Nevada Senator Harry Reid took a swipe at the protesters supporting rancher Cliven Bundy in his war against the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Reid claimed that the rancher's supporters were "domestic terrorists," and challenged their patriotism. Meanwhile, radio host Glenn Beck cautioned against violent right-wing protesters who were the "right's version of Occupy Wall Street."
The issue in Nevada has deescalated in the past week, but as Senator Reid has said, it's far from over. Bundy is still being ordered to pay approximately $1 million in grazing fees for his cattle that are on public land. Libertarian icons Senator Rand Paul and former congressman Ron Paul have joined the litany of voices that have offered some form of support for Bundy against the feds, but the elder Paul believes that the feds will be back with reinforcements.
So what really is at issue in the war against the BLM? With approximately 85% of the land in Nevada owned by the feds, could this issue ignite a modern version of the Sagebrush Rebellion, where Ronald Reagan sided with the rebels to attempt to liquidate federal land holdings? Are there some issues with lunatics on the front lines who want an initiation of violence and for women and children to die on the front lines?
This episode of the Freedom Report takes an objective look at the issues swirling around the standoff in the Silver state.