Justice Not Served
There was a news story that was largely buried due to the election last week. It hit our email inboxes at work because it had ramifications for federal workers out West especially those that deal with natural resources. You might remember several months ago that armed right-wing "wise use" nut jobs took over the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Oregon because they though the federal government was doing a land grab, and good hard working ranchers were being thrown off federal land. How dare the government curtail their grazing rights on land owned by the people of the United States! The siege eventually ended and one of their patriarchs was killed by law enforcement when he ran from them and reached for a gun. See! It's not only black people that get shot when they draw a weapon on police! The rest of the merry band of protesters were arrested. Their case went to court, and last week they were all found not guilty. It was a blow for federal employees because it could be essentially making it open season on feds just trying to do their jobs in regulating how are public lands should be used. It also shows the great divide between Right and the Left when it comes to protests. These yahoos were probably hailed by the Right for being patriotic Amurikans, using guns to make their point against the tyrannical government. On the other side there are the yahoos in North Dakota protesting against a pipeline that might come close to Indian "sacred sites." The Right probably sees these protesters as a bunch of tree-hugging hippies. I'm sure there were cheers of approval as the police moved in wearing riot gear a few weeks ago to run them off. This was opposed to the Malheur protest where the police just sat back to wait them out. I'm sure if they were a bunch of armed black men taking over a government facility there would have been drones dropping bombs on them. I have been saying this since the days after 9/11. You have to be careful because one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter.