Independent American Party State Convention, Sparks Nugget, February 23 & 24, 2018
Registration for Delegates must be received by Monday, February 19, 2018
Friday: 1pm convention begins:
Committee meetings Nominations for candidates and officers, Platform, Bylaws, Resolutions
5pm Dinner with Cliven & Carol Bundy
7pm Public Meeting with Cliven & Carol Bundy and Auction
Drawing for Henry 22 and Taurus 9mm
Saturday: 9am Committee Reports and Discussion
Noon Lunch with Scott Bradley, former Vice-Presidential Candidate
Conclude Business of Convention including Nomination of Candidates
The deadline to get the special hotel rate is February 9, 2018. Call the hotel direct at 1-800- 648-1177 and ask for Group Code: GIAP. Rate is: $69 + tax + resort fee of $18.
To All Independent American Party members,
Our State Convention is coming up in February. To be a delegate you must be selected by your county convention at the regional meeting.
The regional convention for Washoe, Carson City, Douglas, Lyon, Story and Churchill Counties will be held on . We will meet at the Redemption Church (formally know as Capital Christian Center) at 1600 Snyder Ave. (same as 2 years ago). Registration begins at and the convention starts at Because we are not serving any lunch the registration fee has been lowered to $15.00. (If someone needs help with the cost, please contact me). The convention should be over by .
Each County will elect officers, review the platform, and select delegates to the state convention.
THE BLM'S BUNDY BLUNDER-PATRIOTS VS. FASCISTS
By Joel F. Hansen, Chairman, Independent American Party of Nevada
Cliven Bundy’s ancestors on his mother’s side came, as pioneers, to the Gold Butte area of the southern Nevada desert in 1877 and began ranching from scratch. In doing this they established grazing rights and water rights—preemptive legal rights under Nevada law which gave them permanent rights to graze cattle on that land. Those legal rights were passed down through the years to Cliven Bundy and his family. In 1934, the Taylor Grazing Act was passed by Congress, an act designed to assist ranchers, especially in the arid American West, to raise cattle for the benefit Americans—by putting delicious and nutritious beef on their tables. The Bundy ranch is located about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas, near the town of Bunkerville.
These pioneers conquered this hostile, arid land and made it into a productive ranch by making water and feed available to their cattle and learning how to manage the cows so that they could survive in such an arid place, an area mostly covered by sagebrush and creosote bushes. Because of the water and increased food made available by the ranchers’ efforts, wildlife flourished. The most numerous animal wildlife in the area is the desert tortoise. The tortoises flourished because the cows eat woody bushes which are above the level the tortoises can reach, and then they leave a delicacy for the tortoises on the ground where they can reach it. The tortoises’ main course and dessert is cow pies, which contain all of the nutrients and moisture the tortoises need for survival.
In 1946, the Bureau of Land Management was created by Congress with the mission of helping ranchers to succeed by helping them construct watering facilities, fences, and other things needed by cattle and by ranchers. The partnership was a good one, and Cliven Bundy paid the grazing fees required by the BLM for many years. The people who ran the BLM in the beginning were rancher friendly, having degrees in solid scientific areas like geology, range management, animal husbandry, and the like. But beginning in the 1970’s and growing in numbers at an ever increasing rate each year was a new generation of BLM-ocrats, those with degrees in the “environmental sciences.” This new generation saw ranchers not as fellow citizens cooperating in the effort to make the land productive, but as enemies who were destroying the environment. They had signs on their walls—“no more moo by 92” and “cattle free by 93.” As a result, in an effort to eliminate ranching in Nevada, the BLM began raising the annual fee for each cow on the range (AUM’s) and shortening the grazing season. Thus, out of over 50 ranchers in Clark County, only Cliven Bundy survived, as one by one all of his fellow ranchers gave up and went out of business because they couldn’t make a profit under the BLM’s oppressive rules.
But Cliven knew that the BLM was supposed to be his servant, not his master, and so, since his servant was trying to destroy him, he famously “fired” the BLM and told them he did not need their services anymore and to stay off his ranch. The BLM didn’t take too kindly to that, and so it obtained two federal court orders that rancher Bundy had to pay the grazing fees or clear out. Cliven responded that he would do “whatever it takes” to preserve his family’s ancestral rights in the land, rights which had existed for many years before the BLM was created. He took the position that neither the BLM nor the federal court had any jurisdiction over that land, because it belongs to the State of Nevada.
