fault,” Bundy said. “If that would have happened, there would have probably been lots of people maybe killed.”
Interestingly, Bundy denied that guns played a role in “We-the-People’s” fight against the ‘oppressive’ government agents attempting to enact a legal court order.
“I never did handle this thing with guns,” he said. “If you go back over my record through the last 20-something years, you never see me pointing a gun at anybody. … We had plenty guns running up and down this hill. We had BLM and Park Service, and Forest Service and Fish and Wildlife and all of those people.”
Bundy says that her worries the United States government will come back with the Army to take control of his ranch, and that some “environmental wacko” will “basically try to take my life or something like that?”
The Welfare Cowboy wonders what he could possibly be charged with following his armed insurrection. “What are they going to charge me with? When you start talking about who the criminal is, if somebody is going to put handcuffs on me and take me to jail, what’s going to be the crime” he asked.
“As far as I’m concerned, I’ve paid my grazing fees to a proper government. So why should I pay my grazing fee to the United States government? They have no jurisdiction and authority, or own the land,” Bundy continued. “If I owe so damn much money, like $1.2 million, why don’t they bill me?”
“I question their jurisdiction and authority. Since when does the federal court have jurisdiction and authority over Nevada state land?” he asked. Of course, Nevada’s state constitution gave control of unallocated public land to the federal government when the state was formed — something Bundy, as a “states’ right” guy, should know.