French Glen in 1904, not much has changed.
So, we got some bozo's from Nevada and other places, wanting to take over a government building, with arms. Armed.
Two of them, with arms, looking from a lookout in the reserve.
And, outside the gate, where local and government spokesmen are saying little, except that there will be not real response immediately. No movement against them.
What if.....play this game, ok? What if they were not older white dudes, pickups, etc. What if they were perhaps....black?
My, imagine that scenario.......
Or, god forbid, they might be Muslim....
Sure, they might be born in the US, but man, with clear evidence of them wearing clothes like this....
Instead, Let's look backward a bit, to a similar time. 1903-10, the beginnings of the United States Forest Service. The issue of contention then were the same as they are now: who owns the land? who controls what happens on the land?
When Roosevelt made a reality of the USFS, individuals were selected to be regional foresters, that is, designate the boundary of the National Forest, and what could happen within the boundaries, such as grazing rights. TR gave the new forest rangers advise. "They can use the forest, but not use it up."
The original forest rangers mapped out the boundaries, studied the ranging practices, gambled, and made rulings. Some of them worked, some not so well. But they they all worked on TR's words....'but not use it up.'
There were times that ranchers, farmers, loggers picked up arms, and resisted. What happened then? They talked, they compromised, and no one was killed.
Now here we are, again. We have 'militia' from Nevada and other places, to 'help'. Knowing full well that in the history of Ruby Ridge, the feds cannot respond as they would, if they were any other than they are: white, middle age to elderly men.
Let's just imagine what what would be happening were these assholes, some one else.
What if they were African-American?