- - Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy’s family has owned the Bundy ranch since the 1870s. For the past 20 years, Mr. Bundy has grazed his cattle on land the federal government now claims it owns (“Nevada ranch standoff could leave dirt on Harry Reid’s reputation,” Web, April 13).

Even after a court ruled that Mr. Bundy owes the federal government more than $1 million in grazing and other fees and ordered Mr. Bundy to cease and desist from his use of the land, Mr. Bundy brazenly refused to comply.

He maintains that the land is owned by Clark County and the state of Nevada, to which he has paid all the necessary local and state government taxes and fees. Even though the legal cards are stacked deeply against Mr. Bundy’s quiet enjoyment of the land for his cattle, Mr. Bundy refuses to remove his cattle from the land or to pay the federal government the fees awarded it in court.

Nonetheless, sympathies for Mr. Bundy run high among Americans who have been shocked by the blatant lawlessness, arrogance and disregard for American rights and freedoms under the current Obama administration. These include NSA spying, targeting of conservatives by the IRS, FBI and OSHA, and numerous changes to Obamacare since the measure’s enactment. They also include illegal backdoor amnesty for illegal immigrants; failure to defend Americans in Benghazi, leading to the murder of four Americans; and various other cover-ups still going on.


What has now emerged in the Bundy cattle-grazing case is a highly volatile situation, in which the passions of many Americans have actually taken over. The inflamed emotions toward the government ignores the weak legal ground on which Mr. Bundy stands. Many people are responding more to the brute force being used by the federal government against Mr. Bundy than to the facts and merits of his case.

BOB JACK

North Las Vegas, Nev.