From Protecting Life, Liberty and Property to Stealing, Enslaving, and Murdering: Oregon
by Kelly Gneiting
“…tis immortality to sacrifice ourselves for the salvation of our country. We fear not death. [For] that gloomy night, that pale-faced moon, and the affrighted stars that hurried through the sky can witness that we fear not death. Our hearts which, at the recollection, glow with rage that four revolving years have scarcely taught us to restrain, can witness that we fear not death…. We dread nothing but slavery.”
These were the words of John Hancock in 1774, from an oration at the Boston Massacre. A year later, April 19th 1775, the shot was heard “‘round the world” and one more year after that, July 4th 1776, America declared her independence.
The American government was established to protect rights given to each human soul by God at birth, namely life, liberty, and property. Benjamin Franklin stated, “Freedom is not a gift bestowed upon us by other men, but a right that belongs to us by the laws of God and nature.”
Yet government today is now a mechanism of NOT protecting life, liberty and property, but of stealing, enslaving, and murdering, and they do these things within a massive support system network that involves 1) other agents of government, 2) the media, 3) the two major political parties (power-seeking opportunists), 4) individuals and organizations (including churches) seeking favors, rewards and/or security, and 5) the gullible and blind-obedient.
Those agents in power will do as much damage to life, liberty, and property as they believe they can get away with, without an uprising of the people to a level they cannot control (see Helaman 8:4). Such is the case in the Bundy occupancy in Oregon, after ranchers’ redress of grievances in peaceful ways yielded only further stealing, enslaving, and murdering.
Stealing: the federal government has a long documented history of intimidating and/or bullying ranchers and miners into giving up their property for pennies on the dollar, or getting it for free in cases of fiat decrees (AKA presidential executive orders) which set aside vast amounts of land for federal national forests and wildlife refuges—contrary to the minimal (legal) land allotted to them by the Constitution. Yet theft of property by intimidation pales into insignificance when compared to that taken from the American people by the Federal Reserve cartel, and our insurmountable national debt, which steals (at best) the inheritance of our children and grandchildren.
Enslaving: the federal government throws ranchers in jail when they refuse the “buyout” they are offering, as in the case of the Hammonds in Oregon. But the Hammonds are just one example. Thousands are enslaved because they chose to claim their own property, instead of obeying the demands of IRS thugs.
Murdering: LeVoy Finicum, a good and honest man, was murdered by the FBI earlier this week. His hands were in the air in a completely defenseless posture. Victoria Sharp, the eye witness, stated further that 5 to 10 minutes of FBI-only gunfire ensued and had any of the occupants exited the car, that person “certainly would have been shot and killed.” Finicum’s blood is added to the sea of innocent blood snuffed out by agents of the federal government.
George Washington warned of the unchecked power of government, stating in his farewell address, “Occupants of public offices love power and are prone to abuse it.” (abuse = stealing, enslaving, and murdering)
John Adams writes, “The jaws of power are always open to devour, and her arm is always stretched out… to destroy… ”
”The truth is that all men having power ought to be mistrusted.” —James Madison
I felt then (and feel now) a deep concern for Ammon Bundy’s cause, since redressing grievances by petition to government officials has failed.
Most Americans look upon the occupiers as failures of patriotism, since laws are in place and a system of pursuing justice is already established. This majority would advise finding the solution to be the electing of officials who could then plead their cause, as well as petitioning those already in power. But from the occupiers point of view, America’s system of electing wise and honorable men of integrity has been hijacked, and the proof is in the plain-to-see “fruit” that is steadily produced: continued stealing, enslaving and murdering.
The concern I felt, and the primary reason for me personally in making the trip was to offer enCOURAGEment. Since the 1) cause was just, and the men and women were 2) godly (worthy)—as was our Founding Fathers—the only element that would stifle victory—as the scriptures say, “in the strength of the Lord”—was 3) COURAGE.
I pray continually for the lives, liberty and property of the occupiers remaining at the refuge, and for all involved. Mainstream media reports that there are a “half-dozen” left. This likely means there’s 10 people who still remain.
But all it takes is one, since according to Thomas Jefferson, “One man with courage is a majority.”
The following words by Edmund Burke are not just words to me. I truly believe that with God NOTHING is impossible to one man with courage:
“How often has public calamity been arrested on the very brink of ruin, by the seasonable energy of a single man? Have we no such man amongst us? I am as sure as I am of my being, that one vigorous mind without office, without situation, without public functions of any kind, I say, one such man, confiding in the aid of God, and full of just reliance in his own fortitude, vigor, enterprise, and perseverance, would first draw to him some few like himself, and then that multitudes, hardly thought to be in existence, would appear and troop about him.”
I would submit that courage is the antidote of governmental theft, enslavement, and murder.