Regarding the Bundy Ranch standoff, I think everybody should review what happened at Waco. For this purpose, the summary at Wikipedia is good enough:
The Waco siege (also known as the Waco Massacre) was a siege of a compound belonging to the religious group Branch Davidians by American federal and Texas state law enforcement and military between February 28 and April 19, 1993. The Branch Davidians, a sect that separated in 1955 from the Seventh-day Adventist Church, was led by David Koresh and lived at Mount Carmel Center ranch in the community of Elk, Texas, nine miles (14 kilometers) east-northeast of Waco. The group was suspected of weapons violations and a search and arrest warrant was obtained by the U.S. federal agency Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF).
The incident began when the ATF attempted to raid the ranch. An intense gun battle erupted, resulting in the deaths of four agents and six Branch Davidians. Upon the ATF’s failure to raid the compound, a siege was initiated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the standoff lasting 51 days. Eventually, the FBI launched an assault and initiated a tear gas attack in an attempt to force the Branch Davidians out. During the attack, a fire engulfed Mount Carmel Center and 76 men, women, and children, including David Koresh, died.
Much dispute remains as to the actual events of the siege. A particular controversy ensued over the origin of the fire; a government investigation concluded in 2000 that sect members themselves had started the fire. The events at Waco were cited as the primary motivation for the perpetrators of the Oklahoma City bombing that took place exactly two years later in 1995.
Say what you will, there is no doubt in my mind that when someone fights back and kills federal agents, causing them to retreat, that the gloves come off. That’s the kind of thing that happens in Colombia. If you are in charge of the federal government, you can’t have people observing that if you get a few dozen guys with heavy-duty weapons, you can make federal agencies back off.
And so, as the official media spin made it out, the federal government tried to save a bunch of kids from a religious nutjob, and in the process all the little kids got burned up. “Oh well, what’s on the TV tonight?”
Very few Americans cared about this incident because the media and government had successfully painted the Branch Davidians as a bunch of religious nutjobs who were abusing children. That’s why they could literally be burned alive and nothing happened. Not only did Janet Reno not have to resign (after taking “full responsibility”), Bill Clinton got re-elected three years later.
So yeah I was trying to be humorous with the South Park meme, but I am also deadly serious when I say Cliven Bundy should be choosing his words very carefully. And if he has a death wish (as some commenters have implied), I hope he has told that to the people driving out there to stand with him.