Saturday, February 06, 2016

Can you label Militias, Sovereign Citizens and the Patriot Movement an insurgency?

The above vid is just one of MANY that are on YouTube talking about the LaVoy Finicum shooting.  The conspiracy theorist are having a field day.  The amount of anger is pretty impressive.  The idea that this was an assassination is spreading like wildfire.  The calls of a second American revolution are picking up steam.

Think about this.  We know about the Militias and Sovereign Citizens, but have you heard of the Patriot Movement before?  I haven't.  They're new to me but I'm hearing the term more and more.  Hold onto that we'll talk about them a little later.   Consider.  What is the definition of an insurgency...via Wikipedia...
An insurgency is a rebellion against authority (for example, an authority recognized as such by the United Nations) when those taking part in the rebellion are not recognized as belligerents.[1]
And then this from the same entry...
When insurgency is used to describe a movement's unlawfulness by virtue of not being authorized by or in accordance with the law of the land, its use is neutral. However, when it is used by a state or another authority under threat, "insurgency" often also carries an implication that the rebels' cause is illegitimate, whereas those rising up will see the authority itself as being illegitimate. Criticisms of widely held ideas and actions about insurgency started to occur in works of the 1960s;[7] they are still common in recent studies.[8]
I could be wrong but the Militias, Sovereign Citizens and Patriot Movements fit the classic definition of insurgent groups.

Think about the charges that are being leveled against those in the Oregon standoff and could be placed on those that participated in the Bundy Ranch incident.  Intimidation of govt officials, interference with govt officials in the performance of their duties, terroristic threats, and assault (when the guys on the overpass pointed guns at agents during Bundy Ranch).

I contend that the United States is facing a low grade insurgency.  The real question is how will Federal officials work to damp down the movements?  Is it even possible?

Back to the Patriot Movement.  Like I said they're new to me and I'm trying to find more information on them.  But when you think about Militias, Sovereign Citizens, Oath Keepers, 3%ers and the Patriot Movement...mix that with the issues that brought the organizations into existence (the idea that borders aren't being enforced, govt overreach, govt abuse, failure to follow the constitution etc...) and the proclivity of these groups to appear at rallies armed illustrates that we're not looking at a political movement or classic civil disobedience but something new.

Yeah.  I'm standing by my call (unless you can talk me back) that we're seeing a new American Insurgency...the first since the civil war.

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