By: Marilyn Assenheim
Everyone has been following the tribulations of Nevada Rancher, Cliven Bundy, with horror, disbelief and heightened disgust (if that’s possible) with the Left’s hijacking of the government. Hundreds of protestors willing to brave BLM threats such as take “one more step and you’re dead,” steadfastly marched on government positions and took back Mr. Bundy’s cattle unharmed. But why was a government agency suddenly so quick to back down? A highly publicized, dramatic stand-off against an American citizen hadn’t fazed them before. It appears that Harry Reid and his Chinese connections might hold the key.
The BLM seized Bundy’s livestock, threatened at gunpoint, tasered, beat pregnant women and arrested people expressing their protest of government incursion against Bundy. “First Amendment areas” were even set up in order to cordon off protests. All, supposedly, in the name of protecting the Desert Tortoise. The problem with that fiction, however, is that in 2013 The Huffington Post reported that our self-same government was engaging in the wholesale obliteration of the Desert Tortoise: “…the pampered desert dweller now faces a threat from the very people who have nurtured it…officials plan to close the (preserve) and euthanize hundreds of the tortoises they’ve been caring for since the animals were added to the endangered species list in 1990.” This fact was once again brought to light by Western Journalism on Friday: “Officially, the federal agency has suggested they are only after Bundy because his cattle are a threat to an endangered species of tortoise. That narrative, however, fell apart…when it was revealed the agency itself has engaged in the widespread slaughter of the animal.”
Cows don’t endanger tortoises. Cows endanger solar energy plants. Federal impact studies agreed: “…the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone utilizes Gold Butte as the location for offsite mitigation for impacts from solar development, and…those restoration activities are not durable with the presence of trespass cattle.” Aha. The feds, seeking to capitalize on the success California’s PC charade, ruining farmers in favor of the Delta smelt, were going to support their desperate, endangered tortoise-scenario in an effort to make Chinese-owned, green-energy investments in Nevada a reality; until a more likely and far more appalling motive came to light, that is.
On Friday Infowars.com published breaking news: “The Bureau of Land Management, whose director was Sen. Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) former senior adviser, has purged documents from its web site stating that the agency wants Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s cattle off of the land his family has worked for over 140 years in order to make way for solar panel power stations…Deleted from BLM.gov but reposted for posterity by the Free Republic, the BLM document entitled ‘Cattle Trespass Impacts’ directly states that Bundy’s cattle ‘impacts’ solar development, more specifically the construction of ‘utility-scale solar power generation facilities’ on ‘public lands.’” Specifically, solar plants financed by China. Bizpac Review followed up on Saturday: “…the feds were using the Bureau of Land Management to bully and intimidate ranchers like Bundy, pushing them off public land in order to pave the way for lucrative ‘green energy’ projects backed by the Communist Chinese government and linked to Nevada Senator Harry Reid.” Reid is involved in the multi-billion dollar enterprise up to his scrawny neck. But this revelation isn’t new. Reuters ran an exposé about this venture back in 2012: “(Reid) and his oldest son, Rory, are both involved in an effort by a Chinese energy giant, ENN Energy Group, to build a $5 billion solar farm and panel manufacturing plant in…southern Nevada…Reid has been one of the project’s most prominent advocates, helping recruit the company during a 2011 trip to China and applying his political muscle on behalf of the project in Nevada. His son, a lawyer with a prominent Las Vegas firm that is representing ENN, helped it locate a 9,000-acre…site that it is buying well below appraised value from Clark County, where Rory Reid formerly chaired the county commission.”
Reid isn’t a trailblazer when it comes to selling out his country in favor of China. He has had plenty of Democrat precedents; think Bill Clinton. Just like the First Black President he has, thus far, been Teflon coated, politically speaking. All Reid has had to do is flatly deny any and all charges against him. Then the allegations magically disappear and he is, miraculously, reelected. That cycle has been ongoing for 28 years.
It is ludicrous to believe that a transparently dishonest insect like Reid could continue to flourish unaided. This time, however, Americans have been willing to confront the guns of the federal government. Even though media has shed very little light on the story let’s see if, this time, Reid can withstand the light of day better than the average cockroach can.