While it took long enough, the Bundy militia crises ended with less bloodshed than expected. One militia member, LaVoy Finicum, decided to go down in a hail of gunfire, but overall, given past performances — Ruby Ridge, Waco, and others — there were a dozen worse ways for it to go.
I criticized the reaction of the government initially, and I still stand by most of my criticisms: had Bundy been black then the resolution would likely been much more severe and much quicker. But the conclusion nevertheless was a relatively well-handled one.
Not everyone agrees with me, of course. For instance, Nevada State Rep. Michele Fiore lent her support to Bundy early on, and now that she’s running for U.S. Congress, she thinks that Americans are justified in taking up arms against government officials.
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Fiore is not an educated person, and she’e probably take that as a compliment. This is the lawmaker who thinks salt and baking soda can cure cancer because it’s apparently a fungus and believes that cancer is a fungus, too. She reasoned that you could kill with the other, a premise that the medical community can only shake their heads at.
Cancer is what happens when cell DNA is damaged and begins going rogue. The average cell can only reproduce so many times before it undergoes apoptosis, at which point it “dies.” This is called the Hayflick limit. Cancer cells laugh at that limit and reproduce a linage of immortal cells, which hog resources and threaten homeostasis. Eventually, the host dies.
In short, cancer is your own cells killing you. It’s your own body destroying you. It’s not fungus, unless you happen to be a mushroom.
Given that she’s already demonstrated that she didn’t drink from the fountain of knowledge so much as washed her mouth out with its water, should it surprise anyone to learn that she thinks that taking up arms against the feds is a good idea?
“If the government is going to point a gun at me, I’m going to point one right back,” Fiore said during an interview in which she defended the terrorists who hijacked the Malheur National Wildlife Preserve. “If you’re going to shoot me, I’m going to shoot you back.”
She also described the government’s actions at the Bundy ranch as “borderline” terrorism — and compared it to the September 11, 2001 attacks and the mass shooting in San Bernadino. Other examples of terrorism — to Fiore, anyway — include releasing the detainees from Gitmo.
Of course, shooting Syrian refugees isn’t terrorism, because it’s something she wants to do. At least, it was until she got called on it, and then she backed off her remarks. She also supported the takeover of other federal buildings, including the White House and Congress, but sidestepped questions about how far she’d go in her anti-government rhetoric.
On gets the distinctive impression that she uses “terrorist” as shorthand for “things I disagree with.”
Of course, isn’t that the standard right-wing use for the word?
Watch the interview below:
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