Do Americans have the right to defend themselves against the government?

Do Americans have the right to defend themselves against the government?

A Nevada cattle rancher stood up to the American Federal government…in an armed confrontation.  The Feds retreated but saying they will be back!

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“It’s not over,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada. “We can’t have an American people that violate the law and then just walk away from it.”

We agree that Americans can’t violate the law and get away with it. But the laws related to this were not created for the greater good; they had an intended purpose for private gain.  The laws were created to run people off the land and allow the government to seize control.

“The state calls its own violence `law‘, but that of the individual `crime‘” — Max Stirner, 1850’s German philospher

Cliven Bundy and friend
Cliven Bundy (and friend)

Liberals are saying, and I quote from a BBC reader comment: “I hope the government throws the guy and his militia in prison ! He is arrogant and behaves like a savage. THIS is why we need gun control !!”

Or “He’s [Bundy] the one grabbing federal land for the purposes of private gain. Much of the US was confiscated that way. “

Amazing that these people have made comments without understanding all the facts.  “Behaves like a savage”? “Private gain”? These people clearly do not understand that the US government including Harry Reid have the “private gain”.

So, do Americans have the right to defend themselves against the government?

YES! Absolutely.It is their right, it is their duty ” expressly guaranteed in our Declaration of Independence!

Based on our Founding Father‘s experience with an oppressive government, they specifically wrote in the Declaration’s Preamble that men have “a right to alter or abolish it”.  (See the full context at the end.)

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Clearly Bundy has a right to defend his land and his rights as a law abiding citizen…including armed confrontation.  We are not suggesting that every time someone feels wronged by the government, they should take up arms.  It has to be in extreme cases only.  And this is one.

Over government has grown out of control taking what they want including land and taxes and then giving out hand-outs (subsidies) in numbers never seen before.  Quadrupling prior amounts.  You don’t have to believe us, see other stories proving our case. Or do your own research and let us know what you find.

“This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it or their revolutionary right to dismember it or overthrow it.”  – Abraham Lincoln, 4 April 1861

Founding FathersOur Founding Fathers had wisdom we don’t today.  Wisdom from experience.  Today we live in peace and tranquility.  We fight our wars on the soil of other countries.  Our warriors sacrifice their time and sometimes their lives in a god-forsaken country while we go to school, the grocery store, the movies in peace.  Our Founding Fathers lived under an tyrannical and oppressive British government that forced them to pay much higher taxes and use the British military to control the people.  Similarities to today.

For those of you who have visited other countries in say Africa, Central America, or the Middle East, you easily understand this oppression.  Most people live in poverty and fear of their government or even fear of other people.  For the most part, we do not.

El Salvador home
El Salvador home
Somalian mother, child
Somalian mother, child





Back to Bundy:
Bundy does have the right to defend himself against the government and even legally has the right to use a militia for his defense (see: What is a Militia?)

“Today, we need a nation of Minutemencitizens who are not only prepared to take arms, but citizens who regard the preservation of freedom as the basic purpose of their daily life and who are willing to consciously work and sacrifice for that freedom.”  – John F. Kennedy

The Las Vegas Review writes: “It’s about the power of environmentalists and their federal allies to erase a way of life they disagree with. It’s about the federal government’s control over most of the land in the West – and 86% of Nevada – and its inability to manage all that land in a competent and productive fashion.”

BLM Agent Standoff
BLM Agent Standoff

This is all correct but we would like to add its about power and greed by powerful government officials.   They also said the Federal agents are “behaving like thugs loyal to a tin-pot dictator, not public servants who swore to support and defend the US Constitution”.


Declaration of Independence – Preamble:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”  See full Declaration on Wiki



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