In a somewhat seedy section of Oklahoma City, near the bus station, stand the Oklahoma City Memorial and museum. The Alfred P. Murrah building, according to Wikipedia…
… contained regional offices for the Social Security Administration, the United States Secret Service, the Drug Enforcement Administration (D.E.A.), and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (A.T.F.). The building also contained recruiting offices for both the Army and the Marine Corps. It housed approximately 550 employees.
My attitude, as I wandered the $29,000,000 complex, was that all those 550 employees were, to one extent or another, criminals. I felt bad for the children, less so for the adults who had chosen to work for the abomination we call the “Federal government.”
Here are some photos I snapped while there.
The night after my return home I was awakened by a vivid nightmare. I was in a room inside a building when a terrible explosion was heard. The building shook violently and I felt myself falling. Death was imminent.
I’m not one to give much credence to dreams, though I have had some foretell the future. If nothing else, they can serve as windows into our own subconscious. They sometimes tell us things we already know on a deeper level. In this case, I already knew that I tend to judge people too harshly.
The federal workers who died on that fateful day were, at least many of them, involved in the destruction of lives. They were participating in the persecution of millions. But for a lot of them, what they were doing was only a job. They didn’t know any better. Perhaps, partly due to the actions of the same government they worked for, they lacked good alternatives. Some of them were young and didn’t have the opportunity to educate themselves.
Of course all the above could also be said of enemy soldiers in a war. Many soldiers are killed who do not deserve to die. If we’re not at war with the federal government, we certainly should be; all of us live under its heavy yoke. The question is, how to wage war against it most effectively. Blowing up buildings doesn’t seem to work. Voting doesn’t work. Apathy and inaction toward it might be the best solution. It’s probably the only course of action that the masses could truly support.