|Cliven Bundy - Baldfaced Liar?|
I often ponder what form of mental illness plagues the GOP base and the Tea Party. Time and time again these folks grasp someone of questionable sanity and even less honesty as a "hero" and make fools of themselves just before the "rest of the story" becomes known. In the case of Cliven Bundy, the rest of the story appears to be that Bundy has been lying through his teeth about his family history and the validity of his "preexisting ancestral rights" that he claims trump the rights of the federal government. Doesn't anyone on the far right ever check out their clay footed heroes to make sure that they aren't frauds and liars? Talking Points Memo has details:
KLAS in Las Vegas obtained property records showing that Bundy's parents purchased the family's ranch in 1948. The Bunkerville, Nev. ranch has been the site of a tense standoff with the federal government over Bundy's use of land managed by the Bureau of Land Management.
Those records appear to contradict Bundy's own history of the ranch, as well as his biography.
Bundy said that his rights predate the formation of the Bureau of Land Management, and he has refused to pay more than $1 million in cattle grazing fees.
"My rights are before the BLM even existed, but my rights are created by beneficial use. Beneficial use means we created the forage and the water from the time the very first pioneers come here," Bundy said.
But court records obtained by KLAS indicated the family's cattle didn't begin grazing the land until 1954. The Bureau of Land Management was created in 1946 (the same year Cliven Bundy was born.)
From Sarah Palin on down, these so-called "heroes" of the GOP/Tea Party are without exception liars and, often, downright insane.