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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Anonymous_Beneficiary's picture

Same thing wrong with your brain...half doesn't work. He's still probably better looking than you, too. LOL

tmosley's picture

Your comment is a reflection of you as a person.

Pointless, ineffectual, waste of time and space.

RumpleShitzkin's picture

And yours wasn’t?
Who gives a damn about his face?

Number 9's picture

inquiring minds want to know

God Emperor's picture

He could have easily google it and find out in 30sec but he wanted to rick-roll the thread. 

Now you go ahead and ask me what that means. Be like him.

TheLastTrump's picture

Exactly like your Nazi Jew bashing buffoonery, slick.

finametrics's picture

waste of time and space.


lol. said the useless shill who draws a government salary and trolls all day. hahaha

in4mayshun's picture

Really? Cause I thought it was very funny.

silverserfer's picture

right? what fucking idiot ask the ZH forum what happed to his  face. moron. on I know, a crypto muppet millenial. shocking.

Thebighouse's picture

Bell's palsy.  You could get it too.  Most cases resolve.   Some don't. His hasn't.  

It is a failure of the 7th cranial nerve to innervate the muscles of the face.  Usually unilateral.

oefi's picture

As a 7yo he was involved in a car accident. A car rammed him and drove over his head. He talked about this in an interview.

Yog Soggoth's picture

Why don't you visit the ranch and ask him?  He seems like a pretty honest guy. You might find out where beef in the grocery store comes from as a bonus.

STP's picture

Nicest bunch of hard working folks you'll ever meet, trust me on this, I met, Rick, Ryan and Ammon.

Vilfredo Pareto's picture

Yeah.  Well it doesn't help to have a lefty stereotype leading the resistance lol.

MaxThrust's picture

"What is wrong with his face?"

Tmosley, you really have some issues man. I hope you are getting help.

HermesHiccups's picture

AA Body America Hearts



When the peace dove is felled
By men with the blackest of minds
And above the din
Let the sighin' begin
As we're bound for the longest of days


GlobalMapper's picture

Why don't you Google it instead of making your lame attempt at projecting your opinion at the cost of someone who actually has a pair?

GlobalMapper's picture

Why don't you Google it instead of making your lame attempt at projecting your opinion at the cost of someone who actually has a pair?


junction's picture

Fine speech, Ryan, but with the Nazis in charge, talk is cheap.   U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro is hearing this case and she got her job thanks to Senator Harry Reid.  Reid had planned to have the Bundys gone so the Chinese Triad he was dealing with could have unrestricted use of the other desert land they bought dirt cheap from Clark County.  When that land deal development got delayed, Triad enforcers gave Reid a severe beatdown.  A hand held gym stretching  exerciser that you release accidentally cannot hit you in the face several times as well as cracking a few ribs.  Navarro has an egregious conflict of interest, she has divided loyalties but she is reliable, paid off, so she tries the case.  No surprise that Jeff Sessions is a cheering section for this land grab, he probably also has a few pedophile skeletons in his closet.

gmrpeabody's picture

Sadly, all that makes sense...

TheLastTrump's picture

what a bunch of bullshit

standard ZH comment section bilgewater

finametrics's picture

fuck off shill. once the investigations start, you better make sure to delete all the gay porn off of your government issued laptop.

JRobby's picture

Oh Harry! That flimsy "workout accident" story. 

Lets term limit the senate to 2 terms, the house to 5. Just for a start. We need people that run to serve and make changes the majority ask for not people that want to run a 20 or 30 year pay for influence racket.

True Blue's picture

Again and again: kicking them out of office is the only stick we have to keep them in line. Term limits will screw us worse than it screws them.

Did you know that Goldman Sachs (among others) pays bonuses to employees willing to take 'leave of absence' (or 'quit' with the caveat that they will get their job back afterward) to run for political office?

What about Ron Paul? 20+ years in office, and a damn good thing he was.

We need to be able to reward good public servants and the ability to punish those who screw us over. Term limits would take away the only tiny measure of justice or decision making we are allowed to have and will only serve to turn political office into a revolving door of corruption.

smallblockchevy350's picture

I always thought term limits would help get the bad guys out faster. It never occured to me that not having term limits might help keep the good ones IN.  Now I'm feeling some cognitive dissonance on this.


Kafir Goyim's picture

Don't let that weak arguement sway you.  The harm done by the absence of term limits is much greater than some hypothetical good.  Sure, you'll lose Rand Paul and one or two other guys.  It's worth it, to also lose the multitude of evil ones.

smallblockchevy350's picture

Yeah, that was the conclusion I reached. I'd willingly sacrifice Rand Paul if it meant draining the whole swamp. I say that as someone who preferred Rand Paul to Trump.

Kafir Goyim's picture

Again and again, you're wrong.  It takes time to grow the balls and the network to figure out who you can safely take bribes from.  If you're only in for two terms, you'll mostly be honest just out of ignorance.  It's these assholes who have had 20 or 30 years to groom their network and to really understand the players and the game, who are able to sell out the country to enrich themselves with little risk.

