I met with Ammon Bundy in Northern California two months ago. He related to a large crowd of God-fearing conservatives
President Trump pardons Oregon cattle ranchers Dwight and Steven Hammond. pic.twitter.com/qJv7MWp88a— Red Nation Rising (@RedNationRising) July 10, 2018
I had wanted to write about this for the past week, but now I have the time to glory in this latest pardon.
Two down-to-earth farmers in southeastern Oregon were savaged by the federal government for a controlled burn on their property which accidentally slipped onto federal property. The problems go deeper, however, since the feds have unlawfully taken property from farmers throughout the Western United States to create national parks, which in turn cater to well-connected private investors and other interests.
The UK Independent reported:
President Donald Trump has pardoned two ranchers whose arson case sparked the armed occupation of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon.
The takeover was not as sinister as the press makes it out to be. I met Ammon Bundy, who helped the Hammonds take back their lands and fight for their rights against the oppressive, overbearing federal government.
Dwight and Steven Hammond were convicted in 2012 of intentionally and maliciously setting fires on public lands. The arson carried a minimum prison sentence of five years, but a federal judge, on his last day before retirement, gave the father and son much lighter prison terms. Prosecutors later won an appeal and the Hammonds were re-sentenced to serve the mandatory minimum in October 2015.
They did nothing wrong. They should have never been prosecuted. Not only that, but the federal courts violated their Fifth Amendment rights protecting them from double jeopardy.
Congressman Greg Walden lobbied for President Trump to issue them a full pardon, and Trump came through. In fact, two months ago I met with Bundy and his family when he spoke to the Siskiyou County Republican Women Federated and other connected groups. He had spoken with me and a few of the event organizers privately that he was hoping that the President would step up to set the Hammonds free.
So glad that President Trump is responding to the individual concerns of American citizens who want to be free, who want to Make America Constitutional Again.
That decision sparked a protest from Ammon Bundy and dozens of others, who occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near the Hammond ranch in southeastern Oregon from January to mid-February 2016, complaining the Hammonds were victims of federal overreach.
Bundy stood his ground on the private rights of the farmers in the region. They faced incredible odds and unspeakable abuses form the Obama Administration. The previous President viewed himself as impervious to criticism and above the law. Despite this unrelenting arrogance, the United States Supreme Court struck down his executive orders on a routine basis, and then Republicans took back both chambers of Congress for the rest of tenure in office.
The fight to release lands from federal control continues, however, but at least two more farmers have had their liberty restored to them.