The letter was addressed to Governor Brown, Oregon Rep. Greg Walden and FBI Director James Comey on May 6, 2016. Led by Rep. Bob Thorpe and signed by another twelve members of the Arizona House and Senate.
“Recently, it was reported in the media that you Governor Brown, and your Representative Walden, have expressed concerns about the actions of officials concerning the January 26, 2016 traffic stop and shooting death of our unarmed Arizona rancher, Mr. LaVoy Finicum.
“Governor Brown, you released a statement in which you called into question the actions of federal agents, and described the report as ‘troubling, and properly the subject of an ongoing investigation.’ Representative Walden, you stated that you were left ‘bewildered by the role of the FBI agents.'”
Based on emails and text messages from Governor Brown’s office though, it seems quite clear that Governor Brown was merely a useful idiot, just like Sheriff David Ward, the FBI, and the Oregon State Police in the murder of LaVoy Finicum. Brown’s actions were merely the strings pulled by the Obama administration.
The Arizona representatives pulled no punches in their letter. They wrote:
“After gunning-dwon and killing the unarmed Finicum, who was shot in his back 3 times, the federal government now has the audacity to label Finicum, and the citizens who peacefully assembled along with him, as domestic terrorists,” the representatives wrote.
They then listed the people’s names who exercised their right to peaceably assemble under the protection of the First Amendment.
- Ammon Bundy
- Ryan Bundy
- Brian Cavalier
- Shawna Cox
- Ryan Waylen Payne
- Joseph Donald O’Shaughnessy
- Peter Santilli
The letter states:
“Many Arizonans knew, morn and miss LaVoy Finicum, and I am confident that he was not under any circumstances a terrorist. According to the people who knew him, Finicum was incapable of spreading fear and harming America, which is the very definition of a domestic terrorist. In fact, by all accounts Finicum was someone who only intended to spread an understanding of the needs of the people living within the west. Additionally, he pointed out how the western states, that have hundreds of millions of acres of untaxed federally-controlled land within their boundaries, have not been treated equally in comparison to eastern states.
“Our nation was founded by men who not only questioned the arbitrary and capricious actions of unreasonable authority, but who also stood up against that authority, and in so doing, forged a Constitutional Republic. Finicum’s actions are insignificant in comparison to those of Adams, Madison, Jefferson and Washington. If our nation’s founders lived today, would they merely for political reasons be vilified and labeled as domestic terrorists?”
Sadly, our Founders are already being vilified. School curriculum that’s being churned out by Common Core advocates now presents the Founding Fathers as engaging in “acts of terrorism,” even as central government agents are teaching those who work for the Washington, D.C. cartel that the Founders were terrorists.
The letter also contained a statement from Finicum’s daughter, Tierra, from a radio interview, in which she stated:
“The kind of narrative that is going through our country is that he [Finicum] was a domestic terrorist, gun slinging and violent man. That is not my dad. He is a principled man. He is a gentle and diligent person. I often think of Steven R. Covey; not because they were both bald but because they lived by true principles. ‘Early to bed, early to rise.’ He studied great works of literature. He studied the scriptures, word of God and he wanted to be on the right side of God at all times. He was my dad. I’m sure lots of girls say that their dad was the best man they know, but that is my dad, and I want to be just like him.”
While I do take issue with Finicum’s Mormon theology and believe it has some points that need serious correction, there is no doubt in my mind that the stand that he and the others took with regard to the usurpation of land in the West was not only constitutional, but was right biblically. It was right to call out the crimes of the central government and to oppose those who sought to steal others’ property and to incarcerate them unjustly. In doing so, he did lay down his life in the process.
The representatives then called upon the State of Oregon and the FBI to “uphold their legal responsibility to fully and transparently investigate this tragedy, and to quickly vindicate those who have been wrongly accused.”
There’s little chance that a government that has acted criminally will act justly in investigating themselves.
But, there’s still hope that evidence, like that which Pete Santilli wants to bring to the forefront, will actually open the eyes of the American people to the point where their cries against tyranny will be so loud that the central government will be forced to back down. Let’s pray that God would bring that to pass!