Note: Due to the complexity of the topic (and length this document), I created a separate site for it: The Second Civil War.
It’s always astonishing to witness the pathological denial that substitutes for reality in this country, but the levels reached in the last two weeks set an entirely new clinical standard. The common and preposterous delusion that this country is ‘past’ slavery, racism, or hate has been obliterated in all but Biblical fashion, yet people still won’t be honest about this country. The fact of the matter is the Confederacy never went anywhere, doesn’t acknowledge that they lost the war, have not surrendered their beliefs for a single moment, and ‘they want their country back.’ While the Mainstream Media continues to embarrass itself debating superfluous levels of ‘rhetoric,’ they ignore the obvious motivations and the ongoing war right here at home.
I’ll never forget my first year of high school in Smalltown, U.S.A. I spent my teen years in a town where most had never even seen a Black pair of shoes before my arrival, so as one might imagine – it was a lifetime of ‘educational’ experiences. One of the earliest and most instructive was on the first day of American History class in my freshman year. The text book was a large and heavy tome of better than 350 pages, and it didn’t take five minutes to learn something immensely valuable. Out of all those pages and all the chapters, only one was on slavery (simply titled titled: Slavery), and it was just over 30 pages long.
I learned two very important things at that moment. 1) If I wanted to know any truth about American History, I was going to have to do my own research, and 2) no White person was ever going to know the truth about slavery – except perhaps for the fractional percentage that would choose to do the same.
Because of this, White people (in general) live in the falsified fairytale propagated by the American educational and propaganda systems that slavery was some brief lapse of judgment hundreds of years ago, instead of the foundation of American economy, industry, agriculture, and belief that it was. As unimaginably unfortunate and detrimental to the evolution of this society as it is, President Obama has demonstrated on numerous occasions that he too is a victim of American historical delusion.
This endeavor to erase Slavery from the American conscious hasn’t waned even slightly in my lifetime and has, unsurprisingly, exponentially increased in the last three years. Since the election of a Black President, the efforts to revise history to glorify the Confederacy and erase what little reference to slavery there is from American History Texts in Texas, Tennessee, Virginia, etc., have left little doubt of the intent. Tennessee Tea Party groups have even ‘demanded’ that any negative portrayals of the wealthy White men who ‘founded’ this country and the truth of what they did to the indigenous Native American and African peoples be expunged.
Tea Party ‘textbook demands:
- The material calls for lawmakers to amend state laws governing school curriculums, and for textbook selection criteria to say that “No portrayal of minority experience in the history which actually occurred shall obscure the experience or contributions of the Founding Fathers, or the majority of citizens, including those who reached positions of leadership.”
- Fayette County attorney Hal Rounds, the group’s lead spokesman during the news conference, said the group wants to address “an awful lot of made-up criticism about, for instance, the founders intruding on the Indians or having slaves or being hypocrites in one way or another.”
Last year Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (reviving a controversy that had been somewhat dormant for eight years) declared April Confederate History Month in Virginia and omitted slavery entirely from his proclamation. However meaningless it was, he was ultimately forced to revise his statement but all who needed to had already heard the dog whistle.
There is a very good reason why the leaders of the Confederate Tea Party need to revise Slavery (and the fact that it was the reason for the Civil war) out of American History… so Americans won’t see it happening again. For instance, if Americans got more than 30 pages on Slavery they would recognize the voluminous calls for secession in Florida, Texas, Tennessee, South Carolina, Vermont, and a number of other States, as history repeating itself on the path to Civil War.
Sons of the Confederate like Pat Buchanan won’t admit the critical importance of slavery and the foundational principle of White superiority in an attempt to conceal their real beliefs, but the original Confederate secessionists weren’t as timid about their motivations: Above all else, slavery was paramount in their belief system and was central to their renunciation of the Union. In 1861 after the secession of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and Texas (and less than three weeks after the inauguration of President Lincoln), Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens declared the following in his Cornerstone speech:
The new [Confederate] constitution has put at rest, forever, all the agitating questions relating to our peculiar institution — African slavery as it exists amongst us — the proper status of the negro in our form of civilization. This was the immediate cause of the late rupture and present revolution. Jefferson in his forecast, had anticipated this, as the “rock upon which the old Union would split.” He was right. What was conjecture with him, is now a realized fact. But whether he fully comprehended the great truth upon which that rock stood and stands, may be doubted. 25
The prevailing ideas entertained by him and most of the leading statesmen at the time of the formation of the old constitution, were that the enslavement of the African was in violation of the laws of nature; that it was wrong in principle, socially, morally, and politically. It was an evil they knew not well how to deal with, but the general opinion of the men of that day was that, somehow or other in the order of Providence, the institution would be evanescent and pass away. This idea, though not incorporated in the constitution, was the prevailing idea at that time. The constitution, it is true, secured every essential guarantee to the institution [of slavery] while it should last, and hence no argument can be justly urged against the constitutional guarantees thus secured, because of the common sentiment of the day. Those ideas, however, were fundamentally wrong. They rested upon the assumption of the equality of races. This was an error. It was a sandy foundation, and the government built upon it fell when the “storm came and the wind blew.” 25
Our new [Confederate] government is founded upon exactly the opposite idea; its foundations are laid, its corner- stone rests upon the great truth, that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery — subordination to the superior race — is his natural and normal condition. This, our new government, is the first, in the history of the world, based upon this great physical, philosophical, and moral truth. This truth has been slow in the process of its development, like all other truths in the various departments of science. It has been so even amongst us. Many who hear me, perhaps, can recollect well, that this truth was not generally admitted, even within their day. The errors of the past generation still clung to many as late as twenty years ago. Those at the North, who still cling to these errors, with a zeal above knowledge, we justly denominate fanatics. All fanaticism springs from an aberration of the mind — from a defect in reasoning. It is a species of insanity. 25
