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Fanning the Flames of Freedom After Bundy Ranch

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A spark was struck, not long ago, when a single cattle rancher took a stand and refused to pay grazing fees to an unelected federal agency. Many of us know Cliven Bundy’s stand kicked off one of our greatest victories and forced the Bureau of Land Management to back down. However, many don’t know what Cliven, and the patriots who stood with him, were really opposing. How many people really know how water and grazing rights work? Why did Cliven refuse to pay his grazing fees? What are these fees in the first place? How did the BLM get the authority to access them and enforce the laws around them? Why were all the other ranching families in the area pushed off their land and forced to give up their traditional way of life? Is there an overreaching plan that connects the agendas of the BLM and US Forest Service, to the ranchers and miners that have been run out of the family business? These are just some of the topics that LaVoy Finicum and I talk about in this exclusive Oath Keepers interview.

LaVoy Finicum is an Arizona rancher who stood with his fellow patriots at Bundy Ranch. He sat astride his horse, shoulder to shoulder with the Bundy’s along the ridge at Bunkerville. My memories of that event seem to have jumped out of a Louis L’amour novel depicting men of character and grit, standing up to immoral government agents. We had a victory there at Bundy Ranch, but it was only one battle in what is shaping up to be a long, drawn out war. One victory will not win our conflict but we had a second, more enduring, success from Bundy that will. Our campaign will be won by the dozens of sparks that came from Bundy, and are being fed into flames by men like LaVoy. Men who have decided that they will no longer be a part of a corrupt system that has tried again and again to kill our American way of life.

Please take the time to watch this interview with one of our newest fire starters LaVoy, Finicum. Help us to spread the word about this situation by sharing with your like-minded friends and family.

Jason Van Tatenhove

jason@oathkeepers.org

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Stewart Rhodes

Stewart is the founder and National President of Oath Keepers. He served as a U.S. Army paratrooper until disabled in a rough terrain parachuting accident during a night jump. He is a former firearms instructor, former member of Rep. Ron Paul’s DC staff, and served as a volunteer firefighter in Montana. Stewart previously wrote the monthly Enemy at the Gates column for S.W.A.T. Magazine. Stewart graduated from Yale Law School in 2004, where his paper “Solving the Puzzle of Enemy Combatant Status” won Yale’s Miller prize for best paper on the Bill of Rights. He assisted teaching U.S. military history at Yale, was a Yale Research Scholar, and is writing a book on the dangers of applying the laws of war to the American people.

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23 comments

  1. OUR GOVERNMENT IS SO WAY OUT OF HAND THAT IT IS PATHETIC. OBAMA IS ‘ NOW ‘ WANTING TO TAKE OUR GUNS AS AUSTRALIA & THE U.K HAVE. SO HE THINKS HE CAN. I CERTAINLY BELIEVE HE HAD BETTER RE-THINK HIS PERIOLUS VIEW UNLESS HE WANTS TO START A WAR OR REVOLUTION RIGHT HERE IN THE U.S !!! TO CONFICATE OUR GUNS & DO AWAY WITH 2A. JUST WHO IN THE NAME OF HELL DOES HE THINK HE IS ??? HE SAID AUSTRALIA & THE U.K DID , ” BUT ” WE ARE NOT THEM… WE WILL GO DOWN FIGHTING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HE SHOULD KNOWN LONG AGO THAT PEOPLE ARE FED UP WITH HIM & HIS ANTICS & THAT HE IS WALKING ON EXTREMELY THIN ICE !!! ” ALOT ” OF PEOPLE BETTER WAKE UP BEFORE IT IS FAR TOO LATE !!!

    1. I appreciate your sentiment, but you, as too many people are doing, lay the blame for the anti-American actions of our government at the feet of the current fool in the White House. Obama is the current one, but he is only one. Our entire federal government, regardless of party affiliation, has the goal of disarming the American people and becoming a permanent dictatorship. Not just the president, but the congress, the “supreme” court, and all federal agencies. We have a lot more to worry about than one president who will soon be gone but will leave behind hundreds of dedicated “progressive” political appointees who will help the next president continue working toward their overall mutual goal.

    2. ive been writing to people telling them to wake up look back in history back to Nazi Germany , Russia , china , north korea etc. would you like this country to be another messed up country

      WELL THEN WAKE UP AND JOIN TOGETHER

    3. LBJ, “… HE WANTS TO START A WAR OR REVOLUTION…”

      Those that serve within our governments revolted from our US Constitution and the delegated powers long ago. They started the “revolution”, but we will finish it back with our US Constitution and with people who will SERVE as our representatives in a lawful manner.

