Lavoy Finnicum’s shooting death has fostered an argument among self-described Patiots over whether or not he had it coming and deserved it, or if it is just another example of a totalitarian state we are comfortable with.
I’m reading it all over the place on Conservative discussion forums and blogs: the argument whether the ambush and shooting death of Lavoy Finnicum and the arrest of Ammon Bundy and the other protestors in Oregon was justified. The arguments are downright vicious and threatening of themselves and they reveal several things about the situation in America that does not bode well for Liberty and private property to exist much longer in a nation that has grown comfortable with tyranny.
As an observation, I find it interesting that there was no division among the Democrat Left over the actions of Michael Brown, Black Lives Matter, The New Black Panthers or Occupy Wall Street protesters who actually engaged in acts of criminality, mayhem, intimidation, death and destruction. Instead they were in lock-step support of those groups and actions, whose leaders were all invited to the White House for pow-wows with Obama and given legitimacy by the media and a vast expanse of the populace.
No such unanimous support is found among a vast expanse of the ideological “Right” or the Patriot movement over the Bundy’s efforts to stand against federal tyranny over private property rights. Not saying there should be, but I do find it interesting that the domestic enemies of the Constitution and republicanism are not divided over their banner men. Conservatives, not so much.
Rather than getting into semantics over actions Finnicum made in his final moments, I want to share a larger point I made about why there was even a protest against the Federal Beast in Oregon to begin with. That point is this: NONE of this would have ever happened had the Federal Beast been adhering to it’s limits within the bounds of the Constitution. A rancher family would not be imprisoned for doing what was necessary on their own land to protect their home from a lighting fire.
Sadly, few wanted to discuss that, and those that did sound no different than the politicians in D.C. that have empowered tyranny to become a staple that the American people are now comfortable with.
We are witnessing just more of what Jefferson wrote when he penned in the Declaration all experience has shown that men are disposed to suffer evil, while evils are sufferable rather than abolish the forms to which they have become accustomed.
In response to a statement that declared Finnicum’s actions mistakes that justified his execution, I made the point that when a tyrannical government no longer has any legitimate moral authority and is busy imposing tyranny and arresting and executing citizens it declares terrorists – at what point should we realize that it is better to die fighting than begging on our knees for mercy from a despotic beast?
That was when the scourge of Normalcy Bias and Denial revealed how entrenched it is in the minds of those we assume are on ‘our side’.
The reply was that Finnicum was completely wrong on every count of his actions that resulted in his shooting death. It is wrong they said, to evade a roadblock, no matter the circumstance. No matter who it is in uniform, or why they are there – one must always comply with the directives given.
So I asked in an analogy, that if this was 1774 would we be writing that the Colonists at Lexington Green acted completely wrong? That they should have never been on the Common and never assembled in formation against the British Regulars after that first command from Pitcairn to disarm and disperse? That they should have NEVER fired that first shot at a superior British force and NEVER should have resisted when the British regulars charged with bayonets and skewered John Parkers men?
I stated I was curious as we denounce those who actually stood in defiance of tyranny as being stupid. Had the Colonists lost Concord, I am sure the historical analysis would be about the same as it is being levied against Bundy and Finicum right now.
The fact they stood at all should be of primary importance to consider, rather than the tactical error they may have made leaving the refuge in the first place. At some point we have to resist, because the longer it takes for us to do so, the less chance we have to preserve what liberty we have left, and eventually our own lives.
Evading ambushes are not grounds for surrender either as some suggest.
The fact is, much of the Revolutionary War was a series of ambushes set up by the Redcoats, and there are myriad examples during the War of Independence of Washington’s miraculous escapes from one set of ambushes after another.
At some point, we have to begin wrapping our minds around the fact that the State is imposing despotism upon us. We are being ambushed every day by the cabal in DC: laws passed in the middle of the night in thousand-page bills that not a single representative has read that abolish by fiat your inalienable rights under mountains of regulatory control over every aspect of your life and property.
