There is currently no law in the U.S. that says a convicted felon cannot run for public office all the way up to the presidency. Crazy, right? You’ll likely remember the Bundy brothers – Ammon and Ryan – and their father, Cliven, who came to fame in 2014 when they engaged in an armed standoff with Bureau of Land Management agents at their Bunkerville, Nevada, ranch amid a dispute over the father Cliven Bundy’s refusal to pay grazing fees. All three were indicted and served jail time.
Then in 2016, Ammon gained further notoriety over a protest at the Malheur national wildlife refuge – part of a campaign to force the federal government to turn public land over to states.
Bundy was arrested twice last year at Idaho’s state capitol after leading a march to protest Idaho’s stay-at-home pandemic order and was later charged with criminal trespass for disrupting a meeting of the state legislature. In April of this year, he was arrested again over a similar encounter. He has pleaded not guilty in one case and has not yet entered a plea in the second. But despite all this, guess what? Yep, you guessed it … Ammon Bundy has filed the paperwork to run for the office of Governor of Idaho in 2022!
Bundy says his reason for seeking the governorship is that he wants to defend Idaho from “Joe Biden and those in the Deep State that control him” because they “are going to try to take away our gun rights, freedom of religion, parental rights, and more and further violate the constitution in unimaginable ways even more than they’ve already done.”
Interestingly, though, the GOP doesn’t seem to want Bundy. Idaho Republican party chairman, Tom Luna, said this month that Bundy is not welcome among GOP ranks, pointing to Bundy’s failure to register as a Republican before at the time he filed initial campaign paperwork. So, he didn’t register, but with his history and his attitude, what else could he be but a Republican??? But there’s more, according to Luna …
“Furthermore, we do not support his antics or his chaotic political theater. That is not the Idaho Republican party, and we will not turn a blind eye to his behaviors.”
In his campaign launch video, Bundy drew attention to his long battle with the federal government over the use of government land, which make up about two-thirds of the state. His platform is to eliminate property and income taxes, federal control over land and public health mandates. Hmmmm … sounds to me as if he plans to secede Idaho from the United States, for none of this would fall under his authority even as governor.
Says Bundy …
“We cannot afford to have state leadership that lets the federal government bully us, or walk all over us. And it’s an unfair fight, when the federal government unlawfully attacks the people, believe me, I know as my family and I experienced this first-hand, when we were unlawfully attacked by federal officials at our family ranch in Nevada in 2014. But we did not back down, and thankfully, like-minded patriots across the country stood with us, as we fought back against federal tyranny to protect our land and our rights.”
Oh yes, indeed, Ammon … you are a great hero … convicted felon, jailbird, squatter, killer of wildlife and more.
Why don’t we have laws prohibiting convicted felons from running for office? Perhaps such laws were never needed before, but this is a new day, a day when QAnon conspiracists sit in Congress, a day when an armed insurrection is referred to as “nothing out of the ordinary”, and a day when a television comedian, a madman, could sit in the Oval Office for 4 full years. It’s time to up our game. It’s time to put the brakes on before we see this nation enter the ranks of a banana republic with the likes of Ammon Bundy, Margie QAnon Greene, Josh fist-bump Hawley, Ted Cancun Cruz, Matt sex-trafficker Gaetz, Lauren gimme-my-gun Boebert and others running the show!