Patience, or longsuffering, is the state of enduring difficult circumstances which can mean persevering in the face of delay or provocation without acting on annoyance or anger in a negative way. Parents, like vicious wild animals, demonstrate patience in dealing with their impetuous and defiant young in the hope they eventually outgrow their offensive behavior and develop into respectful adults due to their parents longsuffering. For twenty years the federal government has exhibited patience few parents or wild beasts possess in dealing with Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy who defiantly stopped paying the government fees for allowing his cattle to graze on taxpayer land. Whether it is a mental defect unique to 1870s Mormon settlers, severe schizophrenia, or belief he is a law unto himself and hates being an American, Bundy’s primary problem is that “I don’t recognize the United States Government as even existing.” However, militia members who recognize the government exists rushed armed and dangerous to impede federal agents in the performance of their duties with the sole purpose of inciting a rebellion against the United States government.
Bundy realized the United States government does exist when, after three court rulings ordering him to remove his trespassing cattle from land Bundy claims the government is forbidden to own, the Interior Department followed through on court orders to seize and evict Bundy’s cattle from government property. The result was a call to arms and incitement to armed conflict against the United States government militias claimed was the start of the 2nd American revolution; it was also sedition. In the past it was questionable whether or not assassination threats against President Obama, Republican calls for revolution, or Republican states threatening federal agents with arrest for enforcing legally passed laws was sedition, but in this instance, it is indisputable that armed militias , Bundy, and to a lesser extent the Koch brothers’ Americans for Prosperity, Fox News’ Sean Hannity, and some Republicans are guilty of sedition among a rash of other violations.
According to 18 U.S. Code § 2384, seditious conspiracy occurs “If two or more persons in any State or Territory, or in any place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or to levy war against them, or to oppose by force the authority thereof, or by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States; they shall each be fined or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both.” It is also likely that the militias who rushed to provide “armed response” against the United States government agents are guilty of treason that is “the crime of betraying one’s country, especially by attempting to kill the sovereign or overthrow the government. In fact, 18 U.S. Code § 2381 defines treason as “whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000.”
Bundy’s militia supporters told the press they fully intended to use their weapons to, among other things, incite other traitorous rebels to revolution against the United States, as well use the threat of armed violence to impede federal agents doing their jobs; they were successful. It is a violation of 18 U.S. Code § 115 that forbids “influencing, impeding, or retaliating violence against a federal official, or law enforcement officer while engaged in the performance of official duties.” One militia member said militias rushed to Nevada to provide an “armed response” to federal agents performing their official duties because “we need guns to protect ourselves from the tyrannical government.” Another militia organization published on several right-wing websites that “we have made the decision to mobilize to Nevada” and explicitly stated the “purpose of mobilizing was to spark a deadly conflict” and added that “All men are mortal, most pass simply because it is their time, a few however are blessed with the opportunity to chose (SIC) their time in performance of duty.” It is beyond question that the militias travelling to force federal agents to halt the performance of their duty was an act of sedition simply because their stated goal was starting a revolution against the United States government regardless Bundy does not recognize it as legal.
Bundy himself has been in contempt of court since 1998 that, according to the law, allows federal courts to “punish by fine or imprisonment, or both” because he willfully “disobeyed or resisted its lawful writ, process, order, rule, decree, or command.” Bundy also demanded that the local sheriff immediately disarm all National Park Service employees and deliver their confiscated firearms directly to him. As an aside, so-called patriots claim President Obama is attempting to confiscate their firearms with non-existent gun safety measures, but it is different when a white criminal who does not recognize the United States government even exists demands that local law enforcement confiscates federal officers’ firearms. Bundy’s little militia army are, besides guilty of sedition and treason, also guilty of transporting “firearms knowing or having reason to know or intending that the same will be used unlawfully in furtherance of a civil disorder.” It is unquestionable that militias rushed to “spark a deadly conflict” that is the ultimate “civil disorder” when they transported their guns to confront federal agents with violence while in the performance of their lawful government duties.
Bundy is as guilty of sedition as much as armed militias, and Americans for Prosperity, Sean Hannity, and conservative rabble rousers are guilty of inciting so-called patriots to conspire to armed conflict against this government. Bundy said, “I haven’t called no militia, but hey it looks like that’s where we’re at. We got a strong army here, we have to fight.” Earlier, Bundy warned the Las Vegas Sun that “he keeps firearms at his ranch and promised to do whatever it takes to defend his cattle being seized; I abide by almost zero federal laws.” On Saturday, Nevada Republican Michele Fiore said, “I’m seeing a lot of passionate Americans willing to stand up for important rights,” but those purported important rights do not include threatening to ignite a revolt against the United States government. That was the primary goal of armed militias heeding the call to help Bundy “do whatever it takes to defend his cattle being seized,” and they broke a rash of federal laws in the process that they must be brought to justice for; particularly threatening armed insurrection against the government of the United States.
Right-wing militias, Oath Keepers, teabaggers, so-called patriots, gun fanatics, and Republicans have called for armed rebellion against the government ever since Americans elected an African American as President. This incident provided them with the impetus to marshal armed resistance against the government with the stated goal of starting their vaunted 2nd revolutionary war to overthrow the legally elected government. Although there were no shots fired, Department of Interior officials were influenced by the threat of violence and concern for human life that prevented a certain escalation of hostilities. It was only BLM officials continued longsuffering that kept the coming rebellion against the government at bay for the time being. However, it is an affront to law-abiding Americans that Bundy, Hannity, the Kochs’ belief tank, Republicans, and militias advanced the very real threat of armed violence against the United States government to aid Bundy defy this nation with impunity. No American should be deluded that the seditious traitors’ lust to initiate a war against the people (who are the United States government) is over; in fact the threat is greater than ever. It is time for the federal government to intervene on the people’s behalf and send a clear message that sedition and treason by the likes of un-American traitors Cliven Bundy, armed militias, and their Fox and Koch co-conspirators will not be tolerated.
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