Ryan Bundy's Opening Statement: "This Is Not What America Is Supposed To Be..."

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Authored by Tim Brown via FreedomOutpost.com,

Sometimes, in the process of covering so many things and in the attempt to provide as much information and commentary as possible, we simply are not able to provide all that we wish to do so to the public.

However, that does not mean other stories and commentary are not important.  In fact, many things coming out of alternatives media today are vitally important for those coming off the government-controlled media.

One of those items that didn't hit the mainstream media, and sadly didn't hit much of the alternative media, was the opening statement of Cliven Bundy's son, Ryan, as the trial of the century began nearly two weeks ago.

In light of that, I've been meaning to post his opening statement because it is certainly on that Americans should familiarize themselves with and quite possibly, should a fair history book be written, may go down in a Patrick Henry-esque fashion.

So, without further ado, here's Ryan Bundy's opening statement (H/T Gary Hunt) that was delivered to the jury in the Bundy Ranch trials on November 15, 2017.  Read and remember.

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Thanks to the jurors for being here. I told you a little about myself at voir dire, but I’d like to introduce myself a little more, and tell you about my heritage and how that affects my case. (Projects a picture of his family - AND leaves it up throughout his statement!)

[Note: the picture shown above.]

This is my ID! Not my driver’s license. This is who I am, a man with a family and I’ll do whatever it takes to provide for them. I want you to picture in your minds…you’re out on the land… I’ll take you to our ranch, you can see all the beauty of the land, the fresh air, sunsets and sunrises, the brush, you’re on a horse in front of the cattle - place yourself there - feel the freedom - out of the congestion of the cars - that’s how I was raised, playing in the river, we were called river-rats and that is where my life began and I hope ends.

My family has been on that land 141 years, my pioneer ancestors settled there in 1877 - there was nothing there. They carved out a living… they brought a horse and wagon and some provisions… this case, the government mentioned is “not about rights”, but it is - those rights do mean something - rights are created through beneficial use. When my ancestors arrived, undoubtedly the horse would need a drink, so they led him to the water and that is beneficial use. The horse and perhaps a cow that had been led behind the wagon need to eat some brush in the hills, that is beneficial use. That established rights. The water rights are real! So real, the State of Nevada has a water rights registry including livestock watering rights. A law was created to protect those rights. The water rights that my father owns were first registered in 1891 by the State of Nevada - the State of Nevada is important, a sovereign state, its own unit, which entered the union in 1864. It entered equal to the original states, it is its own entity and state laws are important.

My family and I are charged with some grievous things and they are not true and evidence will show they are not; force, manipulation, extortion, violent—my family is not a violent family and I am not a violent man. For 20+ years we turned to local law enforcement. Rights are real property. The fact is that we create government to protect rights.

To have rights you must claim, use and defend… man only has rights he is willing to claim, use and defend. There is a difference between rights and privileges. Rights you own. Privilege is afforded. Like renting or owning a house. Government asserts there are no rights, only privileges and unless we pay, we can’t be there. The State of Nevada says differently. These are my father’s rights. Everything we have comes from the land. That is wealth, not the dollar bill. The things we use all come from the land. Who controls the land, controls the wealth.

We create government to preserve and serve us. These are some of the beliefs of my family. That we have said we will do whatever it takes to defend is not a threat, it is a statement. Being right here before you today is part of doing whatever it takes. The Founding Fathers pledged whatever it would take… their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor, to defend rights. With the evidence you will see that is what we were doing; there was no conspiracy to impede, to harm… but, to protect our heritage that our pioneer ancestors established. We were attacked, surrounded by what appeared to be mercenaries, snipers pointed directly at me. You will hear a report from a sniper that he was keeping watch of me in my van, with my wife and two of my daughters with me.

