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Freedom and Property Rally: The Cliven Bundy Story

 

The Mental Militia joined forces with Wendy Blanks of The Sleuth Journal on January 20 2018 at the very small and aptly named community in western Montana called Paradise. We went there to cover one of the first out-of-State presentations by recently victorious Cliven Bundy of Bunkerville, Nevada. Wendy Blanks, (see her landing page at TMM), volunteered to assist with video coverage, so we got some really good footage of various speakers.

Being the original “Unemployed Poet”, I of course needed TMM support to make the trip, so I put out the call for help and you wonderful people responded so well that I was able to operate smoothly and with confidence. I will list the names of all who donated so TMM could capture the moment.    (Did I leave anyone out?)[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Paul Stramer of Lincoln County Watch

Cynthia McKinney of All Things Cynthia McKinney

Nacona of Mind Mix Radio

Michael Bashore (TMM Montana)

Nancy Oakley (TMM Idaho)

James Jaeger of Matrix Entertainment

Kostas as Himself

Lone Star Hog (TMM Texas)

Gunslinger (Location Unknown)

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Anonymous (TMM Arizona)

Steve Wagner of Truth In Living

John Oetken (TMM California)

Carol Asher (TMM Idaho)

Hope Hendricks (TMM California)

Wendy Blanks of The Sleuth Journal

Janet Lane (TMM New Mexico)

Lauralee & Elaine of This West Is Our West

Vendy Depina (TMM Boston, MA)[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator color=”peacoc” border_width=”3″ el_width=”80″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]It was very encouraging for me to see the great response to my call for travel expense money. As many of you know, I was at Bundy Ranch on April 18 and 19, 2014, and I am a firm believer in States’ Rights. The Bundy family and the Finicum family are present-day heroes in my opinion, and I was frantic when I learned that the Bundys would be at Paradise, Montana and I realized I had no travel money.  OMG! I was desperate to get there, so I put out the call, and many wonderful friends in TMM responded generously. Indeed, supporters sent in more money than I needed for the event, so it was a pleasure to write checks with the surplus abundance. The Mental Militia wrote checks to Shawna Cox and to the Bundy family, and we also wrote a check to the Ryan family who organized and hosted the event. Additionally, I helped get five people from up north in Montana down to the event, (about a hundred-fifty miles), so TMM helped fill that school gymnasium to overflowing. But once there, I was pleased to see that there were more than twelve TMM members in the crowd who did not need assistance to get there, so TMM was well represented in the audience. It was a triumph, and TMM supporters made it possible for me to get some good footage of great liberty fighters. Wendy Blanks furnished this list of awesome speakers —

Cliven Bundy
Ryan Bundy
Andrea Parker
Billy Hill
Chris Briels
Sen. Jennifer Fielder
Shawna Cox
Dan Ryan
Roxsanna Ryan[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Now I will share with you the prose I wrote for The Sleuth Journal, an initial few lines which came to me right after I got back home from the trip. As time goes by I will of course have more to say, lol! (I am a master of verbosity, as readers at TMM know!) But while my head is still reeling from the excitement a week ago, suffice to give these few words before posting the videos below.

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As several federal agencies, several governmental offices, and the U.S. Department of Justice are reeling in the aftershock of the Bundy case “dismissal with prejudice”, which I suggested almost a month before it happened, the Bundys have busted out of the gate with vividly renewed spirit. They have stampeded all the way north to Paradise, Montana, a small — really small — community west by northwest of Missoula to deliver a rousing message of Constitutional respect graced by human love and celebration. The crowd roared approval as Ryan Bundy laid down the true line to Constitutional restoration like a well-thrown lasso, denoting that the fifty sovereign nations *are the union, and the federal government is but their creation.

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While Ryan did not say it, he demonstrated something — there is no signature on the Constitution representing the federal government. I do not know that I’ve ever heard it put more clearly than Ryan Bundy revealed it on January 20 2018. It’s foolish for me to try to approximate in words the spirit which filled that building in Paradise, so I’ll let it go after meekly saying that an uplifting momentum is growing around the Bundy movement and all of their family members and friends are like solid gold nuggets in the American lands; a gold of the human soul which shines brightly around their faces like a blessed aura, a radiance of innocent beauty.