Term limits will be very effective at curbing this corruption.  If we want to couple it with some sting operations on freshman and sophomore senators and representatives, to tempt them to take a bribe and then jail them when they do, I'm all for that as well.

343 Guilty Spark's picture

I completely agree with term limits but I think the House should have a max of 4 terms.  I wouls also add that the Senators stop being elected by the populous and appointed by the State legislation.  They are not the representative of the the common people (that is the House Reps), they are the representative of the State itself and if they are found to not be doing their job as the State's representative, they can be recalled without the populous getting pissed off about it.

Freddie's picture


I thought the Chinese were also running a long haul big set of power lines over that land.  Las Vegas is an amazingly corrupt shithole.  You have the Mormons, zionist$, Chinese and others.  Mega money is being invested in Nevada's pot business too.  Very deep pockets.  

Plus Size Model's picture

To anyone protesting this case:


Understanding how the United States Federal Sentencing Guidelines empower the State should be an important part of your education.  Trial and jury exoneration is only half of the battle.


The United States Federal Sentencing Guidlines subvert moral jurisprudence, obfuscate procedure to the point where it is nearly incomprehensible to laypersons and even professionals, and dilute the ultimate authority of the jury's verdict.  Without going too much into detail, judges get the final say in matters before their courts and are allowed to consider all relevant conduct, including acquitted conduct, when imposing a sentence.  In other words, offenders can be, and are often, sentencentenced based on evidence not presented at trial and with lower standards employed. 








DosZap's picture


The words he said are why we are dead and dying.(SUBJECTS v.s. OWNERS)

44magnum's picture

(SUBJECTS v.s. OWNERS) = (goyim v.s. tribe)

FoggyWorld's picture

It made my year and it made my cry.

hedgeless_horseman's picture


I will read it to my sons, and maybe they may read it their sons one day.

God bless the Bundy family.

chunga's picture

It would be nice to see a ZH contributor do a write-up on this trial. It's incredible, lot's of information on Redoubt News.

hedgeless_horseman's picture


I don't know how I could possibly add anything to what was said, above, by Ryan Bundy.  

chunga's picture

There's a ton more. It's too bad the ZH messaging thing ain't worth a shit because I'd be glad to help if you did it. Right now I'm late for something I gotta go. Watch "American Standoff" with your kids if you haven't seen it. Your blood will boil.

smallblockchevy350's picture

It's ok, Mr. Horseman, I don't think anybody could add anything to that, it was beautiful.

I do appreciate the other stuff you do on here, though. Good stuff from what I've seen.

Endgame Napoleon's picture

This modern-day resurgence of state’s rights with a compelling individual story would make a good Eastwood movie, actually, with lots of cinematography possibilities in the vast, open land. Eastwood is the best at telling a story with visuals.....a story of freedom fundamentals. Remember how he filmed the land in that story about choices and the limits of freedom in “The Bridges of Madison County.”

Crazy Or Not's picture

If he doesn't win this citizens will end up like Brits - subjects of the crown - chattles of the state - ie slaves.
ZH ride share to the courthouse?

mkkby's picture

Truth is there is no need for fed gov. It could be dissolved tomorrow and nobody but welfare queens would notice. We should go back to 50 individual states with a simple trade and mutual protection treaty.

As for bundy, I hope they win but we don't know the legal complications. You do not own grazing or water rights just because you lived there first. If that were the case I would own everything just because my great grandfather walked over it and fed/watered a cow.

New territory became part of the US because the gov either bought or conquered it. Unless you were a native, your rights were purchased from gov. It took natives up to 200 years of legal fighting to get some of their sovereign lands back as nations within the nation.

Lincoln should go down in history as having ruined this country. The biggest flaw in the constitution is it didn't have an exit clause. Don't ever sign a contract if it doesn't explain exactly how it can be terminated if the need arises.

Badsamm's picture

I wish I was on the jury

Xploregon's picture

I read a story or report a while back that the BLM's true motivation was something to do with a land grab associated with Harry Reid. Also, that a similar motivation existed/exists regarding the Bundy's occupation of the Harney County BLM land having uranium on it. Also, I've been told that the Harney County land is actually Indian land that the native Indians put in care/trust of the BLM. Does anyone have any factual insight on these aspects?

Justin Case's picture

He and all other mericans lost long time ago, they just don't know how and when. People don't read much that's why.

DeputyDan DistronMan's picture

I claim I have the right to sleep in the white house in DC.  My relatives were here before DC was established.  I'll take the Lincoln room thank you.

Frenchdude's picture

You US  has forgotten what is to be american, When one guy stand up and show you the path you are seeing has crazy, when is you who has been lost, not knowing what is your right and what is not. They don't teach you your right at school because it easier to take then from you. Wake up!!