The comments from neighbors that they don’t like this situation with the implication that they are afraid to speak out leads us to wonder if Mr. Bundy and his “friends” have been able to successfully intimidate the community in which they live. Hmmm. It makes us wonder of the display of weapons and military trappings are about self defense or terrorizing folks into allowing them to get their way. Could that be the definition of terrorism?
Have these erstwhile “patriots” found their kinsmen in al-Qaeda, Boko Haram and the like? Are they hiding behind the militant jihadist definition of “patriotism” to create a lawless state in which they can rule through intimidation, force and terror like traditional totalitarians such as Josef Stalin?
Those are not our questions: Just questions others are too timid to ask.
As militia digs in, neighbors grow weary of Cliven Bundy brouhaha
Cliven Bundy, right, talks with militia-type volunteers at the family ranch near Bunkerville Sunday, April 13, 2014. The Bureau of Land Management halted their roundup of Bundy family cattle under an agreement reached Saturday. Volunteers include Scott Woods, left, of West Virginia, Christian Yingling, center, of Penn., and Jay LeDuc, background right, of Payson, Ariz.
BUNKERVILLE — American flags flap in the wind on the two-lane state highway to Cliven Bundy’s ranch. Along the roadside, self-described militia members in camouflage who came to defend him from the federal government lounge and smoke, loaded pistols on their hips.
Ten miles from these desert encampments, the telephone is ringing more than usual at the police department in Mesquite, 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas.
Travelers from around the country are calling, wondering if it’s safe to pass on Interstate 15, where Bundy and his supporters, some armed with military-style weapons, faced down federal officials in an April 12 standoff over his cattle grazing on federal land.
Police Chief Troy Tanner tells callers it’s safe. But local authorities and Bundy’s neighbors are growing weary of the attention and the unresolved dispute. Since the standoff, Bundy went from being proclaimed a patriot by some for his resistance to a racist for comments he made about blacks being better off under slavery.
“Most of our neighbors have about the same opinions we have. They don’t like it,” said John Booth, a resident of nearby Bunkerville who drove this week with his wife, Peggie, past the State Route 170 encampments. “But they’re not really going to say anything about it.”