People who study successful social change movements AND successful insurgencies know that social change can happen. Social change can happen peacefully or bloody, but it can happen. Insurgents don’t win wars, insurgents just don’t lose. Right now the “patriots” occupying a wildlife management HQ building exist in a state of quantum flux between being social change advocates and insurgents.
The only difference between the Occupy movement and the “patriots” in the BLM Wildlife Refuge HQ building is the open carrying of firearms. The best thing those guys can do for their legitimacy is to throw all their rifles in the bed of a truck and get the truck out of there. Right now all they really have is a trespassing charge that could stick.
“No more free Wacos” is Mike V’s battle cry, but Waco and Ruby Ridge were private property invaded by the Government to enforce insane firearms laws at humongous expense.
The next thing these guys need to do is get a real public spokesman, one with a law degree. One who can file for delays and injunctions and all sorts of stuff on behalf of the Hammonds that these “patriots” are supposedly supporting.
I know this takes time and money, but hell, anything worth doing is worth doing right.
And finally these guys need to get on social media. Live tweet the occupation of the Refuge HQ building. Put a human face on it, put the grievances out there.
Otherwise it’s all a waste. The Hammonds are heading back to jail. Nothing can stop that now. Getting justice doesn’t seem likely when sitting in a fixed position like a fat goose waiting for slaughter.