Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Why the Patriot Movement Will Never Succeed or How the Bundy Militia Standoff is Destroying the Cause of True American Patriots

By now, everyone has heard the story of the Bundy family in Nevada and how the federal government was going to confiscate their cattle for non-payment of federal grazing fees. The family wasn’t going to sit idly by and allow this to happen, and many people considered that there was a legitimate threat to, not just their livelihood, but their lives for resisting the government. Due to this, numerous patriots from all over the United States poured into Nevada to stand with and protect the Bundy family.
As a result of this sudden fame, the eldest son, Ammon Bundy decided to embrace the role of patriot leader and fighter against government overreach, and took up the plight, and the fight, of the Hammond family in Oregon, against their wishes. Now, Ammon and his rag-tag bunch of liars, poseurs, and agent provocateurs, are holed up in a federal building, on federal land with enough guns, ammo, and alcohol to ensure that they can remain drunk until someone from one of the sides fires a shot, or a truck backfires, whichever comes first. At this point in time, the militia group, sufficiently full of alcohol, but delirious from hunger since they didn’t plan enough food for more than 2 days of this “as long as necessary” siege, will likely go down in a blaze of glory.
While patriots all across this once great nation are praying for this very galvanizing event to happen to the group that they are using the federal government’s postal service to deliver groceries to this intrepid band of patriot warriors, solely for the hopes of a new “Shot Heard Round The World,” one must ask, besides a desire to see civil war, or revolution as they like to refer to it, what good is being effected by this siege?
If these patriots were truly concerned about federal overreach and their attack on farmers and ranchers, then why have none of them gone to stand with the farmer in Texas who has been fighting the BLM for 30 (yes, thirty) years as they try to steal fully 50% of his private property? His crime: the banks of the Red River have changed in the past 100 years. What about Mark Baker, of Baker’s Green Acres, who just announced that he is selling his private farm because he can no longer fight the government alone. His crime was simply raising heritage hogs for meat production. How about the Amish family that just recently got slapped with a punitive fine in Fort Worth because one of their customers distributed raw milk, purchased from their farm many miles away, within city limits? Or how about the Amish farmers throughout traditional Amish country who are facing 4am SWAT raids for daring to sell raw milk and eggs to their neighbors? Where were you when an organic, local market in California was raided and shut down for providing their customers high quality, fresh produce and raw milk?
My “patriot” friends, the movement is not failing because some of us are unrelenting in speaking truth, refuse to compromise on our principles, or choose to wait for facts, instead of inflammatory, emotion-driven rhetoric before taking action. No, the patriot movement will fail because you are not consistent in your principles. You are more eager to defend a family who is sucking at the government teat because the government dares to restrict their rights to use the public lands than to defend a farmer or rancher who is having his own personal property taken.
Let me ask you, how many of you will be on my doorstep when the government comes to shut me down because I dare to sell grass-fed beef, pastured pork and poultry, fresh unlicensed eggs, raw goat milk, lamb, goat, beef without unnecessary antibiotics, or fresh fruits and vegetables? And come they will, because none of the American patriots are willing to stand for the little guy defending private property. I ask you, once again, how many of you will come to my defense? I suspect that I would be optimistic to say one of you would be standing by me on that day.