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Ted Cruz: Bundy Ranch Standoff is Obama’s Fault Because He’s Taken Away Our Liberties

In an interview with Texas radio host Chad Hasty, Sen. Ted Cruz blamed Obama for inciting the Bundy Ranch standoff with his ‘jackboot authoritarian’ regime.

Demanding that the President is ‘hell-bent’ on taking away the liberties of American citizens, Cruz told the radio host that the armed incident between the Bureau of Land Management and militia members was ultimately Obama’s fault because he has pushed people like Cliven Bundy too far.

The Nevada ranch standoff started when rancher Cliven Bundy refused to pay range fees to the government for over 20 years. When the government finally intervened and tried to remove Bundy’s cattle from the federal lands, armed militia members were mustered who threatened a violent conflict with the federal authorities.

Although the federal authorities eventually backed down, the militia members have not, remaining on the ranch and threatening a second revolutionary war against the tyrannical government and sparking a national debate about whether or not the armed resistance was justified or not.

When asked about the matter during Hasty’s show, Cruz said he understood why Bundy and the militia camped out on the ranch were angry and would decide to respond to the government with force.

“The reason this issue is resonating…is that for five years, we have seen our liberty under assault,” Cruz said, pointing fingers at Obama. “We have seen our liberty under assault from a federal government that seems hell-bent on expanding its authority over every aspect of our lives.”

He then said the federal government should be looking after the rights of the American people, not engaging them in armed conflict. “We should have a federal government protecting the liberty of the citizens, not using the jackboot of authoritarianism to come against the citizens,” Cruz stressed, sympathizing with the supporters of Bundy’s cause.  “And I think this is the unfortunate and tragic culmination of the path that President Obama has set the federal government upon.”

 

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  • Warpriest

    If Bundy had paid the 20 years worth of
    grazing fees that he OWES we’re not
    having this conversation. Why is Bundy too good to comply with the law when all his neighbors pay their share ?And you, Sen.
    Cruz, a sitting US lawmaker are defending
    A for-profit rancher who’s been stealing from the American taxpayers.

    • tward3

      Bundy has no neighbors. The damm criminal fed pigs put each and every one of his neighbors out of business with these “fees” on property that these ranchers had owned for more than a hundred years. Bundy was/is the last rancher standing because he refused to let them drive him out with these fees. Harry Reid wants this land for his little (not so little) solar farm deal that he has with the communist (small c intentional) Chinese. Wake up people. You are in league with a criminal who uses the damm government to steal your fellow citizens’ property for his own personal gain. If you don’t stand for the property rights of your fellow citizens there will be no one to stand for your property rights when they come for you (and they will come for you eventually).

      • Warpriest

        When I used the word “neighbor” I meant ANY other western cattle rancher who has been LAWFULLY grazing cattle on federal lands for a fee. Don’t tell me they are all out of business; that would be a lie, You are defending a lawbreaker, bottom line. Go away, this painfully simple point is already past you.

        • tward3

          Typical communist. You twist the meanings of words to suit your mental gymnastics as you try to rationalize the pigs’ theft of your fellow citizens property. Neighbor has a specific meaning, you communist government pig shill.

          • Kevin LeBaron

            Communist, do you even know what that means, sorry,obviously not. You’re an idiot!

          • tward3

            You are a communist. You are the same as those Germans who praised Hitler. You are the same as Stalin’s useful idiots. You are the same as the farmers who killed the Kuomintang in support of Mao, who were then starved to death by Mao. There will be a day when you will regret your blindness to the foreign money which has taken control of our once great nation.

  • Owen Johnson

    I can’t figure out why anyone believes this piece of you-know-what when he twists things around to find a way to blame the President. I mean, who’s really taking away the liberties of Americans? His own party, especially in his own state.

    • tward3

      Which president? The foreign born (Kenya, most likely), Sunni Muslim who now resides in the “White” House? He ain’t no president; he is a criminal usurper. Did you know that his “birth certificate” names “Kenya” as the birth country of his father? The problem what that is that “Kenya” didn’t even exist until two years after Obie0 the Great (may peace be upon him) was born? How could they know at the hospital in Hawaii that the country would change its’ name two years later? Also, the name of the hospital in Hawaii is wrong on his “birth certificate”. The hospital had a different name in 1961; but, whoever forged the “birth certificate” used the name for the hospital that it changed to more than ten years later. Woops. How can you explain that?

      • Owen Johnson

        What a bunch of kool-aid fed BS. When Barack Obama was born in Hawaii it was already a state. And his mother was a US citizen. And Kenya certainly did exist, it was part of British East Africa. The country gained independence in 1964 but it was Kenya before that.

        It cracks me up how you people just can’t stand that you lost, you’re the minority of the populace of your own country, Or IS it your country? Can you prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that you’re a United States citizen?

        • tward3

          The British Empire established the East Africa Protectorate in 1895, from 1920 known as the Kenya Colony.

          The independent Republic of Kenya was formed in 1964. It was ruled as a de facto single-party state by the Kenya African National Union (KANU), an alliance led by Jomo Kenyatta during 1963 to 1978.