They assume that the negro is equal, and hence conclude that he is entitled to equal privileges and rights with the white man. If their premises were correct, their conclusions would be logical and just — but their premise being wrong, their whole argument fails. They were attempting to make things equal which the Creator had made unequal. 25
In the conflict thus far, success has been on our side, complete throughout the length and breadth of the Confederate States. It is upon this, as I have stated, our social fabric is firmly planted; and I cannot permit myself to doubt the ultimate success of a full recognition of this principle throughout the civilized and enlightened world. 25
[The Confederacy] is the first government ever instituted upon the principles in strict conformity to nature, and the ordination of Providence, in furnishing the materials of human society. Many governments have been founded upon the principle of the subordination and serfdom of certain classes of the same race; such were and are in violation of the laws of nature. Our system commits no such violation of nature’s laws. With us, all of the white race, however high or low, rich or poor, are equal in the eye of the law. Not so with the negro. Subordination is his place. He, by nature, or by the curse against Canaan, is fitted for that condition which he occupies in our system. 25
The architect, in the construction of buildings, lays the foundation with the proper material-the granite; then comes the brick or the marble. The substratum of our society is made of the material fitted by nature for it, and by experience we know that it is best, not only for the superior, but for the inferior race, that it should be so. It is, indeed, in conformity with the ordinance of the Creator. It is not for us to inquire into the wisdom of his ordinances, or to question them. For his own purposes, he has made one race to differ from another, as he has made “one star to differ from another star in glory.” 25
The great objects of humanity are best attained when there is conformity to his laws and decrees, in the formation of governments as well as in all things else. Our Confederacy is founded upon principles in strict conformity with these laws. This stone which was rejected by the first builders “is become the chief of the corner” — the real “corner-stone” — in our new edifice. 25
It doesn’t get any clearer than that. While revisionists attempt to downplay the importance of slavery and the superiority of the White race to the Confederacy, here we see its existential significance. In no uncertain terms, the Confederacy is instituted on the principle that the Negro’s natural place is subordination, and they view this as ordained by the Creator. In fact, the belief in equality is “fanaticism” to them. An “aberration of the mind — from a defect in reasoning.” In the Confederacy’s own words, slavery and the subordination of the ‘inferior Negro’ is the cornerstone of their civilization. The ‘natural laws’ and ‘great truth’ (that the Negro is not equal to the superior White race, and subordination is his place) in which they religiously believe are directly violated by the election of a Black President, and it conflicts with their entire belief system. Their very idea of civilization is threatened at its foundation by this and it is more than they can possibly endure. Behind the smoke screens, this is the honest explanation for this unalterable rage, and the employment of every conceivable (and inconceivable) strategy and tactic to delegitimize and erase the First Black Presidency from existence. As Michelle Bachmann made clear on the House floor – after Tea Party Republicans voted to repeal the Affordable Healthcare Act:
“This is not symbolic. This is why we were sent here, and we will not stop until we repeal a president and put a president in the position of the White House who will repeal this bill, until we repeal the current Senate, put in a Senate that will listen to the American people and repeal this bill.” I’m quite sure that is the first time the phrase “Repeal a President” has ever been used in Congress, and the disdain speaks for itself.
This Confederacy-based fury was plainly evident at McCain / Palin rallies long before Obama was elected. Every imaginable defamation was rolled out in the hopes of preventing this Presidency from ever being, and time and again the White media punditry and their apologists ignored and dismissed the invariable racism and rage.
“Spread the word… God hates Barack Obama. God hates this doomed Nation.” 8
“Bomb Obama! Blow him up! I’ve had a number of people tell me, when Obama gets in office, Bang! Strangers tell me this.” 10
“You don’t want my true answer. I’d never vote for a Black Man.” 10
“I don’t want to sound racist here, but I do not want a Black man running my country.” 10
“Obama and his wife, I’m concerned that they could be anti-White. That he might hide that.” 11
“I don’t like the fact that he thinks us White people are trash, because we’re not.” 11
“I’m a bitter gun owner, and I vote.” 10
“I’m a bitter American that clings to my religion and my guns.” 10
“Obama’s associations and his judgment are not American.” 10
“Obama wasn’t born in America. He was born in Kenya.” 10
“If Obama is elected President, he’s not my President.” 10
“I’m afraid if he wins, the Blacks will take over. He’s not a Christian! This is a Christian Nation! What is our country going to end up like?” 11
“Barack Obama is the second most highest paid person at Acorn, and he registers dead people to vote.” 8
“He’s related to a known terrorist, for one thing.” 11
“He’s friends with a terrorist.” 11
“I think he’s a one man terror cell.” 8
“Frankly I think he’s a Muslim.” 8
“When we’re at war with the A-rabs we do not need a damn A-rab President.” 8
“He must support terrorists. If it walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it must be a duck, and that to me is Obama.” 11
“Just the whole Muslim thing and everything. A lot of people forgot about 9/11, but I don’t know. It’s just kind of unnerving.” 11
“He seems like a wolf in sheep’s clothing to be honest with you and I believe Palin is filled with the ‘Holy Spirit’ and I believe she’s going to bring honesty and integrity to the White House.” 11
The most obvious evidence of the racism and racism denial pathology in this country is that these things were not only allowed to be said about a Black Presidential Candidate, but that they were so easily dismissed and forgotten. Ever since Obama announced his candidacy, there has been a constant and undeniable stream of atrociously offensive lies that have formed the ignorant and hateful beliefs that half this country has about this President, and mainstream media excused it all.
In clear contrast, after a decade of crimes against humanity, Bush said his worst moment was when Kanye West said “George Bush doesn’t care about Black people.” Kanye West is still being belittled, chastised, and repeatedly forced to apologize for making an observation that anyone in the world watching the God awful first week of Katrina coverage would make, yet West is beset upon for the mere suggestion that Bush could lack concern for Blacks. Compare Bushes worst moment in eight years, to the list of things said about Obama before he even became president, and see if you can deny reality.