      You just do not recognize that the revolution started long ago by those who serve within our government because they did not come to the front door with armies, but have been treasonous in nature and doing it from the inside. But mistake it not, it is a revolution because if they win they destroy the USA and the US Constitution – our legitimate government and as history has shown us, a lot of people will be murdered by democide – this is where this always leads.

      A lot of people are awake, just silent, which is why every time Obama opens his mouth or one of his minions does, the American people stock up even more with weapons.

      But what will also be heartbreaking is that this will divide families and their will be some who will continue to carry out unlawful orders even against their own families.

      But that is the one thing about true Americans the world has forgotten, we deal with what is, and do what we must, even if unpleasant, if it seems to us it has to be done. Not because we want to keep a job or position, but because it is the right thing to do. It is our strength.

      God Bless All of You!

      Molon Labe

      1. “It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions….There are men, in all ages…who mean to govern well; but they mean to govern. They promise to be kind masters; but they mean to be masters….They think there need be but little restraint upon themselves….The love of power may sink too deep in their own hearts….” -Daniel Webster

        Our founders and framers understood back then the danger power has at corrupting people. The corrosive effect that comes from believing that the government is a kind and benevolent master. And, that in that benevolence, the restraint of the Constitution on elected servants doesn’t pertain to them. Our President, congress and courts have so bastardized the simple meaning of the text of our Constitution that it has been rendered obsolete. Ideology has supplanted common sense in the understanding of the Bill of Rights and many believe the Constitution to be a living, breathing document. One to be “updated” for the present. The restraint of that document on our elected servants continues to be eroded by administrations and fellow politicians over time and I fear the only way to rectify the problem, short of civil war, is quickly passing.

  2. I find the continuing overreach by the Federal Government under this particular President to be one more step in the destruction of our Nation. The seeds of that destruction began almost the day after the Constitution was ratified and continued with Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson, through to the present day, with varying degrees, as Obama is the latest usurper of the People’s Rights to live in a Free Society with minimal government interference.
    Keep up the great work and know that you have many patriots supporting you and your fight for our 238 year old Nation and her Constitution.

  3. I stood at the Bundy ranch and was there that Saturday that BLM backed down. I was Cliven’s personal body guard after guys left the following Sunday. This operation showed how not to run one. The lead guy was a poser Ranger named Ryan Paine. He brought in felons named Booda and Cooper. He was a militant and an instigator. He wanted a fight and tried his best to instill one. He appointed like minded guys to run different aspects of the op. I was not one of them. But due to him, I have been visited by the FBI 3 times in the last 10 months. You see everyone thinks the Bundy ranch debacle is over but it isn’t. They are still investigating it, because of the morons that were let on that ranch without vetting. I have spoke to Lavoy about how not to run an operation if his place gets to that point. I have given him names of people who if they contact him, refuse to let them on his ranch. I am all for helping these small ranchers fight the government, but the next one has got to be done professionally, hopefully with the majority being Veterans. And as far as those three names mentioned above, they are at the root of why the FBI is still investigating.

    1. Raven,

      Please email directly about what is happening with you. I may be interested in getting that info out there. I am out on an OP at the moment but would like to talk to you further when I have more time.

      Thanks Jason

      jason@oathkeepers.org

      1. I live in TX and have just seen a story on the news about blm trying to grab land from a farmer on the rio grande. I’m sure it’s more than one farmer but this one was on the news saying they were unrightfully trying to take his land. They are really trying this theft again? Does any one know about this that can help? I wanted to bring att to this to someone that did a fine job standing beside bundy on his ranch but wasn’t sure how..so hope this does it. Wasn’t sure how else

  4. The reason “o”bama is in office is simple. A black president can do whatever his masters & owners tell him to do and get away with it without consequences. In our liberal & progressive country today if you’re not with the president 100% of the time and on 100% of the issues including not going along with his effort to destroy the Constitution and the American way of life… then you’re a racist. Can you image the global backlash the US would get if a serious effort were underway to impeach him? To impeach this man for any one of his untold crimes would brand the entire US as a racist nation to the world. That would throw this country into flames and widespread rioting. And “o”bama’s masters knew this before 2008.

