I must begin this last post on this subject with a statement about the death of the militia man, LaVoy Finicum. I’m so sorry that this happened, and my sympathy is with his family.
So far I’ve brought you information regarding various aspects of this subject. Personally I must say that there was so much information that I could have made each part of the series quite long. I am going to conclude with the wider impact that this standoff may have.
The New York Times has an interesting article regarding what are the biggest threats to U.S. national security. There was a poll conducted of the police across the nation, and right-wing, anti-government militias are considered to be one of the three largest threats to the U.S. In fact, in many places they are considered to be the greatest threat. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/16/opinion/the-other-terror-threat.html
Along with the police, the Department of Homeland Security is also listing these militias as a threat. In this article there is more information of the number and whereabouts of the attacks on the police and other governmental agencies from these militias. http://www.cnn.com/2015/02/19/politics/terror-threat-homeland-security/
A major reason that these militias have become more widely spread over the last several years involves a few social issues. For one thing, since 2008 most Americans have seen their incomes drop, while at the same time the extremely rich have simply gotten even more extremely rich. http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/USA-Update/2014/1110/Economic-inequality-in-the-US-reaches-levels-not-seen-since-Great-Depression Since people are not stupid, there has been a lot of anger; however, the anger has been deliberately misdirected by various politicians, newscasters and radio personalities – all of whom have something to sell, be it books, gold, survival gear or the like. This has created an environment where people who try to explain that the 1% may have something to do with the economics of the country are literally “drowned out”. Instead, illegal immigrants, “the poor”,” welfare queens”, those on Social Security and/or Disability are blamed. So, at a time when wages are falling, the corporations and the rich are becoming unimaginably wealthy, the sick, the elderly and the very young are blamed. http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/06/right-wing-extremism-explainer-charleston-mass-shooting-terrorism
If a house divided cannot stand, certain people are dividing our house for their profit. The hatred that has been whipped up against people who are “different” from the majority has escalated to the point where minorities have been attacked at political rallies, on the street, in church and in their own homes. (I will be leaving those links below.) The explanations that these politicians, newscasters and radio personalities give are way too simplistic. All our problems as a country cannot possibly be caused by a minority which has little to no power. Taking up arms against our fellow citizens, the “government” or officials (not to mention people in a church) is not going to solve a single problem. We need to unite and help each other. We are all suffering…we are all just scrapping by. If we stick together we may find the solutions we need. http://www.cnn.com/2015/11/22/politics/donald-trump-black-lives-matter-protester-confrontation/
As far as the Malheur Wildlife Refuge is concerned, I don’t have a solution. I am sorry that during the arrests one of the men was killed. Do I believe that this was part of a larger conspiracy? No, I do not. I believe that something needed to be done, and this is the result of people running around with guns. The militias don’t need martyrs, and I am glad that Ammon Bundy has called for the remaining members of his militia to stand down and go home. I hope that they do. At the same time, no one should be able to take over a Federal Building and occupy it simply because they don’t like a judgment that was handed down. The land is public land, not rancher land, not private land. They should leave and let the public have access to it.