For eight solid years, the rhetoric from those in power on the right, and the morans who voted them in was if you don't like it, LEAVE! This is the greatest country in the world, aren't you Patriotic? If you're against the war, that's akin to Treason.
Now then, it hasn't even been 4 months, but the right is amping up the chest-thumping, but as far as love of country, they are whizzing it right down their legs. The last hundred days has seen Gun Sales go up 35%, calls for Obama's impeachment, throwing every name at him from Socialist, to Dictator; Totalitarian, to Fascist.
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And they haven't heard that, even though they need to. The right-wing fringe used to be the Patriot Movement, Militia-men/survivalist gun-nut Anarchy cookbook, and they were ignored or snubbed by the media. The bretheren of Tim McVeigh and Terry Nichols are now having their views embraced by "true conservatism" and broadcast nightly on Fox News.
In the movie the hero is offered two pills: red to learn the truth about the Matrix; blue to go on living blissfully ignorant to what is really going on.
The way to take our country back will short-circuit the Matrix we are living in. And it has to do with gun rights, state's rights and what I call the civilest war.
Along with the gun bill, Montana legislators are considering a resolution that affirms the 10th Amendment principle that the federal government only has those powers that are specifically given to it by the U.S. Constitution.
“The whole goal is to awaken the people so that we can return to a properly grounded republic,” Rep. Michael More, R-Gallatin Gateway and the Montana resolution’s sponsor, said at a House committee hearing Wednesday.
As many as fifteen other Legislatures have also been mulling resolutions that buck federal control in states such as New Hampshire, South Carolina, Missouri and Oklahoma.
Okay, you won't secede, but you're going to have your state governments declare by fiat that Federal Laws now no longer apply?
"The government is afraid of the guns people have because they have to have control of the people at all times. Once you take away the guns, you can do anything to the people. You give them an inch and they take a mile. I believe we are slowly turning into a socialist government. The government is continually growing bigger and more powerful, and the people need to prepare to defend themselves against government control"
-Tim McVeigh, interviewed by a student reporter at the Waco Siege of the Branch Davidian compound, 1993.
David Neiwert, an expert in the Patriot movement, had this to say about Glen Beck and the similarities between his paranoia and the militia's.
The hyper-normality is a kind of intentional camouflage. The Patriot movement, and militias in particular, were a very specific and intentional strategy adopted in the 1990s by the white supremacists and radical tax protesters of the American far right -- and the whole purpose of the strategy was to mainstream their belief systems and their agendas. The tactic was to adopt the appearance of normal, "red-blooded" Americanism as a way of pushing out the idea that their radical beliefs are "normal" too.
In the process, they often adopted time-worn "patriotic" sayings and symbols, such as the "Don't Tread On Me" flag Beck wears, as their own -- though with a much more menacing meaning. If you've seen that flag at an Aryan Nations compound, as I have, you never quite look at it the same.
This is why the meaning of Thomas Jefferson's quote above ["The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."] is quite different for them than it is for you and me. To all outward appearances, it is just an expression of avid patriotism. But to a Patriot movement follower, it means something potentially deadly.
These people have the paranoia of New World Order Conspiracy Theorist Alex Jones, they have the gun lust of Ted Nugent, the global voice of Rupert Murdoch, the pride, irresponsibility, and stupidity of Jenny McCarthy, coupled with the eliminationist vitriol of David Duke and Fred Phelps. There may have enough chest-thumping bedwetters in their audience to keep a show on the air and make it a ratings hit, but they will never get back to 51% with shit like this.
Suck on it, wingnuts.
Erm, case in point, from today.