When Bundy tore down a fence adjoining a rancher's property, the rancher, Tim Puckett, angrily denounced the action and repaired the fence. People wonder why Ammon Bundy, a Mormon businessman from Arizona is leading an armed insurgency in Oregon intent on seizing federal land for, as he admits, cattle and logging interests. As it turns out, besides doing the bidding of the Koch brothers like his Mormon brethren in Utah, or following in his Mormon daddy, Cliven’s footsteps, Ammon Bundy is following the path of Mormon founder Joseph Smith. A path that includes commanding an armed militia, attempting to confiscate land for Mormon’s new Zion according to revelations from god, and towards a serious charge of treason against the United States.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.