To understand this claim, one must understand that when the Territory of Nevada came into the Union, all of the unappropriated land in the Territory had belonged to the federal government under the treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo with Mexico. Under the Northwest Ordinance, passed before the US Constitution was adopted, and continued by later Congresses, as new states came into the Union, all of the federally owned land in each state was to be turned over to the State, or to the people by sale. The philosophy was that each state should enter the union on an “equal footing” with all of the older states, none of which had federal land of any appreciable amount within their boundaries. And so it is that East of the Rocky Mountains there is almost no federally owned land in any of the states. But the philosophy changed out West. As the new states of Colorado, Idaho, Utah, New Mexico, Nevada, and 8 other western states came into the Union, Congress required the Territorial Legislatures to renounce any claim they had to the unappropriated lands within their borders. And so it is that on average, 50% of the land in these 13 Western states is claimed by the federal government, Nevada having the greatest percentage of federally claimed land, almost 90%.
But then in the 1970’s and 80’s there arose the “Sagebrush Rebellion” among the western people, vociferously arguing that they wanted no more to be treated as territories of the federal government, but as full-fledged states. Westerners had long complained that Federal control had weakened these states’ economies and stifled economic growth long enough. The spark that turned these complaints into a "rebellion" was the enactment in 1976 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) that ended homesteading, which meant that the federal government would forever retain control of western public lands.
Sagebrush Rebels wanted the federal government to give more control of federally “owned” western lands to state and local authorities. This was meant to increase the growth of western economies. Republican Ronald Reagan declared himself a sagebrush rebel in an August 1980 campaign speech in Salt Lake City, telling the crowd, "I happen to be one who cheers and supports the Sagebrush Rebellion. Count me in as a rebel." Nevada led the way. The "Sagebrush Rebellion" burst onto the Western scene in 1979, when the Nevada legislature enacted a law claiming ownership of the "unappropriated" public lands in the state.
And so when Cliven Bundy says he doesn’t recognize federal jurisdiction over his ranch, he points to the State of Nevada laws which say that Nevada owns the land under his ranch and he owns the grazing and water rights. After he fired the BLM, Cliven paid his next bill for grazing fees to Clark County, which accepted his payment, in fact he paid several times, but then, not knowing what to do with the money, the county refunded it. And so Cliven began putting these fees into a trust account.
Finally, a federal judge ordered the BLM to impound and remove all of Bundy’s cattle. When sympathetic ranchers and other patriotic Americans around the country heard of this pending federal invasion of the Bundy ranch, the anger simmering throughout the West against federal bureaucratic high handedness reached a boiling point. People gathered in large numbers on the ranch to protest the BLM’s threatened invasion. These patriotic cowboys and “militia” (which is defined in the U.S. code as all able bodied men between the ages of 17 and 45) were there to exercise their First Amendment right to peaceably assemble and their Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. But the BLM moved in anyway, and committed atrocities in the process. When Davey Bundy tried to video federal agents preparing the invasion, he was thrown to the ground, his iPad was confiscated, he was stomped on the neck and his face was ground into the rocks and dirt, after which he was transported to Las Vegas, held many hours with his hands handcuffed behind his back, and was later released with no charges filed and the record of his stay in the jail erased. One of the Bundy women, Aunt Margaret, was violently thrown to the ground, and Ammon Bundy was tazed. Numerous cattle were shot, and many were secretly buried in a shallow grave. The Feds set up a couple of “1st amendment zones,” small enclosed areas in which any protestors were supposed to confine their activities. (The Bundy’s aptly named these “pig pens.”) This anti-Constitutional action brought forth a firestorm of protests from people of all stations, including the governor of Nevada. The BLM was forced by public opinion to remove these ridiculous “1st amendment zones.” But worst of all, the BLM brought in professional mercenaries, protected by body armor and armed to the teeth with military style firearms, who had specific assignments to shoot certain people immediately if violence broke out. They proceeded to round up the Bundy cattle, scaring them half to death with helicopters and hired cowboys, and fenced them in a dry gully located partially under an I-15 bridge.
