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Tyranny of the Double-Tongued: The Oregon Standoff. Part 3

In the case of Oregon, America, and the Constitution, let us hope that the cowboys, the heroes, the patriots, are not gone, and are willing to do something.

Staring entranced through the darkness at the passing sagebrush and tumble weeds, the pale sand and cactuses, and the gaping caverns and canyons that appeared as red giants frozen in their yawns, the militia sped through the desert and the midnight.   Bundy, silent in his meditation, floated through the mists of his memory and dreams.  He remembered the classic western tale told by the Clint Eastwood film, The Outlaw Josey Wales, and the underlining themes of government betrayal, vengeance, and peaceful redemption.

He remembered the plot setting scene when a rag-tag group of Confederate soldiers were called to a field after the Civil War was announced to have been ended, and asked to abandon their fight and swear a new allegiance to the Union, and to no longer oppose the Union forces and Government of Lincoln.  In exchange, they will be pardoned and promised to be allowed to go on their way, with their honor and their rifles and sabers intact. 

Reluctantly, and with a painful swallowing of their proud Rebel independence and pride, the Confederates agree, assemble, and lay their guns on a table, raise their hands, and painfully swear a new allegiance to the Union and abandon their previous service to the South and General Lee.  The scene expresses what it must feel like to pass a kidney stone the size of a baseball, given the excruciating expressions on the rebel faces as they surrender their identity.

However, upon finishing the idolatrous oath—not to the Constitution of the United States, but to a power-drunk Senator—instead of honoring the promise of safety made to the soldiers, the greasy sneaky Yankee Boston Senator in charge of the Union army battalion orders a wagon with a hidden Gatling gun to suddenly open fire and slaughter the soldiers in an act of contemptuous betrayal. 

Josey Wales (played by Clint Eastwood) had of course not surrendered, and remained hidden in the hills, and consequently survived the stab in the back.  Wales then boldly rides in, shoots through the ambush and scatters the enemy, and rescues the confederates.  The story develops into an adventure of Wales inadvertently building a motley crew of unorthodox—but good-hearted—Indians, women, old men, and past victims of governmental betrayal.  The film ends with Wales leading a climactic gunfight, end his vengeance against the Union forces for their treason and betrayal, and begins a new season of peace and comradery among Indian and rancher.

The cowboy opened his eyes to the thought, and heard a small voice deep inside him, which seemed to whisper: “This is the shot heard round the world, the start of a quiet American revolution; and this is the Boston Tea Party all over again...this is an answer to the prayer of an old rancher woman, a mother and a wife, stoic and unmoving, who is humbly raising her closed eyes and open hands to heaven in a petition for deliverance and help against the forces of corruption and deceit seeking to destroy her, her home, and her son and husband…for this you and your militia brethren were being sent…for this would be how the West will be reborn…and by the rebirth of the West the rest of the world would see an example of raw manhood securing real justice, not seen since the American Revolution…all over again.”

He couldn’t help but let a sheepish grin seep out his mouth’s side for it took him back to the days of when he was a very young child of 6, and his father used to cuddle and nuzzle him close, and playfully tickle his face with his thick bristly mustache and beard.  And as he giggled and squirmed, his father would whisper to him, “My dear son…know that as your daddy cherishes the snuggle time and kisses from his little boy, so does God love when we snuggle close to him and kiss him with our helpless prayers.  And when He speaks to you in the early hours of dawn, trust he is lovingly blessing you with your marching orders for the day’s labor, struggles, and rewards.  So always follow His voice when you hear it.” 

And nodding in affirmation as if God’s hand was gently rubbing his neck, the cowboy whispered to himself, “Yes father, thy will be done, I will follow your voice…and help those crying out in need,” and then closed his eyes and felt a calm peace, as he leaned his head out of the passenger’s side window in the truck and once again was refreshed by the warm desert night air blasting over his face, as they raced across the pale desert’s night. 

