Media is using the group’s own label “militia” to describe this little show of force. My own oath was to defend against enemies “both foreign and domestic,” which these yahoos now qualify as. I trust that their federal judges will explain in painstaking detail that the purpose of an American militia is to defend our nation and the rule of law, not to override the civilian legal system on whim. With this act, these white boys reclaim a term that has drifted lately into a racial slur: They are thugs.
Per information available at this time, their cause seems baseless. There is an underlying dispute with the Bureau of Land Management I haven’t untangled yet, but the rally cry is to free a couple sloppy deer poachers that burned a hundred acres of forest to cover their crime.
Some interviewed treat the scene as a permanent encampment, a libertarian island. They want to run the mine and chop down the forest without meddlesome “government interference,” ignoring (as libertarians do) the interconnectedness of commerce, the positive roles of government, and the greater social contract Americans live under.
We left behind “might makes right” a long time ago. We’ve handed violence over to the State because we citizens screw it up so often with lynch mobs and revenge killings. This small group of impatient, deluded gunslingers has no moral high ground above the rest of us – especially the peaceful protesters for change that risk so much armed with just their feet and voices.
These quasi-insurgents don’t represent the people at large. They’re the “tip of the spear” only for their own shortsighted, bigoted, selfish aims. They deserve the ridicule and pushback due a gang of schoolyard bullies.
Second Amendment advocates should brace for backlash as well.
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