When ‘Anti-Government’ Violence Erupts, Who Is Really At Fault?

This past week, I have been examining a recently leaked document from the Department Of Homeland Security entitled “Domestic Violent Extremists Pose A Threat To Government Officials And Law Enforcement.” (Yes; the title leaves nothing to the imagination.)

Generally, such documents are not classified. But it is internally accepted within establishment agencies that they should not be shared with the public. Similar documents like the Missouri Information Analysis Center report titled “The Modern Militia Movement” and the Virginia Fusion Center’s Terrorism Threat Assessment are not designed to import in-depth knowledge to law enforcement. In fact, if you actually investigate these white papers thoroughly, you will find they read like a mentally challenged middle-school student’s last-minute book report on liberty groups in America.

Rather than convey the complexity of the conflict between federal bureaucracy and constitutionalists, the papers linked above are meant to indoctrinate law enforcement officials against even considering what we have to say or why we take the actions we take.

Often, the Southern Poverty Law Center, a shameless propaganda outlet known for its Saul Alinsky tactics, is tapped as the primary source of “data” for these reports. At no time have I ever seen a government report on “domestic extremism” accusing liberty activists that actually allows a subset of the liberty movement to personally describe our position.

Often, the DHS will claim to LEOs that there is a “disparity in our beliefs that makes us unpredictable” or that they do not have a full understanding of our motivations during a particular event. The confrontation at Cliven Bundy’s ranch was the latest shock, after which federal officials acted as though the standoff attitude of armed liberty activists was incomprehensible.

The reality is that establishment cronies know all too well why Americans are angered to the point of taking up arms.

In any piece of propaganda, including the leaked DHS report, the goal is to paint opposition to state power in the darkest manner possible, so that the useful idiots (oath breaking LEOs and federal agents) can maintain the false sense that they hold the moral high ground. It is the information that such propaganda fails to mention that holds the key to unraveling the government position. For instance, the paper overtly mentions armed patriots at Bundy ranch as a brand of escalation, but does not mention the heavily armed Bureau of Land Management agents and contracted snipers that came first, seeking to terrify the Bundy family into compliance.

Nor does the paper mention the trampling of protester 1st amendment rights with the BLM’s absurdly inadequate, fenced-off “First Amendment Area.” In light of this, I ask: Who triggered the confrontation at Bundy ranch?

Is the federal government really all that surprised that liberty activists from all across the country came armed and ready to fight or even die? Some people believe the establishment is so ignorant or blinded by hubris that they can’t see the typhoon at their door, but I don’t think they are as dumb as they pretend.

Tragedies like Waco and Ruby Ridge do not have a shelf life. They accumulate in the minds of the people over time, and generations can pass without the rage ever fading. At Bundy ranch, the liberty movement resolved that we would not allow another such event to occur again without direct consequences – meaning nonsensical false-flag terrorism like the Oklahoma City bombing will never be our method, though the Feds would like you to assume as much. No, our method is to stand in between the aggressors, whoever they may be, and the victims, whoever they may be, and stop the tragedy before it happens.

At Bundy ranch, the BLM and its military contractors ran away, returning Bundy property as they went. Thus, the liberty movement removed the immediate threat and prevented another possible Waco. This is called “escalation of violent extremism" by the establishment. I call it de-escalation of violent government abuse by liberty activists.

The federal government would have you believe that the rise of “militias” and violent opposition is somehow taking place in a vacuum; that government officials can’t understand why such escalation is occurring now; that it must be a product of “racism” due to a black president; and that it’s all a chaotic, self-mutating mess of extremist insanity. This is ridiculous.

Why are people gearing up for revolution? I’ll break it down simply:

If you try to take our freedom, our chance at prosperity or our lives, we are going to fight you until one side or both sides dies. Period.

I’m not sure how this could be difficult to comprehend, and I do not think the feds haven’t grasped it. I think if they are surprised at all, it is because they have been steamrolling over Americans for so long that they are not used to the idea of regular people stopping them cold. Powder kegs are revealing themselves all across the U.S., from Bundy ranch to Ferguson, Missouri, and all caused by authoritarian overreach by federal and state officials.

In Ferguson, anger over perceived as well as legitimate state abuse has developed into street activism, but also random looting. Michael Brown himself is not necessarily an endearing character, but that is not a rationalization for the outright execution of suspects by the police, which has taken place with increasing frequency across the country in recent years.  The strange behavior of Ferguson officials at the onset of the shooting combined with a lack of immediate transparency leads some to believe a cover-up is in progress, while others in government seek to exploit the event to ignite race divisions.

