Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Far right peddles violence, not patriotism


By PAT MURPHY

"Day 3" has come and gone and 30 Republican and Democratic governors who were told to resign—or be "forcibly removed"—are still in office. So, what's Plan B for the Guardians of the Free Republics that issued this crackpot ultimatum and couldn't make the governors flee?

Other Guardians' plans presumably will be on hold until governors skedaddle. Their follow-up scheme is to force resignations of all justices and judges of the federal courts system. There's more in the "Restore America Plan," composed in ostentatious adult words typically used by children to impress. But why bother.

Their ultimate plan is to take over the country. How balmy is this handful of candidates for the cuckoo nest? Their "elder" and guiding light is Tim Turner, a fisherman who complains that 200 federal laws drove him out of business. Since thousands of fishermen still ply their trade on rivers and oceans and observe the same laws, one can assume Turner is a loser, not the victim of statutory persecution, who attracts other losers who blame government for their failings.

Guardians of the Free Republics talk like a gerbil with improbable ambitions to romance a giraffe.

The same could be said of Hutaree militiamen arrested before carrying out the mass killing of police. They too want to overturn the government, all nine or 20 of them or however many belong.

There's a common thread to the Guardians and the Hutarees and other groups swaggering with guns and visions to "take back our country."

They would use force and violence and ultimatums, not the ballot box, and presumably if successful would rule with force and at the point of a gun and be even more authoritarian than the government they now detest.

Guns have become the symbols of personal power in American culture and emblematic of a growing disregard for civility, reason and democratic processes.

CNN's new right-wing commentator, Erick Erickson, made his debut with his own gun-toting threat. "I dare them to try and come throw me in jail. I dare them to. Pull out my wife's shotgun and see how that little (Census) twerp likes being scared at the door."

And what meaning other than violence can be gleaned from the sight of pistol-packing tea party demonstrators carrying signs proposing to refresh the tree of liberty with blood?

Gun lobbies, notably the National Rifle Association, continue to push state legislatures for more "rights" to pack guns in schools, restaurants, churches and workplace—as ways of "good" gun owners protecting themselves against "criminal" gun owners and, when they decide, against their own government.




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