About 200 cowboys and others dressed in camouflage walked down the dry gulch, some on horses, some with handguns holstered cowboy fashion on their hips. There is no evidence that any of these people ever pointed a gun at the BLM and their FBI friends who were present, despite mountains of video evidence of every moment of the stand-off. Although there is one famous photo of one protestor pointing a rifle through a space in the barricades on top of the bridge, there is no evidence that he pointed it at anyone nor that any of the BLM invaders saw the muzzle of his rifle. In the face of determined patriots and volunteer militia men on the other side of the cattle fence and the Clark County sheriff who pleaded with the BLM to disperse in order to prevent violence, the cowardly feds turned tail and ran.
Over a year later, Cliven was arrested when he got off a plane in Oregon on his way to visit his sons camped on the Malheur wildlife refuge who were defending the rights of some Oregon ranchers who had been unjustly imprisoned on trumped up charges. That stand-off, in which one of the Bundy supporters, LaVoy Finicum, was killed in cold blood by an FBI agent, went before a jury. All of the defendants were acquitted.
Instead of the government releasing Ammon and Ryan, they were transported to Nevada and kept in federal prison with their father, Cliven. They were held until trial on the false premise that they were a danger to their community and that they were flight risks, all of which was groundless. Cliven has never had as much as a traffic ticket. No criminal record. The trial was run by Judge Gloria Navarro, (appointed on recommendation of Senator Harry Reid) who made outrageous anti-defense pro-prosecution rulings throughout the trial. She ruled that the First and Second Amendments could not be used as defenses in the trial (pardon us, but isn’t that why the founders put those amendments into the Constitution?!). And she even kicked one defendant off the stand when he tried to testify that he had seen federal snipers on the buttes overlooking the ranch. She said he couldn’t testify to this because there was insufficient evidence of snipers being present. (Pardon us again, but wouldn’t his testimony have supplied that evidence?!)
The prosecution of the case in Las Vegas was headed by US Attorney Steve Myrhe, while the invasion itself had been directed by Dan Love of the BLM. These two worked together to hide key evidence from the Defense team. The defense lawyers kept insisting that the government was hiding exculpatory surveillance evidence and other key documents. Myrhe and Love kept denying that.
Then, in answer to the many prayers of the Bundy family and many others, the prosecution’s case was broken wide open. Judge Navarro, based upon indisputable evidence presented to her by the defense attorneys, finally ordered the prosecutors to turn over exculpatory documents, the existence of which Steve Myhre had been denying all along. And then, to make matters worse for the Prosecution, Larry Wooten, a former BLM investigator who worked on the Bundy case, filed a whistleblower complaint with the Justice Department, alleging that he’d been removed from the investigation in February after he’d raised concerns about misconduct by Love. He said that the government had failed to turn over evidence of such misconduct to defense lawyers for the Bundy’s and that BLM officials were biased against the Bundy’s, exposing the facts that during the investigation, “at any given time, you could hear the subjects of this investigation openly referred to as ‘retards,’ ‘red-necks,’ ‘overweight women with the big jowls,’ ‘d*uche bags,’ ‘tractor-face,’ ‘idiots,’ ‘in-bred,’ etc., etc.” Wooten wrote, in a 12 page memo, that during the ranch standoff Love had told agents to “kick Cliven Bundy in the mouth (or teeth) and take his cattle.”
Wooten reported that BLM officers had bragged about using excessive force during the arrest of Dave Bundy in 2014 and “grinding his face into the ground.” More significant for the prosecution, Wooten wrote that on multiple occasions, Love “specifically and purposely ignored orders in order to command the most intrusive, oppressive, large-scale, and militaristic trespass cattle impound possible.” He added, “The investigation indicated that there was little doubt there was an improper cover-up in virtually every matter that [Love] participated in or oversaw, and that [Love] was immune from discipline and the consequences of his actions.” Wooten also stated that Steve Myhre knew about the cover up and refused to do anything about it, despite Wooten’s requests. Thankfully, Dan Love has since been fired and Steve Myrhe has been re-assigned.
