Watching the events of the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Headquarters unfold has been nothing if not an incredible learning experience and based upon that, my conclusion is that Ammon Bundy’s act of civil disobedience was a courageous act by a great man. He called the world’s attention to U.S. government agencies that engage in criminal behavior behind the shield of government force. In his treatise on Civil Disobedience, Henry David Thoreau wrote:
If the injustice is part of the necessary friction of the machine of government, let it go, let it go; perchance it will wear smooth, –certainly the machine will wear out. If the injustice has a spring, or a pulley, or a rope, or a crank, exclusively for itself, then perhaps you may consider whether the remedy will not be worse than the evil, but if it is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then I say, break the law. Let your life be a counter-friction to stop the machine. What I have to do is to see, at any rate, that I do not lend myself to the wrong which I condemn.
Thoreau was writing about slavery but aren’t the ranchers living under the tyranny of an agency that engages in criminal behavior living in slavery too? The particular conditions of the enslavement matters not, to the slave. Ammon Bundy and the occupiers at Malheur put their lives on the line to be a counter-friction to stop the machine and whether anybody agrees with me or not, I will always have the utmost respect for them for doing it.
The mainstream media and some of the alternate media have denigrated Ammon Bundy for his actions. That is to be expected from the mainstream media. They want blood and bodies and a simple story for simple minds. We expect more from the alternate media but they don’t always deliver either. Just like the mainstream, when money conflicts with the truth, money wins. Somewhat in their defense however, it must be said that without money, there would be no alternate media. But in the triage of stories to cover, they missed the big one – the story of the war on western land owners because that’s what this is really about.
My preliminary conclusion is that the Department of the Interior and BLM are implementing the UN Bio Diversity Treaty that was defeated by Congress. To look at the story from the perspective of one man or one family is to miss the bigger story of the criminal conspiracy to put American ranchers and farmers out of business so the land can become part of the wildlands corridors. The criminal behavior of the BLM makes sense in that context whereas it makes no sense within the context of managing land for multiple use for the benefit of the American people. The only way to stop this level of criminality in our government is for us all to become the counter-friction and I hope we do because if we don’t, America will be lost.
Note: I’ve gotten some flak – not a lot of flak, but some flak about the article I wrote about Stewart Rhodes and his failure to lead in this situation. I would like to explain something to the Oathkeepers who were unhappy. Following your oath does not mean following orders. You took an oath an as individual and your obligation is to carry out that oath as an individual.
Stewart Rhodes is a Yale-trained lawyer. What that should mean is that he is a reader and a critical thinker. The story that Ammon Bundy told concerning his interviews with the Hammonds and the documentation that was available on the case should have been enough to trigger Stewart Rhodes to look deeper to see what was really going on. Instead he chose to fall back on the excuse that the Hammonds had their day in court and the court – the God Almighty Ninth Circuit Court of Clowns imposed the mandatory minimum for eco-terrorism, a crime that the Hammonds did not commit and the process worked satisfactorily. And the Supreme Clowns in the magnificent white marble building that they don’t deserve refused to hear the appeal. Better that 100 innocent men go to prison than one case of government corruption be exposed.
Our government has been captured by a cult of radical “environmentalists” who are really communists and marxists behind a green mask as Rosa Koire has described it. They are using environmentalism and the fraud of “climate change” to impose a totalitarian system of control. Our Congress seems powerless to do anything about it. Most Governors in this country are either true believers or too weak to do anything about it. So what are we to do? Just let it happen? Shall we leave our children and grandchildren a country in which they will be totally controlled prisoners of a system run by psychopathic monsters and useful idiots? If you are afraid now… what chance will they have in the future?
This is a complex situation to be sure. We need brains. We need brawn. But most of all we need courage. On all accounts, Stewart Rhodes, as a lawyer first and an Oathkeeper second, couldn’t and didn’t deliver and I will not apologize for saying it because the stakes are too high.