If the "Battle of Bunkerville" was really the first salvo of a new revolution, the second could come May 16, 2014
Has the second American Revolution begun? If you believe the militiamen that attended last week’s “Battle of Bunkerville” in Nevada, it’s here and they have won the first conflict. The “Battle of Bunkerville” is a direct reference to “Battle of Bunker Hill” in Boston during the American Revolutionary war. Fox Radio host Todd Starnes tweeted “Bunkerville is the first salvo of the American Revolution.” In fact, May 16, 2014, is listed as the next front in the Revolution.
The “Battle of Bunkerville” began with the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) seizure of cattle belonging to Cliven Bundy. The BLM seized the Bundy cattle due to his refusal to pay grazing fees for the last 20 years while allowing his cattle to graze on federal land. BLM states that Bundy owes taxpayers more than $1 million in fees and penalties. A court order was obtained by BLM requiring Bundy to remove his cattle from the land, but Bundy refused to comply.
After Bundy’s refusal, BLM planned to seize a thousand heads of Bundy’s cattle. BLM had penned 300 of them when hundreds of supporters, some heavily armed, began to arrive and set up camp around the road leading to Bundy’s ranch. One protestor, who would only identify himself as Scott, was dressed in a black flak jacket and armed with an AR-15 rifle. Scott said, “I’m ready to pull the trigger if fired upon,” as he crouched behind a concrete highway barrier.
BLM had called in armed rangers to complete the planned seizure, but backed down in the “interests of safety.” The protesters then began to storm the pens holding the seized cattle and released them. Bundy declared victory in the fight for freedom stating “we have been losing it for a long time.”
Operation American Spring
Using the “Battle of Bunkerville” as a rallying cry, a group called Patriots for America (PFA) is planning a massive march on Washington D.C. on May 16, 2014. The group’s mission is to “arrest all of Congress and throw them out of office.” The group’s founder Col. Harry Riley (Ret.) said, “We’re going to go to Washington, D.C. one last time…to let them know we the people are angry and fearful for our Nation.”
It’s that statement “one last time” that is the concern. What happens if PFA fails to get the results it desires? As Rob Mrowka, senior scientist with the Center for Biological Diversity, put it “The sovereign militias are ruling the day. Now that this precedent (Bunkerville) has been set and they’re emboldened by the government’s capitulation, what’s to stop them from applying the same tactics and threats elsewhere?”
Riley is expecting 10 million people to show up on May 16, and expects many more to attend because of the “success in Nevada.” The goal of groups like PFA is to show up at protests heavily armed, but with no plan of firing any shots. This plan, according to PFA, will leave the Feds with only two choices:
Surrender and back down or unleash massive violence and bloodshed (and die en masse). It is option 2 that PFA wants; it gives the group an excuse to “set off armed revolutionary marches and backlash operations across the entire nation.” Mark your calendars and hope that Riley is just another right-wing, wacko with a keyboard. Stay tuned.