I do not think McDermott took a truly objective look at the militia movement or the Bundy standoff, this piece seems to avoid asking Mr.Payne and those he led the really tough questions. This piece is essentially fluff, and it allowed Payne to get away with saying what on the surface seem reasonable assertions, but when looked at with a truly critical analysis, prove to be fallacies.
I think Payne believes in what he says, like that Negroes were not slaves and his other far fetching manifesto statements. I think he is sincere in thinking he is fighting the good fight, but the causes he has chosen to stand up for are blatantly wrong! Bundy is plainly a law breaking free loader, and the ATV group in Utah are placing their recreation desires above societies interest in preserving a site of cultural significance from vandalism and over use. I question Mr. Paynes judgment on what oppression really is, and thus his tactics to prevent what he considers oppression become terrifying. Thus he is correctly labeled a domestic terrorist.
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