  5. One part of this that wasn’t clear is when Finicum spoke of the federal government legislating LAWS they use to move against the ranchers. In my experience with the BLM and USFS much of their enforcement efforts directed at miners is NOT based in actual law but based in POLICIES and ADMINISTRATIVE RULES which the feds have written and attached criminal penalties too without ever creating any actual laws. Legislating new laws opens up the process to public scrutiny. Writing new policy and rules with criminal penalties attached is done in-house by the USFS and BLM and are not subject to public scrutiny.

  6. Goebbels said it when he was Hitler’s Minister of Propaganda.
    “If you tell a lie,and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.” & “The bigger the lie, the more it will be believed.”
    The present administration is the most corrupt this country has ever had to deal with.

  7. Each day more citizens are beginning to hear their inner voice that tells them to question the agenda of THE FEDERAL GOV’T. Long ago that same inner voice was first heard and acted upon by American patriots that penned a most important document. It would establish, lead and secure the greatest democratic nation in the history of the world. . .the Constitution. It gave power to that “inner voice” and guarantees it the right to be heard, the right to assemble with other “inner voices” and above all; to petition for redress of grievances. Over the short course of US history, the majority of our elected representatives have systematically and greedily undermined the Constitution in favor of corporate interests. Our government continues to becomes less and less recognizable as the one described in the Constitution.

  8. I stood with my fellow Patriots and the Bundy’s under that bridge. I will stand on the front lines with Lavoy too! My family has a rich long time history in ranching. And some were veterans. I may have not been in the military but I am ready and willing to fight on our home turf (USA). Molon Labe ! We The People

  9. Great interview Jason , thanks for posting it. And all my hopes go to Mr. Finicum. Being an OK in Alaska, I personnaly do NOT support .gov and it’s tyrannous actions. I also pass as much information as I can to friends, arm chair enthusiasts or doubters I know, enforcing the knowledgable…educating the sheeple. But I stand ready to help where I can.

  10. It is amazing that anyone can listen to a interview with a gentleman like this rancher and somehow come away from this discussion believing these are simply ‘anti-government, gun-toting hicks who want to start a revolution’. Oathkeepers is being attacked precisely because its cause is just and its mission is firmly planted on the truth that this nation was founded by Godly men, who established first and foremost for the people: FREEDOM. That freedom is the inheritance of our sons and daughters and it is being slowly stolen, one little seemingly minor act at a time, one insignificant, overreaching bureaucratic act at a time. It can also be restored by the seemingly insignificant courageous acts of hundreds and thousands of law abiding men and women who refuse to surrender our nation.

  11. You are the MAN Lavoy Finicum, THANK YOU for your firm stance against the “powers that want to be” known as the feds. Like you said about an empire needing land, it is all about controlling the natural resources, just like the illegal wars being waged in far off nations to steal & control their natural resources. We all need to take a stand against the morphed monster raging against their creators…US!

  12. If you want to see a very recent example of revolution in recent times, the Netflix documentary “Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom” is well worth watching. In about 4 months during the winter of 2013-2014, the people — mostly the generation born in the 1990s — toppled the Yanukovych government. The president was a convicted felon, he refused to honor his election promises, the parliment refused to act and the police beat and shot prosters who pleaded with them to honor their oaths to protect the Ukraine rather than killing fellow citiizens and defending a corrupt government. The raw courage of the Ukrainian people — and the numbers involved — is remarkable in that they faced down internal security and police without weapons. Mostly burning tires, wearing football and motorcycle helmets (that the Ukrainian parliment subsequently outlawed), throwing rocks and protecting themselves with tin shields and sticks. The Ukrainian revolution, like the Arab Spring movements, was fueled by social media communication platforms.

    Makes one appreciate what governments will do to remain in power and the wisdom of the 2nd Amendment. I hope that, unlike their Ukrainian counterparts, our military and police — on orders from higher ups — would not open fire on fellow citizens, but would honor their oaths to defend the Constitution.

    Today, we live in a world where people are increasingly dissatisfied with the incumbent power structures — e.g., the top 3 Republicans in the Presidental race have never served in policial office and are riding on a wave of discontent with the state quo. Whatever else you think of them, the Black Lives Matter movement is politically the other side of dissatisfaction with the current political power structure. The Middle East has a long string of governments that were recently taken out by the people they were supposed to be serving, and wer’e living with the chaos of the failed state in Syria. This is, indeed, the Chinese curse of “May you live in interesting times.”

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