A group of good old boys self described as patriots have decided to hole themselves up in a Federal Wildlife Reserve building in Oregon essentially because two local ranchers were sent to jail for burning state property. The strange thing though is that the ranchers involved have refused to accept the help of the patriots and intend to serve their time. They had previously been sentenced to shortish periods of imprisonment which they served but on appeal the terms were increased and they have been required to return to prison to serve the balance of their terms.
The individuals involved have asked for other patriots throughout the US of A to head to Oregon and become part of the movement. As can be seen from this video the people involved are armed. At this stage the police are doing nothing which given their predilection to do things such as shoot unarmed black Americans in the back who a running away is something of a surprise.
Vox has this explanation which is so outrageous it reads like a typical introduction to the TV series Soap.
Among the militia’s members are Ammon Bundy, whose father Cliven Bundy became a Fox News star in 2014 for his armed standoff in Nevada with the federal government over cattle-grazing rights. On the surface, this is about a father and son from Oregon who were ordered by the court to return to prison to serve additional time for a 2012 arson on federal land. But, as with Cliven Bundy’s standoff, the anti-government militiamen who are driving this crisis believe it’s about standing up to a tyrannical federal government.
Who are these guys, and what do they want?
The apparent goal of the takeover is ultimately to induce the federal government to turn over government-owned land to local ranchers, loggers, and miners for their use …
But the men involved in the takeover — including Ammon Bundy, Ammon’s brother Ryan, Jon Ritzheimer, Blaine Cooper, and Ryan Payne — are not locals. Rather, they are a small group of individuals who travel around the country attaching themselves to various local fights against the federal government, usually over land rights. Several of them were involved in Cliven Bundy’s 2014 standoff.
The response from twitter has been scathing at the hypocrisy of the police’s and the media’s complete disinterest in what is occurring. Can we expect Donald Trump to call for a ban on armed red necks entering the state of Oregon? Can we ask for calls for the NRA to denounce the actions of the Oregon Federal Wildlife Reserve terrorists?
And as usual Twitter nails the subject.
#OregonUnderAttack shows you White Entitlement in all it's glory. Who else stages armed insurgency to take back land their ancestors stole?
— #RIPBassemMasri 🙏 (@Delo_Taylor) January 3, 2016
— CDKing (@thedaleking) January 3, 2016
— Sarah (@Sarah_Oestreich) January 3, 2016
UNARMED black man runs AWAY from police,shot 16x mostly in back,HEAVILY armed white men seize gov't building,crickets! #OregonUnderAttack
— Jackie 🌊🌊🌊 (@LiberalMmama) January 3, 2016