The Mental Militia salutes the Bundy family and their friends, like Shawna Cox, the Hammonds, Jeanette Finicum, Dan and Roxsanna Ryan, et al. Their faith is indomitable and is inspiring.

Salute!

Elias Alias

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Thanks again to all who contributed to make the following videos possible.  I will only post the crowd’s applause as the Bundys arrived in the building (a one-minute film) and the speeches by Ryan Bundy and Cliven Bundy. (Carol Bundy is also in the second part of Cliven’s address, so be sure to watch both sections of his speech.) For all of the videos I filmed, here is the PlayList at my YouTube channel.

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A warm welcome as the Bundys enter the building…

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Ryan Bundy’s Presentation — Part One

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Ryan Bundy — Part Two

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Cliven Bundy — Part One

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Cliven Bundy — Part Two

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KrisAnne Hall

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KrisAnne Hall

Her Site:  http://krisannehall.com/

Liberty First University

Her YouTube Site

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Samuel Adams on the Right to Bear Arms: Liberty Matters

From Liberty First University

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KrisAnne Hall on The Meeting That Never Happened

TMM Editor’s Note:  Despite the few minutes of electronic confusion at the start of this video, the reader should simply bear with it for a true blessing on fundamentals of our Constitution and its relation with the several States which created it. This presentation is fiery and brilliant as it commemorates the meeting at the town of John Day, Oregon, to which LaVoy Finicum and other cowboy patriots were going when the Oregon government and federal government ambushed and assassinated LaVoy Finicum, wounded by gunshot Ryan Bundy, and then terrorized and arrested Shawna Cox and others with them. What the government death squad shut down before our cowboys’ message of Constitutional law could be heard that day, KrisAnne Hall delivered a year later in this outstanding course-study on the nature of our Constitution as the vehicle of a “More Perfect Union” for the several States. This is a TMM favorite. Enjoy!

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The Genealogy of the Constitution by Kris Anne Hall

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And another TMM favorite — KrisAnne Hall at the Press Club with her “I Do Not Consent” presentation.  Dynamite!

Liberty is our inherent possession, not government gift

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Announcing the Liberty First University _ A brief introduction

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Elaine Willman: The Magic Money Machine – Fertilizing the Swamp

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The Magic Money Machine – Fertilizing the Swamp

Jack Abramoff & Jon Tester’s Magic Money Machine:  ‘Fertilizing the DC Swamp’

 

By Elaine Willman

 

Jack Abramoff is back as a lobbyist even though he is a convicted felon.  Senator Jon Tester was questionably elected in 2006 and continues to serve in the Senate.

Almost fifteen years ago the public was overwrought in righteous anger over shenanigans of the politically corrupt

Washington D.C.  Lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Mr. Abramoff was accused of fleecing a tribal government of over $80 million dollars.  No one questioned why a single tribe would have an extra $80 million to throw at a single lobbyist.  Certainly no county governments in our country have that kind of chump change to represent their voices.

 

THE INTENTIONAL FEDERAL STAGE FOR TRIBAL POWER

 

In 2005 the public was entirely unaware that a federal stage had been intentionally installed, upon which many people like Abramoff—including Indian tribal leaders and elected officials continue today to personally and excessively profit.  In 2018 that entire mechanism remains in place today—a nifty, enormous continuous flow of tribal money from 567 tribes buying elected officials and lobbyists.

At least two presidential administrations helped to engineer and maintain the political climate in Washington D.C. where people like Abramoff and his partners thrived.

Abramoff didn’t operate in a vacuum, nor was all of his activity illegal. In fact, most of his political fundraising and money distribution to elected officials in hopes of gaining political influence for himself and his clients was quite legal.

