Gather around my fellow patriots, lovers of the 2nd Amendment, and advocates for limiting the powers of the Federal Government. As you may know by now, the son of Cliven Bundy and about 150 fellow “Patriots” have occupied the Headquarters for the Malhuer National Wildlife Refuge. They have put out the call for militiamen to come join them so by week’s end they could hit a few hundred or so. Now, as a bearded gun-owning conservative male myself, I see how this group can be enticing. I too believe the Federal Government oversteps its reach on a regular basis and I too believe the mass of citizens have an obligation to oppose tyranny. But what I am about to tell you will be hard to swallow and yet, if you consider yourself intellectually honest and not just looking for a “good time i.e. revolution,” I applaud you for proceeding forward. No, these men are not domestic terrorists as much as the left would like to liberally apply that title, but the truth is actually much worse. If you are on the fence about whether to support this then let this just be a gentlemanly discussion about it. But if you got your finger on the trigger ready to kill a cop over this, read it with a harsher grizzled tone.
Show Me 100 Million Supporters
The American Revolution is often used as a rallying cry for modern “Patriots” and I wholeheartedly think that is a fantastic idea. In fact, I say we emulate to the tee. It is estimated that during the Revolution, only about 1/3rd of Americans were actually hardcore Patriots. Another third were loyalist with allegiance to the crown and the other third were just going with the flow although likely complicit with the patriots. So my fellow modern “Patriots”, show me that we have currently reached that third threshold where armed revolution has become necessary.
In a nation of over 300 million people, show me 100 million who think it has gotten so bad we need to start shooting law enforcement officers whose only crime was to catch the shift where a particular arrest warrant was to be executed. As a general rule of thumb, I make it my practice not to support armed insurrections in a representative democracy that can’t at least gather more support than Justin Bieber has Facebook fans. But honestly, I don’t think this movement in Oregon could even top Pee-Wee Herman’s 1.4 million fans.
I don’t know much about the Bureau of Land Management in the West that seems to keep causing these dust-ups, but they may very well be horrible and worthy of national attention. But until we can get at least 1/3rd of the Nation behind you, how about we take a less cop killer path shall we? After all we still have these things called elections in the meantime and I think the founders might have put them there like a safety valve for the very government that they themselves created. But we can still follow the Revolution here in protest. Our founders threw tea in the harbor in protest, so why not do the same as opposed to killing cops. This is the Oregon version, so perhaps dress up like lumberjacks and throw flapjacks into the sea. You think I’m kidding, but I’m actually serious. I’ll help tackle the issue with you and bring attention to it as much of America is just unfamiliar with the BLM.
There is a Process to Revolution and Tyranny
In American History, when that 1/3rd threshold on any particular matter starts to be reached among the American public, funny things start to happen. Persons in power begin to lose elections, laws begin to change, and the face of Government itself is altered. Oh I know, the only reason you don’t have such broad support for threatening law enforcement is because people like me who might dissent are just sheep.
Never mind that I am a gun owning male who believes the 2nd amendment does play a role in checking the government. Never mind that I am a Marine Veteran of Iraq and as patriotic as they come. Never mind that if you read the sum of my online writing you will see I do quite well thinking for myself. But if I dissent from your view, just call me and the masses “sheeple” which will make it all that much easier for you to feel good about imposing your individual will on us. After all, it is always easier to kill a haji, gook, jap, or kraut than it is to kill a human or at a very minimum just dismiss what they have to say.
But pardon me for having standards and not jumping into bed with whatever the Cliven Bundy family is pissed about this year. Pardon me for believing you are doing more harm to conservative vision than good. Pardon me for having the mystical clairvoyance to see that when you start firing up law enforcement with your ARs and AKs, that you will drastically alter the populations perception of “assault” weapons. Revolution might be necessary one day in America, but you are going to have to do a little more erotic constitutional foreplay than Land Management in the west to get my Yankee Doodle Dandy up and ready to kill a cop.
Honestly, no one else could do what the men in Oregon are doing and it sounds absurd when you replace “patriot” with any other group in America. Just this week, in Jackson, Mississippi a black city councilman suggested that cops from neighboring counties who chase suspects into his county should be assaulted with bottles and bricks because he made the individual discernment himself that they were outside of their jurisdiction.Sanctuary cities which harbor illegal immigrants by rejecting the enforcement of federal immigration laws often draw conservative criticism. Imagine if hipster liberals took up arms in San Francisco to prevent the arrest of an illegal immigrant the courts convicted of a crime. No seriously, that is really funny to imagine San Francisco hipsters taking up arms.
Currently relevant and poignant, what if Muslim-American citizens took a particular constitutional position on the freedom of religion cause and set up an armed “no go” zone here in America. So what if a small group of people who look like me and with whom I likely politically agree with 75% of the time, by their own individual discernment, decided the Federal Government has no authority in a particular area, say Oregon, and they then took up arms to occupy and defend that territory? You can’t just throw the word “Patriot” in front of it and make it ok, but then again that was how our Government passed the Patriot Act so perhaps there is something to it.
I’ll tell you what proponents of armed revolution, let me help you out. If you can get 99,999,999 Americans to support firing upon local and federal law enforcement in support of your unilateral interpretation of constitutional law, I’ll promise to be your 100 millionth follower and we will reach that one-third threshold together. But until then, I will spare you the politically charged title of “domestic terrorist” because when a minority of people whom I didn’t elect to represent me impose their will on me and my fellow Americans under threat of force, I usually just call them tyrants. And to me, that is much worse. My true fellow Patriots, do not support these men in Oregon for I fear they will actually be the ones to bring about they tyranny we all have long feared.
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