By Bob Ferris
I remember going to football games when I was young and program salesmen circulating around the crowd extolling their products and how no one could know the players without a program. Red hot, they said. I feel the same way now when looking at the white supremacy and anti-government movement. With all the names and deceptive aliases it is a little like the arena scene in Monty Python’s Life of Brian (above) only with a lot of malevolence and without any hint of humor. And it has terrific relevancy as we look at the all-star team of anti-American bigots Cliven Bundy’s boys have gathered on a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon.
When exactly did words lose meaning? When did it become acceptable for those trying to rip the guts out of the US Constitution to label themselves “constitutional?” When did it become cool to act like a traitor and label oneself a “patriot?” Along these lines I wonder if the dildo dashing Jon Ritzheimer (above) understands that his patriotism claims and Marine pedigree seem somewhat hollow and soured when one understands that the reason he is no longer a Marine was his personal choice to get another tattoo rather than adhere to the Marine Corps’ pretty reasonable tattoo policy? Choosing “ink”over country and service seems hardly the act of a “patriot,” but rubbing bacon on a Koran is certainly the act of a bigot.
And now the amorphous glob of ammo-sexual wingdings has once again called upon the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officer Association —the latest iteration of the infamous Posse Comitatus (1,2)—run by former Sheriff Richard Mack made famous by his on-camera statement of a Bundy Stand-off strategy to surround the domestic terrorists with women as shields (wonder why Ammon often walks with women and children?). Now I suppose labeling this group “constitutional” gives it some sort of ill-deserved gravitas, but I wonder if those sheriffs who belong to this organization understand that the word “sheriff” does not appear once in the US Constitution and does not even appear in all the state constitutions either. But that seems of little import these folks.
|The flag should not be used as "wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery", or for covering a speaker's desk, draping a platform, or for any decoration in general (exception for coffins)… Ordinarily it should be displayed only between sunrise and sunset, although the Flag Code permits night time display "when a patriotic effect is desired" and the flag is illuminated. Similarly, the flag should be displayed only when the weather is fair, except when an all-weather flag is displayed. US Flag Code|
Real Americans those who embrace the rule of law, celebrate the US Constitution and treat our flag properly and with respect want the Bundys jailed and these other folks punished. They organizing peaceful and unarmed demonstrations to make their wishes known to other Americans and elected officials. These are our lands legal held and managed as provided under the Property Clause (Article IV, Section 3, Clause 2) of the US Constitution.
The first set of rallies for the refuge and public lands in general will be held Tuesday January 19 at noon in Portland (event details here) and Eugene (event details here). Come to these or organize your own.