Mention Oregon – I guarantee armed militia doesn’t come to mind. Above all U.S. states, Oregon conjures images of Birkenstocks, Tofurkey and craft beer. A polite, mind your own business, unassuming enclave of hippies and loggers – boy, was I wrong.

News of Saturday’s armed “militia” occupation of a federal building shattered notions of sleepy little Oregon. Led by Ammon Bundy ( son of Nevada’s Cliven Bundy – see link below ) out of state “patriots” seized headquarters of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, promising to occupy federal property “for years” if necessary. Armed occupation followed a march in Burns, Oregon to protest prosecution of local ranchers Steven and Dwight Hammond Jr. for burning brush on federal land.

“He said many would be willing to fight — and die, if necessary — to defend what they see as constitutionally protected rights for states, counties and individuals to manage local lands.”

“The best possible outcome is that the ranchers that have been kicked out of the area, then they will come back and reclaim their land, and the wildlife refuge will be shut down forever and the federal government will relinquish such control,” he said. “What we’re doing is not rebellious. What we’re doing is in accordance with the Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land.”

Ammon, his brother Ryan and indeterminate number of hard core militia posted a call for all patriots to join them in Oregon. Ammon’s Facebook post urging concerned militia (and weapons) to make their way to Malheur refuge has been taken down by Facebook.

Holy crap sentiments are difficult to define. Days of applying Canadian sensibilities to American behavior are long gone. Despite an enormous capacity to suspend belief in matters of the sacred U.S. constitution – how could this not be considered domestic terrorism? Could a band of African Americans hunker down, weapons ready in occupation and defense of their constitutional rights? How about Muslim Americans storming a federal building to protest unfounded racial profiling?

The Hammonds broke the law, as did Ammon’s father Cliven Bundy when charged with tax evasion. Since when does proclaiming yourself a “patriot” negate consequences of flagrant disregard for law? In which alternate dimension does white America get to strut like Peacocks under the guise of constitutional privilege?

Self proclaimed patriots, armed and in possession of government property, strikes me as criminal. Each and every one of these numskulls should be prosecuted and sent to prison. For the life of me,  why America fuddles about in such cases eludes reason.

Bovine Militia

The other night I wrote about understanding America, professing a maturity capable of calmly accepting dead end logic. Sensitive to perceptions of preachy over reactive rants,  my resolve stood firm for almost 48 hours before withering in the face of bat shit crazy shenanigans.

America is not well. What’s more – the diagnosis is further complicated by America’s affliction – an all encompassing mental illness akin to paranoid schizophrenia. Insidious delusions of patriotism morph into outrageous displays of anti-government chest beating – oblivious “patriots” certain it’s for the good of the nation.

Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy has spent the last few decades squabbling with the Federal government. In dispute is cattle grazing on Federal land – Bundy claims his family’s cattle have grazed there since the 1860s, the government wants a million dollars in restitution for land use taxes. Last Saturday a judge ruled if fees went unpaid, Bundy’s cattle could be seized. When officers showed up and started removing cattle – the stand off began.

Armed supporters flocked to Bundy’s side – Jim Lordy, a self proclaimed “militia” member from Montana said he and other militia were not afraid to shoot if necessary, they had guns to defend themselves against a tyrannical government. The siege ended on Saturday following a government decision to back down, fearing an escalation and probable violence. Bundy, a Mormon father of 14 claimed victory…..

The people and citizens of America will win this fight. We have God on our side and we will be better prepared for them next time.’ – Cliven Bundy.

Long after the official retreat, supporters dressed in camouflage patrolled the area with semi-automatic weapons brazenly displayed. Insisting government drones lurked above, vowing to prepare themselves for the next battle. Supporters displayed placards – “Putin took Ukraine. Obama couldn’t be outdone so he took Nevada” . Another claimed anyone born after 1980 could have a chip implanted in them by the U.S. government.

My apologies America – you’ve taken leave of your senses. How is it that you’re blind to this disease? America erodes faster than chalk on a sidewalk and still you manage to look away. Armed militia with anti-government mandates will bite you in the ass. I beg you – snap out of it before civil war destroys what’s left of your precious nation. Surely some of you are in control of your faculties.

An armed civilian waits nearby in some bushes