The timeline below illustrates the intentional federal construction of legislation and regulations that legitimized the perpetual money-moving scheme for guys like Abramoff and Tester:

October 17, 1988 – Congress passed the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.

May 19, 1998: Executive Order 13084, signed by President Clinton established a Tribal Office in over 25 federal agencies to expedite all tribal requests.

Jan. 28, 2000: Federal Election Commission (FEC) Advisory Opinion No. 199932 declares that a tribe acting as a federal (utilities) contractor may (unlike any other federal contractors) make political contributions as “a person.”

May 15, 2000: (FEC) Advisory Opinion No. 200005 declared that tribal governments are not governments for purpose of election contributions. This was just in time to amply fund Bush/Gore Presidential election needs.

June 1, 2000: Abramoff purchases (albeit fraudulently) the Sun Cruz (“Cruise to Nowhere”) offshore Florida floating casinos.

September 2000: Abramoff achieves top political power.

May 2001: The Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana and other tribes hire Abramoff,  who collects approximately $82 million by 2004.

March 27, 2002: President Bush signs the McCainFeingold Campaign Finance Reform Act that intentionally excluded “Indian Tribes” from disclosing contributions.

February 2002: The povertyriddled Tigua Tribe in El Paso, Texas, provided $4.2 million in fees to Abramoff to help reopen its casino that Abramoff had helped close.

March 6, 2002: A single tribe, the Coushattas of Louisiana (one of 562 federally recognized tribes) cuts over 60 large checks to Congressional elected officials.

March 14, 2005: FEC Advisory Opinion No. 200501 declares that tribal governments, even while acting as federal contractors or associated with federal contractors may continue to make political and election contributions. (To his credit, FEC Commissioner Michael Toner vigorously dissented.)

August 2002: Abramoff orchestrated the infamous Scotland “Golf Trip enjoyed by Congressmen Tom DeLay and Bob Ney, and Christian Coalition leader, Ralph Reed.

March 14, 2005: Thanks to the FEC, Indian tribes are governments when in need of federal funds or special preferences, but for the American election process, they are not governments nor federal contractors, so revenue from tribal government general funds and casinos are available for unreported, unaccountable, and unlimited influence in local, state and federal elections. 

MT. SEN. JON TESTER’S FAVORITE ELECTION TOOL: TRIBAL VOTES

November 2006. Jon Tester narrowly defeats former Montana Senator Conrad Burns by late arriving votes from tribal reservations, secured at polling precincts on federal Indian trust land, where the Secretary of State has no oversight, authority or enforcement. This senator’s questionable election changed the power in the Senate from Republican to Democrat.

The Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) of 1988 has secured an escalating tribal gaming revenue industry exceeding 27 billion annually. The oversight agency, National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) justifies tribal campaign contributions and payment to lobbyists and elected officials as tribal “economic development.”

It is interesting to note that a mere unelected “advisory” commission, the Federal Election Commission (FEC), appointed by the President’s Executive Branch, could publish advisory opinions having the force of the rule of law across the country. 

Three FEC Opinions opened wide the financial faucets that converted tribal governments entities into persons for purpose of unlimited campaign contributions, even as many tribal governments also serve as federal contractors. 

No other government (state, county, and municipality) nor federal contractor (i.e. public utilities) may financially contribute to America’s election processes. The FEC intentionally created a special preference for Indian tribes that lured, if not openly invited, entrepreneurs such as Abramoff to jump into action to facilitate large, continuous, and secret election contributions from Indian tribes. Since tribal governments are not subject to the same federal or state campaign finance reporting requirements, substantial tribal political contributions are even the more desired and empowered. 

The FEC is a quicker, smaller, more quiet and efficient resource for constructing an uneven playground for America’s elections than the more cumbersome Congress. And the greatest financial beneficiaries to such inequity are Congress themselves, as well as Governors, and state legislators, etc. There is little to no political incentive to dismantle this money machine among elected officials that continue to receive the benefits.

