The Rise of Militias: Patriot candidates now getting elected in Oregon
The premise, so it seems, is that the Colonials in their longstanding rebellion against the Crown have are now getting uppity and carrying all manner of ungentlemanly implements of insurrection and violence. Moreover, in a certain area of Oregon, the local gentry is having a spot of trouble collecting taxes to fund pet social welfare programs. One of the great unwashed that has been seemingly given rank in their quaint little version of the House of Commons, is actually suggesting that the philistines can govern themselves! Unthinkable. If that was not enough beyond the pale, this oaf is a member of an organization that is incredulously called the Oathkeepers, but they certainly have no oath to their betters. And that, gentle Sirs and Ladies, is just not cricket.
Of course through the meandering corridors of what in an English mind must be a house of horrors, the author conjures up Trump, the TEA Party, the Ferguson riots, the Koch brothers, the Sugar Pine Mine occupation, the Malheur occupation, Bundy Ranch, and the aforementioned Oathkeepers. Whew, by the black heart of Margaret Sanger that was quite the yarn. To add credibility, they did manage to get quotes from a noted SPLC hack and a communi-, er, sociali-, um, "progressive" Rural Organizer. Whatever the hell that means. Sounds like suspiciously like something the Khmer Rouge had a while back, but I am fairly certain the fine people of Oregon would know how to handle that brand of Statist.
Having to man-splain how free men and women behave in the face of growing tyranny does seem to be an exercise in futility. How can you explain wanting to leave and be left alone to people so busy staring at their navels in self-loathing disgust and self-righteous anger? You cannot. But you can, as Mr. Carl Wilson has done, make your little slice of the pie easier for others to move around in. I applaud his efforts to keep the leviathan at bay and encourage our friends in the Oregon's Congressional District 3 to assist him in reclaiming his post. The problem that a lot of libertarian leaning folks have had is in trying to elect candidates for big seats. Everyone wants to be a proper general but no one sees that wars are won in the dirt and weeds. Elect your local dog catcher and work your way up. You states House and Senate is a great place to start turning back the tide. Of course, those behind the lines in occupied territory are exempted. Gotta know your limitations.
Not that I think that we can vote our way out of this mess, but if you will not fight the small fights now you will not be able to fight the big fights later.