Tea Party Disinformation Network
These people did not spontaneously manifest these common racist & delusional talking points. The vicious lies and false vilifications that were generated on a weekly basis from McCain / Palin, Beck, Hannity, Savage, Levin, Limbaugh, etc., painted Obama as a Kenyan Manchurian Nazi Socialist Marxist Muslim Terrorist trying to steal White American’s freedom, property, money, guns, children, and birthright, and the people who were already inclined (or more to the point, predetermined) to detest the possibility of a Black President had no problem gobbling up any disinformation they were fed.
“This is not a man who sees America as you see it and how I see America. We see America as the greatest force for good in this world. Our opponent though, is someone who sees America it seems as being so imperfect that he’s palling around with terrorists who would target their own country.” – Sarah Palin 12
“The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s ‘death panel’ so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their ‘level of productivity in society,’ whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil.” – Sarah Palin 13
“Go back to what our founders and our founding documents meant — they’re quite clear — that we would create law based on the God of the bible and the Ten Commandments.” – Sarah Palin 13
“We have a President, perhaps for the very first time since the founding of our republic, who doesn’t appear to believe that America is the greatest earthly force for good the world has ever known.” – Sarah Palin 13
Sarah Palin may be the Poster Girl for Racism and the Confederacy, but her sanitized made-for-primetime dog whistle statements pale in comparison to the steady diet of delusional hate and fear Glenn Beck feeds his followers on a daily basis, and it is not only reminiscent of the language and beliefs of the Confederacy, it’s repetitive.
“This nation is being fundamentally transformed; the president promised us in his own words he would transform it. What we didn’t know was how and just how much. One way this administration and its helpers are doing it is by systematically stripping away our right to free speech. Yes, the president and other progressives profess to be the saviors of our First Amendment rights. But when you pull back the curtain, you will see that free speech is being eradicated for controlled speech: Control over the media; control over the Internet; control over you. Senator Barack Obama’s presidential campaign is asking Missouri law enforcement to target anyone who lies or runs a misleading television ad.” 16
“I have been telling you for months now that illegal immigration is creating a new civil war in this country. It’s pitting neighbor against neighbor and city against city.” 17
“This president, I think, has exposed himself as a guy, over and over and over again, who has a deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture, I don’t know what it is. I’m not saying he doesn’t like white people, I’m saying he has a problem. This guy is, I believe, a racist.” 18
“I’m thinking about killing Michael Moore, and I’m wondering if I could kill him myself, or if I would need to hire somebody to do it. … No, I think I could. I think he could be looking me in the eye, you know, and I could just be choking the life out. Is this wrong? I stopped wearing my What Would Jesus — band — Do, and I’ve lost all sense of right and wrong now. I used to be able to say, ‘Yeah, I’d kill Michael Moore,’ and then I’d see the little band: What Would Jesus Do? And then I’d realize, ‘Oh, you wouldn’t kill Michael Moore. Or at least you wouldn’t choke him to death.’ And you know, well, I’m not sure.” 19
“So here you have Barack Obama going in and spending the money on embryonic stem cell research. Remember, those great progressive doctors are the ones who brought us Eugenics. It was the progressive movement and it science. And it was from America. Progressive movement in America. Eugenics. In case you don’t know what Eugenics led us to: the Final Solution. A master race! A perfect person. …. The stuff that we are facing is absolutely frightening.” 20
“Progressives, like a lurking virus, were waiting for their chance — for an opening — to infect the system. And once they are inside the system, I warned it will be a battle to the end to get them out.” 21
“What everyone has missed is that we are not talking about the regular run-of-the-mill Republicans and Democrats who are putting this country at risk, it’s an ideological movement that has set its sights on the destruction of the Constitution and the fundamental transformation of the republic. It is the progressive movement and it has been using both parties, but mainly the Democratic Party as its host to feed on.” 21
“On an earlier episode of this show I described progressives as vampires. I stand by it. The progressive movement is sucking the blood out of each of the parties. This is their opportunity to finally win and progressives will, admittedly, do anything to win. They’ll lie, cheat, steal. Do you really think you can pull them off your neck with a ballot box? You must drive a stake through the heart of this movement. One election won’t do it. This is a long, drawn-out battle.” 21
“Remember; both partied are infected with this virus. How in the world can you find a Republican in favor of universal health care? Because they aren’t Republicans: John McCain and Lindsey Graham are progressives. America has been fighting our battle through the tea parties. Americans are on to the Republicans who are really progressives. We know not to trust someone because they have the “R” next to their name.” 21
“Let me give you a quick history lesson on how progressives operated in the past. When they first surfaced in the beginning of the 20th Century, they were very popular. Then, Americans began to see who they really were: the Federal Reserve, progressive income tax, entry into World War I, Prohibition and the League of Nations.” 21
“Let me leave you with this thought, America. If these are only politicians, they’ll do what they did in 1994 and migrate to the center. But if we’re right that these are Marxist revolutionaries who follow Mao and Marx, the foot will go on the gas and they will first eat their own: the Democrats.” 21
“Tonight, America, I want you to sit down and talk to your kids and hold your kids close to you. I know this sounds kind of like I’m coming off hard on the next generation, and I’m not. They’re being sold a line of goods here. There is an effort to indoctrinate them. And here we are, going through what has been happening in our public schools, what Al Gore has been up to. Even President Obama, in his own Web site, targeting our children.” 22
“Most of us are so busy or we’re so trusting that we don’t even notice — we don’t even notice these things. We must get involved with the children’s lives and our children’s school. And you know what? If it’s happening, sell a car if you have to. Get the kids out of this indoctrination or our republic will be lost.” 22
“They don’t just sound socialist and communist. They are, as indicated by the artwork. And here, the SDS symbol — Students for a Democratic Society. It’s a revival of the radical socialist ’60s group. They’re not just targeting those in college. They’re going after your kids in high school and elementary school. Not only is this effort an overall effort to infect kids with progressivism — we have been showing it to you. It’s pitting child against parent.” 22
“But let me give you the words of George Washington, “It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.” You know what? There was one thing the kids in this video had right. Our educational system is failing them. And if you as a parent do not fill that void, fill that void with knowledge and information — nature abhors a vacuum. Barack Obama – his progressive propaganda fringe — they will fill it. They will fill it. Grab your children. Fill it with the right principles and let them rule themselves when they come of age.” 22
Notice Becks first concern was that President Obama intended to have the lies generated by these people investigated. If these people were actually held to account for disseminating vicious lies designed to incite White fear and hate, they would have been out of business before Obama was elected.
