Two Texas Legislators Side with Armed Anti-Government Extremists in Nevada Dispute

That some Texas legislators have an almost knee-jerk reflex when it comes to attacking government in just about every instance is old news. So it’s not surprising that Republican state representatives Debbie Riddle of Tomball and Bill Zedler of Arlington are supporting a lawbreaker and armed, anti-government extremists involved in a cattle-grazing dispute in Nevada.

In a Facebook post today, Riddle calls federal rangers “jack booted thugs” because they are enforcing court orders that a Nevada rancher stop grazing his cattle illegally on federal lands:

The rancher, Mr. Bundy, in Nevada who has drawn a line in the sand (without harming one turtle) is a brave patriot. The Feds have no right to come onto state property where he has had grazing rights for decades, take his cattle, act like “jack booted thugs” & attempt to intimidate. If Obama was as concerned about our border security as he is being a bully with Bundy – then we would all be safer & folks would respect our laws & respect us more as a nation. Mr. President, we here in Texas believe in States Rights & we are standing with the Nevada rancher!! As the say in NH “Live free or die!”

Zedler also criticized federal officials in a Tweet today:

The Bureau of Land Management needs to be defunded. Prime case of bureaucrats abusing power .

Actually, Riddle apparently doesn’t even have her facts straight. The dispute involves federal land, not “state property.” Longtime rancher Cliven Bundy has continued to graze his cattle on protected federal land in Nevada since 1998 despite court orders that he stop. Moreover, he stopped paying fees to graze his cattle on that land in 1993 — essentially stealing from taxpayers. Even Fox News has acknowledged that Bundy is breaking the law.

Armed anti-government “patriots” have converged on the land to support Bundy, forcing federal authorities to suspend efforts to round up the illegally grazing herd. But it appears that Riddle and Zedler think it’s just grand when armed extremists intimidate federal officials who are trying to do their jobs and enforce court orders.

For Riddle, Zedler and too many other irresponsible elected officials who pander to right-wing extremists today, it seems to be always the feds (or state authorities) who are the “jack booted thugs” and “abusing power.” But the real armed thugs who are taking the law into their own hands? Apparently, extremists like them are heroes and patriots.

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5 Comments

  1. Charles
    Posted April 13, 2014 at 1:33 am | Permalink

    I have run across two excellent educational modules from the Presbyterian Church, which is also concerned about nonsense like this, and has seen fit to educate its congregations about people of this ilk, how they think, why they think like this, and how to deal with them. As the old saying goes, “You can’t understand the show without a program.” It is all very enlightening, and you can read both modules here:

    http://www.fpcbozeman.org/Adult%20Class/Jan%2016%20Fundamentalism%20Session%201.pdf

    http://www.northsidedrive.org/pmimages/Summer%20Church%20School%202011/Fundamentalism%20Session%202.pdf

  2. David Washburn
    Posted April 12, 2014 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

    What do you expect from Riddle? She once famously said that public education and public health are “ideas from the pit of hell, from Moscow.”

  3. Posted April 12, 2014 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    How does it not compute with them that this guy is the poster child for “welfare cheat?”

  4. Posted April 12, 2014 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

    Tea Party Logic. This moocher is being lauded as a folk hero.

  5. Posted April 12, 2014 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

    I Hate to Say it::: This is Tx. lack of Brain power for 20 yrs. I APOLOGIZE!

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