Nevada Senator Harry Reid wants the Obama’s administration to grab a stretch of land in Southern Nevada near the Bundy Ranch, now that many in the Bundy group are in federal custody. Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, his sons Ammon and Ryan, and several supporters, are facing federal charges stemming from two standoffs with the federal government.
Emboldened by this, Reid took to the Senate floor Thursday to renew his push to preserve the scenic Gold Butte area northeast of Las Vegas by attacking the Bundy’s and the 2014 Bunkerville showdown.
“Because of this legislation and now the fact that the Bundys’ are all in jail, I’m going to reach out to the White House, no guarantee we’ll get it done, that’s for sure, to see if President Obama will protect this area,” Reid said in a speech from the Senate floor.
Reid argued protections are needed to preserve Gold Butte’s tribal sites and its “stunning” Joshua trees. He displayed photos of petroglyphs he said had been drawn over, shot at and stolen.
Obama “has the authority, as any president does, to stop this sort of destruction and stop it now,” Reid said. “Congress created the Antiquities Act to empower the president to protect our culture, our historic and natural resources when and where Congress cannot or will not.”
Obama has used the act 22 times to set aside 265 million acres of federally administered lands and waters, more than any other president and has confiscated nearly four million acres of Western land, more than all other presidents except Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton.
Meanwhile, Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, et. al., and all the national talk shows are mesmerized by the circus-jerk-us of presidential politics, and while we are being deceived by the ‘DNC verses the GOP’ false paradigm, a rogue federal government is targeting our liberties.