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Grazing in Heaven: a Martyr for the Baron’s Rebellion

RIP, LaVoy Finicum. You died so that one day — and may it be soon, almighty God! — all wealthy armed extremists whose sweetheart contracts with the federal government undercut poorer ranchers by skewing the free market for grazing fees will be able run cattle on every wildlife refuge across the width and breadth of this great land, and desecrate Indian relics wherever they find them.

Never forget that this is the glorious cause for which a noble martyr widowed his wife and orphaned his children, and for which he had expressed his fierce willingness to take the life of anyone who tried to stop him. Those who already have money and land must be able to leverage the gains from their cozy federal deals to acquire even more money and land at public expense. Otherwise, your children and my children, and their children’s children, will never be truly free. For who among us can know liberty when the slightest fetters are placed on the godly greed of our cattle barons?

Now, sweet prince, take your ease in the wide and fenceless pastures of Heaven. Be assured that we shall not — we cannot — we dare not rest until all the land stolen by murder and plunder from the native Americans is safely in the hands of monied white men packing heat and sporting camo. We shall overcome!

Note: And just for the record, no, I don’t approve of police killing or heavy-handed tactics by the federal government (even regarding land use). But it seems foolish to pretend that this Bundyist op in Oregon is anything other than a Barons’ Rebellion, for their own aggrandizement – although of course it has also attracted the support of many others for whom the term “federal government” has only one meaning in their lexicon: DATOM (Darkies Are Taking Our Money).

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Chris Floyd is a columnist for CounterPunch Magazine. His blog, Empire Burlesque, can be found at www.chris-floyd.com.

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