A group of armed thugs including a Montana man has seized a government office building in Oregon to protest that a father son duo of convicted arsonists lost the appeal of their prison sentence in court.
In a headline, the Missoulian called the armed takeover of the government offices in Oregon a “peaceful protest followed by Oregon wildlife refuge action.” Here’s the screenshot:
Other news outlets have called the armed takeover an armed takeover.
A Montanan named Ryan Payne is among those showed up to do “whatever it takes” to defend the Steven and Dwight Hammond, who were convicted in 2012. If Payne sounds familiar its might be because he also acted as the militia spokesperson at welfare rancher Cliven Bundy’s armed standoff in 2014.
And if you heard about this guy at all, its probably because Ted McDermott wrote a great expose on the underlying belief system driving Payne’s anti-government actions for the Missoula Independent after Payne showed up at the Bundy standoff in 2014:
[H]e came to believe that slavery never really existed in the United States and that African Americans in the antebellum South “didn’t view themselves as slaves.” He came to believe in “an effort by some Jews to control the world.” He came to believe the founders of the United States intended for the states to act as sovereign countries. He came to believe taxes are a form of “legal plunder.” He came to believe names are spelled in all-caps on driver’s licenses because U.S. citizens are actually “corporate entities.” He came to believe U.S. courts are actually foreign admiralty courts. He came to believe that “in most states you have the lawful authority to kill a police officer that is unlawfully trying to arrest you.” He came to believe when a newborn child’s footprint is made on a birth certificate, that child is effectively entering a life of servitude to the U.S. government, which borrows money from China based on that child’s estimated lifetime earning potential.
So next time you read about this bunch, or read nonsense like this on the matter, remember who these people are and what they stand for.