Friday, April 18, 2014

The Bundy Ranch: Reminiscent of other Easter run-ins with federal government

What is it about Easter and incidences involving the government? Today I saw that that a group named Oath Keepers had individuals from all across the nation heading to the Bundy Ranch in Nevada to counter federal agents. It was a reminder of other clashes in the past between citizens and the government.

Easter 1993 -  Waco, Texas siege of religious compound by federal agents
During the Clinton administration and Attorney General Janet Reno's watch was the Waco Siege that culminated on April 19, 1993, when 76 people died in a fire after being surrounded and then attacked by federal agents. Easter was on April 11 that year, during the time of the siege and eight days before the final battle. More here.

Easter 2000 - Elian Gonzalez removed by federal agents
Remember April 22, 2000? The raid occurred on the day before Easter so on Easter morning the photo of a goggled American soldier pointing a machine gun at a six-year-old Elian Gonzalez was plastered all over the newspapers. It was also during Clinton and Reno's watch. More here.

Easter 2005 - Terri Schiavo ordered removed from feeding tube by government courts
Remember Terri Schiavo who was in a coma and whose parents wanted to keep her on life support but her husband wanted to terminate life support? After seven years of legal battling, the courts decided in favor of the husband. The feeding tube was removed and Schiavo lingered for almost two weeks, dying on March 31, 2005. That was four days after Easter. More here.

Easter 2014 - Bundy Ranch in Nevada watched by federal agents
And then there's this year's hold-off at the Bundy Ranch in a dispute with the federal government over grazing rights on public land. With armed federal agents on hand as well as armed militia, could there be disaster? Let's pray there isn't on this Easter weekend. More here.

Perhaps we should paraphrase the March saying into "beware the ides of April."

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