Militiamen themselves turned out in numbers this week to remind everyone once again that the distance between their brand of “Patriot” extremism and the mainstream Republican Party in Oregon is very tiny indeed.
Once burned, twice cautious, Republican president candidates are sending mixed "We're with them" messages with qualifiers on the Oregon standoff.
CNN law enforcement analyst Art Roderick said over the weekend that armed protesters who took over a federal building in Oregon were not being treated harshly like Black Lives Matter protesters and Muslims would be because they were "not looting anything."
When ATF agents arrested Kevin “K.C.” Massey III at a Brownsville-area hotel last week on charges that he had been illegally carrying weapons while leading border-militia patrols in Texas, they found more in his hotel room than just guns and ammo. There was also a container of ammonium nitrate and fuel—a potent bomb in the making.
Cliven Bundy's remarks sparked a firestorm of responses, but honest discussion is absent from the debate.
Rick Perry is stumping for the Oath Keeper vote by claiming the Bundys were pushed into the position of using force because it's the Bureau of Land Management that's acting outside the law.
PBS Newshour April 18, 2014.
David Brooks downplays the antigovernment 'Patriot' movement protesting at Nevada ranch.
Dana Milbank downplays whether the recent standoff at the Bundy ranch represents a rebirth of the militia movement.
Local St. Louis radio host Charles Brennan defends the TeaBirchers in Missouri and their gun-nullification bill by comparing it to attempts to decriminalize marijuana across the country.
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