Gawker reports on a GoFundMe account started by one of the heavily armed wingnuts who have flocked to the Bundy Ranch in Nevada, eager to start a civil war over a deadbeat rancher who refuses to pay his entirely legitimate bill for grazing on public land. Here’s the appeal:
To all American Patriots:
I am the Team Leader that took Charlie Delta, the black marine, out to Nevada along with two other volunteers that all did an outstanding job at the Bundy Ranch. I understand most of you have come to know Charlie Delta through his expressed views on Cliven Bundy and the good we are all doing as patriots at the ranch. I am coming to you tonight humbly asking for your help. We may be the front line soldiers facing down an overbearing govt bureaucracy, but we are first off family men and women that have our own homes and jobs and families left behind to take on this endeavor. Therefore we have spent our fortunes for freedom and love of our fellow man and need your help to continue our efforts to keep all Americans free from tyranny. Please if you can spare even a few dollars for food, fuel and supplies to continue the stand against tyranny and an overbearing governtment [sic] please help. Even the smallext amount will help keep up the pressure to return this land to the people. I thank you all sincerely for your contribution.
Christopher E Ferrell
United we stand! Divided we fall!
That last part cracks me up. Unable to think in anything but platitudes, he might as well have screamed “A stitch in time saves nine!” or “Cold hands, warm heart!” But more interesting to me is how Ferrell views himself and those around him, as “patriots” and “front line soldiers” fighting “tyranny and an overbearing government.” The reality, of course, is quite the opposite. They’re supporting a welfare cowboy who has made huge amounts of money selling cattle that were raised on government land. Every other rancher who grazes their cattle on federal land pays for that privilege, at a rate that is about 1/8th the cost of grazing on private land.
But even that small amount is too much for Cliven Bundy, a staggeringly ignorant man who says he refuses to acknowledge even the existence of the federal government and says they have no authority to own land at all other than Washington, DC. Really, Mr. Bundy? So we better shut down every American military base in the country, right? Because that’s all land owned by the federal government.
By the way, there’s this thing called the Property Clause. It’s in that constitution you claim to revere but know nothing about. It explicitly gives Congress to regulate the use of property owned by the federal government. And that’s what they did more than half a century ago when they authorized the use of grazing fees. It’s what Ronald Reagan, who I have no doubt you would invoke as a hero, was doing when he extended the fee schedule. It’s all on the Googles; you should try looking it up sometime.
I find it quite ridiculous that this gun-loving know-nothing thinks that be defending this deadbeat cowboy he’s protecting the freedom of all Americans. That’s just plain delusional. There’s only two things going on here. You’re either just playing dress up or you’re actually trying to start a civil war. Either one is bad.