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Anyone feeling revolt needs the Malheur Seven Jail Lesson.

Law and Order sounds like a good idea for bad guys, until you fall into bad guy status.

Then it’s persecution, oppression, tyranny, etc.

Call it what you will, but you’ll be calling from jail.

If you’ve been in, or known anyone who’s done time, pass the word: it’s bad.

My pal said the loudest noise he’d ever heard until then was the last jail gate shutting in the big house.

Now you’re on the inside.

The Malheur Seven have been inside waiting for their trial.

How long have they been behind bars? The arrests started last January.

How long will Trump revolters get if they go off the rails if he loses? Time stretches out.

Do yourselves a favor and avoid The System. They’ve got all the time in the world to watch you crawl into a hole where parts of you die.

Unless you want to spend the rest of your life surrounded by ex-cons who ‘didn’t do it’, just stay home when the call to assemble goes out.

If you get arrested on a Federal charge, like obstructing a federal employee from doing their job, you’ll be waiting a while until things cool down.

Real cops and real military get strapped and head to work; para-cops and para-military squeeze into their camo, strap on a hog leg, sling their AR, and walk the perimeter of their objective.

Eventually the real cops and real military see to it that the perimeter they eventually walk is a small cell among many small cells.

Then comes the bad part.

My jail insider said the holding pens for prisoners awaiting trial include prisoners in transit to the Big House.

He didn’t say to expect rapists, murderers, and slashers for temporary roommates, but he didn’t say you shouldn’t, either.

Voice an opinion, shout from the rooftops, but once you walk out of the house to join an armed resistance, consequences follow arrest.

For example, make an allowed phone call from jail.

You stand in line to make a call and when it’s your turn, someone jumps ahead of you. Or you’re on the phone to your wife and kids and someone comes up and and ends your call.

Who is this ‘someone?’

He’s a messenger for a prison King Pin sent to test you, and you’d better have the right answer.

If you let the guy jump the line and do nothing, or let him hang up your call and do nothing, the King Pin knows all he needs to know. You’re on his radar, his menu, and that’s nowhere you want to be.

My prison insider said any sign of disrespect means violence. The Malheur Seven look tough enough to handle themselves.

Say a man hangs up your call before you’re finished. Others in line know the drill.

Once it happens you must light into the man with the intention of fighting to a conclusion.

The fight ends once your unconscious from the beating the other con puts on you, or if you’re bad ass enough, you keep punching until a guard comes and knocks you out with his stick.

Failure to fight means you’ll be auctioned for a few cigarettes; fight to the conclusion and you pass the test. With a headache.

All this happens after you run the gauntlet of pre-trial jail, roommates, guards, and prison food; after your lawyers send you up the river on a plea bargain.

With enough isolation and abuse, you’ll get used to the routine. Time works to make you wonder if you did the right thing, and if you did, why are you in jail?

Self doubt builds every time you’re asked to retract your statements, condemn your actions, like the Malheur Seven.

You stay strong until you get to court and learn half the guys you joined with in resistance were informants. Your brotherhood of the soul bonded with rats, and you couldn’t tell the difference.

That’s gotta hurt.

Playing army, playing cops and robbers, is one thing. Getting arrested and jailed is another.

If someone encourages you to act out, take another look. Donald Trump is insulated from legal problems. You might go to jail for him, just don’t expect a visit.

Former military looking to make a statement with their armed presence need to stand down.

Hunters and trappers with para-military gear asked to show up anywhere need to know they’re being played.

It’s an American election, not some backwater nation’s coup.

Vote and call it a day. That’s how it works. Vote.

The Malheur Seven might miss the vote. They may never note again. Don’t let that be you.

Show up and do the work to vote. If things don’t turn out the way you like, show up and do the work for better results next time.

It’s that easy. It’s that hard. Just be accountable for your actions.

Kris Kristofferson says the blues are all you need. Maybe he’s right. Do you really want to find out?

Freedom’s just another word for nothin’ left to lose,
And nothin’ ain’t worth nothin’ but it’s free,
Feelin’ good was easy, Lord, when Bobby sang the blues,
And buddy, that was good enough for me.

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