“Ammon Bundy says God drove him to break into the offices of an agency that works on behalf of pileated woodpeckers, yellow warblers and other avian wonders. Bundy’s not leaving, he says, until land that we own — that is, every American citizen — is taken from us and given to some unnamed private entity.
Yes, it’s comical — white privilege mixed with a “Hee Haw” parody. The only thing Bundy and his fellow burglars have accomplished thus far is to leave behind enough evidence for prosecutors to file numerous criminal charges against them.
But this Gang That Can’t Protest Straight is not far removed from a better-dressed crowd in Congress pushing for radical change in the nation’s public land endowment. The locked-and-loaded crazies in the Oregon high desert are using the same language as Republican legislators who want to take away an American birthright.
On Wednesday, leading Republicans in Washington expressed sympathy for the ideas behind the criminal takeover. “You have a frustration that they feel the federal government is not listening to them anymore,” said Representative Raúl Labrador of Idaho, a Tea Party favorite. The goal of Labrador and other far-right politicians from the West is similar to the demands of the Bundy gang.”
So writes Timothy Egan in his New York Times piece “Crackpots in Cowboy Hats, and in Congress.” Read the rest of this all-too-true, funny if it wasn’t so sad article HERE
Frank Schaeffer is a writer. His latest book —WHY I AM AN ATHEIST WHO BELIEVES IN GOD: How to give love, create beauty and find peace