The Bundy insurrection isn’t an “occupation,” it’s terrorism

When armed anti-government goons took over a federal building this weekend in Oregon it wasn’t simply an “occupation,” as many in the media are now calling it. It was an act of sedition and domestic terror.

The incident began as a “peaceful” protest on behalf of two ranchers convicted of arson. It quickly turned into an armed takeover of a vacant-for-the-holidays federal building by armed men dressed in camo, carrying American flags, and threatening violence. Among those present: several family members of anti-government activist Cliven Bundy.

The local sheriff, Dave Ward, says the men in Oregon are out to overthrow the US government.”These men came to Harney County claiming to be part of militia groups supporting local ranchers, when in reality these men had alternative motives to attempt to over throw the county and federal government in hopes to spark a movement across the United States,” Ward said in a statement.

Adding to the concerns, one of the “occupiers” recorded a goodbye video to his family that at least one YouTube commenter found reminiscent of an Islamist suicide bomber:

Say what you will about Occupy Wall Street and Black Lives Matter, but neither side comes armed, nor do they tape messages suggesting they’re planning on imminent carnage. (If they did, I’d be the first to call for their heads.)

It’s one thing to have a beef with the government. And it’s not unusual for political activists to “occupy” government land, whether via a sit-in, or something more drastic like Occupy Wall Street taking over public parks or Millennial regressives taking over campus quads. It’s quite another matter all together, however, when you come to the party armed, and call for armed backup. And it’s even worse when the underlying premise of your protest is that the US government is illegitimate and needs to be overthrown.

Ironically, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton caused a brouhaha by claiming a few weeks ago that Donald Trump’s extremist rhetoric was fueling ISIS recruitment. ISIS responded to Trump’s denials by issuing a recruiting video featuring Donald Trump. What people aren’t talking about nearly enough is how the Republican party’s, and their allies’, anti-government rhetoric continues to fuel violence by the GOP’s armed base at home.

Perhaps it’s time we did

InsideOutsider is a longtime Democrat who has worked for a variety of progressive organizations and causes. He lives in Washington, DC.

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