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Independence In LaVoy Finicum’s Vision

LaVoy Finicum Speaking
LaVoy Finicum Speaking



So it’s Independence Day, 2016 and I’m a seventy-years-old man with wrinkles and wet eyes.

The wrinkles are a testament of how I forged my view of the world for over half a century, as I now can see it looking back. Live and Learn.

Experience untied to time does not exist; and that explains the “old man with wrinkles” part of the sentence above. But what about the wet eyes?

I am a sensitive man  who cannot bear too much reality, as I learned back in the 1960s in Viet Nam.  I don’t cry easily. But it can happen, if only very rarely. And this morning, July 04, 2016, Independence Day, in the wee hours, it happened.  Here’s how.

Back in early June I traveled to the little town named Plains, Montana, to join a rally for Jake Ryan’s release from jail. Thirty-seven patriots had been jailed for daring oppose federal abuse of States Rights. Jake Ryan was one of them. The rally turned into a celebration as Jake was released.

I drove back again the next day to attend a speaking event produced by Dan and Roxsanna Ryan, Jake’s parents. LaVoy Finicum’s widow, Jeanette Finicum, was among the speakers. I bought a copy of her late husband’s novel.

LaVoy_Finicum_Blood_Suffering_CoverThe title is “Only By Blood And Suffering“. This weekend I took time off and read the book. Just finished it. That is why my eyes are wet.

It is Independence Day, 2016. The man who wrote this book is dead and there is no getting him back this side of the grave. Knowing that he is dead, and how he died, put a filter over my mind as I read his book. I had written about him, had posted my favorite of his videos, had followed the whole Burns, Oregon situation, but I did not read LaVoy’s book until this weekend.

I am blown away. I had no idea the man was a writer. Wow. He grabbed me early on and built a surprising drive in me to follow his story page by page. It is a cowboy’s take on Independence.

Yes, it’s that, but it’s also a tense portrait of a family’s struggle to unite and save themselves as society breaks down in the aftermath of an EMP attack. That is the context in which LaVoy Finicum developed his story. What surprised me this weekend as I was reading his novel was how, in tracing the trials and courage of a rancher’s son and daughters as they struggled to get home to their ranch and safety, LaVoy skillfully packed the principles of freedom into the narrative and action of the book.

LaVoy Finicum left no stone un-turned as he wove the nature of “government” itself into the flesh-and-blood experience of humanity in mankind’s endless struggle to achieve full freedom.  He paints pictures in words, words which expose a —

“…long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object [which] evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism…

LaVoy packed into his story the values of personal responsibility, of reverence, love, courage, dignity, and commitment to a personal code of honor. He did that (and much more) in contexts of modern-day cowboys who live yet on the land while a wobbly world is under NSA satellite surveillance, federal regulations, Homeland Security’s tyranny, political correctness, advertising, “news”, economic manipulations, and other blights on our freedom as Americans with a traditional way of life on our vast natural lands within State borders.

There is treachery, gunfighting, spying, crowd-manipulation, defense of farm, food, and family. There is also a damning indictment on crowd mentality, which I laud him for doing masterfully. In the middle of all that LaVoy has also developed a tender romance which I found to be compelling as well as reassuring. My claim is that anyone who reads this novel will love it, and all patriots (and especially their good neighbors) simply must read this book.

As I already noted, I did not know LaVoy Finicum was a talented writer. I tried my hand at doing a bit of writing myself. I know what is involved in developing a story and I was floored at how masterfully LaVoy built this book.  The characters are fully developed, the action is ever-so plausible, the facts of life in a cowboy’s world are refreshing and encouraging.  This book will inspire a generation and reinforce the patriot movement greatly.

My point in talking about this book is simple. The original patriots, those Colonists who defied their government to throw off subjugation and establish thirteen free “sovereign nation-state Republics”, found their success only “by blood and suffering“. LaVoy reminds us that nothing has changed.  To me, personally, the dominant challenge which I felt riding like wild horses through his novel is simple – will I stand for freedom?

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Go here to get several copies, one for your family and several for friends.

It’s about Independence!

Buy it. Read it. Live it!

