Tyranny 1, Patriots 1
The first modern-day battle between Tyranny and the Patriots occurred in the summer of 2013 in Nevada. Cliven Bundy and dozens of Patriots stared down the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) over grazing fees. Mr. Bundy argued he has a right to use the land to feed his cattle while BLM argued he didn’t have any rights to the federal land. The disagreement turned into confrontation. On Mr. Bundy’s side stood several dozen highly armed Patriots; on the side of tyranny stood several dozen highly armed local, state, and national law enforcement officers. Tyranny blinked, caved, and withdraw from the area. Score: Tyranny 0, Patriots 1.
The second modern-day battle between Tyranny and the Patriots occurred in January of 2016 at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Oregon. Ammon Bundy, a son of Cliven Bundy, led a coalition of Patriots to occupy the refuge to bring awareness to the mismanagement of federal land. Ammon demanded BLM turn over the nearly 200,000 + acre refuge to local ranchers. Dozens of Patriots marched to the refuge and to the nearby town of Burns to help assist with the demonstration. 26 days later, while Ammon Bundy and other senior leaders were heading out of the refuge to participate in a local town hall meeting, the FBI conducted a “traffic stop” (I refer to it as an ambush) and arrested all the occupants of the convoy. The only member not arrested was LaVoy Finicum. Instead of arresting him, they killed him. As I write this article, at least one Patriot remains at the refuge and the Patriots in Burns are, well – absent. Score: Tyranny 1, Patriots 1. Tied game.
Why did the Patriots lose this battle? Or did they lose? It may actually be too early to tell but it looks like the Patriots are the losers. I and fellow Patriots of South Sound visited the Patriots housed in Burns as well as the Patriots in the refuge. The Patriots in Burns talked a good game. They talked about, “taking off the gloves” and they even conducted an amateurish reconnaissance of a temporary FBI compound that was built to handle the crisis. But when the FBI took off their gloves, the Patriots in Burns seemingly fell silent. What happened about “taking off the gloves?” Crickets.
More about “taking off the gloves” a little later, but let me address another issue: information.
Information is key! Information is so critical, nations around the world spend billions of dollars to protect it and to steal it. Information will either led to mission success or mission failure. In my educated opinion, information was what lost the battle for the Patriots. Ammon loved the spotlight. He wouldn’t talk to the FBI without it. He demanded the media’s presence just to talk with the FBI. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing; actually it’s a good strategic move. Ammon needed the media to broadcast what he believed to be the tyrannical overreach of the federal government. Without the media, no one would know what was happening in Oregon. But the media was largely silent. So social media became the main source of information. We all know that if it’s on the interest, it must be true, right? During the entire ordeal, I’ve heard so much information and misinformation that I couldn’t tell what was real and what was fake. And I’m a recently retired intelligence warrant officer that has spent my entire 21-year career dealing with information, intelligence, sources, and analysis. Anyone that has a smart phone with an internet connection could write anything and a bunch of people would believe it because it came from a “reliable source.” Since the beginning of the ordeal, Patriots Facebook pages were littered with “Trucks filled with the National Guard are heading to Burns with orders to kill.” Patriots would reply with, “Uh, no, God help our Patriots.” I’ve even read “intel” stating, “The Patriots in the refuge are waiting for the Navy Seals to parachute into the refuge to help the Patriots.” There were dozens of replies to that post thanking the Navy Seals. As far as I know, the Navy Seals haven’t shown up yet. But back to the media that Ammon craved. In my analysis of the situation, the FBI knew Ammon needed media attention and tricked him and the senior leaders to leave the refuge to head to a town hall meeting. It was in route to the meeting when the FBI conducted its so-called “traffic stop.” I’ve seen the video of the traffic stop; I’ve never seen a traffic stop with tactical armored vehicles. In the end, Ammon and the senior leaders were arrested and LaVoy Finicum was gunned down. Well played FBI- trick Ammon into leaving the refuge for some badly needed media attention but led him right into an ambush. It was like a child molester luring a young child into his van with the promise of candy.
Now that the senior leaders are arrested, where are the Patriots in Burns? Did they take off the gloves? Are they planning on a counterattack? Crickets. Maybe they’re planning something? They had 26 days to plan for this contingency, why are they planning now, if at all?
Let me digress a little. Who were the original Patriots? They were men who fought against a tyrannical government (England). At first, the Patriots requested more freedoms from their British rulers but they were denied. They eventually tired of requesting things and of the heavy-handed nature of the British Soldiers, so they began shooting them. And because of that, we’re Americans, not British subjects. Why did the Patriots in Oregon have weapons, ammunition, body armor, and other gear if they had no intention of using them? The answer – when the FBI took of their gloves, the Patriots went running for cover so they can talk tough another day on Facebook.
Before you call me out for advocating violence, let me tell you this: The Patriots lost because of information and the FBI won because of, wait for it…. VIOLENCE. People older than 30 or maybe even 40 know if they brought home a poor report card from school, dad would be waiting with a paddle. Why? Violence – even the threat of violence – works. Look at the Black Lives Matter. Members of that organization have killed nearly a dozen police officers nationwide but the federal government looks the other way. In fact, many politicians and Hollywood proudly support Black Lives Matter. In addition to murder, they’re responsible for destroying property worth tens of millions of dollars. Sure, a member will be arrested here and there, but non for domestic terrorism or for anything that could put them in prison. Why? Violence. Politicians and law enforcement are scared that the violence will come to them if they cross paths with the Black Lives Matter crowd. How about Muslims? They’re responsible for so much destruction all across the nation and world. Nearly every day we hear of another Muslim attack on Christians or Jews. But our federal government will not identify them as extremist or terrorists. Why? Violence. Our federal government is afraid of violence, unless they’re the ones dishing it out.
Why is there so much violence towards Christians in the world? Because Christians don’t fight back. Because they don’t fight back, they’re open season for carnage. But hands off Black Lives Matter and Muslims because they will not just fight back with violence – they’ll be the instigator of violence as well. Violence works. Violence is what won our independence from harsh British role. Violence is what defeated the Germans and the Japanese in WWII. Violence shouldn’t be monopolized by our opposition; violence should be a two-way street. Our violence should be stronger than their violence. That’s how war is won.
Am I saying we should open fire on the government? Our own Declaration of Independence states in part, “…that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it…” and the Second Amendment is the means to that end.
For now, maybe an overthrow of the government isn’t warranted. But violence is, or at the very least, civil disobedience – in my opinion. Just like the Black Lives Matter turns to violence to get what they want, and Muslims kill to get what they want, maybe it’s time for us Patriots – the only group that the constitution authorizes to use violence – to fight fire with fire. The Malheur National Wildlife Refuge may have been a lose but in the end, it will be a win. But only if true Patriots stop running scared when the bullets fly and stop passing on bogus information and start making a stand. Go to local government offices, FBI buildings, and other areas where tyranny runs rampant and show them we mean business. If the Black Lives Matter can do it, so can we (without killing). If it doesn’t work, then maybe it’s time for “…it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish [the government]…”