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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Drop-Hammer's picture

Where can we find you, said the spider to the fly?

DEMIZEN's picture

and then the rains came.

chumbawamba's picture

Shut your filthy cunt flaps you degenerate nigger.

negan2's picture

You are truly a nasty person. Why are you here, or anywhere for that matter? Troll.

DEMIZEN's picture

a tranny with a handgun in his avatar calling for final solution and someone nicknamed negan2 called me a nasty person. fuck, tell me if this is not funny::))?

MozartIII's picture

He's a drunk troll. The worst sort. Will probably get a promotion in the morning for causing so much shit. We can hang these fuckers later!

Miskondukt's picture

Take your tranny cock and shove it up your ass. The hate I feel for fucks like you is sincere, I would have no problem lining you up with the bankers and politicians for your long tenure in prison.

DEMIZEN's picture

its ok to hate. I thought this a finance-oriented website. had no idea it is frequented by inbred hillbilly extremists in such large numbers. keep trucking fucktards!:)

Kafir Goyim's picture

You showed up right before the election last year.   You didn't come for finance, you came to troll people who didn't lick Hillary's fetid skank.  Then you decided to stay here a whole year.  What a lonely piece of shit you must be, that you hang out on a site that you hate.  Grow a pair and end your misery. 

DEMIZEN's picture

I hate the hate, dumbfuck. you came after me btw. nevermind.

Kafir Goyim's picture

No, I voted against Hillary because I knew she would further ruin this country.  That was not about you.  Nobody was coming after you, they were exercising their right to vote their concience.  It is liberal assholes like you that want to troll a site continuously because they voted for the candidate that you don't like.   Fuck off.  There are people in this country that do not share your desire for the government to feed on the citizens of this nation.  Bundy is one of those people, and even that pissed you off.  Evil much?

DEMIZEN's picture

I voted against Hillary retard, that doesn't make me a hillbilly. you cant see what is wrong with it because you are part of it.

Kafir Goyim's picture

Bullshit you did.  I'm not certain what you have against people who make a living by raising livestock.  Some sort of racism, I suppose, since most ranchers are white.  What do you imagine those evil "hillbilly's" as you like to call ranchers, will do to you?  Are you some sort of animal rights activist that hates cattle ranching?  The cows would not exist if it were not for ranching, son.  Did you think there would be herds of wild cows, grazing the BLM in peace, if it wasn't for those darn ranchers?

You're right though, I am "part of it", in that I grew up on cattle ranches.  Had the boots and the Stetson and the horse.  So you would call me an evil hillbilly too, I guess.  But I also almost guarantee that you own electronics that I've designed, so maybe not so stupid, eh?  And if you had bothered to actually read Ryan Bundy's opening statement, you would see he's also smarter than you.

DEMIZEN's picture

I did. I grew up in farmland. I know your immeasurable hatred. so yes, fuck you and your lust to kill.

Kafir Goyim's picture

Cattle ranchers don't have a lust to kill, you stupid, broken weirdo.

in4mayshun's picture

I'm quite sure Demizen is some piece of shit hipster faggot that hangs out at coffee shops. The kind that don't look you in the eye because they have lost their manhood and sense of belonging; the kind of wimps I'd beat the hell out of if they ever gave me a reason.

DEMIZEN's picture

did i violate your safe space?::)) i apologize for that.

TomJoad's picture

Get out of here you little fuck. go.

Rik Haines's picture

+1 for the fetid skank remark

Publicus_Reanimated's picture

Because inbred hillbilly extremists can't possibly be interested in or know anything about finance.  You poor sweetie, so full of yourself and so empty.

MonetaryApostate's picture

You are correct, we are all slaves to the money printers who are not satisfied enough with being able to print money infinitely, no they have to mess with folks because...

Why do dogs lick their nuts?

Because they can!


I am done with the BS, mark well the haters in this post & SHUN THEM, this guy's speech nails it to the damn wall!



TheMexican's picture

Please explain further. I am new here, please explain further. Are you a troll perhaps?

Save_America1st's picture

@TMosley, what's wrong with his face is that he had a stroke some time ago.

and what hardly anyone understands about the Bundy situation against the scumbag treasonous government is that in Nevada they were trying to steal the Bundy's grazing land so that China along with the help of Harry Reid could build some kind of massive solar field there.

And the land in Oregon ties in with the Uranium One scandal...that land has uraninium and they were trying to block the gov-scum from stealing that land to hand over to the Uranium One Russian deal and Trump is going to use it against them to destroy the Clintons and the Obama DOJ with.

Read up about it, bitchez.  ;-)

So just wait and watch...it's all going to tie together eventually against the Clintons.  Give it some more time into next year because Trump needs to get all the I's dotted and T's crossed properly.  There are 1200 concealed indictments issued right now against all kinds of scumbags in the previous administrations.  Just give it time.  They're all going to get strung up or the little guys are going to roll over and plea deals to burn the Clintons and Obamas and Bush's down.

you all just wait and see. :-)

To Hell In A Handbasket's picture

I agree with you, but who is the bigger enemy, who causes us more pain and who needs to be vanquished first? The banksters, or the NFL? 40% of this forum would say the NFL. This is the reason we are slaves. 

