- Posted April 7, 2014 by
There is no 1st Amendment
A local rancher has been in a battle with the federal government for the past 20 years. While his fight with the BLM is certainly important, it is not the subject of this ireport.
Free speech areas are common these days. This does not; however, make them legal. The 1st amendment states, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."
Confining a persons right to assemble to a certain area absolutely is an abridgment of their rights. Today, the proof of this became evident in my home town of Bunkerville, NV.
A local rancher has been in battle with the BLM for 20 years. This has come tto head with the closure of 600,000 acres of public lands and a round-up of his cattle.While this issue is certainly important, it is not the issue of this ireport.
The treatment of Davey Bundy is the issue of this report. On an open Public road near Mr. Bundy's home, he was ffilming some of the BLM's trucks moving aforementioned cattle. This man was neither armed nor threatening anyone. He was not even voicing an opinion. The BLM and federal agents stationed around Bundy's home swarmed Davey and the other members of his family on the road (one of which was a pregnant woman). They proceeded to hold them at gun point and tell them to leave an open and public road. While proceeding to leave Davey was beaten by several "law enforcement officials" according to eye witnesses.
I am afraid for the future of this country when the right to be on a public road can at the whim of some federal officer be revoked with no just cause or disturbance. Even worse is the unconditional power that these agents are wielding.
When I am afraid to protest the erosion of my rights for fear of arrest or bodily harm,it is time for us to all wake-up and say enough.
The key to this is that everyone involved was peaceful and non-threatening accept the peace-officers. The right to peaceably assemble is guaranteed to me and to you, but for how much longer. The constitution means nothing if "We the People" are not willing to enforce the rights granted to us.
Please pay attention. Today it is in my backyard, but tomorrow it may be in yours or just plain everywhere!