On Monday night Ron Paul joined Fox News’s Neil Cavuto show by phone to discuss the situation happening in Nevada between the federal government and cattle rancher Cliven Bundy, and he had a critical warning.
The former Texas representative said that he’s hopeful that the standoff at the ranch, where armed citizens stood tall against armed federal agents from the Bureau of Land Management, sets a new tone for the people of America in standing against the overbearing federal government.
Paul explained that there’s no reason to believe that the BLM has simply thrown in the towel on the matter since governments don’t ever give up their power easily, and that if the feds come back it may resemble a confrontation from the past where we saw dozens of people killed by the government.
“They may come back with a lot more force like they did at Waco with the Davidians,” he said, but said that he hopes the situation will remain non-violent.
Cavuto then explained that the potential for violence across the nation is increasing as people grow more frustrated over contentious issues, describing the nation as being on a “very slight trigger.”
Paul agreed, saying “That’s the great fear….especially if the financial crisis gets much worse which I anticipate.”
He then explained that he thinks the long term solution to making sure disputes such as with Bundy and the BLM don’t occur as frequently is by doing away with public land ownership. He thinks that there wasn’t enough clarity on who had the rights to the land and that had there been the situation wouldn’t have escalated the way it did.
He explained that across his home state of Texas all the land is privately owned, meaning there’s no “public ownership,” then in states like Nevada “everybody owns it yet nobody owns it.”
He said that while the Bundys had “virtual ownership” of the land they were using it wasn’t “clean enough.”
“I think land should be in the states and I think the states should sell it to the people, it’s worked out quite well in big states,” he explained.
“You need the government out of it and I think that’s the important point, if you don’t look at that you can expect more of these problems, especially when our economy gets into more trouble,” Paul said, adding that the real problem isn’t the people who are enforcing the law but the bad politics and bad laws themselves, and that’s what people should be focused on.