Apparently, the Oregon militiamen don’t care for all the care packages that they’ve been receiving.

In a video Facebook post by one of the group’s organizers, Jon Ritzheimer, criticized people who were sending him “hate” mail. Among the items included in this pre-packaged enmity delivered by the postal service? A dildo.

“It’s sad that there are people who would spend this kind of money on this rather than spending it to do good in the world,” he said. “I’m done living in fear of an oppressing force. I’m going to uphold my oath to the Constitution and sleep great at night knowing that I did everything in my power to ensure what our founding fathers did for us will not be lost.”

Unfortunately, what Ritzheimer and his comrades fail to realize is that they are repeating some of the worst aspects of our founding fathers’ actions in a power move that should have been relinquished long ago. Specifically, settler colonialism.

Before the wildlife refuge, the land currently under siege belonged indigenous people.

“I just think they’re a bunch of glory hounds, chairwoman of the federally recognized Burns Paiute Tribe Charlotte Rodrique told Reuters. “‘Look at us, look at what we’re doing.’ I don’t give much credence to their cause.”

And nor should she. Over and again, implicit bias has been shown to these men despite their unlawful and unwarranted actions. Despite taking over a federal building and saying they are willing to kill, they have not been identified as domestic terrorists. Additionally, law enforcement agencies have been able to meet, reason, and converse with these armed men without so much as threatening deadly force or without brining in the National Guard.

Regardless of what they may they think, that kind of compassion is not the sign of an oppressive regime, at least not one that is interested in oppressing them.

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