I've been thinking about the Bundy situation in Nevada. I still don't have all the facts regarding the history of the Bundy family's ranch, the relationship with the surrounding land, how regulations evolved, and for what purposes the regulations were created. If I had to guess whether Bundy started the problems or whether government encroachment created the problems, I'd have to guess the latter is the major problem.
The fact that Harry Reid is escalating the problem by calling protesters domestic terrorists tells me something else is involved here. Either Reid is setting up an excuse to use amed force, or Reid spots a political opportunity to blame Republicans for the actions of militia groups, or Reid has a personal investment in the land that hasn't yet been reported. It's odd that Reid would insert himself so forcefully in this disagreement between BLM and the Bundy family.
One thing I know is that so far the government response has been unnecessarily inflammatory. On an MSNBC show this morning, John Heilleman was showing his disdain for the militia groups by saying if government imposed extra taxes on him, he wouldn't respond by gathering an amed militia, but then government wouldn't likely bring armed agents to collect the taxes and then tase John's partner. It's different for a hipster in NYC than it is for ranchers in Nevada who've been batterred by government regulations for decades.