Legislators Blast Double Standard: Rancher Finicum vs. Occupy Leftists, by William Jasper.
Arizona rancher LaVoy Finicum and some rancher friends occupied public land within an Oregon wildlife refuge for 41-days. Unarmed, he was shot three times in the back by Oregon law enforcement officials at a traffic stop, and his associates are currently being held, charged and facing inaccurate and exaggerated charges. See also here and here.
[T]he Arizona lawmakers contrast the extreme treatment accorded Finicum, the Bundy ranching family, and their supporters versus the kid-glove treatment given to the violent and destructive leftist demonstrators of the various “Occupy” movements. …
Finicum and his associates were merely exercising their Constitutionally guaranteed 1st Amendment rights of free speech, to peaceably assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
The legislators’ letter continues, pointing out the obvious, politically motivated differences in the federal government’s actions toward the protesters:
“In order to keep this in context, none of the thousands of individuals involved in the politically motivated 4-month takeover of the Wisconsin State Capitol from February 14 – June 16, 2011, or the encampment and protests by the Occupy Wall Street movement that started on September 17, 2011 and lasted for many, many months, were treated in a similar manner. In both of these cases, that lasted dramatically longer than the Oregon wildlife refuge occupation of public land, considerable property damage occurred, and yet no individuals were shot, jailed or charged in a similar manner to those individuals within Oregon.”
“It should also be noted that the Wisconsin State Capitol takeover and the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations involved violence, threats, and intimidation, massive disruptions of official government operations, as well as hindrance of private transportation, disruption of private business, and damage to and destruction of private property. Contrast that with the Oregon wildlife sanctuary occupation, which took place out in the boondocks, did not inconvenience anyone, or cause any property damage.”
The PC elite like lefty Occupy protestors, but shoot ranchers. This treatment is fueling the growing movement to be ready to fight the government.
hat-tip Barry Corke