Remember how I pointed out vis-a-vie the Bundy Occupation that in any fight, battle, conflict, or war, there is always the ideological/propaganda/public relations aspect that is every bit as important as what takes place on the battlefield? The battle for the hearts and minds of the people? And that that is ultimately the most important aspect of all?
Now do you understand why I am wondering whether Ammon Bundy knew this little detail about his buddy Neil Wampler?:
One of the protesters who is part of the armed siege of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon is a convicted murderer who killed his sleeping father with a sixteen-inch rod, the Oregonian reports.
"Bundy occupiers are murderers".
Former woodworker Neil Wampler, sixty-eight, was found guilty in the gruesome killing of his father, Forey Wampler, in 1977, the newspaper said, citing court records and statements from authorities.
Wampler, who is part of the armed group protesting federal land policies and the jailing of two convicted arsonists, denied to the Oregonian that he is the same man. However, his name and birth date match court and prison records and a commander at the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office identified him from a YouTube video.
"Bundy occupiers are liars".
Wampler told the Oregonian he can legally possess a gun, although a Sheriff's Office spokesman said he cannot because of his murder conviction.
Asked if he was armed by an Oregonian reporter, Wampler replied, "Oh yes." [emphasis added]
"Bundy occupiers are criminal, lawless, violent gun nuts and need to be put down with extreme prejudice, just like all rightwingers. This is why the Second Amendment needs to be repealed."
Or words to that effect. I'm sure the Obamedia won't scrimp on keystrokes and lexicographical creativity.
This is what you have to remember, my Tea Party friends. The point isn't that the Bundy occupiers are "constitutionally correct"; I get Article I, Section 8; I know what the Framers meant by "The Congress shall have Power... To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards and other needful buildings." I understand that the western States especially got extorted into yielding control and ownership of much of their territories to the federal government in exchange for being granted admission into the Union. But most Americans don't know any of this, and still fewer care. And all they're going to hear now about the Bundy "gang" is that they're a bunch of lying, violent, murderous "extremists". And that they will care about.
THAT is my problem with morons like the Bundys. It isn't that their cause isn't just - it is, if in this case, it's extremely derivative - it's that they don't understand the first thing about how politics and public relations works, believing (tell me if any of this doesn't sound depressingly familiar) that "right makes might" and that if they "take a stand" and "FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT!" hard enough, they can win!
But right doesn't make might, winning political battles - which this most definitely is, making propaganda/public relations THE battlefield - is about vastly more than just "FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT!" - namely, education and persuasion - and because the Bundys either didn't do the due diligence of vetting their group, or were simply too stupid to realize how the revelation that they have a convicted murderer in their midst would look to anybody outside of their little group and somewhat larger bubble of militia protectors, they have now buried their own cause six feet under, and made fighting for land usage private property rights reek to high heaven.
How many times do I have to say this, folks? Yes, "FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT!"; but for God's sake, fight smart. If the feds were to storm the Maluer National Wildlife Refuge now, it would constitute putting the Bundys out of their misery.