Our ranch - children are always welcome - it is a place to play, play in the river, the pond, chase or hunt rabbits, burn your toes in the hot sand in summer—always free. Never before did we feel like someone was always watching. In early spring of 2014 we felt like someone was always watching… the dogs were watching the hills, when you are always with a dog you get to know what they are saying with their bark… you can tell by their bark what they are seeing… surveillance cameras on one hill, but the dog looking at another and growling… (tearfully) This is not what America is supposed to be. Supposed to be a land of liberty. The Founding Fathers fought and bled so we wouldn’t have to and now we find ourselves in a similar situation.

They say this issue is over grazing fees… it’s terrible, terrible, he must be a freeloader - it’s only rhetoric - I’ll tell you why - You don’t pay rent when you own your home! We own those rights! Not the land, I know we don’t own the land, but access…you and others have rights on that land. We own water and grazing rights. We don’t pay rent for something we own.

The BLM was formed in 1960. Our rights were established in 1877, long before BLM. The original states own 100% of their land and all states were to come in on equal footing. The crux of the issue is,  are we a state or not? They say grazing is a privilege they can revoke and charge fees. If it is only a matter of money it is no problem. In fact, Mr. Whipple showed a copy of a check made out to Clark County. If the whole purpose is to show we owe a fee, then we’ll pay to the proper owner of the land. That was not the only check written to Clark County, we sent several. Also, in Clark County, there were 53 ranchers who owned rights. There is only a single one still out on the range. The BLM is not gaining revenue, it’s not important to them. My father could see they were there to manage him out of business. It’s not about grazing fees. In the BLM office there were signs that read: No more Moo by ‘92 and Cattle Free by ‘93! If it were only about the grazing fees, the fees would have been under $100,000 over 25 years. It is rumored, it may not be seen in evidence, but it is rumored that they spent $6 million on the operation. Who spends that and court costs rumored to be over $100 million to collect $100,000?

What is this about? The court orders. They say my father had an opportunity in the courts. The court wouldn’t consider states rights. They have forgotten they are servants of the people. We the people are the sovereign and ultimately, we the people are the government formed to meet needs that are better met by a group than by individuals. We are not slaves. We need to remember that. I think that’s forgotten. The definition of freedom is lost in America. When we have to have a license or ask permission to do everything, we are subjects.

Back to the charges - they claimed I went to Richfield and that the sheriff had to be called because we were causing such a ruckus—evidence will show otherwise—we boycott to influence to change ways - we protest to cause a change - these are first amendment rights - we do not get rights from the Bill of Rights - we have rights to begin with - it should be called the Prohibition of Government - we have freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of religion, freedom of assembly, we can petition for a redress of grievances—rights we don’t want the government to mess with.

A redress is to find an answer, find a solution - one way to protest. The BLM put up first amendment zones - not much bigger than this courtroom - we called them pig pens - by creating that area, they were denying our right everywhere else - that’s what they used to arrest my brother - he was outside the pig pens. The first amendment has been protected over and over again in our history. There’s lots of media in the gallery today, they wouldn’t be happy to have their right to free speech taken. First amendment was put in the Supreme Law of the land, the Constitution - they shall make no law restricting these things… as you saw in the video yesterday, my brother was not impeding, not blocking, he was on a state road, on its right-of-way, simply to take pictures with his ipad of them stealing our cattle - they attacked him, threw him to the ground, rubbed his face in the ground. (emotional) The American public saw this and came not to impede or do harm. They came because they felt the spirit of the Lord, spirit of freedom and felt “we the people are not going to put up with that behavior”. It was not pointed out there were snipers on the hill, I witnessed that through binoculars and the evidence will show this.

