Cog·ni·tive dis·so·nance is the state of having inconsistent thoughts, beliefs, or attitudes, especially as relating to behavioral decisions and attitude change. As in: “Neil Sigurd Wampler, the cognitive dissonance is strong in that one.”
So, who is this Neil Sigurd Wampler?
He is a proud new participant in the Oregon standoff house party, which is apparently still raging hard out in the middle of frozen nowhere. Ole Neil is no stranger to these types of situations. He was one of the attendees at the Bundy Ranch fiasco in 2014. He was present at the less-publicized armed protest in Josephine County Oregon earlier this year. He is also a felon, convicted of second degree murder in 1977.
Now, these facts together are not surprising. We don’t expect the people who have occupied a federal building through force to be the best examples of humanity. Another non-surprise is Neil’s answer when asked if he was armed:
Well, duh, perfectly natural that he is carrying. Of course, Neil refused to identify his weapon of choice. I’m sure that, if he had, the authorities would have arrested him by now, right? They still arrest people in Oregon, don’t they? Kinda hard to tell anymore. It is a Class C felony in Oregon for a convicted felon to be in possession of a firearm. However, Neil doesn’t think that he is committing any crime by carrying a weapon or that he is even a dangerous person.
We are peaceful people, I certainly am.
Let’s evaluate this statement. According to Neil’s own calculations, 75 percent of the people occupying the bird sanctuary are armed. There have been numerous quotes that all amount to threats of violence if certain demands are not met. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that there are some less than peaceful intentions going on here. And, Neil himself is the perfect poster boy to represent a group that claims peace needs heavily armed backup.
They say the devil is in the details, and the details surrounding Neil Sigurd Wampler’s murder conviction fit this adage too well.
In August 1977, Wampler and his then girlfriend were living with his father. The father and son had a drunken argument where the elder Wampler made derogatory comments about the son’s girlfriend. Later that night, Neil Wampler struck his sleeping father with a 16-inch long metal rod, killing him. He made his way to a liquor store several miles away where he broke down and contacted police, turning himself in for his crime. One final point, Wampler pleaded not guilty in court, by reason of insanity. I, for one, believe him, especially after reading this.
I think that any gunshots would be fired is if the federalists tried to root us out of here. They would find out then, that we are not playing. We’re not gonna give an inch. And I say that very seriously.
This man exemplifies the oxymoron of armed “peaceful” protest and the cognitive dissonance of everyone in that building with him.
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