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  •  Not about fairness to Bundy, but the law (0+ / 0-)

    Some people refuse to pay parking and speeding tickets, or even taxes, as matters of principle. Nonviolent civil disobedience, however, tends to get faster, cleaner results than armed acts. John Brown saw breaking the law as a duty. He did manage to liberate some slaves, but ended up getting himself hung and the US still fought a bloody civil war to abolish slavery. Indeed, the law recognizes this. Gandhi, himself a lawyer, recognized it. But to do that, you do need to show up once in a while at court with some argument for your case. In the July 9, 2013 ruling of US v. Bundy, Bundy loses by summary judgment. That's egregious as the state really would have liked him to reveal the legal theory behind his ongoing trespass, a concept called "preemptive rights" by his daughter. It would be interesting as you cannot gain public lands by prescription or adverse possession, which is what he tried 14 years earlier. In any case, the law is there to resolve conflicts without violence. That's the real issue here is whether the state can end the trespass without violence. It is a real shame that the courts have been so ignored as Nevada is the home of the National Judicial College where our judges are trained.  

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