And there is a Safeway 8 miles down the road.
Sounds exactly the our revolutionary army.
Many of Washington's army starved to death at Valley Forge during the winter. Valley forge was the bread basket of America at that time the richest agricultural place in the colonies. Washington purposely wintered his troops at the " Safeway" of the day. There was no shortage of food there.
The problem was two fold. First the "revolution" wasn't that popular with a lot of folks. Most people don't want a war in their back yard.
Secondly the revolutionaries were paying with "script" for food and the British were paying with gold.
The script would only be redeemable if they actually won the war which was really unthinkable because no one could look into the future and see that the King of France would come and rescue the revolutionaries with a "real" Navy and Army . Who would have thought that, what were the chances?
As a result the local farmers hid their stores from the revolutionaries and then smuggled them to the British so they could get more than a something to wipe their butts with in exchange for a years hard work.
In their defense Washington and the revolution did have a plan but it failed at the first point and they pretty much winged it from there. They were well into winging it by the time they were at Valley forge.
That we are a separate country can be attributed to England's foreign policy mirroring our present one. They finally ran out of credit. (can't see that coming) Then one of their enemies stepped in at the right moment a began the process that would take the British completely out of the game in the next century.
That, or God ordained it, or a little of both. I have no idea.
If they are 8 miles from Safeway and starving they do have a lot in common with the the minute men and the Army of the Revolution
Lets hope they don't starve to death for the sake of their families.
What they are doing is not likely to succeed of course but neither did the first few revolts on American soil.
But with these ranchers, I wonder why they were tried under terrorism laws. Up where we are people who have pine trees on their grazing lands have to burn. It's also what the Dept of Agriculture recommends. Burning mixed forest and grass lands produces ash which changes the PH of the soil from acidic to more neutral so grasses will grow on it. Also if cows ingest pine needles when grazing they will abort their calves. Sort of a morning after pill for cows.
When you limb up the trees and burn your just taking good care of the land not committing an act of terror. WTF The usual treatment in WA is that if your fire goes on to government land you pay the bill for putting it out. Your not tried for terrorism.
No wonder they have a revolt on their hands.