The government turned over the Wooten memo to the defense in December, and Cliven Bundy’s lawyer, Brett Whipple, who succeeded Joel Hansen as Cliven’s attorney, immediately used it to ask Navarro to dismiss the case. Judge Navarro at first declared a mistrial, and soon after that, dismissed the case. In the dismissal hearing, Judge Navarro excoriated the prosecution and the BLM for over a half an hour because of their illegal and egregious actions in deliberately hiding evidence, calling their actions “the worst case of prosecutorial misconduct I have ever seen.” She said federal prosecutors acted recklessly and engaged in a "deliberate attempt to mislead and distort the truth" by failing to turn over evidence that could have helped exonerate the four defendants.
Cliven Bundy, after 700 days of false imprisonment, walked out of the federal court house a free man on that very day, asking, “Since when did federal bureaucrats have an army to point their guns down the throats of ‘We the People?’ That’s not what the founding fathers intended. We’re not done with this. If the BLM tries this again, we’ll tell them the truth. And that’s all we’ve ever done.” Unfortunately, the BLM and the federal prosecutors can’t say the same about themselves after their dishonest and even criminal conduct was exposed. Let’s hope all of this helps bring back some honesty and accountability to the federal agencies. And let’s also hope that this leads to the liberation of state lands now held by the federal bureaucrats against the will of the people of the western states.
Cliven Bundy and his sons are modern American heroes, who fought against tyranny at the peaceful battle of Bunkerville, in memory of the bloody battle against tyranny at Bunker Hill.
HOW TO RECRUIT 18 NEW IAP VOTERS IN TWO MONTHS OR LESS
With God’s help, I have had some unexpected and unusual success lately in recruiting new IAP voters. Let me share a few ideas with my friends of the Independent American Party on how I did this.
First, I prayed that I would be guided to those who were ready to hear my message. Then, I started thinking about anyone who might be interested and then listening when a name came to mind. And I also prayed that I would recognize and take advantage of opportunities as they arose, and that I would know how to approach people.
My first recruit was a client of mine with whom I’ve become good friends. I’m not going to share names here as a matter of privacy, but this gentleman is a real political activist. His name was the first one that came to mind. He is very interested in homeowners association issues, and I told him that I felt that homeowners associations needed to be brought under control and needed to be subject to the Bill of Rights because they are mini-governments that often turn into oppressive organizations. I told him that running for office in the IAP would give him a platform to stand up for the rights of homeowners and for the rights of all Americans. He was ready to sign up right then, and he did. And attended our State Central Committee meeting.
I was at a Chuck Muth Leadership conference. Jon Kamerath introduced me to a lady sitting next to me, and said she used to be a member of the IAP. I asked her if she’d like to get active in the IAP again. She said yes, and also attended our State Central Committee meeting!
Next, I was sitting in church, and I happened to sit just behind a lady I had never met before. I introduced myself, and she was very friendly. She was interested in natural medicine, so I knew she was a non-main-streamer like me. That led to the following questions and answers:
Do you believe that the U.S. Constitution is an inspired document? A: Yes, of course.
Do you think that the federal government ought to live by the Constitution? A: Yes.
Do you believe it hasn’t been doing that for a long time? A: It certainly hasn’t.
Are you a Republican or a Democrat? A: Republican.
Were you were happy with Republican Senator John McCain when he cast the key vote to block the repeal of Obamacare? A: I was very upset about that.
Do you think that the Republican party has been trying to make the U.S. government live within the strictures of the Constitution? A: No.
Do you feel that the Republican party represents your views these days? A: No, it certainly doesn’t.
Do you believe that the U.S. ought to protect its borders and enforce its immigration laws. A: Absolutely.
Do you support the right to keep and bear arms set forth in the 2nd Amendment. A: 100%.
Do you believe that the United States should stop trying to police the world and instead spend the money on building our own infrastructure? A: Yes.
Do you feel that taxes are way too high and that the IRS is out of control? A: Yes, and I’m sick of it.
Do you feel that the federal government has grown way too large and intrusive into our lives and our pocketbooks? A: Yes, emphatically.
Do you believe that our laws should recognize same sex marriages? A: Absolutely not.
Are you opposed to the so-called LGBTQ agenda? A: I think it’s awful.
Well, in view of all of this, would you like to know about a political party that believes the way you do? A: I certainly would.
It is the Independent America Party of Nevada, the largest third party in the United States, with over 70,000 registered voters. Would you like to register as an Independent American? A: I certainly would. How do I do it?
