He has not only been feted recently by White House advisors. He is all the rage at the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Monetary Fund, and the United Nations as well.
The corporations are on welfare and so is a large portion of the US citizenry (and non-citizenry too it must be acknowledged). Votes are bought with a program. Politicians are bought with fat feline donations. The state expands. Everyone it seems has a hand in the till. Everyone it seems has an angle. The welfare state, leviathan, is ever-present. And to challenge the monster is to challenge the way of life of many who have long ago made peace with (in some cases) or cozied up with (all too often) the beast.
We at ACC are big fans of “alternative energy.” We love solar power, wind power, the whole bit. In order to “live off the grid,” a personal goal – at least a cabin one day, such sources of energy are vital. I grew up with solar panels heating our hot water and they nearly always worked, even in the depths of winter. We like the idea of “clean energy.”
* The government has no business owning (or administering) all of this land. I am willing to concede federal courthouses and even the national parks to the feds, (even though some of the parks were created as a result of brutal land grabs. Shenandoah National Park which I look out at as I write this is an example.) but why is practically all of the far West run by the Federal Government?
At what point do we just say – no, you may not do this. This is a gross violation of everything this country is supposed to stand for. Are we supposed to live in a world where there is 0 risk? Where everything is watched at every moment? That sounds like hell to me.
I met the author of this article, a veteran, at a party recently in Washington DC. I love that Crystal City, which is right next to the Pentagon and where dozens of defense contractors are based, is in the congressional district he wants to represent. My bet is he won’t be getting many donations from those zip codes.
I can’t argue with Will on this. We should be ashamed of ourselves. We have allowed profligate spending. We borrow to pay our current bills. We elect people who year after year expand government and who pass laws which reduce our liberty and fundamentally our very humanity. It is we who have allowed this to happen.
In the words of 2 people I spoke to about this story – “How can this be legal?”
Good question. At least they’re stopping it.
Who actually owns the land on which the Bundy cattle ranged? Does the Bureau of Land Management? Does the federal government? Does the “public”? Do the Bundys who have worked the land for over a century?