I am more than a little put out over the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. No I do not live close to it. To be frank it's over the mountains from where I live and might as well be in another country. I do, however, pay taxes in the state of Oregon and use services provided by the state that could well be in jeopardy given the amount of money this little stunt is costing the state of Oregon.
I'm annoyed because none of these militia occupiers even live in Oregon. They've come from Arizona, Utah, Nebraska, Montana, and other states. Many of them are young men with large families to support and now they're sitting in jail for the state of Oregon to support. One is dead. Who's taking care of their families?
The occupiers are demanding the refuge land be distributed to ranchers in the area. Perhaps they should have studied a little history before this event. The ranchers will have to get in line to claim that land.
The land has never belonged to the state of Oregon. In the statehood agreement of 1859 that land remained in the hands of the federal government to be used by Oregon for certain purposes, education being one.
The federal government seized 1.5 million acres of the Paiute Tribe's ancestral homeland in 1879. They are still waiting to receive compensation checks from the federal government.
These occupiers don't seem to understand Oregon can't give what they don't own. Ranchers may rightfully have complaints against the federal Bureau of Land Management but it is what it is. The land belongs to the federal government not Oregon. They're not likely to turn it over to these occupiers or the state of Oregon. Besides there are more effective peaceful means of protest.
We have developed a Wild West mentality in this country, you want something, get a gun and go after it. These occupiers claim they came in peace. Sorry but you don't come armed to the teeth seeking peace.
How do you think militia occupiers should be handled?