While the Bundyites and their associated #VanillaISIS #Y’AllQaeda #YeeHawDist members, there are some informative and serious pieces of background writing which deserve our attention. One of these is Elaine Hunt’s piece for Lets Talk Nevada, “Senator Dean Heller on the Bundys and the BLM.” Hunt provides local context for the ongoing situation between the “Sovereign” Bundys, including the stances taken by city and county officials.
There’s no shortage of articles available concerning the tactics which might be adopted to resolve the situation in the Malheur Wildlife Reserve. Newsweek offers its advice on how the Federal government can resolve the issue peacefully. The Washington Post provides some context for the ongoing fight over public lands in Oregon. The piece also provides a bit of encouraging news: The government position that the Bundy Gang is invading the area is taking hold with local officials in the local area.
Meanwhile, authorities are planning to cut the power to the facilities at the Malheur Refuge [Guardian] To which the #VanillaISIS responded they were ready – however, surely they know that if the Federal and local agencies cut off traffic to the Refuge it won’t be all that long before they’ve run through the gasoline in the pickups to run a generator? This point highlights some questions which such radical activities raise in general.
# How do radicals convince themselves that there is a vast reservoir of support for their cause? From the Whiskey Rebellion of 1791, with sporadic anti-tax violence until 1794, which ended with the “rebels” fleeing in the face of Washington’s collection of 13,000 militia members from Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania – to John Brown’s unsuccessful raid on the Harper’s Ferry federal arsenal – to Charleston murderer Dylann Roof’s pathetic attempt to “start a race war” [Nwk] – to the equally pathetic request of the #Y’AllQaeda for people to send “snacks” and come to join them – the radicals have vastly overestimated the breadth and depth of their causes.
# Why do movements such as #Y’AllQaeda almost invariably include leadership which indulges in pseudo-military activities rather than actually enlisting in the U.S. Armed Forces? Oathkeepers being the exception, as would be the likes of Timothy McVeigh, many of the self styled Militia types don’t have what might be considered even para-military training. Target shooting, gun collecting, and video games don’t create real soldiers. A point which appears to have escaped many militants.
# It’s interesting that some of the loudest critics of range management often include individuals who aren’t all that successful in ranching enterprises? Previous Nevada protests, in Elko County (Gardner), and in Nye County (Hage), were sparked by the actions of individuals who blamed the Bureau of Land Management for problems they may very well have created for themselves.
I suppose we’ll always have among us those who have inflated views of their own agency, and unrealistic perspectives concerning the level of support for their own cause. The play-soldiers will continue to conflate fantasy with professional military reality. And, those who cannot accept or admit their limitations will invariably blame others for their problems. The trick is not to allow this to fester and metastasize in the body politic.