Well, I have some mail in voter registration applications in my truck. I’ll go out with you after the meeting and give you one. OK? A: Great! While she was filling out the application, I asked if she might be interested in being a candidate so that she could promote free enterprise in medicine. A: I would love that!
She filled out the registration form and sent it in. And then things really started to unfold. Names of friends and acquaintances would come to mind and I would either talk to them in person when I saw them or call them on the phone. Every day I would pray that I would keep on finding people, and I did. That natural medicine lady invited me to a meeting with her chiropractor. I signed him up and an old acquaintance who I just “happened” to sit down by, who knew all about my political career. I had no idea she knew so much about me. She was eager to join the IAP. And was interested in running for office.
One day I was at Court for a hearing with my brother, and he had a friend there who has been interested in the Hansen family for a long time, a young, very active man. I spoke with him about the IAP. He agreed on the spot to register with us. I just couldn’t believe the way God had been guiding me and blessing the IAP!
Then I thought of a Hispanic family that I had become friends with through the Boy Scouts of America. I had helped this lady’s son become an Eagle Scout. I knew that she was very conservative and did not go along with the liberalism of most of her Hispanic friends. I called her, went thru my spiel, and she asked me to send her three voter applications, one for her and one for each of her two sons. I was amazed and happy. She was also interested in being an IAP candidate.
Then an old friend of mine came to mind, a man who had been my bishop in my church. I just had a feeling that he would be interested, and I knew just enough about him to think he was very conservative. I called him. At the end of the conversation, he asked me to send him an application for himself and two for his family members. Incredible!
I saw some old friends at church, had a strong feeling that I should talk to them, and started talking politics. To my astonishment, the wife reminded me that we had worked together in the American Independent Party at BYU many years ago—I had forgotten all about that. I asked if she wanted to join the IAP of Nevada and she enthusiastically said yes and so did her husband. Amazing!
Next, Gary Bergman from Pahrump called me. He had agreed to be the County Chairman out there but then had to decline because of health problems in his family that were occupying all of his time. He said he knew a man out there who was on the Republican Central Committee and who had organized a weekly men’s club breakfast who was interested in the IAP and might serve as county chairman. I called him and went through some of my questions. He didn’t need to hear them all. He said he was going to get as many of his Republican friends as he could to agree to go with him to the County Registrar’s office and announce to the news media that all of them were quitting the Republican party and registering with the IAP. I said that as the State Chairman I would be there and that we would hold a county convention out there right afterwards where he would probably be elected the Nye county chairman. That’s coming up. Astounding!!
I thought of my life insurance man. He was registered in the IAP many years ago and supported me in one of my campaigns. I called him and asked him if he was ready to re-up. He said he was, and that he’d bring his wife with him. Happy days!
When I came into my office one morning, I felt like I should talk to my receptionist, a very nice lady with whom I’ve become friendly. I asked her the questions, she agreed with all of them, so I gave her a registration application, and she very enthusiastically joined up! I just couldn’t believe what was happening!
I went to a natural medicine doctor to whom I was referred by my natural medicine friend. It was very easy to recruit him—he agreed with everything I said! His nurse, my friend, reported to me that he was talking at work about running for office.
The latest one is a good friend of mine in our “empty nesters club.” He is quite well to do. I happened to make a few political comments at dinner, and from his short comments I became aware that he would be a good prospect with whom to speak. I called him, reviewed my questions with him, and he said, “I do not feel that the Republican Party represents my interests or beliefs anymore. Send me five of those applications for me and my family!” I brought them to our church Christmas party and gave them to him after serving as Santa at the Party. That was Santa’s Christmas present to him and to the IAP.
What else can I say? It’s all amazing, astounding, incredible, and wonderful! I’m still praying and thinking of people. The voters are prepared to join our party because Donald Trump has proven to them that the establishment parties do not represent their views. They are nothing but hypocrites and are only interested in keeping the establishment parties’ insiders in power. The people are being impoverished by high taxes and are having to fight their own parties to protect their jobs from a swarm of illegal immigrants.
So start praying to think of people you can talk to, and ask them those questions. Once they see that they agree with you on most or all of these points, they’ll want to sign up. So let’s start recruiting. The time is ripe and the voters are ready.
Very enthusiastically, your State Chairman,
Joel F. Hansen -- And Merry Christmas!