Monday, April 14, 2014

Connie's Perspective

April 13, 2014

Some of you are aware that I have been involved the Bundy/BLM issue here in Nevada. I don't know why I get so lucky by moving to places that have huge issues going on, but my home is less than 10 miles from the Bundy Ranch. So, I want to relate the story from my perspective having been there and seen it.

Monday morning, I received a call from a gal here in Mesquite, who is aware of my previous border work. She had driven out to the Bundy Ranch to see how she could help. She personally observed snipers in camo on the hill right across from the rally area, they were BLM law enforcement. They had their rifles trained on little old ladies and men sitting in lawn chairs, who had arrived to lend their support.

After that call, I drove out to the Bundy ranch immediately to see for myself. I did not see the snipers, though they were there, it was only because I was not at that time familiar with the terrain and was looking for them in another area. But indeed while I was there, guns were trained on me. So we had government officials ready to shoot American citizens if they crossed onto posted land.
The BLM had set up "free speech" zones at each end of Hwy 170. This was where people were instructed to gather. The Bundy's defied that and set up right on the highway, close to the ranch house. The idea of a free speech zone is so un-American.

By now the militia was there and I did see one carrying an AR15. Since it was evident this story was going national, I called the Bundy's and asked to meet with them at their home. Having learned lessons from work on the border, I felt they really needed to understand how the media would use them in a negative way and how this could really work against all they had been fighting for.

The Bundy's were very receptive to having me come in and talk about this because even though the fight had been going on for years, they had never been at a national level before. This was on Tuesday morning.

At any rate, some Montana militia had shown up on Monday and convinced the Bundy's they were there to protect them.

I advised the Bundy's that if they allowed the militia to be there, then have them put away the rifles and get out of the camo.
I visited with the head of the Montana militia group and he said he would never put his rifles away. I truly felt he wasn't there for the Bundy's, but there to agitate.

Anyway by Wednesday the Bundy's made a statement requesting the militia not wear camo and put the long arms in their vehicles. They were still wearing sidearms and several had knives strapped on.

This was such a tense situation that the militia was creating fear within the BLM agents. This statement is not to condone the BLM agents; it is just to give a view of how it was out there.

Wednesday afternoon came the confrontation with the BLM, who had gone onto the grazing area and torn out the watering tanks the cattle used to get water. The idea was to get them to come out of the hills and down to the river. The high temps were around 90 degrees and it is calving season, so the cows need that water to nurse. I want to add also the BLM shot 2 bulls that were hard to herd up.

At any rate the confrontation took place and one son, Ammon, was tasered three times. He showed me where one had hit him in the chest, just above his heart and there was a 6 inch diameter blood stain on his tee-shirt. His aunt, who weighs about 120 lbs. soaking wet was pushed to the ground from behind by a BLM agent. She showed me her injuries. When I watched the video closely, what she said was true. He pushed her from behind, very hard and it put her on the ground. The BLM agents had two German Shepherds on leashes and all had Tasers. It was unbelievable this was happening in our country right in front of my eyes.

Wednesday, we started to put together a protest that was held in Las Vegas in front of the office of Sheriff Gillespie. Sheriff Gillespie had told the Bundy's there was nothing he could do. Three Tea Parties came together to organize, The Virgin Valley Tea Party, the Las Vegas Valley Tea Party and the Pahrump Tea Party.

On Friday we held the protest, I spoke for all. We have a conservative Republican, Niger Innis, who also spoke and various members of the crowd spoke. Innis is running for CD 4, and if elected will represent those of us who are in this area of Clark County. We simply demanded the sheriff do his job and remove the BLM from the area. At the same time the story was breaking about dirty Harry Reid and his connections to the Chinese and solar. This is only one part of why this is happening. The other part of the story that is not reported on is that Mr. Bundy's place is on Gold Butte Road. Gold Butte has been designated a conservation area and Reid is going to try to push through a bill that will designate it a wilderness area. Well, with that, the cows have to be removed. So Reid is in this on all sides. What a slimy little SOB he is.

During all of this time the protesters kept arriving at the ranch and by Saturday morning, there were over 1500 people there, from all over the country.

Sheriff Gillespie came to the Saturday protest, heavily guarded with deputies with long arms and I understand but did not see an entire SWAT team. He then announced the BLM would be pulling out immediately and they would return the cattle to the Bundy's.
So, is the story over? I don't think so. I think that many of us who demonstrated and stepped up for our country will be audited by the IRS, we have been photographed by drones, the government has a clearer picture of who we are and we are most likely on a watch list. I probably made that list some years ago.

I will add that on Monday I did stop to video the BLM compound, where they had their communications and received a citation from the Nevada HP for improperly parking my vehicle. I will be fighting that tomorrow in Bunkerville. At least they did not arrest me as they did others who went into areas they had declared off limits.

One last item of note, during this entire past week, there were dot com news people there. They also in many cases did not report the story honestly. It is in their best interest to gin it up to keep the extreme radicals in the story.

In no way do I think this is over; but we made a very small step forward, only because the politics involved were exposed.
One item I brought up at the demonstration in Vegas was, why is Obama disarming our military and why do other government agencies have law enforcement people who are weaponized. Even NOAH, has 62 law enforcement people and NOAH is the weather service for God’s sake. Why is Homeland Security buying up billions of rounds of ammo?

And to close, why do supposedly patriotic American's not give a damn about their freedom and the Constitution? I have a level of disgust within my soul towards those who want to bitch, but will find any reason in the world to stay out of the fray.

In Liberty,

Connie Foust, President
Virgin Valley Tea Party


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