I know some will say "Well, our leaders aren't representing us and are violating the constitution"...and I would say ...you are correct. In order to right the wrongs you have to go to where the wrongs are happening. That's at the halls of power. You have to engage FULLY in the process our founding fathers created for us. Engaging doesn't mean making a few phone calls or sending some emails. It doesn't mean posting your grievances on social media. It doesn't mean organizing a militia or group and then taking over a wildlife refuge and making demands.
It means getting to know your local government leaders BETTER than you know your favorite sports team/celebrity/video game/ etc. ..you get the picture. It means that voting is the LEAST of our responsibilities. It means attending local and state (if you are near the capitol) meetings, monitoring the agenda and addressing your concerns there. The only people who think they don't have power to change things are the people that haven't tried. If someone told me 5 years ago that we the people have the power to change things, I wouldn't have believed them either. I didn't believe it until I tried.
Too many people want to jump right to the revolution when they haven't tried evolution.This is why Trump is so popular...right or wrong he is pushing back against the bully and he is winning. It's much easier and a bit more exciting to take up arms and wave pitchforks at the problem than to do the tedious work of engaging in the governmental process, although if you have ever read an edition of Keeping Up With The Kouncilmen or Keeping Up With The Kommissioners, it can be much more exciting than you would think.
Righting the wrongs of government overreach means you have to learn how to outsmart the enemy. Sun Tzu had it right...The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting...
It’s unclear whether the men remaining in the remote building understand that there’s literally no chance that all of their demands will be met, but the abovementioned Jason Patrick said as recently as yesterday that they plan to stay until the “redress of grievances.”
Now, it looks as if authorities are prepared to “starve them out,” as it were.
“U.S. and state officials in Oregon on Wednesday set up checkpoints around Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, where an armed group pledged to prolong its standoff with the government a day after one protester was killed and eight others were arrested,” Reuters reports, adding that “only ranchers who own property in the area will be allowed in and anyone coming out of the refuge will have to show identity and have their vehicle searched.”
One certainly imagines that any of the militiamen who attempt to leave will be promptly arrested - especially if they’re carrying assault rifles.
What happens when the men run out of supplies and need to leave the reserve through the new checkpoints is anyone's guess, but Finicum's death means the men now have a concrete cause to rally behind as opposed to a set of amorphous "grievances" about states' rights.
"The government can kill who they want for whatever reason they want with impunity," Patrick said on Tuesday.
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