The first tactic in starting a conflict is defining the enemy – and the federal government working with the mainstream media have successfully branded the activists occupying federal lands in Oregon as “Militia.”
The term, which has been successfully linked to images of crazed and camouflaged white supremacists and other right-wing extremists, provides the government with an excuse to aggressively act.
The view of the government was overtly released in 2009 by the Missouri Information Analysis Center (MIAC) which stated that Americans who prescribe to certain political views – even supporters of Ron Paul and Bob Barr – as “a threat to law enforcement officers.”
The report titled, “The Modern Militia Movement” bundled conservatives, veterans, ranchers and many others as “Militia” and “Rightwing extremists.”
The report also states that Militia use the Gadsden Flag and the term Molon Labe as their symbols.
The Gadsden Flag has become widely popular with the TEA Party movement and is even featured on license plates in Virginia.
The term Molon Labe is a Greek term that translates to“Come and Take Them!” and is a very common bumper sticker to promote 2nd Amendment rights.
Back to Oregon and the activists who have occupied federal lands, they have already lost the fight to be defined as peaceful – leaving a huge opening for aggression by the government as was seen in 1993’s Waco Seige and 1992’s Ruby Ridge confrontation that lead to the killing of a 14 year-old boy (shot in the back) and his mother.
In Waco, the Branch Davidians had been labeled as “Cult members” while in Ruby Ridge, the Weaver family had been labeled as “survivalists” and “white supremacists” although the racist claim was never proven and denied by the family.
The leader of the Oregon activists, Ammon Bundy, has previously been labeled a racist and Sen. Harry Reid has even defined the family as “domestic terrorists.”
Will the public fall for the toxic branding or see the actions of these Americans as a natural reaction to the overreach of federal authority?