Mainstream media was awash with ever-surfacing news of how Abramoff clients and funds received were redirected as contributions to elected officials, all made possible through FEC Advisory Opinions and the intentional omission of “Indian tribes” from the McCain-Feingold “reforms.”

However, before the public sympathizes with the Indian tribes who were allegedly defrauded, here are a few basic questions:

IMPORTANT QUESTIONS!

How does an Indian tribe that receives annual millions in taxpayer-federal funds, and whose tribal families continue to live below poverty level or in squalor, justify kicking in multi-millions of dollars annually to a single D. C. lobbyist? 

Why have Congress, the Federal Elections Commission, National Indian Gaming Commission, and Bureau of Indian Affairs silently approved tribal gambling funds derived under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) to be spent on lobbyists and election campaigns as legitimate “economic development?” 

If the intent of IGRA was to promote economic development and improve the quality of life for tribal members on reservations, how have lobbyists of Abramoff’s ilk, or elected officials like Tester, or tribal leaders accomplished this? 

Shouldn’t tribal government decisions regarding use of their gambling revenue also be subject to just a teensy bit of scrutiny? 

Abramoff and his partner, Michael Scanlon, were simply the first lobbyists caught abusing a federal election system that begs for abuse. Isn’t it naive to consider that they are the only lobbyists so engaged?

There are no clean hands in this dirty business. As foul as the stench of Abramoff’s conduct was, the hands of all who participated in his schemes are equally odious; that includes elected officials and their staff, other lobbyists and tribal leaders — all are equally as culpable as Abramoff. There is no excuse for Jack Abramoff. He could not possibly, however, have accomplished what he did without equally malevolent participants and co-conspirators, some of whom still serve in elected office today.

Lastly, someone at the Executive or Congressional level of government should clearly insist that the Federal Election Commission revisit its “Advisory Opinions” regarding tribal government campaign contributions, or in the alternative, investigate the influence behind such egregious FEC decisions that have escalated 567 tribal governments political and financial power that is specifically disallowed to all other American forms of government. These seemingly innocuous FEC opinions have effectively enabled federally recognized tribal governments to purchase whatever influence they desire. The mere 50 state governments, unable to participate in elections at all, are clearly under siege. Voters reliant upon their respective States for clean and fair election processes have been entirely sold out.

Until gaming tribal governments are restricted in the same manner as all other American and foreign governments respecting lobbying and elections, it is not enough to just throw out one “baby,” Abramoff.  We must also throw out the corrupt money “bathtub” that continues to breed and feed these political predators. The opportunity for little brown sacks of unreported cash going to lobbyists, candidates and incumbents most certainly exists.

TRIBAL SOVEREIGNTY IS NOT FOUND IN THE U.S. CONSTITUTION

It is no wonder that numerous federal elected officials, state governors and legislators now behave as though tribal “sovereignty” is superior to and supersedes the sovereignty of the states these elected officials serve. Tribal sovereignty is not found in the U.S. Constitution. Every expansion of tribal authority over state natural resources, state lands and non-tribal citizens is a direct reduction of state sovereign authority. 

Tribal governments have no authority to take such actions on their own. It is the coin-operated lobbyists like Abramoff and elected officials like Tester that we put in office, that do it for them. How much longer will the Forgotten Man and Woman tolerate this?

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Elaine Willman, MPA, served from 2002 – 2007 as National Chair of Citizens Equal Rights Alliance (CERA) an organization of community education groups and citizens in 25 states who reside within or near federally recognized Indian reservations. She is a retired career municipal administrator, pursuing a doctoral in federal Indian policy and author of Going To Pieces…the Dismantling of the United States of America (2005), and Slumbering Thunder…a primer for confronting the spread of federal Indian policy and tribalism overwhelming America (2016).  Email her at: toppin@aol.com.

 

Buy Elaine Willman’s powerful book titled “Going To Pieces” at Amazon. I’ve read it and I love it as a real eye-opener about federal corruption in the arena of Tribal government gambling casinos across America.

Elaine’s article is also published at the “This West Is Our West” website, HERE

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