Renegade rancher Cliven Bundy has inspired a patriotic country song that asks listeners if they’ll come to Bunkerville, Nev., to support Bundy’s fight against the government.
Fellow Nevadan music and media producers Wayne and Paula Carson wrote and performed the song in support of Bundy’s ongoing feud with the federal government. Bundy has been illegally grazing cattle on federal land and refusing to pay grazing fees for almost 20 years.
The conflict came to a head recently when the federal government moved in to impound 900 cattle from Bundy. Armed supporters vowed to violently resist the federal government’s actions. Supporters came from across the country, answering the call that the Carsons touted in their song, titled "Are You Heading to Bunkerville?"
The federal government has since pulled out, but the conflict is far from over. Supporters say the federal government has no right to administer the land, arguing it should be under local government jurisdiction. The Carsons’ song delivers that argument with a little more style.
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Are you heading - to Bunkerville - to stand up and fight?
Are you heading - to Bunkerville - for your freedom and rights?
Are you heading - to Bunkerville - then stand up with me
Two hundred years of history - in the land of the free
They're just good ol' boys - more like you and me
Working Americans - we are supposed to be free
These are the cattlemen - who are standing their ground
From the man - who needs money - from this dusty little town
Are you heading - to Bunkerville - ranchers and cowhands?
Are you heading - to Bunkerville - to the warm desert sand?
Are you heading to Bunkerville - to show your support?
From an over-taxing government - who wants - only to distort
They like changing the laws - to suit their needs
And neglecting the laws - that they don't heed
A stroke of the pen from an arrogant man,
no more - home of the brave
The American flag is so sadly - being thrown into it's grave
Bundy drew criticism this week for a spout of racially insensitive comments directed at black Americans. Bundy wondered if they were better off as slaves or “under government subsidy.”
A number of his high-profile supporters like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and Fox News host Sean Hannity quickly distanced themselves from the comments, but many stuck by the Nevada rancher.
Bundy has compared himself to the Founding Fathers of the United States, Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr., which has created some confusion from the rest of the country.