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Watch Rachel Maddow Rip Fox News Worship of Cliven Bundy, Right-Wing Terrorists (Video)

This Wednesday, Rachel Maddow discussed the growing phenomenon of right wing extremists who do not recognize the United States government.

She began by revisiting the so called “Sagebrush War” of the mid-nineties, kicked off on July 4, 1994 when Nye county, Nevada county supervisor Dick Carver climbed aboard his Bulldozer and opened a closed road in the Toiyabe National Forest, claiming that the land belonged to the county and not the federal government.

The case was lost in court, but as the recent standoff in Clark county demonstrated, extremists who deny the authority of the federal government do not accept the findings of U.S. courts as valid either.  Over the course of the next few years, several Forest Service and BLM offices in the state were bombed by these domestic terrorists.

Having given the background of this un-American movement, Maddow then noted the support these anti-government militias have found from none other than the Fox News Channel.

“This time for those politics, they’ve got the prime time stars of a big cable news network called the Fox News Channel,” she said. “Which for several days now, more than a week now trying to turn this particular guy into a household name.”

Cue Cliven Bundy, the latest hero in “Mr. Ailes’ Neighborhood,” demanding that sheriff Douglas Gillespie disarm the Park Service and that he order the county to tear down the entrances to all national park lands, all to the raucous approval of those gathered who shout, “Do your job, Sheriff!”

Maddow noted that the standoff was off for now, not because anything had been resolved, but rather because so many had showed up with guns and expressed their willingness to shed blood, prompting the government agents to do a tactical withdrawal to avoid violence.  The “militiamen” had employed terrorism to achieve a goal — and at least for now succeeded.

As Rachel points out, it really is no surprise when the usual suspects on the far-fringe of right wing media such as WND and Alex Jones continue to hype the story, attempting to fuel the delusions of those who don’t accept the authority of the government.  What she finds disturbing is that a major cable channel such as Fox is also doing it.

“It becomes something else when a media institution called the Fox News channel decides to promote the worst of this stuff, when they drag this stuff up out of the far right, pitiful fringe and turn it into a national conservative cause celeb,” she said.

Watch the video below.

h/t:  Huffington Post

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  • Eric hill

    hey this situation is becoming dangerous.I believe many southern conservatives are still fighting the Civil War. it’s very obvious

  • https://www.facebook.com/bkasper Bonnie Kasper

    Nevada would be nothing but dry desert without water flowing from its northern neighbors in the states……bellagio fountains in Vegas would be bone dry. Let them secede.

    • http://whitneydonohue.com nvscrapper

      I don’t want to secede. Nor does most of Nevada. Geez…

      BTW – the militia is still out there. It still feels weird in town. It’s not a happy place. The few have taken hostage of the many. Most of us are afraid to voice our opposition because of the militia hanging around.

      • Bob Cull

        That’s exactly the intent of a terrorist, NVScrapper, frighten and intimidate to get your way, it goes beyond being criminal, it is childish.

  • Charlie

    OK, let’s agree that Nevada, and their environs can’t secede (I think that was settled some 150 years ago). So how do we win (back?) the loyalty of our Nevadan citizens (I think Federalism was settled when the Constitution was ratified…). Maybe education? Civics classes? Of course those went the way of “Arts” and “Music” and the other easily-shed subjects in our schools as we’ve become a country with no more aim than maximizing corporate profits.

    Without education informing our student-citizens then we can only expect more of this tribalism. Gotta invest in our citizens to preserve democracy. Or let’s rename ourselves the Balkans.

    Let’s talk solutions. Anybody got any ideas how we can get locals to invest in civics education?

  • Dragon

    does anyone know if the entire state feel the way as those small pockets of those counties or are they alone?

    If they are alone then I say grant them their own territory and then strip them of all citizenship and force them to have to have passports, ect.

    hehe, the moment they lose everything they would be bitching a lot and cut off from the life blood of the casinos and have all roads and other routes that pass through their area diverted would also make them rethink things.

    • willow

      Very few people in Nevada support Cliven Bundy, The great majorityt of us, including all the other ranchers who have have paying fees for the use of grazing land all along, think that Bundy is ripping off taxpayers by illegally grazing his cattle for free. Bundy’s supporters mostly came from out of state and are not Nevada residents. His arguments that the land does not belong to the federal government are also recognized as nonsense – the Nevada state constitution recognizes that the land in question is federal land.

      • Bob Cull

        It is very telling, Willow that the Nevada Cattlemen’s Association does not support him when even they have concerns about their ability to use public lands to graze.

  • Charlie

    I guess I’m naïve but the idea that we’re discussing secession/expulsion of a State because of a minority of their citizens, albeit a heavily-armed minority (hey, welcome to America) seems to be surreal. I suggest that the US of A simply use the courts to take the money from Bundy’s cattle sales and continue to do so until the debt is paid. And do the same with any of the other good ole boys that think they can get a free lunch off the American people.

    These are Federal lands, owned and open to all of us under reasonable regulations. WTF?

  • https://www.facebook.com/candace.marley68 Candace Marley

    More and more I long to find me a place way up in the mountains away from everyone. Not because I fear the government…but I fear all the nutjobs coming out of the woodwork and I don’t want to be anywhere NEAR those people and what they could do or set off.

    And personally I don’t care if Nevada wants to go through a secession. If they are that darned miserable being a part of the US then by all means…let them go. They can take Texas with them since so many there want to do it as well (no offense meant to our Texas people here). Vegas wouldn’t be a huge loss for us except for the tax dollars that would be lost (although it’s one of my favorite places I’ve been)…but succeeding would be a huge loss for Vegas in the losses of people vacationing there. But it’d sure give a huge boost to Atlantic City.

    This whole fiasco is ridiculous. What I find so interesting is that these “freedom fighters” she highlights from the past and the current ones have all happened during a democratic presidency. Not to say there hasn’t been any at all during a republican presidency…but the real nutjobs get extremely riled up during a democratic one. Is it coincidence or is there a correlation between the ruling party of the presidency?

  • https://www.facebook.com/ferma4136 John Ferman

    Lets have a “what-if” exercise here. As we all know the seccessioni question was settled by the Civil War. So Nevada can not secede, but the land provision the Congress required in 1864 has appently (meaning I can’t find it) been removed from the Nevada State Constitution. Therefore, there are grounds to expell Nevada from the Union. Congress could revoke the Nevada oart of the Mexican Concession of 1848. So there would be two evident options. Nevada becones an independent nation or a province of Mexico. Either way an Immigration & Naturalization wall would rise on the Nevada national borders. People wishing to visit Las Vegas would need Passports and Exit Visas. Nevadians wishing to enter thr United States would need entrance Visas and if they wanted to work in the United States would need Green Cards. There are creative readers here who might want to add to this storyboard.

    • Bob Cull

      In reality, John the U.S. didn’t have to ask for any cession of that land as a condition of statehood, all of Nevada was technically already the property of the U.S. and since they never opened the land to homesteading it remained the property of the U.S.

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