By Steve Orcutt
On the afternoon of January 26, 2016, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Oregon State Police (OSP) conducted an ambush of the Ammon Bundy-led leadership group for ‘Citizens for Constitutional Freedom‘. The ambush led to the arrest five, and the murder of one, 55-year old Robert “LaVoy” Finicum.
Reports are that Ammon Bundy and the leadership group were invited to a community meeting in the nearby town of John Day, Oregon. One version that I’ve seen stated that the FBI invited the Bundy group.
The facts of the ambush may never be know, but there are several variations of the story how LaVoy was killed. One story has him rushing law enforcement, another says he exited the vehicle shooting, and another has him surrendering, hands raised, and was shot in the head. A supposed eye-witness, Victoria Sharp, recounted the story that he had surrendered.
We need to demand any and all dashcam or bodycam video be released. If the government doesn’t release all of the videos, they are risking touching off further actions by members the Patriot movement – that’s assuming that the videos support the FBI’s version of events.
The Washington controlled media was in full effect Wednesday evenings news, often referring to Bundy and his group as anti-government. It goes to show the mainstream media doesn’t participate in investigative reporting anymore. Had the media done their due diligence, or weren’t biased in their reporting, they would have uncovered the Bundy’s real purpose. The Bundy’s and the majority of Patriot groups (militia, 3%ers, etc.) aren’t anti-government, they are anti-unconstitutional government.
The difference between anti-government and anti-unconstitutional government is that they recognize that government is a necessary evil, but that government must operate within its constraints as outlined in the Constitution. How does a government preach to the people about the importance of following the law, when they cannot do it themselves.
The Bundy’s argue that the federal government doesn’t have the jurisdiction or authority to own land, and hence, the refuge doesn’t belong to the federal government it belongs to the state or the people – they are correct. The reason they are right is located in the Constitution, “to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings.” (Article I, Section 8) No place else in the Constitution do the states delegate the authority to own property.
Regardless whether you or I completely agree with the methods and tactics employed by the Bundy’s, it must be recognized they risked a lot to bring to attention to a problem with the federal government; one of a very many problems the federal government seems to have following the Constitution.
There is a myriad of problems, rumors, and unverified information floating around since last night. Many in the Patriot groups are calling this a declaration of war by the Feds, mainstream media is miscategorizing the actors, and progressives on social media are calling them terrorists. I persist in saying America is greatly divided and are on the verge of a hot civil war. We need the adults to come to the table and find a way to defuse the anger and the feeling of betrayal by the people and restore a Constitutional government, not the criminal version we are dealing with now.