When the Obama department of Justice "passed" on effectively dealing with Cliven Bundy';s Nevada tax evasion and subsequent militia encampment, the DOJ feed the bully. Even the early years teenager recognizes a bully, and the teen recognizes counter-measures to place the bully at bay. You and I have both read or heard stories of teens who fail to effectively deal with a bully; the story generally ends with dire consequences for the teen.
A national government has little choice, but to manages itself and society similarly. Bundy and his militia escaped the rightful arms and reach of the law and consequences ensued.
One consequence, many do not recall was the wanton execution of two police officers while consuming breakfast in the Las Vega metro area. The two terrorist in the meme below were also responsible for the killing of "a good guy with a gun" who failed to recognize there were two shooters in a Wal-mart Store. The woman killed the "good guy with a gun." The two anarchist had been banished from the Bundy Ranch mere days before the execution killings.
They wanted to "start the revolution."
Another consequence of the Bundy stand-off fell into the realm of an undercurrent of racism from the tax evading rancher.
Of utmost concern with Bundy stand-off was, again, US DOJ feeding the bully.
There are segments of the US population who dare not take up arms, nor express overt defiance to law enforcement. Yet, what can only be described as "white privilege", seems to fester among millions across the land and manifest in outright defiance of US law and Order. If you think an assertion of white privilege is a bridge too far, take a look at the proliferation of militia groups after the first inauguration of President Obama.
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and the FBI have warned of right-wing extremists the number one threat to the United States. Take a look at a 2013 graphic from the SPLC, and absorb all message inherent in the visual.
A step forward to Oregon January 2016 may take us to the precipice of white terrorism against a government led by an African-American. Of course, land and claims of civil liberties often cross the lips of the arms bearing bigots and racists, but let there be little to no doubt the roots of their defiance.