Monday, February 1, 2016
well, cry me a river
So the takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon is finally over, or nearly, except for the remaining 4
patriots terrorists. They want
to leave but they don't want to go to jail and they don't want the
FBI looking over, checking (or confiscating) their guns. Apparently
they think the only option is to die in a gunfight with the FBI which
they expect to storm the place guns blazing. They were still posting
their 'come join us and get some guvment blood, there are no laws
left in this land' scree and demanding the release of all
participants, still vowing to fight to the death several days ago, or
they were until the FBI has apparently finally cut off their cell
phones and their internet connection. Mostly though, they are just
scared little boys who want to go home but don't want to face the
consequences of their actions.
You'll have to forgive me for not having any sympathy for these knuckleheads. They'll find out pretty quick that there are still quite a lot of laws in this land. I think the FBI and other law enforcement is being pretty damn lenient letting any of these armed wannabes go without charges after occupying and damaging the Preserve by bulldozing roads, rifling through artifacts, tearing down fences, terrorizing the community, and in general, being belligerent assholes.
Somehow they failed to understand that the land they are trying to liberate for 'the people' is already owned and operated by and for 'the people'. And, in truth, they were not doing this for the people but for themselves. They wanted the land turned over to the ranchers so that they could overgraze it, log it, and mine it for their own profit. Apparently the subsidies, the agricultural exemptions, the pittance they pay for grazing on public land as compared to what they would pay for privately owned land, the cheap loans, all provided by the government that they were up in arms against, all of which they enjoy, weren't enough. To hell with having conservation that protects the land from the activities of humans, that protects the land for the survival of the other creatures that call this planet home, that allows part of this country to remain a wilderness.
Now that the leaders are arrested and one of their number is shot and killed (who got exactly what he wanted, told us all he would rather be killed than go to jail and so he resisted arrest, ran from the law nearly running a man over, and reached for his loaded gun) they're all, we didn't want violence, we are a peaceful group, after a month of being armed to the teeth, publicly declaring that they would fight to the death if law enforcement tried to remove them, almost begging the FBI to come and take it.
What they don't seem to realize is that waving their pocket constitutions around (of which they have no clear understanding, along with their ignorance of history) and flag flying while engaging in armed insurrection against the duly elected government by the people does not make them patriots. A patriot fights for the country of which the government is the legal representative.
What they are, in the end, is just a bunch of selfish entitled religious right wingers who decided to take by force what they had no right to.