Whether or not Michael Brown actually "charged" at Officer Darren Wilson is not yet confirmed.  However, we do know that regardless, Brown was unarmed, and that the officer in question had less-lethal-means at his disposal, including a taser and pepper spray.  Whatever new facts come to light, it was still the choice of Darren Wilson to fire his handgun six times into Brown's head and arm, instead of using other available methods.  Darren Wilson's refusal to make an official statement at the beginning of the event allows him to shift his story according the evidence that becomes available to the public.  The entire situation and handling by Ferguson police only feeds already existing distrust of LEOs, who, with their federal funding and supplied military hardware, have become the front line mascots of government abuse.

The Ferguson shooting itself almost becomes irrelevant in comparison to the government response to public protest.  State officials cite the explosion of looting and violence as a reason for the insertion of heavily armed and armored SWAT units, as well as the National Guard.  However, riot police and militarized units IGNORED looters and rioters, and instead aimed the brunt of their attacks at peaceful protesters.  This reveals a government disdain for 1st Amendment activities that goes far beyond the controversy of Michael Brown or even the inevitable "race-war" propaganda.

What is the solution? To stop the rise of anti-government violence, we must remove government intrusion into people’s lives, and the public must take community security into its own hands.  Why did police use riot control measures against peaceful protesters in Ferguson, while such tactics were abandoned during the Bundy Ranch incident?  Why does Eric Holder express "alarm" over the use of the National Guard in Ferguson, yet, he and the White House discussed plans for military intervention at Bundy Ranch?  Why have leftists expressed shock over militarized police in Ferguson, when many of them were calling for drone strikes and blood in Bunkerville?  Why have some "conservatives" set aside their 1st Amendment concerns when it comes to Ferguson when they were livid over the initial 1st Amendment trampling of Bundy Ranch?

The bottom line is this - outsiders will always have their opinions, and in most cases their opinions don't count for much, but that does not stop people from trying to force their ignorant views upon you.  Whatever the community and whatever the circumstances, the only way to solve the problem of the state & statists vs. the people is for the people to take responsibility for their own surroundings.

If the citizens of Ferguson (and the rest of America) really want to erase this conundrum from their lives permanently, they are going to have to establish neighborhood watches and even community “militias” (there’s the dreaded “M” word again) to bring peace to their town.

By refusing to take responsibility for their own security, Ferguson residents have invited city and state LEOs to do the job for them, and this has resulted in the possibility of unwarranted death-by-cop. Ferguson residents can and should remove LEO presence by establishing their own security. But this means they would have to stop the looting by petty thugs using protests as cover, and it also means they would have to prevent or intervene in criminal activities of less honorable residents.

The Founding Fathers answered the question of “who watches the watchmen” by creating a system by which the people ARE the watchmen. This was the militia system, a system that the federal government now labels “domestic extremism” and violent escalation.

I have been saying it for years, and I’ll keep saying right up until the shooting starts: Americans must take responsibility for their own futures and their own defense. Whether or not the people of Ferguson accept this, I have no idea, but the crisis will never stop until they do. And this problem applies to all other communities across the nation as well.  Corruption of a community and the application of tyranny is rather difficult when every able bodied person within that community has the ability to defend themselves.  Therefore, it remains up to each individual, and each sovereign neighborhood, town, county, and state, to man-up and become combat capable so that less honest institutions do not fill the void.

Dupes and statists will argue that the only way to change the system is to play by the rules, build a majority, elect the politicians you want and fight unconstitutional laws in the courts. But what should the people do when our political structure is rigged by special interests representing only a handful of elites? What should the people do when independent parties are muscled out of the mainstream and the leaders of the major parties sabotage any internal movements to change the status quo? What do the people do when their protests and redress of grievances are bashed by the media, violently attacked by the authorities or outright denied by government-enforced curfew? What do the people do when the courts stall justice and drown dissent with legal red tape? What do people do when playing by the rules only makes the situation worse for us all?

Americans must realize an important fact: There is no power over us but that which we give away.

The original intent of our republic is that the people ARE the government — not a select few elitists handpicked by corporate bankers. Politicians are supposed to be our employees, not a ruling class that sits above the populace. The current growing conflict between the citizenry and the government is igniting exactly because our government does not represent the common man anymore. The government is not “by the people, for the people.” It is a separate entity, representing corrupt and hostile parties. It cannot be changed from within. The federal government is now foreign to us, a guarded enemy with malicious motives.