Do we surrender to it, or resist it?
Because that is where we have arrived, whether we would admit it or not. Resistance or acceptance.
Good men doing nothing in the face of evil and tyranny has come about as the result of denying we even suffer those things. At least those folks in Oregon made an effort, and the policies of tyranny being imposed by the Fedzilla in Washington has a few more folks aware of what is being done with impunity to the folks who raise your steaks and hamburgers.
Let’s not kill the reason there was an armed protest in Oregon to begin with, by declaring what they did as stupid and foolish. Because if we do, any just cause to resist what is being systematically done to us will perish before it is ever born. And that is EXACTLY what Mordor on the Potomac wants to make sure of.
The reply I received to that argument is what prompted me to discuss it here on this blog. I was told that this was not Lexington and it is not 1776, that the Colonists did not have a Constitution to protect them, and we do. They went on to make the following points which almost completely ignore the tyranny we currently are comfortable with:
We do not have federal troops quartered in out houses.
No. We have a surveillance Police State where every movement we make and every transaction and correspondence we partake in, is collected by the government for unspecified purposes under the guise of ‘security’. We cannot use our own property without permission from the State and nearly every activity we engage in is regulated and requires license.
We have representation from the politicians and people we elect to office.
Really? The last 10 years more than illustrate the fact that we do not have any representation in DC. Because the moment we send someone we think will serve our interests and UNDO dictatorial and Unconstitutional infringements on our Rights and the Rule of Law, they are corrupted by the Ruling Class into supporting their Statist Agenda and empowering the Beast even further.
We do not have a King.
Tell that to Obama, the Democrats, the Judiciary and the GOP leadership that allow him to act like a king with impunity.
and we have a Judicial System, and a Constitution, and a Bill of rights.
Meaningless and ineffective against the velvet coup that usurped them all. Lawlessness has not been rectified or stopped. We have nothing to show for turning the House and Senate over to those who promised to stop this fundamental Marxist transformation of the country, except that the very people and party we empowered, handed a defacto dictatorship over to the Federal Beast on a silver platter, and those of us screaming about it have been held in contempt by the same.
Our recourse has been limited to voting for Establishment cronies, and those with eyes to see are about to discover just how much our redress of grievances has been eliminated in the coming months given all the hints and clues coming out of the mouths of the Ruling Class.
The colonists had none of those things.
No. They had a religious and moral foundation with an innate understanding of where their natural born rights came from and recognized that as soon as the king sets himself up above the Moral Law, he ceased to have any legitimacy and unkinged himself in the tyrant, upon which they had a duty to resist and throw off. We have none of those things today.
I can appreciate the wishful thinking that so many continue to insist on in terms of where we are as a Constitutional Republic and what is left of our rights.
I no longer share those views.
The evidence each day is overwhelming that the very institutions they think safeguard our God-given rights, are corrupted beyond redemption, repair or restoration. The rot is to the core. The institutions cited as proofs there is no tyranny, exist to serve the State, not the individual; serve a Fascist gravy train, not independent Capitalists.
Their faith in the courts is as misplaced as those who assert electing the next politician is going to save us. Obama and the Democrats did not spend the last decade stacking the courts with Marxist/Maoist/Leftist Radicals by mistake or accident. And those are LIFETIME appointments, most of them.
Lavoy is just one more in a litany of victims of a tyrannical state that with each day is growing to the point it will by necessity consume absolutely everything in order to sustain itself and will not tolerate any dissent or allegiance to anything but itself.
What is disconcerting to me, is that on many of the same fora that complain that no one is doing anything to try and stop the tyranny being imposed upon We The People by the Ruling Class Oligarchs in DC, are the same that castigate and denounce the minute few who actually do.
It seems Denial and Normalcy Bias has neutered the Patriot movement itself regarding whether or not absolute despotism is being imposed against what remains of liberty in this country.
And no wonder. A people who no longer recognize sin and evil, are not a people who will recognize tyranny and despotism either.