But just the same, it was twenty-seven years ago today:
The Siege at Ruby Ridge is often considered a pivotal date in American history. The shootout between Randy Weaver and his family and federal agents on August 21, 1992, is one that kicked off the Constitutional Militia Movement and left America with a deep distrust of its leadership — in particular then-President Bill Clinton and Attorney General Janet Reno.
At the time, Billy Jeff seemed a bit less untrustworthy than Janet, though the Deep State was pretty well entrenched even then.
The short version is this: Randy Weaver and his wife Vicki moved with their four kids to the Idaho Panhandle, near the Canadian border, to escape what they thought was an increasingly corrupt world. The Weavers held racial separatist beliefs, but were not involved in any violent activity or rhetoric. They were peaceful Christians who simply wanted to be left alone.
Specifically for his beliefs, Randy Weaver was targeted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) in an entrapping “sting” operation designed to gain his cooperation as a snitch. When he refused to become a federal informant, he was charged with illegally selling firearms. Due to a miscommunication about his court date, the Marshal Service was brought in, who laid siege to his house and shot and killed his wife and 14-year-old son.
What’s changed since then: back in the day, you could hold whatever goofy beliefs you wanted, and as long as you didn’t run off at the mouth about it, nobody cared. Today, every day brings a new kind of thoughtcrime.