The gunmen currently occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon are not a joke. They are persons in rebellion against the government of the USofA in violation of US Code Chapter 115, covering treason, sedition, and subversive activities, specifically:
§2383 Rebellion or Insurrection
§2384 Seditious Conspiracy
No, they are not a bunch of "good ol' boys" playing soldier. No, they should not be ignored until they "go away." The Bundys and the "sovereign citizens" and neo-nazis and anti-government militiamen who have been supporting them since the "stand-off" at the Bundy ranch last year, despite the pocket-size Constitutions they carry in their camo, are not "patriots." They are criminals.
The current problem is a direct consequence of government failure to appropriately deal with Cliven Bundy's refusal to pay the roughly one million dollars in heavily discounted grazing fees he owes the United States government. Fearful that another "Ruby Ridge" would encourage and enlarge the anti-government groups that have proliferated, especially in the western USofA, the Obama Justice Department did nothing. I'm willing to bet the AG hasn't even garnished Cliven Bundy's Social Security checks, which I'm also willing to bet he collects and cashes every month. Maybe while his sons and their fascist followers are busy in Oregon, Obama should send some FBI agents to arrest old Cliven and put his ass in jail.
Those who point out that blacks or Muslims or even Native Americans would not get away with such shit are entirely correct. Also, unlike the situation with the Branch Davidians or the Weaver family at Ruby Ridge, there are no children involved — only bearded men with beer guts. They are unlikely to arouse much sympathy among those who are not paranoid schizophrenic. Properly equipped FBI agents should be able to subdue and capture them in short order.