It doesn’t look good for the patriot stand-off in Oregon. After yesterday’s peaceful protest, a rogue bunch, led by Ammon Bundy, broke ranks and headed toward Malheur Wildlife Refuge and occupied the federal building there. In what appears to be an attempt to push back at the massive federal government land grab of private property, which could almost be described as a modern day Robin Hood, Bundy and his group intend to take land, controlled by the federal government, give it back to its original owners, including the refuge land. As of this posting, there have been no law enforcement on site to reclaim the government building where the patriot group, is embedded, and there have been no media buzzing the grounds, except for a short press conference where less than half a dozen outlets showed up to cover the event. Here’s what transpired.
The Bundys plan to hold a presser every day, at 11:00 a.m. until the land seized by government has been returned to the people of Oregon. That may be kinda tough though. Red Flag News reports that the local law enforcement intends to clear the inhabitants out of the building early Monday morning.
But according to Harney County Sheriff Dave Ward, law enforcement is planning to take action and has warned people to stay away from the area:
Owing to the location’s remote nature, the authorities largely acted the same as the journalists and issued warnings for people to stay away from the area. They promised more information to come and the sheriff told US media there would be action by “multiple agencies” in the morning.
If Ammon Bundy expects to get the kind of support his family received at the Bundy Ranch, he may be surprised. Prior to Saturday’s protests, other patriot organizations have already publicly slapped him and his posse around and decried any support for extra curricular, protest activity. Additionally, Oath Keepers published a second smack down regarding the shenanigans of the Bundy patriot group.
Ammon Bundy, and some cohorts, have occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, near Burns, Oregon. They have vowed to stay there for years, if necessary. In a video Ammon posted on his Facebook page, he has put out a national call for help. In that video, he is, (to put it honestly), calling for a revolution.
With Ammon are two of his brothers, and what can be described as a group of unthinking hotheads. Also with them is a man many suspect, (including myself), of being an agent provocateur, Ryan Payne.
Oath Keepers, Mike Vanderboegh (of the Three Percenters), and other groups are condemning this action by Ammon and his cohorts. Why? Because it serves no purpose that benefits the Liberty Movement. On the contrary, it harms the Movement. Ammon’s group has become the aggressors, and, by doing so, loses the moral high ground.
At Lexington and Concord, the Minute Men were defending, not aggressing, which rallied their fellow countrymen to their cause. The British were intent on seizing the stores of munitions in Concord, and to grab John Hancock and Sam Adams, with the intent of sending them to England to be tried. Before Lexington and Concord, the Colonists had suffered under a long train of abuses, which were spelled out in the Declaration of Independence. Men are willing to suffer abuses, rather than rebel, but only up to a point. Eventually, the burden of the abuses becomes too great, at which point the rebellion is inevitable.
No doubt for Ammon, the burden of abuses has become unbearable. His family has fought the BLM for years. The Malheur Wildlife Center is run by the BLM. But seizing it serves no purpose, other than as a vehicle for Ammon to vent his anger for the BLM. It is not, yet, ready to become today’s Lexington and Concord. If it becomes another Waco, it is possible to ignite some Patriots, but if it does become another Waco, it will be because Ammon and his cohorts are killed.
In Ammon’s video he talks of being willing to give his life. For Ammon, it is time for the revolution to begin, or to potentially die a martyr. He has decided to make his stand. As he says in his video, we all must make our own decisions. I will not join Ammon. It serves no useful purpose. It is the wrong action at the wrong time. There will come a time when the time is right, but it is not now. It may come sooner than we expect, but it is not now.
Ammon Bundy is being called a martyr, revolutionary, militia leader and a hot head, among other things by numberous media, main stream and otherwise. It looks like patriot organizations may follow the lead of Oath Keepers and put as much distance between themselves and the “Bundy militia” situation as possible. Others are just hoping it doesn’t turn out to be another Waco.