LaVoy Finicum is a national treasure. His Spirit shall live on forever in America through his work and his book.


Elias Alias

Editor in Chief for Oath Keepers; Unemployed poet; Lover of Nature and Nature's beauty. Slave to all cats. Reading interests include study of hidden history, classical literature. Concerned Constitutional American. Honorably discharged USMC Viet Nam Veteran. Founder, TheMentalMilitia.Net


  1. I love this book. Will read it again and promote it widely. It is a national treasure!
    Please help me spread the word about the book. You may send the link for this article to your friends and family — that will help spread it. If you’ve not read it yet, by all means get a copy and read it! You will be inspired to stand for freedom.
    Thank you,
    Elias Alias, editor

  2. I am still awaiting the release of the chicken sh!t cowards names, that hide behind the scenes, hoping like hell nobody learns their names.

    1. I hear ya, Bro. You will be surprised to see how LaVoy handles the role of the thugs who will draw guns on citizens in his novel. So while you’re waiting the release of names, go ahead and get this book and read it! I’m urging everyone to read this book right away. It is hugely important, and a great read while educating and inspiring the reader.
      Elias Alias, editor

  3. Elias thanks so much for the article. As I have said before I went to the funeral and never can remember in my 67 years on this old planet meeting such great people. Watching the second video which I have watched several times before I still get a lump in my throat. I know just one man but what a great martyr if there is such a thing. We should all hope to achieve his character and love for the LORD. Hope to meet him on the other side
    Ken Weberg

    1. Thanks Ken. Totally agree with you. Realizing the tremendous loss of freedom in our own country, and then realizing that the government will take out a man for being willing to stand up against the tyranny, is very emotional for me. Never thought I’d live to see these conditions here in what used to be America. I will promote LaVoy’s message ’til my dying breath, and he is a martyr, and his name must become part of American history. Also, I hope to generate some help for the Finicum family and the Bundy family. They are holding the line, and they are not getting enough support from the liberty movement. These people are living, breathing symbols of what this country should be, and used to be, before the progressive movement came in a century ago and started taking apart our culture, our ethics, our spiritual values, our families. I am going to stand with them, and the best thing I know to do at present time is to promote this wonderful novel LaVoy wrote.
      Elias Alias, editor

  4. I followed LaVoy on Youtube after Bundy Ranch where I first became aware of him. His self published videos like the one above reveal the true patriot and hero that is his essence. Indeed, his spirit lives on in the hearts and deeds of other resisters to tyranny and lovers of freedom, the Constitution and the waning America of days gone by. I dedicate this Independence Day in my heart to LaVoy and the memory of his unwavering love. In fact, there is not a day that goes by that he is not in my thoughts and prayers, along with his family and the patriot political prisoners being held by the “authorities.”

    I ordered LaVoy’s novel after hearing Jeanette Finicum speak on film at the Jake Ryan event last month. It is everything that you so eloquently describe, Elias, and I urge everyone to get their copies to help support the Finicum family. Interestingly, the book’s publisher, Legends Library Publishing, is donating 100% of the proceeds from the sale of LaVoy’s book to his wife, Jeanette. As Cliven Bundy says on the cover, “A book you do not want to read, but must…”

    While ordering your books, take a look at the other items being offered for sale. If everyone displayed LaVoy’s brand on a t-shirt, decal, bumper sticker or belt buckle…what a statement…like the Guy Fawkes masks adopted by Anonymous. Perhaps Oath Keepers and other patriot groups could offer special LaVoy commemoratives with their logoed merchandise, as well, and donate the proceeds to the Finicum and prisoners families.

    United We Stand,

    Another Old Marine

  5. I bought it last year and I agree it is a “must read”. I miss Lavoy and his honest down to earth thinking.

  6. While our people are being murdered by the government. FBI / ATF & all the alphabet soup agencies.
    Most men are content drinking beer & watching sports on the TV. The truth is there are few if any real men left. All I hear is ”can’t wait until football season ..gotta support my OREGON DUCKS!
    If you lazy white middle age traitors cared about this nation as much as you do football there’d be a revolution over night…Oh yes I am white & pissed off .. mostly at you dumb ass white people.
    Maybe you don’t deserve freedom?

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