Since 1993, Cliven Bundy has stiffed the United States Bureau of Land Management to the tune of $1.1 million in unpaid land-use fees, all because the BLM reduced the number of cattle he could graze on an allotment of land near Bunkerville, Nevada in Clark County. Declaring that he believes in the “sovereign state of Nevada but does not recognize the existence of the Federal government” even though said state’s Constitution mandates following Federal law, Bundy has hid behind the claim that his “Mormon ancestors have been working the land [near Bunkerville] for 140 years,” as if this excuses him from letting nearly 1,000 bovines run roughshod on public land amid a severe drought or hustling a pretty sweet subsidy out of the Federal government, even though, again, he claims not to recognize their existence.
Meanwhile, America’s unhinged traitors have thrown their support behind him, culminating in a series of armed standoffs with the BLM in the midst of their attempts to seize Bundy’s livestock, which were unfortunately undermined by lunatics with guns calling themselves “Patriots.” Thankfully, there were no fatalities, even though Cliven’s son Ammon was shot numerous times with a taser and deserved it after he crashed an ATV into a BLM truck being driven by a civilian, as if that would have actually accomplished something more than his stupid a** getting zapped.
Cliven Bundy has said, in his own words, “I’ve lived my lifetime here. My forefathers have been up and down the Virgin Valley here ever since 1877. All these rights that I claim, have been created through pre-emptive rights and beneficial use of the forage and the water and the access and range improvements.” However, despite Bundy’s claim that the land on which he has let his cattle roam has been in his family for several generations, according to Clark County property records, the ranch was sold to Cliven Bundy’s parents, David and Bodel Bundy (née Jensen), in 1948, when Cliven was just a toddler, by Raoul and Ruth Leavitt. Although water rights were transferred to the owner of the ranch, these rights did not extend to the land around it, which is public land that is managed by the Federal government. According to U.S. Census records dated between 1930 and 1940, none of Cliven Bundy’s relatives lived in Bunkerville, Nevada at that time, although Bodel and her parents, John and Christena Jensen, lived in nearby Mesquite. Despite the fact that Cliven Bundy claims long-standing livestock water rights in Clark County based on the premise that his maternal Mormon ancestors have worked the land for 140 years, Christena Jensen’s parents originally were from Utah, and John Jensen’s parents were immigrants from Denmark, according to Census records from 1930. Moreover, Federal grazing districts were not established until Congress passed the Taylor Grazing act of 1934, the United States Bureau of Land Management, an agency within the United States Department of the Interior, has only been in existence since 1946, the year Cliven Bundy was born, and it was not until 1954 that the Bundy family began to graze livestock on the land in Clark County
Needless, to say, Bundy’s story about his hereditary birthright to the land on account of his Mormon ancestors grazing it is an abject bunch of bullcrap, but I must confess that I am not surprised that a cheap shortchange artist would also be a lying sack of s***.