Why is Cliven Bundy lying about his ‘family’ property? Bundy has claimed that his family ‘owned’ the contested property since before Nevada became a state in 1864. Actual records, property records show that that his family did not purchase the land until 1948. One of the major parts of is claim is that his ancestors ‘owned’ grazing rights that predated the establishment of the BLM – in 1946. Now, if they did not purchase the property until 1948, and the BLM was established in 1046, someone is lying.
“…The station reported census records show Bundy’s maternal grandmother, Christena Jensen, was born in Nevada in 1901, and records suggest she later helped settle Bunkerville, where her grandson lives.No Bundys lived in Bunkerville according to 1930 and 1940 U.S. Census records, but the rancher’s maternal grandparents, John and Christena Jensen, homesteaded a few miles away, in Mesquite, where his mother was born in 1924….”
You would think, for once, after all these years, the duplicitous mendacity of the libertarian, patriot, far right would not shock or surprise me. Yet, every time, it does. When you make statements about ancestral land, grazing rights, ownership, and invite public scrutiny, you need to be prepared for what follows.
- “...“I’ve lived my lifetime here. My forefathers have been up and down the Virgin Valley here ever since 1877. All these rights that I claim, have been created through pre-emptive rights and beneficial use of the forage and the water and the access and range improvements,” Bundy said….”
According to researchers at a local television statement, Cliven Bundy is lying.
- “...“My family has preemptive, adjudicated livestock water rights filed with the state of Nevada. They were established in 1877 when the first pioneers entered the valley. Among those first pioneers were my grandparents from my mother’s side. My father either bought or inherited his Nevada state livestock water rights and I, in turn, have done the same.”…”
Bundy’s paternal grandfather was bron in Nebraska. His father, David Bundy was born in Arizona, and lived there until 1940. The earliest construction on the ranch began in 1951.
Property records show that Bundy’s parents moved from Bundyville, AZ, and bought the 160 acre ranch in 1948 from Raoul and Ruth Levitt! Bundy was born in 1946, the same year the BLM was created.
- “….“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….”
Court records show that the Bundy family did not start grazing cattle on the property until 1954!
- Bundy claims ancestral livestock water rights through his mother’s side of the family.
His maternal grandmother was born in Nevada in 1901. They helped settle Bundyville, AZ a year, later.
“...No Bundys lived in Bunkerville according to 1930 and 1940 U.S. Census records, but the rancher’s maternal grandparents, John and Christena Jensen, homesteaded a few miles away, in Mesquite, where his mother was born in 1924. Both of Bundy’s maternal great-grandparents were originally from Utah, and his paternal great-grandfather came to Arizona from Illinois. His paternal grandfather was born in Nebraska and lived in Arizona….”
The worst thing about the Cliven Bundy story is that it exhibits the far, libertarian, religious, and extreme right for what it is – dishonest. They don’t care if Bundy is lying. It suits their narrative. That is the great tragedy here. One of the main complaints I have had, for years, about the GOP, who follows, lock-step, behind these people is the fact that they have lost their ability to ‘vet’ these individuals. They no longer know the difference between an honest cause and a con artist. They are incapable of understanding that some truly bad individuals have attached themselves to this movement.
“...“I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” he said. Mr. Bundy recalled driving past a public-housing project in North Las Vegas, “and in front of that government house the door was usually open and the older people and the kids — and there is always at least a half a dozen people sitting on the porch — they didn’t have nothing to do. They didn’t have nothing for their kids to do. They didn’t have nothing for their young girls to do.
“And because they were basically on government subsidy, so now what do they do?” he asked. “They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton. And I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn’t get no more freedom. They got less freedom.”…”
We really want to support people like this?