Unfortunately, President Obama has failed to acknowledge and seize virtually every opportunity to halt the hateful disinformation campaign, and this was no different. Just as Obama capitulated to racist rage over Reverend Wright, just as Obama capitulated to racist rage over the false arrest of Professor Henry Louis Gates, he once again capitulated to racist rage and backed off pressuring these people to stop their vitriolic fabrications. This capitulation proved Obama wasn’t going to fight the disinformation, opened the flood gates, and gave them license to make up whatever detestable alternate reality they wished while claiming their lies are protected ‘free speech.’
As we continue down the food chain, the language become even less ‘coded’ and more blatantly honest about the real underlying belief system these people cling to. A belief system born of five hundred years slavery, racism, and hatred toward the Black man. Underneath the fabricated fears of ‘death panels’ and ‘big government’ lies the ‘great truth’ that the Confederacy is founded on.
“There are some other stories. “President Obama’s czar system concerns some.” That’s from the LA Times, up on my website. “Super aides for health, the economy, energy, and urban issues, with more to come, prompt lawmakers and groups to worry he may be concentrating power and bypassing Congress.” Of course he is. He’s a fascist. I know that you don’t want to hear this, but the man is a neo-Marxist fascist dictator in the making. He is not using his fascism yet, because he doesn’t have enough power to wield the fascist instruments of power, but he is aggrandizing enough power to become a very dangerous president, and you must understand this is an important story.” 24
“Basically, if you’re talking about a day like today, Martin Luther King Junior Day, and you’re gonna understand what civil rights has become, the con it’s become in this country. It’s a whole industry; it’s a racket. It’s a racket that is used to exploit primarily heterosexual, Christian, white males’ birthright and steal from them what is their birthright and give it to people who didn’t qualify for it.
Take a guess out of whose hide all of these rights are coming. They’re not coming out of women’s hides. Are they? No, there’s only one group that’s targeted, and that group are white, heterosexual males. They are the new witches being hunted by the illiberal left using the guise of civil rights and fairness to women and whatnot.” 23
“The tea party activists are acting out of history and patriotism. I said many months ago that we have been tormented and abused far more than the colonists were by the King of England. Far more, far oftener, and far more aggressively.” 26
“You see, the left tries to write the history for this nation. And the left does that because it wants to encourage people, incentivize people to move left. To support some kind of a statist agenda. Not the Klan’s agenda, but the radical left’s agenda, which in the end are pretty similar, frankly. In the end it’s all one big circle that meets at a point. Tyranny is tyranny, however it’s dressed up. You’ve tyrants who wear suit and ties, and you have tyrants who wear goofy white uniforms.” 27
“This is a disaster. And so what is Obama going to do about it? Keep building and building and building his empire. Keep seizing more assets. This is what’s going on. This is what the quote,-unquote bailout is all about. They’re seizing private-sector assets, transferring them from private parties and turning them over to politicians and government. No aspect of the private sector feels safe from this president and his administration and this Congress. No aspect. That’s why people aren’t spending and investing in R&D. We’re not even standing still. We’re regressing. Because we have a man in office who is a destroyer. He’s destroying all the magnificence that was created before him. Because he’s petulant, because he is inexperienced, because he’s immature, and most of all because he’s a Marxist.” 28
“Obama’s surrounded by these people. He’s surrounded by these people because he’s appointed these people. He wants to be surrounded by these people. We have an attorney general who embraces the New Black Panthers, the head of which has talked about killing — murdering — white babies.” 29
“Health care, air itself, our finances, controlled by left-wing bureaucrats and left-wing committees. People who aren’t even, in the case of Berwick, confirmed by the Senate. Not even a hearing? Somebody who’s going to run a quote-unquote consumer agency that’s going to oversee your wants and desires who’ll have a budget that Congress doesn’t even approve. The Environmental Protection Agency, which has taken for itself, thanks to the Supreme Court, the power to determine how much power we get, in terms of energy. No, no, it’s not a constitutional republic anymore. It’s not a representative republic anymore. It is a soft tyranny. As Alexis de Tocqueville predicted, the genius that he was. It’s a soft tyranny. And it’s very scary.” 30
“When you are debating a liberal or when you are listening to a demagogue like Obama, do not accept their characterization of events. This $26 billion is not about our children. Obama has abused more children as president than any other president in American history. Now, Mark, what do you mean by that? I’ll tell you exactly what I mean by that. He is destroying their future. He is creating massive debt they can’t possibly carry on their little shoulders. And it’s not just the next generation, it’s the next generation after that. These kids, yet born, are going to have to figure out how to unravel all of this, how to undo all of this, if it’s even possible. This is what Obama has done, and Pelosi, and Reid. They will be long gone when the real consequences of the disaster that they have planted takes root. We spent 26 billion for the kids and schools.” 31
“Let me tell you, this guy does not sound like a president to me. He sounds like a radical revolutionary, the leader of a counter-revolution to the American revolution in his policies, in his plans, in his rhetoric, which is loaded with propaganda. The effort to build a cult of personality around him. No. He doesn’t sound like a president to me. He sounds like exactly what I said: a counter revolutionary.” 32
“Just because Obama can’t stand us, just because Obama doesn’t like the Constitution, just because Obama doesn’t like what our ancestors did, doesn’t mean we agree with him. As a matter of fact, we reject him in this regard. And what’s going on in the United States Senate today, 24-hour meetings and, you know, violating their own rules and not making laws available for people to read. We’re going to have to follow them under penalty of fines and, if not, imprisonment? That’s not democracy in action. ” 33
“I’ve been saying for months, they keep creating new enemies. This is how the statist operates. I write about it at length in Liberty and Tyranny. This is how they operate. The enemy today is the insurance companies. The enemy actually this evening now is the doctors, because Harry Reid has now turned on the American Medical Association — yes, because they won’t go along. The enemy yesterday was Fox. The enemy before that was talk radio. The enemy before that was the oil companies. Lots and lots of enemies. You see, we’re enemies of the state. We individuals or organizations who resist this are enemies of the state. So, we, as conservatives, by definition are enemies of the state. Well, so be it. It’s us against them.” 34
As you can plainly see, none of the circa 1800’s Confederate madness that has suddenly gripped half the country after the election of a Black President, is isolated, coincidental, or ‘grass roots.’ I’m quite certain if you spend enough time digging (as I obviously have) you will find every single ignorant, racist, lie that has been regurgitated at any Tea Party rally, Confederate / White Supremacist website, or come out of a Republican’s mouth – at some point – came out of the disinformation network of Palin, Hannity, Beck, Savage, Levin, Limbaugh, etc. first. As you can plainly see, these people have been given plenty of reasons to believe the only way out of their fabricated oppression is violent overthrow of the Government.
