'We have met the enemy, and he is us'! This familiar line from the 40s and 50s comic strip 'Pogo' seems to be taking on new meaning of late. Many folks are starting to realize that the corrupt government that they have allowed to fester is starting to assert their unlawful authority in places where it most hurts; at home, and over our very livelihoods!
Say what you will about the recent ( and very tense ) situation ( stand-off, really ) in and around Bunkerville, Nevada, or even about Cliven Bundy himself, and his somewhat questionable activities over the years, he had every right to use public lands for his own purposes, especially as a tax-paying citizen, as long as he wasn't hurting anyone in the process ( Harry Reid & the Desert Tortoise don't count |)!
The Bureau of Land Management, as I understand it from the moniker itself, is simply to be a manager of Federal, or public lands. Just like the Federal Government itself, BLM is simply to act the part of our stewards, using our tax-dollars to serve and protect our interests! They were hired by the People, to work for the People, and in reality, are of the people!
That's the way it's supposed to be, anyway! The Federal Government, in the greatest sense, is of the people, but no longer are they by or for the People; anymore, 'they' are governed ( and peopled ) by the Elite, and protect & serve those Elite!
Militant Patriots, both men and women, answered the Call of Duty when they heard that one of their own was under siege! Around a thousand of these patriots flocked to the Bundy Ranch, ready to loose whatever mayhem they could ( and it wouldn't have been pretty ) on those Federal Officers, should the need arise! Thousands more were prepared, at a moments notice, to join them in the Fight! If things had continued to escalate, and the Federal Officers had not backed down, the ensuing battle most likely produced far more casualties in the Federal camp than in the Patriots camp!
Many thanks rightly go out to those Patriots who, under their own compulsion, and by their own means, took it upon themselves to defend a brother in need, but most of all, thanks & praise should be offer to our Heavenly Father, through Whom this near-tragedy was averted! It is from His powerful Hand that our rights come, not through the Federal Government, and not even by a piece of paper ( though these papers do uphold our rights )!
One good thing that may be seen as stemming from such 'stand-offs, and near-tragedies, is that the people of this nation ( those that weren't already ) are waking up and realizing that, 'we had better do something before everything we have been given goes the way of the dinosaur'; people are beginning to wake up and smell the coffee burning! Cattle rustlers, though they may be a dying breed, are still very much alive and they know their time is short, so they're kickin' it while 'they' can!
As situations like this are beginning to occur on a daily basis all across this nation under God, many are beginning to wonder how long it will be & how much more the American people will take before they rise up and put down their oppressors! Can the Good People of this nation, True Patriots all, take much more of the subterfuge & outright lies before they erupt into a Civil War ( what's so civil about war, anyway? )?
This disaster was, thanks be to God, averted ( for the time being )! With that kind of Power behind us, one that change change minds & hearts, one might well wander, can even this disaster ( Civil War ) be averted? The answer is, 'YES'; it can be averted, and will be averted if and when the People of God, the True Patriots, are encouraged to get off their asses an do what we should have been doing all along, being the fragrance of Christ to a world that desperately needs Him!
To this End,
Charles Haddon Shank