I haven’t had a chance to draw a political portrait in a while. This is Cliven Bundy. Here in the Western United States, the states like Utah and Nevada are trying to win back control of BLM lands. It is probably a good idea since there is so little property for taxation available in both states.
The problem, though, is idiots like Cliven Bundy. Bundy refuses to pay the fees and taxes required of all ranchers who use BLM land. This is not heroic, its criminal no matter how you feel about his politics. That he is also a racist is no surprise, but racism is not common to the Libertarians I know.
A further embarrassment about Bundy is his Mormonism. I’m a Mormon. One of the key things about Mormonism is the belief in the rule of law. The law of the land in the United States is a balancing act of federal, state and local laws and officials. One cannot recognize one without the other. When I was growing up, a neighbor was a tax protester like Bundy. Eventually, he was excommunicated and spent years in federal prison.
Although Bundy is a Mormon, he is a figment of generations past and a criminal. Regardless of his religion and politics, this guy is a creep.
Edit: Check out
- this great video about Bundy by Rachel Maddow.
- this article in the Deseret News explaining some of the local issues motivating Bundy.