Americans can take back the power they have neglected by taking responsibility for themselves and their communities. The government can only do two things in reaction: accept that we are in charge of our own lives and walk away, or try to stop us with force and assert its dominance. If it chooses the latter, then all violence that follows after will be on its hands, not ours. Anti-government activities arise only because of destructive government attitudes. If the establishment really fears a wave of violence against it, then it should do exactly as it did in Bunkerville, Nevada — walk away and leave people in peace.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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open carry
written by coyote , August 22, 2014

Well written, sir. Denial of the truth that "absolute power has corrupted absolutely", and capitulation to greed in place of personal responsibility has led to the near loss of the republic. Total slavery will come if the populace abandons its only means of self-defense, it's guns. Another test of rural resolve is coming in the west. The banker's whores will not be allowed to forget the facedown in Nevada. We must be ready, as were the men at Concord Bridge.
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written by justanobserver , August 22, 2014

Brandon,

Unfortunately, they cannot walk away. Their vanity, their greed, their worship of themselves will not allow them to see that they are what has made America exceedingly vile in the eyes of some Americans and in the eyes of most of the world.

And they could just walk away as the loyalists who fought on the side of George III were allowed to walk away for the most part.

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written by ferndale , August 22, 2014

1) why do you think that liberty activists responded in numbers to the bundy situation, but not to ferguson? but not to staten island? etc.? my assessment of the situation is that ferguson is a far more egregious assault on basic freedoms against a wider swath of citizens.

2) do you support community patrols by the Huey P. Newton Gun Club in Dallas?

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written by Brandon Smith , August 22, 2014

@ferndale

1. How do you know that patriots weren't on the ground at Ferguson in numbers? I happen to know that numerous patriots were there assessing the situation for the past few days at least, including many Oath Keepers. The problem with Ferguson is that the locals have to WANT to take local security into their own hands, like the Bundy's did, otherwise, liberty activists coming in from the outside cannot achieve much.

2. I support all people expressing their 1st and 2nd Amendment rights, regardless of their skin color or political affiliations. Though, I think the idea of any group organizing along racial divides is truly ignorant of the bigger picture, as long as they don't take destructive actions motivated by race, they are not my concern, nor are they anyone's concern.

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written by ferndale , August 22, 2014

I think the larger question remaining in the liberty movement is whether or not folks can play nice with others with alternate ideologies with respect to the largest of constitutional issues. it seems to me that an outreach effort beyond the redoubt to urban centers and specifically minority communities is a strategy that should be pursued.

you may quibble with this, but liberals and libertarians are often equally appalled by statist tactics. both groups seem unwilling to "code switch" in dialogue with the other in a way that generates greater consensus and activism. if bipartisanship is viewed by the mindless moderates as the gold standard, then seeking consensus may weaken the middle, which is the base of support for statists.

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written by ferndale , August 22, 2014

for example, black liberals are equally suspicious of the banking system, having been victims of predatory lending and having been denied credit.
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written by Seen2013 , August 22, 2014

"In any piece of propaganda, including the leaked DHS report, the goal is to paint opposition to state power in the darkest manner possible, so that the useful idiots (oath breaking LEOs and federal agents) can maintain the false sense that they hold the moral high ground."

The papers are written largely by mouthpieces or in reality the elites tyrannical supporters who like many issues approach a problem through statist or tyrannical worldview. So, they are the ones shocked at people not reacting like a Pavlovian dog after steamrolling much of the upper elitist's agendas. To them, they are shocked, and their go to anchor is extremism that the upper can utilize while the useful idoits jockey for position.
Central planning and central control are promoted utilizing scientific law much like common core, agenda 21, econ nutritionists, and etc the catalysts or motivations have to become simple, isolated, or otherwise finite to A. Compute model it. B. Control or manipulate it. C. Condition or train/precondition.

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written by justanobserver , August 22, 2014

Ferndale,

And the liberals and conservatives also have concerns about the in-your-face police state mentality of government.


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written by Brandon Smith , August 22, 2014

@Ferndale

I certainly have no problem with outreach, as long as there is time. However, if we begin to see an acceleration of police state measures and martial law across the country, I do not recommend the liberty movement wait for leftists to get their act together while the house burns down around our heads. Unification of different political ideologies is a useful goal, but we should not expect grand success in the endeavor, and should plan to fight this fight alone if we have to.

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written by ferndale , August 23, 2014

I guess you're right that an oath keeper was there...

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/22/dan-page-st-louis-police-officer_n_5702000.html

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written by Brandon Smith , August 23, 2014

@Ferndale

Dan Page is not a member of Oath Keepers, he merely spoke at a meeting months ago. However, it's interesting that you feel the need to jump to that conclusion. I bet you haven't even watched the video that the media is harping about. I've watched it, and the media misquoted him on several occasions. He made no racist remarks. Also, Dan Page deserves his 1st Amendment protected opinions just like everyone else. It truly is laughable the circus that the MSM is trying to conjure around him. Frankly, I agree with most of his comments. His views on the Iraq War match many "leftists", but because he makes a comment that he does not like the premise of affirmative action, suddenly he's a race hater. I have to chuckle at the whole thing...