Back to Richfield, Utah, evidence and witness testimony will show there was not a ruckus there that disrupted or shut down that auction. I called the sheriff - that’s the pattern - the local law enforcement and state brand inspectors in Nevada, Arizona and Utah and I had contact with the highway patrol, county commissioners in several counties and state officials - not all face to face, but some through phone calls. Is this what a criminal does? No. We were there protecting life, liberty, property. You saw the video of them hip chucking my Aunt Margaret, 50+ years of and just finished with cancer treatments, the mother of 11 children. They call these BLM guys law enforcement, but they are just BLM employees. All authority comes from we the people, we delegate authority to the county sheriff who we elect and he hires deputies and we then have a sheriff’s department to protect our life, our liberty, our property. Choosing for yourself is freedom and we have no right to impede or harm others. That’s God’s law. Man-made law is to follow that. Man is supposed to be free, not controlled, serfs or slaves. Government is to be our servant. The government went in and shut down 600,000 acres - not one of us ever went into their enclosed area and never impeded them. Even my brother driving into the dump truck… isn’t that impediment? The court order did not allow destruction of water infrastructure. What was a dump truck doing out there? Since that was beyond the scope of the supposed court order, we had a right to know. They could have stopped and answered our questions, but no, they set out attack dogs and tazers and threw Aunt Margaret to the ground. Every incident they are charging us with happened on property that belonged to the State of Nevada. Even if BLM had authority to close public land, they have no authority to close State of Nevada public land. The fence was on the State of Nevada land. Except by invitation, you will not see one of us breach that fence or impede the gather. We did not violate the court order. Dave went over the fence by the invitation of Dan Love and then the sheriff took over and asked for our help to take down the fence and then the cowboys, led by sheriffs squad cars went to release the cattle. The sheriff honored his oath and did his job. He should have done it sooner.

I love my family. I love them. I love this land. I love freedom. I am from the State of Nevada. I’m a true Nevadan. I mentioned before that Nevada became a state on Oct. 31st and we always got out of school on that day… I always thought we got out because it was my birthday. I’m a true Nevadan. I believe you are, too, and love freedom as much as I do. Freedom’s not being lost overseas - it’s lost right here at home in our back yards, our front yards. Until we are willing to do whatever it takes, liberty will be, is being lost. We are not anti-government! Government has its proper place and duties to perform. I want government to do its job. Nothing more. Nothing less. When government does more or less than its job, it becomes the criminal. When government damages our rights, it becomes the criminal. When someone harms or damages another’s life, liberty or property that is the definition of a criminal. Extortion, violence, pointing guns - everything we are charged with, they were doing and thousands of people came running - the world knew about this - China, Ireland (they sent us a flag), New Zealand and other countries - why? Because America stood for freedom and has for years and the world is interested in seeing how America (emotional) will deal with freedom. The world wants to know. The American people said, “yes, we will stand for freedom. Government, you’ve gone too far and we will put a stop to it.”

The courts have a place. It is said that We the People are the fourth branch of government. I say we are the first. The legislature to make laws, the executive to execute laws and the judicial to judge. All three branches are to protect your rights, our rights, freedom, liberty. Government does not have the authority in and of itself - man creates government to fulfill and protect rights. We the people give government the authority through the Constitution. The tenth amendment insures state’s rights.

Evidence will show my father and my brothers are innocent men. We need you to put on that paper that we are not guilty. You are the twelve to represent us, peers, equals, people…we the People.

Guns…lots of guns…scary…camo…freedom of speech…also, the right to bear arms, the second amendment…a militia was necessary. What is a militia? It is defined in the law. U.S. Code defines militia: “all able bodied men 17-45 years of age”. How many of you are a member of the militia? State of Nevada extended that and includes men up to the age of 64. How many of you now are a member of the Nevada militia? There is the organized militia, the National Guard and the unorganized militia - everyone else. Why did the Founding Fathers include the second amendment? Was it for duck hunting? No…no! Militia is mentioned six times in the Constitution. Such a small document and few things are mentioned more than the militia; the central government of this union and yet media or whatever wants to put a bad face on militia. Why did militia come to Bundy Ranch? To peacefully assemble, redress of grievances. No one was harmed except Davey, Ammon and Margaret. You will not see in evidence that we ever harmed anyone! They attack and we turned the other cheek. We were peaceful—insistent? Yes! And, Yes! Demanding. These men, these people did not come to seek an opportunity to point guns at the government. Hundreds, even thousands of people we didn’t know. That’s exemplary. These people came to do good. To protect me, to save my life. I had a sniper pointing at me, 200 armed men surrounding my home, my family (tearfully) Ryan Payne has been portrayed as a bad man. Evidence will show otherwise. He saved my life. He saved my life. Others came. I didn’t even meet most of them until I was in jail with them, may have seen them in passing, but I didn’t know them until jail. I honor and thank them now! I thank all who came. We only have rights we are willing to fight for. You’ll see evidence that I was nearly always with the sheriff or a deputy - always in communication with them - I was side-by-side with Lombardo.

