The Burns Oregon Report from a Pastor

LaVoy_FinicumI was blessed this week to spend time with patriots in Burns Oregon. The morning after arriving, the encampment at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge came to an end. So that night there were still TV trucks at the building where I was to speak. What sparked all these events is the essential issue of who owns the land.

As you know, if you’ve watched my Federal Land Grab video, the Federal Government has no business in owning or controlling any of that land, it has no constitutional authority from We the People to regulate, control, let alone own any of it at all. So all the actions on the part of the federals are plain and simple: criminal acts on the part of a lawless regime which cares nothing but for the increase of its raw power as it steals more and more land. And quite clearly, it is willing to falsely imprison and even kill to accomplish its evil agenda.

I met with some precious people there, some ranchers whose families have been working the land for more than a century. We met with family members of Steve and Dwight Hammond – the two ranchers in prison for five years for a supposed federal crime. They were charged with arson, but as I shared with the crowd Thursday evening there in Burns, there is no federal crime of arson. As Thomas Jefferson clearly wrote in the Kentucky Resolves, our Constitution only allows five federal crimes, actions for which the federal government can prosecute someone, and arson is not on the list.

One thing is clear to everyone there in Burns: a grave injustice has been done to the Hammonds. They were not tried by a jury of their peers, the citizens of Burns, but way off in the far northeast corner of the state by a jury who didn’t understand the challenges of life on the range, nor the character of the Hammonds. In addition, the the jury were misinformed, they were not properly instructed by the judge that as a true American jury they are to judge the law as well as the facts and if they find the law defective then they are to acquit the accused. In addition, American juries are to judge of the justice of the punishment; if the punishment did not fit the crime (eg. 5 years for setting a back fire to protect your property) then they are also to acquit. They could look at the punishment and determine if a greater injustice would be done by the over reaching punishment than just to simply let the accused go free.

What took place there is a travesty, a gross miscarriage of justice. And a Christians we ought to be very concerned when our government goes about the land committing grave acts of injustice. If this is a government of the people, by the people and for that people and we allow injustice to go unchallenged, then we’ve become part of that system of injustice.

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Rev. David Whitney has been teaching the Christian heritage and history of our country with Institute on the Constitution for over a decade where he serves as Senior Instructor, and Radio show host on Dr. Stan Monteith’s Radio Liberty. Whitney is an Honors Scholar graduate from Rutgers University with a Masters Degree from Denver Seminary. A minister for 32 years, he is currently the Pastor of Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church of Pasadena, Maryland. As a member of the clergy, an activist and radio personality, Whitney has appeared in Washington Times, on Voice of America, Fox, ABC, NBC, CSPAN, BBC, and more.
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  • wfraser11

    Pastor, Perhaps you might want to review the 200 year legacy of law and judicial rulings that support the current Constitutional interpretations supported by the people(i.e the voters) of the United States of America. Whatever “sovereign citizen” horse puckey wacko “law” story you’re selling, its not working. except among the unemployed electricians and welfare wards of the state who drool over statements from people like you.
    In summation, I think we can assume you won’t be paying your taxes this year either.
    Only one question remains. Are these your opinions? Or are you speaking on behalf of the entire trailer park. Loon.

    • There’s a lot that’s unclear concerning this incident.

      There are also a number of things that are pretty clear that should concern any liberty-minded American (I get the distinct impress you aren’t concerned with liberty, but then that’s all too common in this Marxist-infiltrated culture today).

      One is that the federal government owns way, way, way too much land, especially in the West:

      Another is that punishment should fit the crime. It seems these days the Left wants to coddle murderers and other violent criminals…while slamming people who want to protect their property rights and other liberties. If you set a fire on property that doesn’t belong to you, even if it was for a good reason, you should be responsible for the proper consequences of that. Meanwhile, elsewhere in the country, the federal government seems free to start a fire that spreads to private property and destroys private property…and there are no consequences whatsoever-not even compensation for the private property destroyed.

      It’s this sort of gross imbalance that has liberty-minded Americans up in arms against an overbearing government. When you throw in the myriad and egregious usurpations of powers not granted to the federal government by the U.S. Constitution, it’s actually surprising there hasn’t already been a Second American Revolution. The case can easily be made that the American people are now oppressed more fully and more pervasively by their own government than they ever were by the British government in 1776.

      You should stop and ponder such facts before you write off as “lunacy” the grievances of people who just want to be left alone and free.

      • jgreencyclist

        Wrong. The Lavoys of this world would totally trash it without oversight.

        • WXRGina

          What an ignorant statement!

          • jgreencyclist

            Yeah, I’ve seen state lands managed for local interests, and it’s not a pretty sight. I am so glad we have an overarching federal authority to protect our land, my land, from the greed of individuals and the tragedy of the commons. If your such experts at land management, go buy your own and run it into the ground.

            • The men who founded this nation would be appalled at your sycophantic love for overweening government.

        • Yes, it’s common for Leftists to believe that free people need elitists to tell them what to do, because average Americans aren’t smart enough to know what’s good for them.

          The faith some people put in a bloated, astonishingly inefficient $3+ trillion a year government that builds bridges to nowhere , never ceases to amaze me. While looking down their nose at the private world whose industry and innovation produces the $3+ trillion said bloated government wastes.

    • Thisoldspouse

      “Constitutional ‘interpretations'” says it all. Well, I can interpret the Constitution as well as anyone, especially you.

  • wfraser11

    PS The picture of LaVoid raising his hands just before reaching for his handgun after ruunning a traffic stop and then nearly running over a law officer is fascinating. And the point is what? You can break the law, then threaten to shoot policemen but if you put your hands over your head in the midst of these acts you’re innocent?
    Logic eludes the dogma ridden. Like LaVoid

    • Thisoldspouse

      But I’ll bet you think Michael Brown was innocent, and murdered.

      Come on, fess up, hypocrite.

  • jgreencyclist

    You’ve been drinking the militia’s kool aid pastor. 98% of Americans think you’re dead wrong. Are you really a pastor? Stay out of politics, you’re in over your head. If you support armed terrorists you are no American.

    • I wonder how many Germans supported Hitler in 1938?

      • jgreencyclist

        Ov Vey! Now with the Hitler references. I guess this conversation is at an end.

        • Thisoldspouse

          Hitler was a real, historic figure with very real implications. Remember the motto, “Never forget?” Do you agree with that motto? Or should we sweep the historic atrocities under the rug along with the Confederacy?

          • jgreencyclist

            “Never forget” has become a rationalization for Israeli atrocities.

            • The only atrocities are the ones perpetrated against Israel by radical Muslims, as well as their Leftist apologists in the West.

        • No, Leftists usually complain about Hitler references when the logical outcomes of their socialist proclivities are exposed. That, and when the consequences of being more concerned with popularity than with what is right are revealed.

          • DCM7

            I heard someone say that Hitler only did one thing wrong as far as modern Liberalism is concerned: he lost.

            It’s hard to dispute that if you’re really paying attention.