Assassinations and the Insurrection Timeline
Since the very first YouTube clips of McCain / Palin supporters calling for Obama’s assassination to the Tea Party threatening to ‘water the tree of liberty with the blood of patriots and tyrants,’ the only explanation offered by MSM and GOTP has been the same deflective excuse I’ve heard my entire life for the blatant, engrained, systemic, racism & hate in this country. “Oh, he’s just a lone crazy,” “Oh, he’s just a lone crazy.” Now after the assassination of Federal Judge John Roll, the near assassination of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, and the death or injury of more than 20 other people, what explanation do we get for this atrocity? “Oh, he’s just a lone crazy.” MSM has completed denied and dismissed the alternate reality that has been created over the last three years, and brushed the event off as a mental health issue. As Joe Scarborough dismissively, insultingly, and outrageously said just days after the shooting: “The verdict is in – Political hate speech had nothing to do with this killing.”
There are a number of preposterous thing we are supposed to believe about this incident, and MSM is desperately trying to convince us of them. That alone should make you extremely suspicious.
§ We are expected to believe that Jared Loughner was completely oblivious and unaffected by television, radio, internet, or carrier pigeon, and had absolutely no political feelings whatsoever – when he targeted Gabrielle Giffords.
§ We are expected to believe a man who had no job, no money, and supposedly no friends, somehow managed to purchase (by himself) a couple of thousand dollars worth of weapons and ammunition – in the mysterious black bag.
§ We are to believe that in 2010 in the age of social media, this man had no facebook account, no twitter account, no comment posting anywhere, except for a video with nothing but a little text.
§ We are to believe that the only evidence of any planning, equipment lists, notes, email, etc., that Loughner left behind were envelops in a safe that said: “I planned ahead,” ”My assassination,” and “Giffords.”
Really… No other chats, posts, texts, etc. Based on this ‘evidence’ (or lack there of) the Tea Party, GOP, FOX, and MSM, all want us to move on to the next diversionary event based solely on this ‘information.’
If we won’t accept that he never listened to a radio, saw a television set, saw the internet (not even on his phone), they have other things neatly prepared for us to believe. If you won’t believe there was no political influence, believe that he was a “liberal lunatic” then. This talking point was floated and exposed as Tea Party Nation disinformation intended to deflect culpability on the same day, but just like the birther issue – fact is of no consequence to these people. No surprise, this ridiculous projection flew through the MSM and social media networks like it was the announcement of the first moon landing.
Don’t feel like buying a Progressive plot to shoot a Democratic congresswoman who just won election over a Tea Party candidate (even after Glenn Beck spinning Progressives into Nazi Eugenicists)? Well then, how about the old stand by – Marijuana did it. Flashback to Refer Madness, since Loughner was ‘reportedly’ into smoking a plant (and opposed to the mind altering pharmaceuticals the rest of the society is hooked on), that must be what drove him to want to kill a Democrat.
‘As he began college, even as late as 2007, his friends had begun to describe him as “quirky.” Then he changed even more. What changed Jared into this person? He became a stoner. That’s plain from the record. 45
Certainly Loughner’s rantings sound like those of some one so stoned that he thinks lunacy is genius:
“You don’t allow the government to control your grammar structure, listener? The government is implying mind control and brainwash on the people by controlling grammar. What’s government if words don’t have meaning?”’ 45
While other ravings about a lime green bird sound more like the result of a hallucinogenic drug (perhaps savia), much of his disconnected ramblings are described in medical literature, such Web MD, as “magical” or “random thinking.” 45
Without spending much time dignifying this diversion designed for dullards, there is one point worth examining. I might even be inclined to agree that Loughner thinks this lunacy is genius, but these delusions are a side effect of something other than marijuana. Note the following excerpts from one of Glenn Beck’s episodes.
“One way this administration and its helpers are doing it is by systematically stripping away our right to free speech… You will see that free speech is being eradicated for controlled speech: Control over the media; control over the Internet; control over you.” 47
“And were they running it last week before this big buyout? You’re damn right they were running it. But they will tell you this isn’t nationalization. Just like they’ll tell you the stuff in the bill is not really earmarks. Words have absolutely no meaning. No, no. No propaganda. Words have no meaning anymore.” 47
Since the day of the shooting we’ve been told repeatedly that there is no connection to any of the endless, inescapable, delusional hate speech emanating from the Confederate Tea Party Disinformation Network. Because there was initially nothing more to work with than the six words on the envelopes, there was nothing to investigate and no way to disprove this preposterous assumption.
