some thoughts on thuggery
Well, Bunkerville is over. Seems everyone has had some say in their opinion of the whole thing. I was watching events unfold as best I could with the limited amount of net time I have, and keeping abreast of things via phone and text.
To say the whole situation stinks would be a massive understatement. I have seen Patriots cover both sides of the issue: from “gotta get out there an show support” to “ he has been breaking the law, and needs corrected.”
Here is my take on the whole thing, not that it really matters in the grand picture, but I have a soapbox to stand on so I should use it on occasion.
First off, The whole “ breaking the law” thing is complete crap. Documentations shows that his family has been on that land since after the Civil War. Maybe he hasn’t been paying the grazing lease, doesn’t matter at this stage. His family and him have spent generations maintaining the land, improving it for use etc etc. What it really boils down to, is that someone somewhere in some stinking agency, either got a hair up their ass, or word came down from on high, that this guy and his family needed to be removed from that land. (depending on whom you read, and when you read it, both scenarios come into play.)
Again, none of that really matters in the here and now.
What does matter is the fact that the Federal Government went ‘above and beyond’ the call of duty, from initiating violence on persons directly involved (that is more of an individual issue, but the fact that superiors won’t address the problem shows its endemic to the system.) to outright theft of private property.
Another point that matters is the showing of peaceful resistance by persons completely unaffiliated with the Bundy’s coming together to say “Enough!”
And part of me feels that its too little too late.
FAA declared a no-fly zone over the Bundy ranch for one month. Has anyone looked to see if that has been lifted or not. I do not know, but I have a sniggling suspicion that it has not. Keep that thought in mind, there is more.
BLM passed word that this is NOT OVER and that it will be dealt with in the courts. (kudos to the patriots that made the showing to ‘call the bluff’.) Ok, not bad, but I have a feeling that the Bundy family is in even more danger now, and it won’t be a long drawn out affair in a court room or mustering of agents over a period of a week or more. Nope, this next run will be quick, in the dark and completely deadly. And it won’t be very soon, but it will happen. More on that in a few.
And last but not least, I do not for a minute think that the actions seen by the agents, were anything but a planned event (broadly speaking) to assess the logistics of the patriot community. Our comm network (Blogs and social media), growing a hotspot of data for further analysis on networks within the community, and to see our response time, IE, how long to mobilize and get on site.
Call me paranoid, but I am not the only one with the last thoughts in mind. There were too many corollaries to other events from Waco to that rogue cop last year in California (or was it two years ago? Gettin’ older, time gets a little slippery.) Like no airborne media coverage (no fly zone?) Hell, in this case, near complete lack of Lamestream media coverage. It wouldn’t take a ‘late call’ to hide the fact of burning a house down around its owners ears.
OK, Pet peeve time for a second. Many of you that have been reading me for awhile know that I am pretty picky about wording. Yeah, I use euphemisms all the time, mostly to reflect on how I actually talk, and to give the blog a “lived in’ feel. Some of you have met me and can attest to that. With that in mind, I try to make sure that I use words in their proper context and definition. SO, about the pet peeve: I hate it, HATE IT, when the libtards take a word, and over time manipulate that word into a ‘New meaning’ of their designation. In this case, Terrorist. Since I was in HS, the descriptor ‘terrorist’ was pretty finite in its definition: A person who initiates violence against the public or threatens to do same, to coerce government into a pre-chosen course of the terrorists’ choosing. With that definition in mind, How are the people that arrived at the Bundy’s, Terrorists? They did no violence, and even stated that they would not initiate, but would retaliate if violence came to them. Seems like a pretty straight forward way of dealing with a situation. “don’t start nuthin, won’t be nuthin’” attitude so to speak. Most definitely NOT Terrorist activity. I didn’t see any hostage filled buses or dude packing a stylish C-4 vest with deadman trigger. The only demands I heard of were to release the stolen cattle and leave, and that was not at the public, but at Government employees IE, representatives of a government. Seems to me, that the cattle rustlers got off quite cheap in that part of the country. They used to stretch guys for rustlin’ cattle.
Back to my thoughts on paranoia now. I do believe that this was an event, that was two fold in design. First part: Attempt to re-gain the land for whatever purpose ; whether that be for some ‘Solar Farm” or to appease some green-weenies about some tortoises that were probably quite content to live around cow poop and all the benefits of that fertilizer. Second part: assess the logistics of the “domestic terrorists’ and their networks and Data mine the results for further developing actions. It may not have been designed as such, but trust me, there are parties looking at the outcome and events leading up to it and adjusting strategies accordingly. (on both sides if we are 100%honest.)
We have had our ‘Tea Party” as Herschel states. But I think that we have also tipped our hand inadvertently. They now know approximately what our response time is and what will get us rolling. They were able to get a good look at many aspects of us.
And I can’t blame anyone for it because that is just how we are. We respond. And we played right into it.
And this isn’t the first time. The Hutterie were one as well. They didn’t get enough information off that one so they needed something else. They know what buttons to push now, and which to avoid if they want clandestine events. And I am quite sure that they are not done feeling us out. I wouldn’t be surprised to hear that in the crowd of agents (or nearby but not directly involved) was a guy or gal with a powerful zoom lense on a camera connected to yet another database. Getting shots of peoples faces to match state license/ID’s for that database. I wouldn’t be surprised to hear that some of those people will sooner than later experience some type of encroachment by the Feds, form IRS audits to only God knows what they can do. Knowing that, I have to applaud those that braved retaliation to make the stand. Part of me feels like I let down people, and yet another part of me breathes easier knowing I wasn’t there. I am not going to ‘explain’ myself or give excuses, I didn’t go, and that is that. Nor am I the only one that didn’t show in time of need. Nuff said on that.
And one thought that was shared by others in my phone conversations this weekend. How many of us are going to be in a situation similar in design, and NOT get the support that the Bundy’s received? I think that number is going to quite steep.. We aren’t the Minutemen of 1776, and this is one hell of a big country to be crossing to help out every patriot in need. This is just the tip of the iceberg and they are testing the waters to see what they need to do, to make things safer for the thugs, and keep things quiet.
With all of that in mind, look at your local situation and try to develop (and this should have been done a long time ago) your local community to support each other in crisis. I know that its a tough row to hoe, It surely is here, but it is one that needs done because not all of us are going to be able to sit back and hope that the calvary rides over the ridge as the thugs are rising up against us.