Bundy Standoff has Emboldened Right-Wing Extremists

The Associated Press:

The Southern Poverty Law Center based its report on online chatter among extreme right-wing groups and a surge in organized protests against regulation of public lands.

Cliven Bundy’s faceoff with Bureau of Land Management agents and Las Vegas police at his ranch in southern Nevada in April has “invigorated” an extremist movement that has exploded since President Barack Obama was elected, growing from 150 groups in 2008 to more than 1,000 last year, the SPLC’s report said.

“We’ve never seen growth like that in 30-plus years of monitoring groups on the radical right,” said Mark Potok, a senior fellow at the center in Montgomery, Alabama, who co-authored the report.

The report warns of the potential for more violence, like the recent killing of two Las Vegas police officers by a pair of anti-government zealots — Jerad and Amanda Miller — who spent time at Bundy’s ranch before they were asked to leave because of their extremist views.


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And we have an example of this in Texas. From TPM:

Operation Secure Our Border, with its own Facebook page, is being organized by members of the “Patriot” movement along with Oathkeepers and Three-Percenters, according to the San Antonio Express News. Those are some of the same militia groups that came to Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s defense earlier this year.

The Express News and The Monitor in McAllen, Texas, both reported on a YouTube video featuring Chris Davis, who has been identified as the commander of the militia, in which he apparently explained how the border would be secured.

“You see an illegal. You point your gun dead at him, right between his eyes, and you say, ‘Get back across the border or you will be shot,'” Davis said in the video, according to the reports.

As the Southern Poverty Law Center points out, this type of extremism has been building since the election of President Obama in 2008. However, they have long been with us.

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  1. The AP report is a symptom of how far we have come in the past 40 years. These groups are labeled extremist for wanting the same thing the founding fathers wanted, small government. Shame on the AP for lumping these two killers in these so called “hate” groups. What extremist group were they members of?

    • So shaun: “These groups are labeled extremist for wanting the same thing the founding fathers wanted, small government.” Would that be the Federalist founding fathers [the majority of the founding fathers were originally federalists] who wanted – and created – a strong and powerful central government?? And did those founding fathers endorse not paying one’s bills??

      Cliven Bundy owes more money to the federal government [that would be American tax payers] than all other ranchers combined, according to the Bureau of Land Management.

      About 16,000 ranchers graze cattle on BLM lands [that would be land owned by the American people, not right-wing groups], and the agency says 458 of them owe a combined $237,000 in delinquent grazing fees.

      Bundy, on the other hand, owes the federal agency more than $1 million in past grazing fees dating back to 1993 and trespassing fees he started accruing in 1998.

      Extremist? Uh, yesss!

  2. Just so I understand, the founding fathers wanted the power to reside in Washington and not with the states? Madison, who wrote 26 of the federalist papers was clear about creating a central government with limited power.

    Limited Central Gov
    “The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite.”

    Division of powers
    “In the compound republic of America, the power surrendered by the people is first divided between two distinct governments, and then the portion allotted to each subdivided among distinct and separate departments. Hence a double security arises to the rights of the people. The different governments will control each other, at the same time that each will be controlled by itself.”

    No one argues that Bundy did not break the law and owes the government a ton of money. But its dishonest of the media to lump the bundy family in with “hate groups.”

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