As thorough as the sanitation job that was obviously done on Jared Laughner (as I said before, you can’t possibly believe six words is all there ever was), Pima Community College had saved one of Loughner’s videos – presumably when they were determining if he would be allowed to stay. Whoever was cleaning up after Loughner to make any connections impossible, probably didn’t know (or couldn’t do anything about) the video the Community College had saved.
However, even what little there is in this 3.5min video speaks volumes to anyone remotely paying attention. The failure of anyone in MSM to recognize these obvious correlations could be anything from complicity to incompetence – but the fact remains they failed at even a modicum of investigation.
“I lost my Freedom of Speech to that guy (Loughner’s professor). This is what happens, and I’m in a terrible place. This is my genocide school. I haven’t forgotten the teacher that gave me a B for Freedom of speech.” 46
“Here’s the best part… the bookstore. It is so illegal to sell this book under the Constitution. We are also censored by our freedom of speech. They are controlling the grammar. They control the grammar. All the teachers you have are being paid illegally and have illegal authority over the Constitution of the United States under the First Amendment. This is Genocide in America.” 46
Loughner also reportedly asked Giffords: “What is government if words have no meaning?”
Needless to say, neither of these people (Beck or Loughner) sounds particularly sane, but they certainly do sound similar. In fact, a couple of sentences are almost word for word matches.
Beck said: “Free speech is being eradicated for controlled speech.”
Loughner said: “I lost my Freedom of Speech to that guy. We are also censored by our freedom of speech. They are controlling the grammar.”
Beck said: “Words have absolutely no meaning. No, no. No propaganda. Words have no meaning anymore.”
Loughner said: “What is government if words have no meaning?”
It is no stretch to see the obvious relationship here. The chances of these odd beliefs being developed independently of each other are nil. There is one final interesting ‘coincidence’ worth noting, and it’s why I’m relating this to the marijuana article. That ‘coincidence’ is what the topic of the Glenn Beck episode was that these excerpts are taken from: Glenn Beck – Legalizing Pot Debate
Quite a number of coincidences, don’t you think? This reported ‘pot head’ only has one video that survives the scrubbing of his on-line persona, and it happens to repeat the words and sentiments of Glenn Beck in an episode on legalizing pot. What are the odds? Quite astronomical to be sure.
So as I stated earlier, Mainstream Media has failed to investigate any of this and has offered us just the one intellectually lazy and journalistically irresponsible explanation – “He’s one lone crazy.” It’s the same explanation we’ve gotten for every single instance of hate and violence since a Black Man decided to run for President.
In fact you would be surprised how many times we’ve heard that over the last three years and how widespread the incidents are… very surprised. Take a look at a few events compiled by the good people at the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and you’ll see very quickly how common these occurrences have been. This list is not all inclusive by any means (nor is the full list from CSGV), but these ‘select’ incidents are evidence of a very common theme.
July 27, 2008—Jim Adkisson shoots and kills two people at a progressive church in Knoxville, Tennessee, wounding two. Adkisson calls it “a symbolic killing” because he really “wanted to kill…every Democrat in the Senate & House, the 100 people in Bernard Goldberg’s book,” but was unable to gain access to them.
December 9, 2008—FBI teams investigating the murder of white supremacist James Cumming, 29, a resident of Belfast, Maine, find supplies for a crude radiological dispersal dervice and other explosives in his home. Cumming’s wife, who shot him to death after being abused by him repeatedly, explains, “His intentions were to construct a dirty bomb and take it to Washington to kill President Obama. He was planning to hide it in the undercarriage of our moter home.”
March 9, 2009—NRA celebrity spokesman Chuck Norris writes in an editorial published at WorldNetDaily: “How much more will Americans take? When will enough be enough? And, when that time comes, will our leaders finally listen or will history need to record a second American Revolution?”
March 11, 2009—NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre speaks at the 2009 Conservative Political Action Conference and announces that “Our Founding Fathers understood that the guys with the guns make the rules.”
March 21-22, 2009—Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN) states that she wants residents of her state to be “armed and dangerous on this issue of the energy tax because we need to fight back. Thomas Jefferson told us ‘having a revolution every now and then is a good thing,’ and the people—we the people—are going to have to fight back hard if we’re not going to lose our country.”
April 4, 2009—Neo-Nazi Richard Poplawski shoots and kills three police officers responding to a 911 call to his home in Pittsburgh. His friend Edward Perkovic tells reporters that Poplawski feared “the Obama gun ban that’s on its way” and “didn’t like our rights being infringed upon.” Perkovic also commented that Poplawski carried out the shooting because “if anyone tried to take his firearms, he was gonna’ stand by what his forefathers told him to do.”
April 7, 2009—The Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis releases an assessment of right wing extremism in the United States. The Department notes that “the economic downturn and the election of the first African American president present unique drivers for rightwing radicalization and recruitment.” Recalling the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing by Timothy McVeigh, the Department speculates, “The possible passage of new restrictions on firearms and the return of military veterans facing significant challenges reintegrating into their communities could lead to the potential emergence of terrorist groups or lone wolf extremists capable of carrying out violent attacks.”
April 15, 2009—Daniel Knight Hayden, 52, is arrested by FBI agents after he openly states on Twitter that he is going to turn the upcoming Oklahoma City “Tea Party” into a bloodbath. Two months earlier, Hayden had written online, “The only thing that is keeping the New World Order from destroying this nation is the presence of over 100,000,000 guns in civilian hands. When guns are outlawed, only criminals will have guns. Since we are already criminals in the eyes of the New World Order, and they intend to enslave us all, and to kill those of us who will NOT submit to their slavery, I say to IGNORE gun “laws” and keep your guns (AND ammo) handy.”
