American Dissonance – 2021-05-21 – On the Rocks (previously unpublished)

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On the Rocks – A War of Conscience.
There Was a Woman.
Enemies of the State—Unexpected Allies.
“What the government is good at is collecting taxes, taking away your freedoms and killing people. It’s not good at much else.” – Tom Clancy
“We are trading one form of slavery for another.” ― Cliven Bundy

American Zion: Cliven Bundy, God & Public Lands in the West by Betsy Gaines Quammen & Standing Rock, the Bundy Movement & the American Story of Sacred Lands by Jacqueline Keeler are highlighted for the last episode in this Season of What Matters: A Ponder Gander’s Radio Writing Series, American Dissonance.

A (woefully incomplete) fact-finding mission for a just war.
Surviving 1st Contact:
That you know your enemy, meet them on the battlefield and come away victorious. — Unknown
We All Fall Down: “Some people wear deception like a coat, they just can’t seem to take it off.” ― Joseph Talluto
Court of Lies: “You could ask people to tell you who they are but that’s not where truth hangs out. They don’t know, they only know whom they shouldn’t be like.” ― Gerry Spence
“If we are honest with ourselves, we have to admit that sometimes our assumptions and preconceived notions are wrong, and therefore, our interpretation of events is incorrect. This causes us to overreact, to take things personally, or to judge people unfairly.”— Elizabeth Thornton
Why Good People Do Awful Things: “The proliferation of evil is (not) inevitable, it survives through (the choices we make).” The Judas Syndrome ― Dr. George Simon
“Confront a corpse at least once. The absolute absence of life is the most disturbing and challenging confrontation you will ever have.” — David Bowie
“All Bleeding Eventually Stops.” — Doc Mike Harris, the Redneck Dentist
Revival: “People say that where there’s life, there’s hope, and I have no quarrel with that, but I also believe the reverse. There is hope, therefore I live.” ― Stephen King
Is there a safe place anywhere? Everyone cares for someone or something. Who will help us but that we not help ourselves? There is always hope. — vreii

Hitting Pieces—God’s work.
“Hit piece? I was so careful! This is about Ammon’s understanding.”
“Coming from a long line of religiously inspired men who have been “called” to defend the US Constitution, Bundy has varied in his focus, from rebelling against public land ranching regulations to protesting COVID-19 safety protocols. But in his view, these are all forms of government tyranny and affronts to constitutional rights.”

After the Capitol insurrection in 2021, what role does the West play in ongoing rebellion? Jacqueline Keeler and Betsy Gaines Quammen discuss the future of rebellious movements in the West. Juxtaposing the Malheur Wildlife Refuge standoff and the indigenous lead action at Standing Rock, in Keeler’s STANDOFF alongside earlier actions taken by the Bundy’s in Quammen’s AMERICAN ZION this compelling conversation examines the future of rebellion, agency and action in the West. – Country Bookshelf –

Betsy Gaines Quammen is a historian and conservationist. She received a doctorate in Environmental History from Montana State University in 2017, with her dissertation focusing on Mormon settlement and public land conflicts. It led to the publishing of her book American Zion on March 24, 2020 by Torrey House Press. @betsygquammen
Jacqueline Keeler is a Diné/Ihanktonwan Dakota writer living in Portland, Oregon. She is editor of the anthology Edge of Morning: Native Voices Speak for the Bears Ears and has contributed to many publications including The Nation, Yes! magazine, and  Salon.
Standing Rock, the Bundy Movement & the American Story of Sacred Lands by Jacqueline Keeler published May 12, 2020 by Torrey House Press. @jfkeeler

More: Read the authorized biography, Cliven Bundy: American Patriot by Michael L Stickler.

United States v. Bundy, Case No. 2:16-cr-00046-GMN-PAL (D. Nev. Dec. 30, 2016)
The Bundy Ranch Standoff and Trial Report by Vincent Easley II

“The Battle of Bunkerville” was the Stand-Off in the Spring of 2014 headed by the U.S. Department of the Interior’s BLM (Bureau of Land Management) along the Virgin River in Southern Nevada.

On the other side, were several hundred Americans Standing in the Gap in a Peaceful Pushback as both a protective buffer for the Bundy family and to protest the government’s roundup and attempted confiscation of several hundred head of Bundy cattle.

 History and Current Events. Live-Stream, Video, and Radio Broadcasts. I reported from the ranch in 2014 and in 2017/18 at the federal trial in Las Vegas continuing the coverage and as a witness (#303) for the defense.
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