I’m sad this morning.

Robert LaVoy Finicum was a husband, a father, a rancher and a friend. He believed the federal government exercises unwarranted powers. In an interview he spoke positively about the people he dealt with from the BLM, but he made a poignant observation.

“It’s not whether they do good, or bad, it’s should they have the power?”

No. Constitutionally, they should not.

Finicum died for that principle.

In the wake of the Ferguson unrest, we were told we should, “understand the protesters’ grievances.” I get that. They’re real.

Perhaps we should apply that same principle now.

I never agreed with the tactics. But a man died.

That’s tragic in any context.

No matter what you think about the ranchers, note the true nature of government – force, coercion and violence.