Thank you for coming, for being here. I will still do whatever it takes. This is not a threat, it is determination. I love my freedom. Listen to the still small voice to discern between truth and error. The indictment and grand jury testimony is full of lies. Truth has been blocked in previous trials. Listen closely - we will try to get you the truth. The truth will set me free and I’m counting on you to help me see that.

I invite you to our ranch. I recognize your right to use the land. We want you to come and enjoy it. I thank you for this time. Please find me not guilty and these other men not guilty. Stand up for freedom. Thank you.

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lil dirtball's picture

> (We can save the discussion about property taxes for another time, thank you.)

Well, okay ... but we own nothing, in the mean time. Worse, my property taxes pay indoctrination specialists (teachers) to brainwash kids who aren't even mine (I don't have any). It keeps me up at night knowing this filth (teachers) continue to eat on my fuckin' dime.

We should talk about this theft and criminal gang activity (teachers) more often.

IH8OBAMA's picture

Take it easy on Escrava, he's only 3 years old.  I'm impressed with his typing for his age even if his thoughts are those of a pre-schooler.


Liosnagcat's picture

I think broke-dick is hyphenated.  :-)

Billy the Poet's picture

What’s Bundy’s problem?


BLM are good people! Here they are helping the ranchers prepare barbecue on the hoof:


BLM Destroying Ranches by Fire 002


STP's picture

A few years back, we stopped at a little old gold mining town in the Mojave Desert, Johanesburg and got talking with one of the locals.  Somehow, the BLM came up and he told me, that they were going around and burning down cabins on homesteaded properties.  The key was no cabin, no more private ownership.  He knew it was the BLM, because they left a govt issued gas can and BLM marked gloves behind at one of the burn sites. 

bigkahuna's picture

not surprised - guard the 2nd Amendment

boattrash's picture

I swear I caught some Forrest Service cocksuckers doing that in the Arkansas hills. Can't prove it (yet), but my gut feeling was overpowering, and it's usually right.

STP's picture

A few years back, we stopped at a little old gold mining town in the Mojave Desert, Johanesburg and got talking with one of the locals.  Somehow, the BLM came up and he told me, that they were going around and burning down cabins on homesteaded properties.  The key was no cabin, no more private ownership.  He knew it was the BLM, because they left a govt issued gas can and BLM marked gloves behind at one of the burn sites. 

Spinkter's picture

Everyone knows Black Lives Matter loves em some good bbq. Was wondering what their interest was in all this.

Hail Spode's picture

His problem is that his family had grazing rights before the Taylor act ever existed. Fedgov took those away without just compensation, as the constitution demands. Now they want to bill him an amount they determine every ten years for rights that he already thought his family owned.

NeedtoSecede's picture

One of the reasons I keep coming back to ZH is the international flavor we get on occassion.  And, Escrava, even your worthless drivel sometimes has a nugget of wisdom or truth, so I welcome any and all. 

But for this one Escrava, you can fuck off.  If you don't have a substantial comment regarding the proper role of government in a constitutional republic, than keep your mouth shut!  This mother fucker is about individual sovereignty and state sovereignty, and if you have no skin in this game, then stay the fuck out and keep your mouth shut!

