When police continue to kick in doors at oh dark thirty, shoot the family dogs, and desperately scour homes for hours hoping to find something illegal to justify terrorizing the occupants at an incorrect address many people seem perfectly content with the situation. In fact they continue to be apologists for the police and remind us that police are necessary (their words, not mine) for our safety.
But when a group of dip shits occupy an empty government building the previously mentioned people flip their shit. Supposedly these militia members, who haven’t even hurt anybody as far as I know, are to be feared:
Dwight Hammond, 73, and his son Steven, 46, were convicted of arson in 2012 but a court ruled their original sentences were too short.
They said they lit the fires to reduce the growth of invasive species and protect their land from wildfires.
The case has riled right-wing activists who resent government interference.
Those occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge centre in Burns say they plan to stay for years and may use violence if police try to evict them.
Apparently a court system that can extent your sentence on a whim is also not worth fearing since nobody seems to bring that fact up.
I’m not a fan of the various militia movements. Militia groups, more often than not, are statist in nature. They usually want to change the government into their particular belief of how it used to be. But I have a hard time fearing them. Very few of these groups have ever actually initiated violence. Meanwhile the State’s law enforcers initiate violence on a daily basis throughout the country. Of the two groups the latter scares me a hell of a lot more than the former.
Furthermore, I don’t understand why anybody really cares about this occupation. The building they occupied was empty and, more importantly, unowned since the State cannot legitimately own property. All they’ve done is taken ownership of an unowned building.
Yet I keep hearing people tell me I should be afraid of this militia group. I really don’t understand the fear most people have.
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Here is a good account of what is happening and why.
This situation is scary on so many levels, and yet people sitting in the middle of nowhere, Oregon are the least of our worries.
What is scary about it? I guess it is a matter of perspective; some people run from danger while others run towards it. It is about preparedness and opportunity to use one’s skills to the betterment of others.
Yes, the state’s enforcers are a LOT scarier than all the militia groups combined. Or (O.T.) than the supposed hoards of Islamists who are about to overrun the country. Or any other hysteria-du-jour: the danger is at our backs, not on the stage show being dangled before our eyes. From behind we are robbed and shackled, while a seductive voice murmurs, “You are safe. You are free.”
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