Sunday, February 07, 2016
Video - After Finicum funeral, Cliven Bundy encourages ranchers to tear up grazing permits
Robert "LaVoy" Finicum was killed because the federal government didn't want ranchers to hear his plea, Cliven Bundy said after his Friday funeral. Finicum had urged ranchers to disavow contracts with the federal government, as Bundy did more than 20 years ago and as Finicum did after participating in a 2014 standoff between Bundy and the BLM in southeastern Nevada. If they do so, Bundy said, the ranchers' stewardship gives them rights to that land. "They don't want him to teach that kind of stuff," said Bundy, who showed up unannounced to participate in a memorial ride. Saturday, while Finicum's family laid his body to rest, land-use activists invited ranchers and media who were at Friday's funeral to attend the latest in a series of workshops on the legality of claims like Bundy's. Kanosh attorney Todd Macfarlane said he also hoped to help outsiders better understand the importance of land use to area ranchers. Said Bundy on Friday, while surrounded by supporters near his trailer: "The bureaucrat has gotten so fat and so healthy that he is the one that prospers. He is the one who has life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The rest of us are feeding him." Texas A&M adjunct professor and Boise forum keynote speaker Angus McIntosh again shared arguments from the 2003 dissertation he completed for his doctorate in range science at New Mexico State University, copies of which some of the 80-odd attendees bought for $20. McIntosh's curriculum vitae indicates he has never held a full-time faculty position at any university, but he taught two online courses last semester in Texas A&M's College of Agriculture. He also serves as director of natural resources law and policy research with Land And Water USA Foundation, a think tank devoted to property rights. McIntosh said he once worked for the Forest Service, and that when it occurred to him that public land did not belong to the federal government, a boss with "a glint in his eye" told him that it did once they got the ignorant ranchers to sign a permit...more
Below is a Salt Lake Tribune video of Cliven Bundy discussing his position on rancher's rights.