And now, the consequences are catching up.
Most of the leaders of the Malheur refuge standoff, arrested a couple of weeks ago, sit in jail and seem likely to stay there for a while.
The four-person remnant of the standoff said they were planning to surrender themselves this morning, as soon as the preacher Franklin Graham arrives to escort them.
And now, reports from Portland that Cliven Bundy, the ringleader of the ranchlands standoff in Nevada from two years ago, has been arrested in Portland and charged with crimes - growing out of that earlier standoff - similar to those facing his sons. The fact that he owes federal agencies (which, again, means that he owes us) about $1 million in fees and penalties. Now that he's behind bars, the effort to collect may finally be picking up.
This has been a slow process. A lot of people have been critical of the lack of Bundy crackdown after the Nevada standoff in 2014. But it's coming now.
And this has more significance than just this one case. A failure to act now would have encouraged more seizures and standoffs like this.
People thinking about doing something like this now, are more likely to think twice. - rs