When the Bundys and their friends went to collect the cattle and confronted the armed BLM thugs, Ammon says, the Clark County deputies did a great job of defusing the situation. The demand was given that BLM had a half hour to get out of the way, or the people were coming through. Within thirty minutes, vehicles began exiting the compound where the cattle roundup had been happening. Within an hour, all the BLM had run -- run, mind you -- to their vehicles and "unassed the AO" in a convoy that eventually amounted to over 100 vehicles. As has been reported, the crowd saluted them as they passed.
Left behind were trailers, generators, personal equipment scattered all over the ground and internal BLM documents left on the table where they had been branding the cattle. It was a great skedaddle, Ammon says. The BLM had to hire contractors to come back and clean up the mess.
I congratulated Ammon and told him that this was perhaps a pivotal moment in American history. He also agreed with me that it is impossible not to see the hand of God in all of this. I told him that it was my opinion that the empire would surely strike back, but that they would likely come at the Bundys and their supporters sideways next time. Still, it was a great victory, a pivotal moment, in the relationship between the federal government and the American people. Nothing will be quite the same after this, mostly because it has demonstrated to those whom the government would victimize that they only require someone with the guts to stand up to leviathan -- and the armed friends to back them up in the argument.