This is a response to Rob Crawford’s criticism of my comments made in the HCJ printed on February 17th, 2016 (He is a classic example of why I homeschool my children). It also addresses the belief upheld by some Baker County residents, such as Jerry Boyd and Travis Ash, regarding the justification of bad law enforcement, the supremacy of the federal government, and the infallibility of federal court judges.
Halfway’s February 6th Rally and Harney County Perspective
First off, regarding the tension in Eastern Oregon surrounding the Feb 6th rally in Halfway; the proposed and advertised event was one of at least fifteen others that was occurring the same day for the same purpose around the countryside, so it was by no means singled out to capitalize on hard driven emotions to promote an armed uprising as indicated by Mr. Crawford. Halfway was no more poised to be torn apart than at anywhere else…and that threat was non-existent. Again, the intent of the rally was to facilitate dialogue in an open forum between We the People and our local leaders to ensure that by everyone standing up against unlawful activity, we wouldn’t have “stand-offs” in the future. And that’s exactly what occurred. It was a great rally and all the fear mongering was of course, proven absolutely wrong. Of course folks from all over Eastern Oregon were invited. Why wouldn’t they be? We were invited to theirs as well.
I reject Mr. Crawford’s assertion that using the names of Mr. Finicum and Mr. Yantis was done to overly charge the event with emotion. Will he criticize a memorial event for the victims of Sandy Hook as well? These events are tragic and should be memorialized in an effort to take corrective measure to ensure they’re not repeated. As for the “scary” flyer, what was the problem? A patriotic drummer boy? Really? Do the colors red, white, and blue evoke fearful emotions? Maybe they would to the British. Who knows?