          At no time before 1964 was it referred to as simply “Kenya”; therefore, that is evidence of a forged “birth certificate” because whatever communist fool did the forgery didn’t know that “Kenya” wasn’t called “Kenya” in 1961. Are you blind and dumb or just one or the other?
          So, what is your answer for the mis-named hospital, bright boy?

          Obie0 the Great’s (may peace be upon him) social security number was formerly issued to a man in Connecticut. Woah, how did that happen? How did Obie0 the great (may peace be upon him) get a Connecticut SS number if he was born in Hawaii? http://www.scribd.com/collections/3260742/Barack-Obama-Social-Security-Number-SSN-Fraudulent

          • Owen Johnson

            It’s clear that you and your birther friends don’t know the meaning of the word “evidence”. The fact that a document didn’t include what you assume was the commonly used name for Kenya does not prove that a birth certificate was forged. The only way you would know the intent of the use of the name Kenya is if you were the one who put it on the form.

            I’ve seen hospitals change names.

            As to Social Security numbers, states were assigned the first three digits when the system was set up. Some, by the way, have never been used; extras were set aside just in case. If CT hadn’t used up the numbers maybe they were taken for use in Hawaii when it became a state in 1959.

            There is a big difference between “suspicion” and evidence and all you’ve presented is suspicion. And insulting condescension gives your conspiracy theories zero additional validity. But it fits your obvious mindset. Mindful ignorance is what it’s called.

          • Kevin LeBaron

            I take it back, you’ve now graduated to card carrying idiot!

          • tward3

            Call me what you want; however, it is obvious that you have not the mental acuity nor the knowledge to challenge me on the issues. All you can do it level sophomoric insults towards anyone who is actually informed and knowledgeable. You are pitiful.

  • robbiecee

    Which liberties Ted? The ones that allow you to be prejudice and hateful?

    • tward3

      Ha, ha. You said: “. . . to be prejudice . . .” Are you tense challenged?

      • Kevin LeBaron

        And once again proving my point, you’re an idiot!

        • tward3

          Grammar isn’t one of your strong points, is it, cupcake? Go ahead and hide behind your keyboard, mama’s boy. You would not even speak if we were face to face you coward.

  • Eric Swinderman

    Please for the love of God can one *&^% Republican tell me one *&^% liberty they have lost since Obama took office.. Just one.

    • Adam J. Reizner

      The problem is that in conservative media you can make these asinine statements but are never followed up with “how” or “why” or “what liberty has been lost?” The question I have for Ted is “come on now, you don’t really believe the wing nuttery you just spewed, do you?”

    • tward3

      Here is one: New York’s bullcrap “ban” on standard capacity magazines. There was one. I know Obie0 the Great (may peace be upon him) is federal and Cumo (spelling intended) is NY democrat(ic); however, they are part of the same anti-American cabal.

      • Kevin LeBaron

        Do you realize, sorry obviously you don’t realize that you just said nothing! Again, you’re an idiot!

        • tward3

          OK, cupcake, do you even know what a standard capacity magazine is? You are either a brainwashed fool or you are a paid brainwashed fool who is paid to troll.

  • Bridgett Cash

    So Cruz is okay with freeloaders stealing from us as long as those freeloaders are white. I guarentee you Cruz would not be so kind toward a minority rancher who stole from us and gathered his buddies to use violence if needed. Second, Cruz is actually saying that its okay to use violence to get out of paying what you owe. Again, as long as you are white. Guarenteed his attitude would be different if the rancher was a minority.

    • AnnaMossity

      Well, actually, I think money matters more than race to these people. They’ll take a multi-millionaire African-American over 50 poor/working-class Caucasians on food stamps. {Now, minorities on food stamps? Republicans wouldn’t p*&# on ’em if they were on fire…}

  • H2oly

    So the 20 years of not paying fees and taxes are now Obama’s fault? Can these guys learn to say anything new? “It’s Obama’s fault” over and over and over again!

    • tward3

      What if the pig feds came to your house and claimed that YOU were somehow obligated to pay them on property that had been in your family, owned free and clear for a hundred years? Bundy was the LAST rancher standing. The pig feds put every other rancher off their family land with these “fees”. This criminal invasion by the pig feds was so that Harry Reid could use Bundy’s land as a “green zone” to satisfy the pig EPA’s demand for “green space” after Harry and the communist Chinese built a solar farm on the land adjacent to Bundy’s. All of this is to enrich Harry Reid and his band of criminals (yes, it does include some Republicans, maybe many republicans).

      Are you pleased that Harry Reid uses the full force of YOUR tax dollars (along with the fiat money from the international bankers; i.e., the “Federal” Reserve) to steal your fellow citizens’ property for their own personal gain?

      • H2oly

        It wasn’t a pig farm, it was a cattle ranch. And his father sold the land. In a private sale. The person who bought it, sold it to the government. Bundy then signed and agreed to pay to use the land. If he didn’t like the agreement, he didn’t have to sign in the first place. Bundy, and the rest of these RWNJ need to understand that when you don’t take personal responsibility and expect special treatment, you’re acting entitled. When you feel you don’t have to follow the laws because you don’t like them or the persons enforcing them, you’re an idiot. When you stand with guns and make threats against those following the laws and the leaders in power, you’re a terrorist!!!

