Bundy tours West

Rancher Cliven Bundy has been celebrating his court victory with a speaking tour—in Montana.

At one appearance in Plains, the audience sang “Ballad of the Alamo,” a fitting tune given that the Alamo defenders were fighting to protect slavery in northern Mexico, and Bundy has said that “Negroes” might have been “better off as slaves.”

Meanwhile, other Westerners are debating how to stop Bundy and not make the same mistakes in the future. In Oregon, Steve Stuebner, who frequents the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge that Bundyites took over in 2017, faulted the U.S. Justice Department:

“Why, for instance, didn’t the feds charge Ammon Bundy and his followers with felony criminal trespass? I mean, it was abundantly clear to any American watching television or the internet that Ammon Bundy and his followers took over Malheur National Wildlife Refuge at gunpoint, trespassed and remained for six weeks! The evidence was clear! … But no, the feds charged them with ‘conspiring to impede federal workers from their jobs.’ Government lawyers failed to prove the conspiracy charge, and the jury acquitted the occupiers.”

A Center for Western Priorities opinion survey indicated most Nevadans have little sympathy for Bundy’s public land views.

Bundy has recently begun using a heavier emphasis on Christianity in his public statements.