"Here are 10 things we’ve learned from the Bundy Ranch standoff so far:
#1. The federal government has absolutely no respect for state rights.
#2. If we are to believe the BLM, they care more about the “rights” of desert tortoises than the rights of human beings.
#3. Force is the only language the BLM knows how to speak. This bureau is just as bad as any other power-tripping government agency, of which there are many: CIA, FBI, NSA, NEA, EPA, ATF, FDA, etc.
#4. Nevada Senator Harry Reid is perhaps the greediest and most corrupt politician in Washington. (Actually, we already knew that, but this just reinforces it.)
#5. All those Nevadans who have positions of authority in the government (Governor Brian Sandoval, Clark County Sheriff Douglas Gillespie, cCounty Commissioner Tom Collins, etc.) are either complicit with the federal government’s attempt to steal the Bundy’s cattle or they are too scared to do anything about it.
#6. Whenever the government offers justification for the use of force, there is always a stated reason — the pretext — and then there is the real reason, which usually has to do with profits and power. In the case of the BLM’s cattle-grab, the pretext was to protect the desert tortoise. The real reason was to build a solar farm.
#7. When Americans show up in numbers to oppose illegal government action, the Feds back down.
#8. The Feds have no problem spilling American blood on foreign soil (using drone strikes), but are not yet ready to openly spill American blood on American soil. (As “Phil Dirt” pointed out in the comments, the federal government has killed Americans on American soil — David Koresh and his followers being the most obvious example — but it has always been done under some kind of pretense.)
#9. If something like this can happen in Nevada, it can happen in any of the other 49 states.
#10. There is no limit to what the federal government will do to strip states of their sovereignty and further enslave the American people."