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Early Lessons of Bunkerville

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Early Lessons of Bunkerville

 

The rush and rapidity of events in Bunkerville, Nevada surprised and cheered many, and there is a lot to learn from this case.

It’s too soon to know the long-term impact of people standing up against armed federales last week, but here are some early takeaways.

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Karen Kwiatkowski

Location matters.  This insurrection, brought on by federal government arrogance and greed, happened in part because people could get there, physically and intellectually.  Wide open rangeland (for hardy cattle and 100 year old turtles) physically and visually juxtaposed with the artificial stupidity of “free speech zones,” domesticated citizens penned in by red government tape, tell a story without words, history lessons, or politics.   The imagery brings to mind the words of one of my favorite heroes, “[T]he truth is, there is something terribly wrong with this country, isn’t there? Cruelty and injustice, intolerance and oppression. And where once you had the freedom to object, to think and speak as you saw fit, you now have censors and systems of surveillance coercing your conformity and soliciting your submission.”

Sifters like Drudge and Alex Jones are of enormous value in the struggle for human liberty.  I use Jeff Deist’s phraseology here because it is so perfect.  These market-driven and individualist information selectors, empowered by the low cost of the Internet and its associated technology, shared information in real time, live-streaming government actions and reactions, while providing the needed context of history, politics, economics, religion and culture, directly to people, not through their unions, their political parties, or their employers or their churches.  The search for the “truth” can be activated and shared across state lines and political party prejudice.  With timely information and honest context, government missteps and abuse can captivate and compel and even organize instant armies.

Sparks cause fires, and fires can radically change landscapes.  But the humble spark that invites sympathy may be more powerful than other even more deserving sparks.  Who doesn’t love family farmers, dogies on the range, and even a poor mistreated turtle?  The lockdown of Boston a year ago was highly offensive, illegal in any constitutional sense, and chock-full of federalized law enforcement excess and abuse.  Actual truth about every aspect of the backpack bombers has proven hard to get, to this day.  Yet, because the government abuse was presented as justified, and was delivered with shock and awe, it succeeded as a practice run for Any City, USA.  The thousands of innocent citizens in Boston who had their rights abused were also faceless and unsympathetic.  Apparently, no puppies or kittens were harmed during the collective violation of their owners.  Contrast this to what the feds did and intended to do to the Bundy family and their cows and calves.  Property lines mattered, the victims had faces, children and traditions, and innocent mothers, children and cattle were caught in the threatened crossfire.  The turtle situation also mattered, as news about how the government really treats endangered species boiled and bubbled across the Internet.  The favor-trading and rent-seeking of state and federal politicians and their financiers were also exposed.  The facts conspired to reveal the face of evil in the bland spineless government officials, in steely-eyed government snipers targeting unarmed Americans should they step out of line, in jackbooted government thugs and their machines itching for total dominance.

Simplicity is not 100% necessary in a spontaneous revolution, or any other kind.  The Bundy case is not legally simple, and it has been over twenty years in the making.  One could easily make the case, as the feds clearly rationalized, that the Bundys’ knew this was coming, they had to pay the demanded fines, and that public land is for public, re: “governmental” uses, as defined by whatever appropriate bureaucrat is in charge this decade, often as directed by bought-and-paid-for Senators and Congressmen.  Given how much of Nevada is already considered federal property, it wouldn’t have been unreasonable to expect that average Americans would agree with the government position.  Perhaps they did – but the tireless and fed up minority not only did not agree, because of the location, information and empathy, they showed up, like mushrooms after a spring rain, it must have seemed.  Mechanistic calculations failed the bureaucrats, and a certain spirit of shared spontaneous sacrifice of brothers and sisters prevailed.  Putting aside their own lives for the moment, and standing together, without violence but with an unusual and praiseworthy commitment to justice – this little army accomplished a great thing.  Was it just property rights defense, or a simple reaction to an ugly power grab by a bristling state security apparatus? Or was this fight many things to many people, all arriving at the same place and frame of mind from various religious, constitutional, political, economic and cultural perspectives and interpretations?

Location, broad access to real-time information, a humble sympathetic spark illuminating a multifaceted and even complex problem of justice – these four ingredients seemed present in Bunkerville.    Like the similar sounding Battle of Bunker Hill, the first battle of Bunkerville also illustrates that a weaker and inexperienced group opposed to tyranny can prevail against (or deliver a Pyrrhic victory to) the well-armed existent power structure. The BLM drawback will be publicly presented as a “good government” victory.  In fact the federales and the politicians are already busy with their post-game analysis.

