Echoing Bundy: Nevada County Riding On Horseback To Washington With Anti-Federal Govt Message
A rural Nevada county is going to Washington on horseback over what it calls federal overreach on public lands. If you ever thought Republicans wanted to take us back a century or two, you were not wrong.
According to Elko County Commissioner Grant Gerber, the protesters will begin their 2,800 mile ride on Sept. 26h and reach the U.S. Capitol about 20 days later.
[su_center_ad]According to the Associated Press, multiple riders covering 5 miles each at a time will carry the commissioners’ resolution touching on various issues including livestock grazing, water rights and wild horses.
The theme of the Cowboy Express ride is “regulation without representation is tyranny,” Gerber said, and commissioners hope its outcome will be an increase in local voices on public land decisions.
The Grass March Cowboy Express website states, “The Petitions being carried are calling for relief from Federal Agencies that do not listen and have no stake in local communities.”
The group continues to say, “Among the petitions are pleas regarding Endangered Species, Water, Wildfire, Wetlands, Wilderness and other mismanagement failures of the Federal Government that destroy families, the economy, the forests, grasslands and animals that they were meant to protect. So we ride to change the future of our Public Lands.”
“It’s extremely serious, but we’re trying to make it fun as we go,” Gerber said.
The group’s protest follows the federal government’s run-in with Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy earlier this year, in which he refused to pay his grazing fees. That sparked support from armed militia members, right wing media and Republicans while the rancher called for a range war.
According to the BLM, Bundy owes more than $1 million in fees and penalties for trespassing without a permit over a 20 year period, however, the rancher refuses to acknowledge federal authority on public lands.
The Cowboy Express adds on its site, “Any people anywhere being inclined and having power have the right to rise up and shake off the esisting government, and form a new one that suits them better.” [sic]
That was a misspelled Abraham Lincoln quote.
Alternatively, they could just vote, which is how we get elected officials into government.
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Image: Cowboy Express, AP