By Cheryl K. Chumley
Word is the small town of Murrieta, California, is about to become the country’s next constitutional crisis.
That’s because armed federal agents are reportedly set to converge on the town, prepped – meaning locked and loaded, dressed in riot gear – to pressure local protesting citizens to go home, keep quiet and let the good illegal immigrants from Central America be bused in and deposited. If true, this could be the worst crisis of constitutional proportions since – well, since early April, when armed agents with the Bureau of Land Management took up spots outside Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s property to try and force him, at gunpoint, to pay his bill.
On second thought, April’s not that far back.
An American citizen could actually start to get a bit paranoid that the feds are finding it far too easy these days to take up arms against those who – in strictest constitutional sense – are the employers. As John Henry, a Murrieta resident for more than 20 years, described to Breitbart Texas: “We’re being told that federal marshals or ICE will be here in the next few days and that they are bringing riot gear. They’re apparently going to be blocking off the street with concrete blockades so that no vehicles can get through. The [nearby] Riverside County Sheriff’s Department showed up … and brought a huge watch tower that shoots up into the air 35 feet.”
Another resident of the nearby town of Temecula said in the same media report that he was told by local police officers the situation was “going to get ugly” and that officers bearing shields and decked in riot gear are going to be used to quell the crowd.
Daring to keep criminals in the form of illegal immigrants from overriding their community.
The town’s not exactly equipped to handle the inflow of illegals. As Mayor Alan Long described it on Fox News, Murrieta’s a sleepy “bedroom community of 106,000” and now, “all of a sudden, the world showed up at our doorstep.” And residents – rightly so – are concerned. Some of the bus riders are sick and diseased, alighting from bus steps to hospital emergency room care in seemingly seamless motion. All are illegal. And tempers at the protest site are flaring.
Now add to the mix federal agents in riot gear.
Is this the government’s next Cliven Bundy moment?
President Obama, meanwhile, refuses to visit the site of the chaos, issuing only campaign-style pronouncements from the safe distance of Washington, D.C., of the “humanitarian crisis” nature of the situation – referring, of course, to the children. And the White House just insisted its goal at the border was to control the flow and apprehend those who are found to have entered illegally. Yet federal authorities are reportedly sending armed agents to ensure the buses of illegals are allowed access to Murrieta?
This has all the makings of a disastrous episode in American history. As we all pray for a peaceful resolution in the community and with the entire border chaos, one lesson can nonetheless be found in this quote from Richard Henry Lee, a member of the first Senate of the United States, who said in 1788: “To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of people always possess arms.”
The modern-day meaning is clear. If the federal government is embarking on some sort of trend to take up arms against protesting American people, then perhaps the American people should respond with a quiet, yet bold, message of their own – and simply buy more guns.