And you other fucking paid .gov trolls--you fuckers are on The List.  You are usefule idiots who will be the first to be sacrificed for the "common good" when you are no longer useful to your masters.  When "they" kick you to the curb, don't come groveling to me for help.  Fucking morons wouldn't know the first thing about freedom let alone manhood...  

general ambivalent's picture

To be fair, you lost the constitutional republic 150 years ago.

That's what no one is getting here. A marvelous speech, but can anyone connect with its deeper meaning? There is a contradiction at the heart of a nation founded on absolute property and this contradiction leads to conflict. You are losing the conflict, you no longer have these rights in reality, and there is no going back to the laws of 150 years ago.

Worse, total property ensures that people do not pursue the knowledge and state action required to uphold their rights, and the violence and isolation of the Bundy standoff proves that it is an untenable way of life. So the question is not just how to fight, but how to fight for something different this time.

The divisiveness of the comments here and the isolation of these rebels is further proof of a law that does not work. It was a trick, and people will have to consider how to take property from the tricksters - and this time turn it into something more.

Americans seem to be the most ardent anti-statists in the world, but will they see that here it was a lack of a state that failed you? Bundy says that the people are the sovereign, but that is untrue if you do not act like it. Anti-statists need to do some soul searching to figure out how and why this happened, and, if their values are to remain dominant, what values need to be added or expanded upon for a counter-state to function. A sovereign outside of the state is not necessarily wrong, it's just that it is more complex and needs people to exert much more effort than in a centralised state.

One should remember that this situation is not just the state abandoning its legitimacy before sovereign law, the people abandoned their principles long ago. In other words, the Bundy family are in court not just due to state over-reach, but because they are the last holdouts of the old laws of popular sovereignty.

Also, before casting this aside, remember that Americans are not completely opposed to government (as Bundy himself says), so they are aware of their own contradictory worldview. This is precisely why Trump was elected, he was supposedly a supporter of American values and would restore them to the state. Difficult to hear, but would a centralised state bound to those old ideals have functioned better? All signs suggest that it would have, so the old question remains: how do people create a form of power that is ordered and free, but also incorruptible? The counter-state appears to the common eye the most free, and in theory at least holds the most potential for order. Yet it is the most corruptible form of power.

NeedtoSecede's picture

@GA, I may have lost my cool with the trolling and incoherence coming from a few of the other commenters tonight, but was hoping for far more substance from the comments on this topic   But even though I may not totally agree with you, your attempt to bring more to the discussion than trolling and misdirection is appreciated.  And I agree, btw, the "republic" died long ago, but there is a slim chance parts of this continent may resurrect the concept some day, thanks to men like Bundy.  Hat tip and a green arrow for you tonight trying to get the discussion out of the gutter where the trolls were dragging it.

MozartIII's picture

They owned the land and the BLM stole it! Go fuck yourself you worthless brown person marxist!!

East Indian's picture

His problem is Easement Rights / Usufructory Rights are always recognized, and any right that ante-dates a law, is exempted. If his forefathers have been grazing their cattle on that land before the BLM was formed, then they can enjoy their right without being subject to a later day law.


Wonderful speech. Should be recorded for future generations, for a time when this present intoxication with an intrusive government is gone again. 

the artist's picture

Just when I think You have maxed out you propel ypurself to new moronic heights. 

kbohip's picture

Excrement Ensured.  Living up to your name again as usual.

Mute Button's picture

Bundy-and you share this with him unless you're a cuck-has a problem with theft and misrepresentation of ownership.

Does the Federal Government have a bill of sale or some other type of proof of purchasing Nevada's land in good faith with a fair offer price? No? Oh, you mean they leveraged their ability to cause economic blight through banking and control of armed force to impose land grabs on the state?

And that's fair??  That serves the people?  

