The Bundys want federal land 'returned' to them. But it was never 'theirs' in the first place
There are more than a few eyebrow-raising ideas -- Manifest Destiny, ownership, group entitlement and superiority -- deeply embedded in conversations about the Oregon occupiers and their political goals.
Wait. What? Manifest Destiny? Let us explain.
The Citizens for Constitutional Freedom-- that's the name the armed individuals occupying federal buildings in Oregon have given themselves -- have identified their core demands. Most people know that the group wanted to see father and son Oregon ranchers Dwight Hammond Jr. and Steven Hammond avoid a return to jail after being resentenced for five years for arson. That moment came and went Monday. Both men are in federal custody. And, it seems that's no longer the group's chief cause.