Indeed, this was the Calvary of the old west, and their mission was the same.  As they came to the rescue in the past, riding on the blast of a bugle cry to the women and children and wagons besieged by howling, arrow firing Indians, so this militia was coming to the rescue of the Mrs. Hammond who he felt was praying for rescue and help from the swarm of federal parasites afflicting her like blood flies in a feeding frenzy. 

And he thought of the American Indians in the area, and their thoughts and feelings about this, and the historical experience they shared of tyranny, bloodshed, betrayal, and how this should serve as the moment of reconciliation for a destiny they both were heading to, and only together would they be undefeatable—morally, materially, legally, and spiritually.

And he remembered the other great scene in the Outlaw Josey Wales, in which the Indian Chief Ten Bears, a mighty warrior--who ironically painted his face blue like the Scottish Highlanders during their own fights against the Romans and then the English - but that’s another story—meets Josey Wales on the field of battle for a pow-wow before the fighting starts, in the hope a settlement might be discovered.  He remembered the words, for they rang with application to the current Oregon standoff he was facing and the settlement he hoped his posse may be able to negotiate with the federal FBI troops (who didn’t want to be there in the first place), before everyone foolishly rushes into another Waco Texas massacre—that would undoubtedly trigger a simultaneous domino-effect en masse of small civil wars around America, as well as the world.  For when Rome is on fire, the slave colonies rejoice, as General Caesar knew well from the Germania campaigns.

The words spoken by Josey Wales to Ten Bears is not only brilliantly prudent conflict resolution strategy, but also undeniably prophetic.  Wales rides up with a white flag on the tip of his raised Winchester rifle, and with multiple pistols on his person, he approaches close to Ten Bears and gently says:

“I have come here to die with you or to live with you, I have come to show you there is iron in my words of death and life…dying is easy for men like you and me when everything you have had has been raped or stolen or killed… it’s living that is hard…and I am here to tell you that men can live together without butchering each other… we will put the sign of your tribe on the door of our lodge… we wish life and peace.”

Then Ten Bears responds to Josey Wales saying:

“You are the Pale Rider, the one who would not make peace with the blue-coats…you may go in peace”, concluding with, “It is good that warriors like you and I can meet on the field of battle in the journey of life….It is sad that governments are run by the ‘double-tongued’, and I see there is iron in your words of life and death….it will be life.” 

The film ends with the death of the government blue-coat military-agent with his own sword through his belly after he has grossly abused his authority and slaughtered innocents; and a new day of peace and brotherhood between the Indians and the ranchers arrives. 

He thought how in this upcoming pow-wow, how great it would be for the native American Indians, in full battle dress and war paint, to come alongside the ranchers and join hands in a blood-brother pact and commit themselves together to honor, respect, and protect their land from the federal government’s double tongue disease, and together, finally, begin the redress of grievances and wounds of old.  After all, government abuse of citizens afflicts all men, regardless of race, color or creed, and what happened in Oregon will not just stay in Oregon, but rather affect every person and every family in every town in every state across America… and eventually the world, if the syndrome of federal abuse was not reversed.  So let it be written, so let it be done in this case, the cowboy-militiaman thought.

This was the shared thought and hope uppermost in the minds of the cowboy-militia men—Bundy, James, Ferguson, Gonzales, Lychaeon, and a thousand others—translating from numerous experiences into one sense of duty.  And they were coming, with Bundy at the lead.  He had prayed and God had touched him with a warm gentle peace that filled his heart with a sense of righteous duty and holy purity of honor, as he perceived that far away, an old woman was standing on her porch, looking upwards with closed eyes and hands raised to heaven as she prayed for the rescue of her husband and son who had been unlawfully kidnapped and taken in handcuffs to prison; and for their community’s deliverance from the parasites of federal agents enslaving their land with barbed-wire fences. 

Mrs. Hammond’s son had looked back at his Ma and said, “It’s ok Ma… just like you taught me when I was a boy… God shall perfect all that concerneth me…and he will make ‘all things work together for good of those who love him and are called according to His purpose…just wait…the cavalry is a comin’, Ma’…it’s comin’.”  And he was right.  This was Bundy’s vision; this was Mrs. Hammond’s prayer.  And they were coming.

