If I were the Obama Regime, I'd shrug at this and conclude that if more "rightwing extremists" want to incarcerate themselves in a remote federal facility along with the Bundys, they're welcome, as it'll make them that much easier to keep track of and tabs on. And I imagine that's what they'll do, since the "occupiers" aren't damaging anything or hurting anyone and consequently there's no pressing need for federal law enforcement to storm the place, other than the ideological compulsion of lefties to stick it to - and, in this case, massacre - conservatives and constitutionalists. Fanboys and fangirls of Barack Obama's despotism adapting a born-again law & order mien is so cute, don't you think?
I wouldn't be posting about this development at all were it not for a rather blatant bit of hypocrisy on the part of the Pacific Patriots Network:
Several members of self-described militia groups have joined armed protesters occupying the headquarters of a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon, threatening to raise tensions in the week-long siege over land rights.
One of those organizations, the Pacific Patriots Network, issued a "call to action" for its members to establish a safety perimeter around the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in remote southeastern Oregon as leaders of the protest again said they had no immediate plans to leave.
"We wish to establish a safety perimeter of protection for the occupiers so as to prevent a Waco-style situation from unfolding during this peaceful occupation," leaders of the group said in a statement posted on its website.
"That's really the point of militias: it's community involvement," Brandon Rapolla, a member of Pacific Patriot Network, told Reuters in an interview near a building being used by Ammon Bundy and his brother, Ryan, to run the occupation. "If something happens in your community, that's what militias are for."
The Pacific Patriot Network earlier in the standoff said it did not support seizing federal property. [emphasis added]
Help me out, here: If PPN didn't support seizing federal property just a few days ago, then why are they joining the Bundys' occupation of that same federal property now? The ostensible reason is to deter another Ruby Ridge, but there isn't a "federale" anywhere above the great, big skied southeastern Oregon horizon in any direction, so what need is there for an armed perimeter around the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge rest room and gift shop or whatever? How can tensions be raised when there aren't any tensions to raise to begin with?
Here's my theory: It's dawning on the Bundys that their big stand against the Obama Regime is the proverbial tree falling in an empty forest that makes no sound. Nobody cares about what they're doing, and consequently about their cause. So they appealed to the PPN to show up and set up this armed perimeter in the hopes of making a big noise and getting somebody - preferably armed federal agents or troops - to pay attention to them. And, you know, their cause, which I think is still about freeing Dwight and Steven Hammond, even though the Hammonds want nothing to do with them.
And if/when the PPN joining the Bundys' party only succeeds in generating the same crickets that the Bundys have on their own, what then? Plugging up the rest room toilets? Jamming slugs in the soda vending machines? Drawing Obama as the Joker faces on the informational trail markers? Just how many militia guys will fit in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge anyway? And do they all really have that much free time on their hands?