As patriots descend upon Burns, Oregon, to protest peacefully, or not, the unconstitutional application of the law which is sending the Dwight and Steven Hammond to prison for a second time for one crime, the focus may shift from its original purpose. There seems to be a schoolyard pissing contest brewing between patriot organizations for the right to be king of the sandbox.
It has always been clear, the Hammonds have decided to acquiesce to government demands that they return to prison. It is true, that they have been threatened by the federal government with severe consequence if they communicate with Ammon Bundy or any patriot/militia organizations. So, it isn’t a stretch to speculate whether or not their decisions were made under duress. Regardless, they have made a choice, whether I or anyone else agrees with it, which is at present time, their right to do. Patriots, previously unified under similar outrage at government overreach are now at odds with this decision and are taking swipes at each other over the issue. The government has won, not just on the Hammond issue, but the issue of divide and conquer to subdue patriot coalescence.
Here, in this youtube video, Stewart Rhodes, of OathKeepers expresses vehement opposition to the organization of patriots in Burns to protest the surrender of the Hammonds.
He’s right on many counts. The Hammonds have decided to surrender to the feds, and they have not asked for help from outside entities. This is not another Bundy Ranch showdown. And Ammon Bundy is not clear on what he is asking for when he sent out a call for patriots and militias to come to Burns. There is no danger of, at this time, the Hammond family being murdered in a Waco fashion, by a forceful federal government, as may have been the case in the Bundy Ranch standoff.
The other side of the issue sees a bigger picture at stake. Ammon Bundy, and others, feel if the feds succeed in carting the Hammonds off to prison, there is nothing stopping them from going after any other American on similar grounds. They too, are right. Clearly the law has been misapplied and through threats and other injustices, the Hammonds have had all resistance beat out of them. For Americans to stand by and do nothing is just as big an injustice. The main stream media will never give this story the proper coverage it deserves, and without a massive coalescence of the patriot movement, this episode in government over-reach and tyranny will be another forgotten chapter in the destruction of a great and free nation.
There is no question. The federal government is abusing its power and acting outside of its authority. If the people of Harney County and Burns, Oregon, do not want controversy, they need to stand up and demand elected sheriffs and officials protect and defend those who have elected them to serve, or they should be eliminated from offices they hold. Leaving the fight for freedom, to others, is the reason this is happening in the first place. Reinforcements from outside groups can/will only strengthen your voice. But you have to ask for it. They can/will strengthen your voice, and non-violently, if you stand. The power is and always has been yours.
And, possibly most importantly, the people of Oregon have a responsibility to the rest of the country to demand justice and support of the Constitution. Freedom and liberty are not passive endeavors. You cannot rely on others to fight your battles. And in contrast, your freedoms are directly joined to the freedoms of Americans all across the country. Ammon Bundy and those working with him understand that premise. Sadly, most Americans no longer do, and it is that fact that has given a tyrannical government the steam to oppress people like the Hammonds, the Bundys and Schuyler Barbeau.
Cliven Bundy just released this statement:
FOR IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE:
CLIVEN D. BUNDY
PO Box 7175
Bunkerville, NV 89007
January 1, 2016
With great concern and love and much consideration from prayer, I come to you Harney County Sheriff of Oregon David M. Ward, rancher Steven Dwight Hammond, and rancher Dwight Lincoln Hammond, Jr.,
I, Cliven D. Bundy, have been involved for several weeks in the background striving to understand and comprehend your dilemmas in Harney County, Oregon. I understand that the grass that was burnt on each side of the fence was grazing rights that had been created through beneficial use, one side of the fence being private property and the other side of the fence being private property rights. The fires that were set were for a good purpose and had good results.
The United States Justice Department has NO jurisdiction or authority within the State of Oregon, County of Harney over this type of ranch management. These lands are not under U.S. treaties or commerce, they are not article 4 territories, and Congress does not have unlimited power. These lands have been admitted into statehood and are part of the great State of Oregon and the citizens of Harney County enjoy the fullness of the protections of the U.S. Constitution. The U.S. Constitution limits United States government.
It is my suggestion, Steven Hammond, that you go and check yourself into Harney County jail asking for protective custody. It is my suggestion, Dwight Hammond, that you go and check yourself into Harney County jail asking for protective custody. It is my suggestion, Harney County Sheriff David Ward, accept these two ranchers into your jail, notify the United States Solicitor in Washington DC that you have these two ranchers in Harney County jail, that they will remain there indefinitely under your protective custody and the protection of We the People of Harney County and We the People of the United States of America.
I suggest an Evidentiary Hearing or a Grand Jury be formed by We the People.
I feel that this action is immediately important, that it should be taken place before 10:00 am Saturday, January 2, 2016. I will hold these suggestions private until that time then I will release this letter to those having state and county jurisdiction and to the media.
Cliven D. Bundy
So, here is what we know. The government is tyrannical and overreaching on this issue. The Hammonds are not terrorists and should never have been prosecuted under such severe laws, nor should they be spending any time in jail. The disruption to their lives is an unthinkable injustice, and this action against them is a threat to the freedom of every American.
We also know the government won this round. Patriots who have previously stood shoulder to shoulder are now swiping at each other over a (serious) disagreement on protocol. It often happens in situations such as this that the forest gets lost for the trees and egos overtake good judgement. The players in this round played right into the hands of the enemy and are now, on some level, divided.
All I can tell you is, if/when I ever became the target of government injustice and tyranny, I would want both patriot sides of this issue to have my back. Both have been/are united under the goal of protecting freedom and liberty. But both are also engaged in a power struggle that doesn’t need to exist, at least in public. Agree to disagree, and go about your business, but please keep your eye on the ball. Someday (and probably sooner than later) others might need your help. It would be a shame if, you weren’t there, America crumbled because egos weren’t checked at the door.