In their analysis, I believe they will determine that, 1) location matters (and hence must be carefully selected and controlled); 2) information is a domestic battleground and if messages cannot be managed, then technology and access should be; 3) empathy must be created and controlled (either for the government position, or for some government-controlled and friendly vector) and; 4) a more effective surveillance state, with better “mood” research, citizen tracking and list-keeping must be created, in order to prevent future “losses” such as at Bunkerville last week.   Until we can shut down the printing presses at the Fed, the incessant borrowing, and the outrageous taxation in this troubled country, we cannot stop the state from more carefully choosing and hiding their mistreatment of citizens and their property.  We will be unable to reverse the pre-emptive criminalization of every person in the country that is the fundamental driving purpose of the surveillance state.

As with the British Army in 1775, the state’s institutions sow the seeds of their own destruction. Inflation, crushing debt, and rats leaving the sinking ship will conspire towards ultimate collapse.  As Bunkerville publicly demonstrated, we the people can peaceably help this process along.  The state will call it reform, transformation, or even rehabilitation, even as politicians begin to scramble to “lead” the leaders of this liberty and justice movement.   The state will shrink, in influence at first, as we have seen, then in physical presence, cohesiveness, and consumption.  We will call it victory, and tell our children instructive fables of evil statist monsters.  God bless the Bundys and their friends, and all of us.  It has started!


LRC columnist Karen Kwiatkowski, Ph.D. [send her mail], a retired USAF lieutenant colonel, blogs occasionally at Liberty and Power and The Beacon. To receive automatic announcements of new articles, click here or join her Facebook page. She ran for Congress in Virginia’s 6th district in 2012..

Copyright © 2014 Karen Kwiatkowski

Reprinted with permission from LRC.

National Constitution Lobby Organizing Webinar

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Tuesday, June 12
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Thursday, June 14
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We The People across America to hold government accountable
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SATURDAY, FEB. 25
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TUESDAY, FEB. 28
7:00pm-8:00pm Eastern

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Veterans organize march to the White House on President’s Day

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Our nation’s veterans and active duty military will be gathering at the Washington Monument at noon on February 20, 2012.  They will then proudly fall into formation as they march from the monument to the White House.  Active duty military are asked to not wear their uniforms.

In a public show of strength, they will be undertaking what may best be described as perhaps one of the most unique anti-war protests and endorsement of a Presidential candidate in our nation’s history.  Upon arriving at the White House, they will make an “about-face” so their backs are turned on the current administration.  With a folded flag in view as a symbolic tribute to our fallen men and women in uniform, they will then hold a salute for as many seconds as those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice during Obama’s time in office.  Family members of KIA are invited to place their hands on the folded flag.  There will be transportation for disabled veterans to participate. They are also encouraging family members of military and all non-military supporters of their cause to come out and fall-in behind them in this march.

Make no mistake about it, members of our military and our nation’s veterans are not pleased about these unconstitutional, endless wars.  They are not happy with the mainstream media’s biased and deplorable coverage of the only candidate in the Republican field that is not only a veteran but has a spotless voting record that spans over decades and demonstrates that he has always stood up and defended the constitution of the United States, even when it often meant that he had to stand all alone.

They intend to send a powerful message to us all.  The event is called, “Ron Paul is the Choice of the Troops”.  Adam Kokesh has sent out a call to rally together for this event.  Adam is a veteran of the Iraqi war and member/co-founder of such groups as:  Iraqi Veterans Against the War and Veterans for Ron Paul.  He is also the host of a patriot-minded television show called. “Adam vs the Man”.

There are many other similar groups such as:  Veterans for Peace, Combat Veterans for Ron Paul, US Army for Ron Paul and the list goes on.

For Americans that just don’t believe or understand that Ron Paul does indeed have overwhelming support from our military, perhaps this is the event to answer that question.  They do exist and maybe this is their way of saying to America in a profound way, “Can you hear us now?”

There is an upcoming moneybomb to raise funds for this effort which is scheduled for February 1st which also happens to fall on the 55th wedding anniversary of Ron and Carol Paul.  Donations can be made at this site and include in your comment, “Veterans March”.  The group is also featuring a video contest to advertise this historic march on the White House, please (see video) for more information about the event.

There is a facebook group that has been set-up here for the latest updates.

Veterans march on the White House

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