"My biggest surprise concerning this glut of commentary flooding into
the newspaper continues to be the volume of vehement anti-government
sentiment, which is overwhelming expressions of support for the federal
agents. I wrote about this phenomenon in earlier columns only to be
rewarded with more anti-government calls and letters. Most of these
people say they also would shoot armed federal agents who dared set foot
on their property. Many feel so threatened that they are ready to start
an armed revolution against the federal government. Strong stuff.
Bullets, not ballots.
"These people are not just from this area, or even from Texas. They're
everywhere. Those who bother me the most sound educated, articulate and
reasonable. I expected reaction from redneck mouth-breathers. I got
it. But it's the mass of well-spoken ones who give me the willies.
They've given up on the federal government. It's no longer their
Rowland Nethaway, senior editor of the Waco Tribune-Herald, in the Fort
Worth Star-Telegram, Thu 18 Mar 93
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