Possibly the first of a long series
Hey, children. What’s going down?
There’s a man with a gun over there
Telling me I got to beware
Are these people for real? Let’s check the temperature:
Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, Oregon — In the pivotal fourth day of armed occupation on federal land here, militants held tight to a cluster of small buildings behind a blockaded access road as the FBI mulled its next move.
The group’s leader, Ammon Bundy, appeared Tuesday at a now-daily press conference despite a light snowstorm, carrying a copy of the Constitution in his front pocket, and — though speaking softly — pledged something radical: to match what he sees as federal intimidation with intimidation of his own.
“We understand what it means to be part of a community, and that there is no place for fear and intimidation in a community,” said Ammon Bundy, the group’s leader. “It’s the responsibility and duty of the people to remove that intimidation.”
He and his followers want this refuge and millions of federally owned acres in the West transferred back to “the people,” which seems to mean local or state authority. They also want two local ranchers — Dwight Hammond Jr., and his son Steven — released from federal prison, where they are serving a five year sentence for arson on federal land.
“He and his followers want this refuge and millions of federally owned acres in the West transferred back to ‘the people.’” Back to the people? Really? Does he mean back to the United States of America? Does he mean back to me? Last time I looked, I am “the people.” I am the United States of America. He wants this land transferred back to me? I can hardly believe it. I never realized what a friend I had in Ammon Bundy. To think he’s doing all this for me.
But wait, children, what’s that sound? Methinks there’s something going down. From all appearances, what theses miscreants want is for the land to come into their own possession. That would effectively remove it from my possession. And all this while I thought I was one of the people.
Some perspective is in order. Once all this land belonged to the United States of America. Well, almost all. Here’s the history:
The Territory of Oregon was an organized incorporated territory of the United States that existed from August 14, 1848, until February 14, 1859, when the southwestern portion of the territory was admitted to the Union as the State of Oregon. Originally claimed by several countries (See Oregon Country), the region was divided between the U.S. and Great Britain in 1846.
Obviously, at the time the United States acquired this territory, there was existing private ownership. I will not cover the details of that, but suffice it to acknowledge that the U.S. government owned the vast predominance of this land. It still does own large portions, including the part in current dispute by “two local ranchers — Dwight Hammond Jr., and his son Steven.”
One sore spot of contention appears to surround the method by which the federal government acquired disputed land from private owners by force of law. Note that, force of law. The Hammonds attempted to bypass the law and are currently serving prison sentences for violations of other laws. One thing that stands out is that the Bundys, not succeeding by legal means, are now going the short route, so they think. That is something that remains to be seen.
In the mean time the fun times have started to roll:
Yes, there is more:
If your master plan is to overthrow the world’s most powerful government and you attack a remote bird sanctuary you might be #YallQaeda
Oh, Jesus! There’s even more:
Oregon militiamen are willing to be martyred for their cause. And if they die, they will receive 72 cousins in the afterlife. #YallQaeda
My final one, I promise:
I need to leave it there. There’s a feeling that comes over me when I’m commenting on something like this and I suddenly realize I may be having too much fun. Time to stop.
See y’all later. Keep reading. And may Jesus have mercy on your soul.