Our assessment was simple: This is how Civil Wars go hot.
A few news pieces offered his reasons for going - and given the state of our media (professional and citizen journalism) every assertion must be considered with a pound of salt until facts are revealed. A couple outlets suggested he was headed out with Militia. Some suggested he was headed to Malheur to help walk the remaining protesters out.
Maybe he was merely going to visit his sons in a FedGov visiting room.
We do not know.
Today there is speculation that he was arrested for conspiring in the Malheur protest. Some are speculating he is being hit with 2014 charges.
We do not know, yet.
What we know is outweighed by what we do not know. For now.
What every Patriot must now consider and revisit is the If/Then matrix. If X happens, I respond with Y.
There will always be people who talk tough and forever find reasons as to why this hill or that hill is the wrong hill upon which to stand. In many cases, those decisions are valid, even if you disagree. Some are mere cowardice - like 'Not One More Inch' followed by 'Here's my pistol, officer' at a traffic stop.
Should Florida Patriots kit-up and ride to Oregon? I think most of us would say no. Should Spokane Patriots kit-up and ride? The only difference in reasoning on that question is geography, no? Each and every Patriot must decide when, where and why...
If you believe in Local, local, local as preached by Bill Nye and accepted by most sane people in the Liberty Movement, then riding to the sound of the guns hundreds or thousands of miles away, given the reality of this fight of Rightful Liberty versus Tyranny, would be folly.
If you believe it is time to move, consider moving locally. The Patriot in Pennsylvania can support the Patriot in Oregon in many, many ways, while remaining close to home to protect Home & Hearth.
And if this simply isn't your hill? So be it.
Leaderless Resistance is self-explanatory...
...no matter your choice this morning or this night, there will come a moment in your life when you will have decided, even if you remain in a holding pattern of analysis paralysis.