April 19, 2009—The Oath Keepers, an anti-government group made up of current and former law enforcement and military personnel, holds its first “muster” in Lexington, Massachusetts, the site of the opening shots of the Revolutionary War. The groups’ members pledge to disobey ten different orders that they deem “unconstitutional” and “immoral,” the first of which reads, “We will NOT obey orders to disarm the American people.”
April 25, 2009—Joshua Cartwright, 28, a member of the Florida National Guard, shoots and kills two Okaloosa County sheriff’s deputies attempting to arrest him on a domestic abuse charge. Cartwright is killed in an enusing gun battle with police. Cartwright’s wife reports that he was “severely disturbed” that Barack Obama had been elected president. Okaloosa County Sheriff Edward Spooner states that Cartrwight was “interested in militia groups and weapons training.”
May 21-22, 2009—We The People Chairman Bob Schultz hosts a gathering of 30 “freedom keepers” in Jekyll Island, Georgia. The meeting plays “a key role in launching the current resurgence of militias and the larger anti-government ‘Patriot’ movement.” One of the participants, former Texas militia leader Jon Roland, claims the federal government has “been engaging in warlike activity against the American people.”
May 31, 2009—Scott P. Roeder shoots and kills Dr. George Tiller, an abortion provider, in the foyer of Reformation Lutheran Church in Wichita, Kansas. The FBI lists Roeder as a member of the Montana Freemen, a radical anti-government group. In April 1996, he had been pulled over in Topeka, Kansas, for driving with a homemade license plate. Police found a military-style rifle, ammunition, a blasting cap, a fuse cord, a one-pound can of gunpowder, and two 9-volt batteries in his car.
June 3, 2009—Hal Turner, a New Jersey resident and white supremacist blogger/radio host, is arrested on charges of inciting injury after calling for the deaths of two Connecticut state legislators on his blog because they sponsored a bill that would have transferred financial power in Roman Catholic parishes from priests and bishops to lay members. “While filing a lawsuit is quaint and the ‘decent’ way to handle things,” he wrote, “we at TRN (Turner Radio Network) believe that being decent to a group of tyrannical scumbags is the wrong approach. It’s too soft. Thankfully, the Founding Fathers gave us the tools necessary to resolve tyranny: The Second Amendment. TRN advocates Catholics in Connecticut take up arms and put down this tyranny by force … If any state attorney, police department or court thinks they’re going to get uppity with us about this, I suspect we have enough bullets to put them down, too.”
June 10, 2009—James W. von Brunn, a convicted felon and a “hardcore Neo-Nazi,” walks into the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. and shoots and kills a security guard. Von Brunn believed that Western civilization was going to be replaced with a “ONE WORLD ILLUMINATI GOVERNMENT” that would “confiscate private weapons” in order to accomplish its goals.
July 15, 2009—Katherine Crabill, a Republican candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates in the state’s 99th District makes headlines by calling on Americans to resist the course President Obama has set for the country. Appearing at a “Tea Party” rally, Crabill quotes a 1775 speech by Patrick Henry and then states, “We have a chance to fight this battle at the ballot box before we have to resort to the bullet box. But that’s the beauty of our Second Amendment right. I am glad for all of us who enjoy the use of firearms for hunting. But make no mistake. That was not the intent of the Founding Fathers. Our Second Amendment right was to guard against tyranny.” This thought is reinforced on Crabill’s campaign website, where she states the Second Amendment “was clearly intended for self defense as well as, and more specifically, to keep the government on notice of an armed citizenry.”
July 31, 2009—On WWJB-AM in Hernando County, Florida, talk radio host Bob Haa takes a call from a listener who mentions ammunition, target practice, and Barack Obama. Haa tells him not to waste his ammunition on targets, to save it for the administration. Haa is later visited by an agent for the Secret Service.
August 17, 2009—Chris Broughton openly carries a handgun and AR-15 semiautomatic assault rifle to a health care rally in Phoenix, Arizona. Simultaneously, President Obama addresses a VFW Convention across the street. In a video recorded that day, Broughton states, “What do you think we did in the revolution, in the American Revolution? The British weren’t stealing money from us for health care. They weren’t taxing us the way they are now back then. And what did we do? We forcefully kicked them out of our country, and we will forcefully resist people imposing their will on us through the strength of the majority with a vote.”
August 25, 2009—During a GOP barbecue in Twin Falls, Idaho, an audience member asks Rex Rammell, a candidate in the 2010 Idaho Republican Primary, a question about “Obama tags” during a discussion about state-issued tags for wolf hunting. Rammell responds, “The Obama tags? We’d buy some of those.” In a subsequent press release, he adds, “Anyone who understands the law knows I was just joking, because Idaho has no jurisdiction to issue hunting tags in Washington, D.C.”
August 26, 2009—At a secessionist rally on the state capitol steps in Austin, Texas, gubernatorial candidate Debra Medina states that, “We are aware that stepping off into secession may in fact be a bloody war. We are aware. We understand that the tree of freedom is occasionally watered with the blood of tyrants and patriots.”
September 9, 2009—With President Barack Obama at the U.S. Capitol to address a joint session of Congress on the subject of health care reform, Joshua Bowman, 28, of Falls Church, Virginia, attempts to drive his Honda Civic into a secure area near the building. U.S. Capitol Police stop him and, searching his vehicle, find a rifle, a shotgun, and 500 rounds of ammunition. He is arrested on weapons charges.
September 25-26, 2009—Kitty Werthmann, a speaker at the “How to Take Back America” Conference in St. Louis, tells her audience, “If we had our guns [during the time of the Nazis’ reign in Germany], we would have fought a bloody battle. So, keep your guns, and buy more guns, and buy ammunition. Take back America. Don’t let them take the country into Socialism. And I refer again, Hitler’s party was National Socialism. And that’s what we are having here right now, which is bordering on Marxism.”
September 28, 2009—Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA), the Chairman of the Second Amendment Task Force in the U.S. House of Representatives, calls House Speaker Nancy Pelosi a “domestic enemy of the Constitution” at a health care reform town hall meeting.
