Freedom is an interesting concept to invoke here. What the Malheur militia was doing, not to put too fine a point on it, was trying to force the government to shift publicly held land — the people’s land — into private hands, the hands of ranchers like themselves, and mining and energy companies.
They did not generally describe their project in those terms. Bundy and his fellow scofflaws tended to fashion themselves as reclaiming the land for “the people”….
“It is frustrating when I hear the demand that we return the land to the people, because it is in the people’s hand — the people own it,” said Randy Eardley, a spokesman for the Bureau of Land Management, a central villain in the Bundy anti-government narrative. (The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manages Malheur.) “Everybody in the United States owns that land… We manage it the best we can for its owners, the people, and whether it’s for recreating, for grazing, for energy and mineral development.”
I am going to sound like a “liberal” here and say that whenever I see someone clinging to the flag so ferociously for their cause I become very skeptical. There are just too many radical causes with the name “Freedom” attached to them. In reality they are generally for the opposite. There is just way too much flag waving in some radical circles.
These same guys who are trying to steal our land are also vehemently against our government. They rant about the evil federal government taking away their rights, or “their” land, or their freedom. Maybe they should take a serious look at the constitution they cling to, especially the first three words. We The People means just that. When we talk about the government we are actually talking about the people of this country. We entrust our representatives with the task to take care of our corporate business and if they don’t do an acceptable job we can always fire them and get someone else to do it. That process is called elections and they happen at all levels of government on a somewhat regular basis.
Does that mean “We, the people” are of one mind and always see things the same way? Of course not. There will always be some who want more than their share of our country. They want to use our property free of charge instead of paying the rest of us for it. They want to claim that “they” are the people and take away the rights of the rest of us in the process. The Bundys and those like them are not looking out for us but for themselves. It’s as simple as that.
It is sad that one of them had to lose his life in this recent incident. He said he would die before he was arrested so he put that on himself. I’m sure his life would not have been taken if he didn’t try to take some else’s life. It didn’t have to happen, but then again it was probably inevitable given the nature of these supposed patriots….