It was about to arrive as a herd of trucks, SUVs, campers, u-halls came and Harley Davidson leather clad men, former military and former law enforcement showing their hats and patches walked in and calmly and confidently carrying over their shoulders the God-given instruments to sing the music of human freedom… and protect the peace, the harmony, and law and order…. and secure the tranquility for domestic life… the rifles, pistols, and shotguns of a good, Constitutional, 2nd Amendment loving militia, openly displayed for all the world to see, for America to applaud as their sons, and Ronald Reagan cry out, “atta’ boys… give ‘em one for the Gipper.”

Reagan smiled from Heaven, as did Johnny Cash and John Wayne and the long grey line of every military warrior and patriot to have sworn oath to the constitution and given his blood in love to the United States of America.

ANALYSIS

To fully understand and resolve the Oregon stand-off situation, we are required to analyze the history and dynamics of the problem, the competing parties, and the friction between their competing interests. The parameters of the discussion must be justice and law, with human life, liberty, happiness being the justification for the discussion.

It’s as sour as Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath and as iconically American as the Old West.  It’s as dramatic as the film The Magnificent Seven, or John Ford’s classic The Searchers, who were riding to the rescue of an isolated woman with a frightened young child clinging to her dress, while her husband and eldest son are unjustly marched off in handcuffs to a federal prison.   Only in this case truth was stranger than fiction.

In America, we pride ourselves on the notion of “law and order.”  In fact, this notion is said to be the justification for the self-imposed title, “American Exceptionalism” (which we will not critique here, as much as it is needed).

However, at every corner journalists seem to be scrambling to justify, and even expand, their disinformation campaign of dread, caustic language, and their defamation of the Bundy militia, supporters, and citizens remaining safely neutral but inclined temperamentally towards the independent and rugged personality and community which Oregon defines as natural and in fact an expected part of America’s character and culture.

These most likely were the thoughts and feelings rushing through the militia-posse of patriot-citizens racing to Oregon to protect the distressed ranchers and their families, and in fact to protect every American, and prevent the standoff from devolving into another Waco Texas massacre and a repeat of the government’s slaughter of the Branch Davidian compound and the burning of children and women under the cloak of government authority.

No, this would never happen again, and the militia was always intended to be the counterweight to governmental tyranny against law abiding citizens and their property.  This same vengeance is what the Bundy militia and other militias felt like bringing down upon the heads of the federal agents, judges, and the sheriff for their corruption and treachery and betrayal against the Hammonds—and all Oregon ranchers.

What is interesting and applicable in this case is that the Hammond Father and son ranchers were equally betrayed by the Sheriff Ward as they were by the Bureau of Land Management and especially by the Judge and the Federal Prosecutor who had promised them an honorable plea deal—and then betrayed them by appealing the sentence and demanding a longer one, after he promised not to.

Now besides an act of wicked deceit and treachery, it is also unlawful because it violates a 2013 Supreme Court decision entitled Alleyne v. United States, (2013), in which the Supreme Court stated that “new evidence could not be introduced at sentencing that was not part of the original indictment, or had not been included in the original jury trial or plea agreement.  Otherwise it would violate a citizen’s 8th Amendment and Due Process Rights to confront the evidence and accusers against them”, etc.

It’s also a violation of the original plea agreement, and warrants a complete vacating of judgement and either a new trial or a dismissal of the case and forcing the government to have to re-charge, re-indict, and re-try the case. 

However, the other element of the case is the fact that the Hammond’s should never have agreed to plea and should have simply challenged the court’s jurisdiction and argued that it was a State case that had already been dismissed.  If this was not accepted, then most likely a jury of their peers who were ranchers themselves or familiar with the commonality of land management, and the danger of federal powers run amok, would most likely have acquitted them.

Interestingly this is precisely why there are no federal cases being brought against people in Colorado for smoking or growing marijuana or buying it, because although there is a federal law against marijuana, it is legal to buy it in Colorado—and all Colorado citizens would therefore be unable to honestly charge and prosecute a fellow Colorado citizen guilty of a federal crime that is legal in Colorado—otherwise they would be indicting themselves.

