COMMENTARY | Someone in the federal bureaucracy got an attack of common sense and caused the armed troops sent by the Bureau of Land Management to the Bundy Ranch in Nevada to withdraw and to release the cattle it had confiscated.
Thus another Waco or Ruby Ridge has been averted and Cliven Bundy, his Bundy, and supporters have won – at least for now. Hot Air is likely correct that the BLM, having been humiliated before the world, is not going to give up on the 20 plus year dispute that involves grazing rights, federal vs. state control of land in the West, and a species of tortoises that may or may not be endangered. Breitbart is likely correct that Mr. Bundy may be technically in the wrong on the law, but it is the case of the law being an ass and it being enforced in a ham handed fashion.
The fiasco was a perfect example of what happens when the media and the sort of people power that has risen up since the advent of the tea party converge to create a cause celebre. Memories of the blood baths of Waco and Ruby Ridge must have weighed heavily. It was only sense that caused the BLM to pull out.
Now one of two things may happen. Either the BLM will try to swoop back in once the protestors and TV cameras are gone a finish the job quickly and quietly or some kind of deal will be made that will allow Bundy to remain in business and will save face for all. The latter, of course, is to be preferred.
Ultimately Congress is going to have to address federal ownership of land in the West and the power it seems to enjoy to do with it what it wills. Some kind of divestiture, to the states, to the private sector, or both would seem to be in order.
In the meant time, Cliven Bundy can bask in the glory of having stood up to the might and majesty of the federal government and won. It is hoped that he can use his new found fame wisely and to his advantage,