When will you wake TF up? 


devnickle's picture

States rights dumbass. Did you not read the speech? We have the same bullshit going on in Oregon. Driving ranchers out for mining companies. Follow the money. 

manofthenorth's picture

"We only have rights we are willing to fight for."

'nuff said.

mpnut's picture

Sounds like a Smart Educated Man, something the governments of the past lacked.

hongdo's picture

Not true.  Fundamental rights are true whether you fight for them or not.  They don't expire and cannot be taken away.  They can be denied by force but not taken. 

Oldwood's picture

This is what you get when you pay for protection. The protectors get powerful enough that you can no longer afford them....well most of us can't anyway.

house biscuit's picture

Nicely done; +1

For those considering the link, below is a summary of what it shows:


The Gentleperson's Guide To Forum Spies (spooks, feds, etc.)

1. COINTELPRO Techniques for dilution, misdirection and control of a internet forum
2. Twenty-Five Rules of Disinformation
3. Eight Traits of the Disinformationalist
4. How to Spot a Spy (Cointelpro Agent)
5. Seventeen Techniques for Truth Suppression

finametrics's picture

speech was indeed good. hence the butthurt (((government))) trolls who ran in here quick to do damage control and start lambasting the Bundy's. silly shills, tricks are for kids.

Beowulf55's picture

It's not his neighbors judging him..........it is a jury of 12 picked by the feds.

Billy the Poet's picture

I'm talking about these folks:


Feds Release Seized Cattle After Showdown With Nevada Rancher - America's Newsroom



Bay of Pigs's picture

My friend went down there to support them from Reno like many other patriots.

What a bunch of dicks at the top of this thread. Tmos couldn't carry Mr Bundy’s jockstrap. I’d love to punch his face in. He’s an embarrassment to ZH. A total fucking pussy.

the artist's picture

I hope this trial Doxes all of the federal agents involved in this treason. What is wrong with people? 

401K of Dooom's picture

Please tell me he was homeschooled! I could not see such eliquoence from a public school grad.

Drop-Hammer's picture

We need to outlaw 'bump forums'.

DEMIZEN's picture

how does it feel down in the trench? Forgot to prep mustard gas? lol, fuck me stupid you people crack me up.

Kafir Goyim's picture

You're  a piece of shit.  I wonder if you knew that about yourself, or if you won't realize it until sometime later in life.  I wonder if you'll have the guts to eat a bullet when you figure it out.

sleigher's picture

Don't let it get to you.  These guys are Clowns In America if /pol is to be believed.  They are on all forums and alt sites.  They are here to discredit, change the discussion, troll, whatever it takes to keep the real discussion from happening.  

Or in common internet parlance, don't feed the trolls.

Bay of Pigs's picture

We lock arms and smash these trolls!

They are easy marks. Fuck them all to hell.

MozartIII's picture

The fuckers are paid 70k to 90k to do it as well. After we hang the politicians and the alphabet agencies. These fuckers are next!

FreeNewEnergy's picture

Hey, Demizen, I got a deal for ya. Come on up to Sodus, NY for a good ass-whipping by a soon-to-be 64-year old. I'll be happy to oblige, youlittle piece of shit.

I'm not hard to find in the little village of Sodus. Just got to the library or the post office and ask for Fearless Rick or directions to Camp Alpha. I'll be waiting.

DEMIZEN's picture

i am not into gaylord s&m games but its ok. i wont judge you for that as long you have a consent from the others involved:) do i need rainboots if decide to come?

ok i am out. have a nice one asshole.

TrajanOptimus's picture

Some people just need a good ass woopin. Demizen is clearly one of them.

Adahy's picture

Be careful.  You invite him to a fight, and he starts talking about faggy sex-games.  I wouldn't turn your back on him.

DEMIZEN's picture

and that spaz has a solution wawing with and citing a 300 years old ten-page memo. give me a break.

RedPillGirl's picture

Here's a solution for you and your (((ilk))) that's only about 80 years old.

Is called Final Solution. And indeed is a very Fine Solution.