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by Zeb Blanchard, ©2016

(Jan. 6, 2016) — The protest in Burns, OR is an exercise in civil disobedience, an American thing to do and not unlike sitting in the front of the bus, but with one big difference: the folks in this protest are armed.  This condition has prompted organized patriot groups (Oath Keepers, III%, etc.) to condemn the protest as cause worthy but ill planned and badly timed.  The protest is not supported by organized patriot groups.

The cause is a hundred years old, at least, and stems from government overreach in attempting to control land use in the West.  The government “owns” 28% of the land mass of the United States, a real stretch from the ten square miles for DC and areas for military bases that the Constitution allows.

So this is the line in the sand for the protesters in Burns who are actually being led by the Bundys out of Nevada.  It is a protest, following other protests over the decades.  Have the folks out west exhausted all possible avenue of redress, as our ancestors did in 1776?  Certainly rustling of the Bundy livestock by the BLM was not an appropriate response by government to the protest there.

Is this tyranny, perhaps?  Is this the issue in Burns, OR, most certainly.

Have we as a nation exhausted all avenues of redress, perhaps?  The writ of habeas corpus has been set aside.  Citizens no longer have access to their grand juries.  The posse comitatus act was ignored during Katrina and now in Burns, OR.  Our politicians ignore our pleas and go their merry way, marching to the beat of the K Street lobbyists.

Are we marching towards the Lexington Green, I wonder, but I pray not.  But what now is our alternative, where do we go for redress?

Will our duly elected good men and true finally realize reality and act?

Zeb Blanchard
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“If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.”  – Samuel Adams

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