The Bundy family is back, once again hiding behind a fake constitutional argument that because they raise cattle the US owes them a living by allowing free grazing.
They have taken over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon and are engaged in an armed stand-off with authorities.
The kinder and gentler feds are taking a wait-and-see approach while the “modern day Shays” freeze their asses off in Bum F**K, Egypt.
Long ago, in 1786, Daniel Shays, of rural Massachusetts, set the standard, at least historically, for disgruntled folk to up and take control of things, if only for a awhile.
Who stopped Shays and his ruffians?
Their fellow citizens, acting as Massachusetts militia under General William Shephard.
Shays’ rebellion was what Thomas Jefferson was referring to when he wrote, “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.”
His “patriots or tyrants” depending on your view, were crushed by their fellow citizens, a point surely worth remembering.
Raise some hell but you better watch out.
Imagine some armed black folk taking over a federal building someplace and demanding anything.
Do we even allow black folk to have guns?
This latest Oregon-based white boy-militia-frat party puts the farce of American justice on full display.
There is some hope because, as with Shays, the locals ain’t too keen on the rebellion.
The New York Times reports a citizen as saying, “They’re here for their own agenda, not for the people of Harney County at all.”
US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts says, “We are a nation of laws.”
Is that really the case when urban justice is by default so often lethal and rancher justice is “Now boys, you just settle down and go on home”?
Them city folk be need’en to get some cows, I’m thinkin.