It’s notable that Pete Santilli in his video on YouTube about the town hall meeting in which the sheriff and judge and some other town politicians stood at a podium and asked the militia to leave, was shouted down by a few agents planted in the crowd by the FBI (who were intentionally undermining the meeting) and ejected.  He was right, he had a constitutional right to speak, and ironically this act of constitutional violation resulted in a backfire and more and more people are asking questions and seeing clearly the deceptive practices going on.

Another interesting discovery of deceptive practices and unconscionable violations of the constitution was how the Harney County Fire Marshall Chris Briels caught FBI agents undercover in the area and they refused to answer his questions. He quit his job in protest after confronting Judge Steve Grasty and being told by him—a representative of law and justice—to “stand down.”

Just before this discovery was made, there were reports of people assembled in the refuge who looked like militia harassing locals, which is certainly out of character for the cowboy-military men who pride themselves on honor and duty to citizens. It turns out that these militia members suspected of harassing locals were actually undercover FBI agents.

During an impromptu press conference, Briels explained how he was so disrespected in his encounter with Grasty and so disgusted with the situation in general, that he no longer wants to work for a government that he does not believe in. Briels added that he would still be helping people in the community with fire prevention and other issues that he has helped with in the past, but he will just no longer be doing it as a government employee. Briels went on to describe how he exposed undercover FBI agents who had come to town and were creating problems amongst the locals.

When announcing his resignation, Briels described his encounter with the judge.  “I’ve been told by Steve to distance myself from this committee of public safety. I’ve been told that we don’t know what we’re doing. I’ve been told that my life is in danger. I’ve been told all kinds of things. I will not be told what to do. I have my own mind, and I will use my own mind, not somebody else’s,” Briels said.

Many activists and militia members are now suspecting that the undercover CIA agents were planning to act as agent provocateurs and create trouble in order to frame the protesters for things that they did not do. This theory is supported by the fact that these undercover agents were reportedly bothering locals and acting in a threatening manner.

However, mainstream media reported that militia members were harassing locals, but now that version of events is being brought into question considering the fact that undercover agents were posing as militia. The looming threat of agent provocateurs may be one of the reasons why the refuge occupiers are turning away help from outside militias who have attempted to join the occupation.

As the situation at the refuge resolves, leaders of the militia and occupation have announced that they will soon be making plans to disperse, but this will only happen after there is a guarantee and a truce that entails the federal government agencies (CIA, FBI, military, and police) stand down and do not threaten Americans with bloody, murderous attacks and prosecutorial persecution for this affirmation of their liberties and stand against government injustice.       

Meanwhile, the FBI has said that they will be filing federal charges against the militia members that they have found evidence on throughout the occupation.  Of course, they have no jurisdiction or authority to do this, and what should have happened is that the local sheriff should have immediately arrested all suspected FBI agents and informants involved with the charge of conspiracy to commit unlawful acts, violence, treason, and other abuses of government authority.

Time will tell how this American stand for personal liberty, property rights, and state integrity resolves itself, but if history is a safe guide, we will most likely see a renaissance of American self-awakening and a dawning of a new awareness of the rights and freedoms which have belonged to us since the birth of life, and were simply waiting to be dusted off and wielded by citizens worthy of them.

After all, the Scottish Declaration of Arbroath of 1320—which was used as the model for the American Declaration of Independence from England, had stated:

“...as long as a hundred of us remain alive, never will we on any conditions be subjected to the lordship of the English. It is in truth not for glory, nor riches, nor honours that we are fighting, but for freedom alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself.” 

In part IV, we will explore the legal and constitutional principles and beliefs which make this our next paradigm shift and political renaissance.  And we will discover that neglecting these principles and beliefs will result in a stagnation of culture and in political purgatory.  After all, as political writer and member of Parliament in the 1700’s Edmund Burke once said, “The only thing needed for evil to prosper is for good men to do nothing.” 

In the case of Oregon, America, and the Constitution, let us hope that the cowboys, the heroes, the patriots, are not gone, and are willing to do something.

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