God Emperor's picture

Your avatar realy suits you.


DEMIZEN's picture

ill take that as a compliment.

God Emperor's picture

At your IQ level you sure do.


sun tzu's picture

You'll take the yerm son of a whore as a compliment too

lincolnsteffens's picture

Obviously you would prefer to tear up the Constitution and substitute it with your version of what you want others to do. Take away someone else's rights and you are also left with no rights yourself.

Unless the State of Arizona ceded or rented land to the Federal Government the Federal Gov. has no authority there. When federal territories were allowed to become States the federal Jurisdiction in the former territories ceased to exist. The federal government was created primarily to regulate interstate and international commerce, disputes between the states and protect the States from invasion.

All State Constitutions are required to have at a minimum the rights outlined in the US Constitution.

DEMIZEN's picture

the judicial process to interpret the laws in dispute has already been invoked. I am not at odds with any potential interpretations. I am just disgusted by white bias, rural imbecile vigilantes, cheap attempts to influence the process and armed lynch mob parades that's all.

strannick's picture

Self reliance  and ability is what you envy. It reminds you of what you might have been.

Lorca's Novena's picture

I simply cannot fathom why you retards are missing the point here! Hilbilly Welfare queen? Holy fuck, if you cant grasp the issue here please just kill yourself. Or move to cuckistan...


Maybe they are different from a lot of us, maybe the same. Whats important is the rule of law, the ending of forceful government intrusions, and the freedoms our forefathers fought and died for.

a Smudge by any other name's picture

Interesting. You bypass any discussion of the case made in the post and simply repeat this canned line about "Bundys don't want to pay for land lease".

The facts refute your pathetic assertion. But moreover, you give the standard LIB STATIST LINE. Your Marxian-fascism bullshit works on your own Marxian fascist websites, not here snowflake.

Have a nice day!

TheLastTrump's picture

You Nazi's and liberals are the same thing.

National Socialism.

I know you THINK you're a libertarian, but you TALK like a Nazi. Quack.

You're all in the same big batch of loonies fucking up shit everywhere.

Deathrips's picture

You are cool with jewish / zionist supremacy?

If you arent jewish, set an example..kill yourself now.



finametrics's picture

another mindless drone. yes, yes little dimwit, everyone who's a proponent of the constitution is a nazi.

God Emperor's picture

That's why everybody with at least two inches of forehead despises jews.

WE KNOW what they are all about!

HRClinton's picture

He said "zionist", not "jew".

Do you misconstrue, because your own brow is not high, or do you deliberately redirect?

You get an F for logic. And a -1

LoneStarHog's picture

Yomutti2, why don't you educate yourself in the Bundy case before posting the typical Government/MSM CRAP...The Federal Government has NO right to the land...Constitutionally it is OWNED by the State of Nevada...The Bundys stated from the onset that they will PAY ALL FEES to the State of Nevada, the rightful owners...Educate or STFU!

StarGate's picture

Explain how if the land is in Nevada, the federal guys in Washington DC “own” the land. Who are these “owners”? McCain? Schumer? Sessions?

If the land is in Nevada- who gave it to Wash DC? Why do they want it?

So a few cows ate some grass out on desert Nevada land far away from Wash DC — what is the point of the US snipers? It seems the Bundy are claiming they had grazing rights established in 1877 then the BLM that was created in 1960 abolished those rights without due process. If so, the Bundys have a point.

Per some records Wash DC claims it owns 85% of Nevada. Why?


JRobby's picture

Abuse of power to the level of vendetta.

The BLM has many problem employees in many states. Nevada is one example but there are many more.


fulliautomatix's picture

Yes. Bundy mentions "delegated authority": the expected and allowable behaviour of those who have had authority delegated to them by the state is most of the issue. A failure to hold people to accountability is part of the problem, a failure of people to hold themselves accountable is another. 

detached.amusement's picture

because (((they))) seek to own the united states - the the entire world - through title and deed.  this is why we dont technically operate under the original constitution, but a similarly worded document that does not contain quite the same words. 

you can think of an analogue as grasp of the english language

know your shit vs know you're shit

constitution for these united states of america vs constitution of the united states

ones the real deal....we use the other one that fucks you into all the perversions of government that are "legal" in you're shit

booboo's picture

Gerry Spence would have a field day with these jack boots and having wetting themselves and have the snipers crying on the stand. It would be a mop up operation like he did with the ATF at the Randy Weaver trial.

lincolnsteffens's picture

Randy Bundy did a great job of Gerry Spensing the jury. If he can keep it up and the Court is not "subject" to undue influence to shut him down he will succeed.

tahoebumsmith's picture

Dude if you haven't taken notice the Government owns most land in America and they are making it harder and harder to access. The ultimate land grab has taken place along with your rights and anything else they decide they want. They want to charge a $75 fee to get into Yosemite for the day? Don't you see what little is left will soon be theirs so just sit in your little house packed in a suburb and pay your taxes like a good boy and don't worry about anything other then your 1/8 acre lawn or else's the HOA will toss you out... Bitchez

NoPension's picture

Somewhere...somehow...that fucking fuck Harry Reid's involved.