Remember the tough guy, James Yeager, who said this....
“F**k that,” he said. “I’m telling you that if that happens, it’s going to spark a civil war, and I’ll be glad to fire the first shot. I’m not putting up with it, you shouldn’t put up with it, and I need all you patriots to start thinking about what you’re going to do. Load your damn mags, make sure your rifle’s clean, pack a backpack with some food in it, and get ready to fight.
“I’m not f**king putting up with this, I am not letting my country be ruled by a dictator, I am not letting anybody take my guns,” he said, his voice rising. “If this goes one inch further, I’m going to start killing people.”
That threat of violence was provoked by a fever camp rumor. A rumor that Joe Biden told President Obama he should use executive orders to ban assault weapons.
Guess where Mr. James Yeager was yesterday.
James Yeager is calling from Cliven Bundy’s front yard, where he’s one of several (he won’t say how many) providing 24-hour security to the Bundy family. He and his friend packed up “a full medical kit and a camera” and drove 26 ½ hours from their home in Camden, Tennessee last week to document what he calls “a tremendous overreach of federal power.” He’s been posting daily videos to his YouTube site.
When asked if he also packed weapons, Yeager said, “of course. I’m always armed. This is not any different than any other day for me.”
You see, in today's up-is-down, black-is-white political discourse, Yeager's personal security work for the Bundys is all because the government Yeager hates and Bundy refuses to recognize has orchestrated "a tremendous overreach of federal power."
This should be good news for citizens who are going through foreclosure of their homes, for just one example. I wonder if Bundy or Yeager would rush, with all that fire power, to a scene where a homeowner and his neighbors were in a stand off against the local sheriff for trying to evict a foreclosed-upon family? If Bundy shouldn't have to pay his debts because....freedom, then why should a homeowner who is about to be evicted from his home for defaulting on his mortgage?
Both Bundy and the hypothetical homeowner refuse to pay what they were obligated by law to pay, so why shouldn't an armed-to-the-teeth homeowner in default have the full support of the mighty militia members and patriots....like Yeager?
In fact, based on this new brand of patriotism, why should any American citizen ever pay another debt that they feel is "a tremendous overreach of federal power?"
I keep hearing from the extremist right that the Bureau of Land Management, and of course, Obama, made a very bad decision when they sent federal agents to secure, well, cow-collateral, on an unpaid million dollar plus debt Bundy has owed the federal government. I guess twenty years of governmental patience over Bundy's non-payment was not quite enough time.
But I want to offer a contrast that should make the obvious point concerning the Bundy standoff. Let's say that the Occupy Wall Street "revolutionaries and commies" invited a few "patriots" to bring their AR-15's to New York or Dallas to defend their "protest" from threats from law enforcement officials who were wanting to break up the protest. Further, let's suggest that....as in the Bundy standoff.....several "patriots", say, like James Yeager, positioned themselves and honed their gun sights on the heads of law enforcement officers.....ready to strike a blow for, you know, freedom.
How would conservative media have responded? Would people like Sean Hannity have celebrated such behavior....defended it? Why would it be a sign of great courage, patriotism and love of freedom to place law enforcement personnel in your semi-automatic weapon's sight over a 20-year-running deadbeat who refuses to pay what he owes.....but not if you protest against third world income inequality here in the U.S. compliments of Wall Street barons?
Yet, conservative media only referred to Occupiers as dirty, ignorant, public-fornicators who urinated and defecated in public parks while protesting to get more free stuff from Uncle Sugar.
The New Confederacy movement.
The overarching dispute we've been embroiled in since we elected our first black president is over the federal government, just like it was before the Civil War began. The new "patriots" and "real Americans", aware that demographic changes in the U.S. are inevitable, are responding by challenging the power and reach of the federal government itself.
Cliven Bundy, Sean Hannity et.al. swear that they are patriotic Americans who passionately love their country. Bundy, however, does not recognize the federal government as having any authority whatsoever......and his followers and defenders?
Bundy’s supporters are also adamant that they love America — they just don’t agree with (or in many cases, even recognize as legitimate) its government or the laws it passes.
Just like the Confederates of the 19th century.
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