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Well Said
written by Miguel , August 23, 2014

Brandon hit the nail on the head with this one. Just one small, but very important, suggestion. After mentioning the state as part of the problem about a half dozen times, the article then states:

"Therefore, it remains up to each individual, and each sovereign neighborhood, town, county, and state, to man-up and become combat capable so that less honest institutions do not fill the void."

Thomas Jefferson wrote that the most local government was all that's necessary to secure the rights of life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. This is the only kind of government that is able to remain “by the people, for the people” over the long term. Each should have its own militia, with relationships with other militias, but no common leaders to become the next tyrant. The tyrants that naturally arise from the attraction to power over large numbers can be avoided by eliminating all power by any group or individual over numbers larger than a very local community.

So, the article would be absolutely perfect with that one sentence changed to:

"Therefore, it remains up to each individual, and each sovereign local community to man-up, become combat capable and join in league with other like minded sovereign communities, so that less honest centralized institutions do not fill the void."

This would still be 100% consistent with the rest of this article, and all but a very small, and shrinking, portion of Brandon's other excellent articles.

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From the "delusional" one...
written by Warren Celli , August 23, 2014

Brandon, your situation assessment of the depth of corruption is right on, but I still think you are way ahead of the curve with the guns, and that only serves to feed the Xtrevilist's ultimate goal of imposing divisive perpetual conflict in the masses. A goal which will be far easier to implement if everyone is armed and able to off each other (lawyers love this crap) while the Xtrevilist's hold the vastly superior over-controlling technology, media, and fire power.

As I said before we have only scratched the surface of getting in the face of the man peacefully and demanding a Constitutional rewrite that moves us to Direct Democracy.

Here is my latest from Saint Augustine which bills itself as the nation's oldest European settlement and where tourism is a big offender in denying us all our Constitutional rights and confiscating public property.

Its a local issue but the concepts can be rolled out anywhere.
Key to its success is getting more people involved and out into what public commons remain, getting past the Orwellian language, and telling it like it is.

http://fountainofbaloney.com/index.html#genocide

http://fountainofbaloney.com/fbarticles/respect residents rights.html

Deception is the strongest political force on the planet.

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written by Brandon Smith , August 23, 2014

@Warren

No. If tyranny turns mechanically violent, the only answer is self defense. Period. Self defense does not continuously perpetuate violence, but inaction does. Peaceful activism only works if you are dealing with a government that feels required to pretend that it is fair and benevolent. If you are dealing with a Hitler, or a Stalin, you shoot the bastards.

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written by Snoops , August 23, 2014

THANK YOU!!! (Just what we, the People, needed!)
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written by ferndale , August 23, 2014

@ Brandon

the article certainly is a data point. I never said that the article was the truth or that it paints a complete picture.

the article certainly does point to the need to appropriately communicate with the nonbelievers and reach out to other ideological groups.

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written by Brandon Smith , August 24, 2014

@ferndale

Yes, but I would be careful of labeling anyone an "Oath Keeper" (meaning member of Oath Keepers) without verification. From what I've been told, the media hit parade on Dan Page is a paper tiger, no one seems to care what the media has to say about him, which is exactly as it should be. The influence of socialist mouthpiece journalism is waning.

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photo to the article
written by bill_derberg5 , August 24, 2014

Has anyone noticed the writing on the mailbox of the photo?
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written by ferndale , August 25, 2014

@Brandon

touché!

http://www.dcclothesline.com/2014/08/25/missouri-oath-keepers-warn-governor-nixon-open-letter/

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written by Brandon Smith , August 25, 2014

@Ferndale

Touche?

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Personal responsibility
written by Cowboy , August 25, 2014

Watchmen of America.

Join and secure the blessings of liberty for yourself.
Teach. Learn. Train. Live. Survive. Thrive.

In Ca we are building a community of like-minded individuals, one county at a time. We train and share knowledge with other groups in the state. There are groups in several states.

Secure the blessings of liberty for yourself.


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written by ferndale , August 26, 2014

@Brandon

you said Oath Keepers were on the ground. You were obviously right.

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put in perspective...
written by itor , August 26, 2014

Notable anti-government extremism:

Exodus
American Revolution
Warsaw Ghetto uprising
French Resistance
Tianneman Square
Destruction of Berlin Wall
Romanian uprising

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home team loosing
written by iwitness02 , August 27, 2014

I believe Brandon is right about everyone keeping score.
Even if they don't realize it as such. In as much as every injustice is noted and saved in the back of everyone's mind. The score card is so lopsided now that push is coming to shove.

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