Saturday, May 2

Inside the Anti-Obama Nation

Max Blumenthal provides this peek inside the Gun Trade Shows and exposes it's hateful paranoid rhetoric of "FEMA Camps", "Gun Round-ups" and overt Nazi worship.

Limbaugh: Obama operatives in the Congress have introduced over ten bills that would end the 2nd Amendment as we know it.

Person1: If Obama tries to get rid of our guns it's just a step to try and get rid of everything else.

Person2: A lot of people are not happy with what's going on in our government at the moment, and they're preparing for the worst - just in case.

Max: We didn't manage to buy any guns, yet but we did manage to buy a few pictures that people were selling. Nazi pictures. Lots of these were being sold inside along with lots of Nazi memoribilia.

Person3: I was listening to this lady this morning saying we didn't understand the Tea Parties. What the boston tea party was all about. Therefor we are a bunch of anti-Democrat, Racist, Tea-baggers.

Person4: We as a nation, as normal citizens - we can be rounded up and put into these FEMA Camps. The fencing around them, the barbed wire, is designed to keep those in. They're just preparing for the future where they anticipate civil riots.

Person5: Well they have the FEMA Camps, and they have these things all set in place - when they start imprisoning people, and people start seeing the we are the "enemy", that will make it hot.

Person4: In fact, Obama's own campaign promise was that he would build up a 20,000 man civil army to patrol the streets of America that will be stronger than our own military.

Let me just state up front that I happen to be very strongly pro 2nd Amendment. I also happen to like the 1st, 4th, 5th and 8th Amendments quite a bit too. I believe that if we properly work to protect and strengthen all of these principles, the need to exercise the 2nd Amendment - the Amendment of last desperate resort against a truly tyrannical government - becomes essentially moot.

But these people don't seem to understand that. It's probably unfair to paint with a broadbrush and Garafalo everyone shown here, but it's also true that every bunch is likely to have more than a couple bad apples.

Bad Apples like Josh Cartwright.

On Sunday, lawmen still were investigating why Joshua Cartwright, a 28-year-old U.S. Army Reserve soldier with a history of violence, killed Okaloosa County sheriff's deputies Burt Lopez and Warren "Skip" York at a gun range in Crestview.

A few minutes after he killed the deputies, Cartwright was himself killed in a shootout with lawmen in DeFuniak Springs [...]

An offense report filed against Cartwright the day he died outlines an angry husband who threatened his wife, kept guns and knives on hand, was "severely disturbed" that Barack Obama had been elected president, and believed the U.S. government was conspiring against him.

Far from being a blanket "attack on conservatives" it seems that in the immediate wake of Cartwright and other Right-Wing Domestic Terrorists such as James Adkisson (Shot 5, killed 2 "Liberals" in Knoxville, TN), Richard Poplawski (Killed 2 Cops in Pittsburgh) and James Cummings (Attempted Maine "Dirty Bomber") - the Homeland Security Report on "Right-Wing Extremists" may have been right on the money.

There's nothing wrong with owning a gun and using it responsibly.

But when you subscribe to full-on nutbag conspiracy theories about the duly elected President, combined with extreme personal stress - the results can become a danger to us all.

Just remember that many of the people shown by Blumenthal are the same people interviewed here by Alexandra Pelosi in "Right America: Feeling Wronged".

We ignore them, at all of our peril.



David G. said...

Amazingly delusional people with rumors rather than fact guiding them... I sense hate and fear. It's very sad. said...

I just came across this post and went through it. I must say that you have really made your point really well!