        • tward3

          I didn’t say it was a pig farm. I said the feds are pigs. His father didn’t sell the land, you doofus.

      • Kevin LeBaron

        Now you’ve graduated to dillusional idiot! Congratulations!

  • Nic Valle

    What liberties is bright boy talking about? Anyone that pays attention to this idiot is in need of help.

    • tward3

      Er, well, how about the right of those American citizens who travel without having to show their “papers” in the 100 mile wide “Constitution Free” zones that begins at our “border” and ends 100 miles inland and which, by the way, encompasses more than 80% of the population of the [former] USA? See the ACLU’s website: https://www.aclu.org/know-your-rights-constitution-free-zone-map Yes, this is the same ACLU that you communist “liberals” love so much, so don’t argue with me about whether the Constitution Free Zones exist . . . argue with the communist “liberal” ACLU on this one.

      • AnnaMossity

        Wait… so now you DON’T want border / immigration enforcement?! You are a very strange Conservative racist paranoid.

        • tward3

          I am not a conservative, nor am I a racist. I am a Constitutional Classical Liberal. My wife is Chinese and my grand-daughter (whom I love more than life itself) is half Guatemalan. I have more interaction with the Chinese and Hispanics than you can ever hope to have, so take that and stick it in your a*s.

          I do want our borders controlled AT THE BORDER (yelling), not 100 miles inland, fool.

  • diablodejalisco

    what a tard. bundy needs to pay his bills. i thought cruz hated welfare. this amounts to the same thing. cruz needs to shut his mouth. he is looking like he is very unamerican. wait, he is canadian, i forgot.

  • diablodejalisco

    texas needs to dump this airhead in the next election. he has accomplished nothing. he has been campaigning since he got elected. he has become famous for green eggs and ham. thats not good enough, even for a republican.

    • tward3

      He scares you communist “liberals”, doesn’t he?

      • H2oly

        Do you even know what a communist is??? Because the actions of the RWNJ is way more communistic than anything short of the independent baptists.

      • Kevin LeBaron

        Again pretending you know what communist means, good one!

  • lauralth

    I would like to know what liberties we have lost???? Personally, I haven’t lost any . And Cruz hasn’t lost his freedom to be a traitor.

  • Jim Spillane

    Praying that a crazy takes you down Raphael commie cruz! This guy needs to be investigated for helping forment right wing anti government rebellion! We did that before, Raphael, while your parents were in Cuba, we had a civil war, and kicked ass, and your state, too!

  • RoughRugger

    OK, the largest “expanding of authority” of the federal government in recent memory was a little thing called the Patriot Act. It was passed under a REPUBLICAN president, not Obama.

  • Ron

    The only rights that our president has taken away is for (racist) white individuals not living under a white man as president.

  • radsenior

    Rafael Eduardo Cruz is an instigator, agitator and perpetrator fully seeded with hatred towards president Obama. Rafael Eduardo Cruz thinks he’s white. Rafael Eduardo Cruz acts like he’s white, talks like he’s white and whines like he white. Rafael Eduardo Cruz is an imitation of humanity with a hatred boiling up inside that is obscuring reality. The “jackboot authoritarian” attitude is totally his and every TEA-type running for office today. Rafael Eduardo Cruz and TEA-types do not want and will not compromise. Rafael Eduardo Cruz and TEA types think they are above the law. The liberties Rafael refers to are not being compromised by Obama, but by the TEA-henchmen “hell-bent” on take America down to hurt Obama through hurting everyone below millionaire status. Bundy is a bigoted thief who has stolen from the nation by not paying what everyone else has paid. Cruz, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul and Mike Lee are the rallying instigators at fault who have now abandoned Cliven Bundy after his anti-black ranting’s. Lest there be any doubt who are the agitators in America.

  • RobertX

    That’s right… it was Barack Obama who forced Ronald Reagan at gunpoint to impose those grazing fees.

  • RobertX

    Hurricane Andrew pretty much wiped me out. Damn you, Obama!

  • Jo Clark

    Good grief, if Cruz farts and it smells bad, it’s Obama’s fault. The guy can’t come up with a single original thing to say. Everything, even stuff that happened decades ago, is Obama’s fault, in Cruz’s little pea brain.

    I’m dying laughing over his “jackboot” comment, when it’s he and his party that have their jackboots on the necks of blacks, Hispanics, women, the poor, anyone using any kind of social welfare, the entire LGBT community, you name it. They’ve done more to destroy “personal freedoms” in the last six years than in the history of the US.

  • Jason Haze

    Cruz is self absorbed, Narcissistic right wing asshole ……..

  • AnnaMossity

    Yes, CLEARLY this is all Obama’s fault… even though it’s been going on for twenty friggin’ YEARS or more. LOGIC!

  • msaxie

    BS from AH’s