The modern Patriot movement has been around for at least forty years now. But the media loves the word 'Militia' much better. I have watched it through the Weaver's, Waco, Oklahoma City, Bundy Ranch, and Malheur.
For the early years, it did seem like a lot of them did a lot more harm than good for the movement overall. They abused the crap out of the common law court system. Many committed actual crimes like counterfeiting , bank robbery, drug dealing, etc. Then of course, there is the media spin on it all. Every single one is a white supremacist, always and forever, still.
But in the video below, they are doing what they should have been trying to do since day one. Get into politics.