After Tuesday night’s arrest of the Bundy militia’s leaders in Oregon as they went to a meeting off their captured federal reserve compound, you would think the remaining protesters would decide the game was over. However, if you are driven by an ideology based on one man’s faulty interpretation of the Constitution, I suppose you aren’t usually interested in listening to the truth. Instead of capitulating, they have doubled down in a recent YouTube video, saying that they were likely going to die standing up for their principles. [Ed. Note: Ammon Bundy has asked them to leave the compound, per his lawyer.]
To hammer home just how idiotic and foolish these people tend to be, an interview was done with the Bundy brothers’ father, Cliven, who totally misrepresented the situation and lied through his teeth.
“This is a total disaster to be happening in America,” he told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “We have, I’m guessing, federal people killing innocent people. I’ll tell you one thing, my sons and those who were there were there to do good, no harm was intended, they would never threaten anybody, they was trying to teach people about the Constitution and trying to help the Hammond family, trying to make sure this type of abuse didn’t happen in America and yet, it did.”
First off, these protesters of the Bundy militia weren’t innocent. An innocent protester doesn’t come armed and take over a federal building with the intent to occupy it for years in a standoff with the federal government. Second, no harm was intended, and they would never threaten anybody, are you joking? The very first thing they did when getting there was threaten the government and the police by saying they would defend themselves with force if anyone attempted to remove them, and being militia members, everyone knows they were obviously armed to the teeth. The harm is implicit.
I’m going to skip the Constitution one for a second to go on to the helping of the Hammonds. Yes, the Hammonds did initially speak with them. However, they soon realized that they did not want the Bundy’s help. At that point no matter how far along in this process you happened to be, if you were truly trying to help the Hammonds, you should have walked away. The Bundys weren’t there to help the Hammonds though, they were there trying to start an insurrection.
Addicting Info has already done a great report about the little Constitution booklet that the Bundy’s adhere too, so I don’t want to bring it up too much. Instead, I’ll link it again and suggest that you take a few moments to read it for yourself. Unfortunately, there are tons of people in the fringe right who have read this version of the corrupted Constitution and believe the interpretation of W. Cleon Skousen instead of taking the time to actually research the truth. It fits into their narrative and what their prophets of revolution teach so why should they.
I think it is our own fault. Our education system has failed our countrymen. If we truly educated our children in the truth behind why things were done in the way they were, and what actually happened without omission or sugar coatings, we might be less idealistic, but we would be more honest and less led astray by these types of charlatans who pretend to tell us what truth is. That sort of truth and honesty might have kept people from joining these militias in the first place.