September 29, 2009—An editorial at the Newsmax website calls for a military coup to oust President Obama.
September 30, 2009—The Michelangelo Signorile Show, a talk radio program on Sirus, takes a call from “Jim” from Oklahoma, who claims that he and 200 others are meeting weekly to stage a coup against President Obama. Jim says they want to restore their “a right to bear arms” and bring the country back to where it was 400 years ago, before slavery was abolished.
October 18-19, 2009—Reports emerge that the Secret Service has received an unprecedented number of death threats against President Obama. Ronald Kessler’s account of presidential security, In the President’s Secret Service, states that there has been a 400% increase in such threats in comparison with Obama’s predecessor. Another source of these reports is an August 5, 2009 study by the Congressional Research Service which finds: “The [Secret] Service’s protection mission has increased and become more ‘urgent’ due to the increase in terrorist threats and the expanded arsenal of weapons that terrorists could use in an assassination attempt or attacks on facilities.”
October 21, 2009—John Brek, a 55 year-old Newark Airport security guard, is arrested for making terroristic threats against President Obama. Authorities find 43 firearms while searching his home, including a stolen rifle. Brek, a National Rifle Association member, is also found to be in possession of illegal hollow point bullets.
November 2009—Billboard is erected on I-70 in Lafayette County, Missouri, that promotes “a citizens guide to REVOLUTION.” It urges Missourians to “LIVE FREE OR DIE” and “PREPARE FOR WAR” with a corrupt government. The billboard is highlighted at the Lafayette County Republicans website.
November 11-22, 2009—More than 100 delegates from across the country attend a “Continental Congress” hosted by We The People. Attendees include Neo-Confederate secessionists, “Common Law Court” enthusiasts, adherents of the “Sovereign Citizens” movement, militia backers, and other radicals. Planned at an earlier May meeting in Jekyll Island, the Congress issues a document entitled the “Articles of Freedom” which declares that the federal government “now threatens our Life, Liberty and Property
January 2, 2010—More than 300 people attend a rally in Alamogordo, New Mexico, organized by the local Otero Tea Party Patriots and Second Amendment Task Force. The purpose of the rally is to protest health care reform, and many of the rally’s participants openly carry handguns and/or rifles. One attendee states that his handgun is a “very open threat” to the “socialist communists” in the Obama Administration. “The government fears the people, and a disarmed people are slaves,” he says. “Political power comes from the barrel of a gun … They’re pushing us to our limits.”
January 12, 2010—Charles Allan Dyer, 29, a former Marine with ties to Tea Parties and far-right-wing organizations like Oath Keepers, is arrested at his home on charges of raping a 7 year old-girl. Sheriff’s deputies find several firearms inside Dyer’s home and a Colt M-203 40mm grenade launcher, which was stolen from a military base in Fort Irwin, California, in 2006. Dyer had been an organizer of militia groups in Oklahoma and told one interviewer, “I’m going to use my training and become one of those domestic terrorists that you’re so afraid of from the [Department of Homeland Security (DHS)] reports.” In another video, Dyer states, “With DHS blatantly calling patriots, veterans, and constitutionalists a threat, all that I have to say is you’re damn right we’re a threat. We’re a threat to anyone that endangers our rights and the Constitution of this republic.”
February 9, 2010—Gregory Girard of Manchester, Massachusetts, is arrested for weapons charges after police find 20 firearms, thousands of rounds of ammunition, and explosive devices in his home. Girard’s wife says that her husband recently told her, “Don’t talk to people, shoot them instead.” In a January 30 post at a popular website affiliated with the Tea Party movement, Girard stated: “We have been in a state of war and state of emergency of some time for decades uninterupted … The entire body of these War Powers and ‘continuity of gov’t’ plans render our concept of a Constitutional Republic to be little more than thin veil of civility and justice layered over a monsterous, diabolic dictatorship that would break out of political cage but for Americans vigorously exercising their 2nd Amendment rights … As it stands today at start of 2010, there is never a time that our gov’t would find itself without some excuse, no matter how perverse, as the justification for unleashing their murderous ‘War Powers’ monster upon the public, in an attempt to subject us to tyranny.”
February 18, 2010—Joseph Stack of Austin, Texas, flies a single-engine plane into an office building containing nearly 200 IRS employees, killing one and wounding 13. In a suicide note, Stack lays out his grievances with the federal tax agency, stating, “The law ‘requires’ a signature on the bottom of a tax filing; yet no one can say truthfully that they understand what they are signing; if that’s not ‘duress’ than what is. If this is not the measure of a totalitarian regime, nothing is … Violence not only is the answer, it is the only answer.”
February 19, 2010—Johnny Logan, Jr. of Louisville, Kentucky, is arrested and charged with making threats against the president after his poem titled “The Sniper” is found on the website NaziSpace/NewSaxon.org by the U.S. Secret Service. The poem reads, in part: “As the tyrant enters his cross hairs the breath he takes is deep. His focus is square on the target as he begins to release. A patriot for his people he knows this shot will cost his life. But for his race and their existence it is a small sacrifice. The bullet that he has chambered is one of the purest pride. And the inspiration on the casing reads DIE negro DIE. He breathes out as he pulls the trigger releasing all his hate. And a smile appears upon his face as he seals that monkey’s fate. The bullet screams toward its mark bringing with it death. And where there was once a face there is nothing left. Two blood covered agents stare in horror and dismay. Looking down toward the ground where their president now lay.”
February 2010—Pvt. 1st Class Lee Pary, an active duty soldier at Fort Drum and member of Oath Keepers, tells a reporter that he and five fellow service members at the Army base are preparing to take on the U.S. government when it declares martial law, and will turn their guns on their fellow soldiers should it become necessary. “I know their tactics,” says Pray. “I know how they…work their convoys—if we attack this vehicle, what the others will do … If the government continues to ignore us, and forces us to engage, I’m willing to fight to the death.”
March 2010—The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) announces that 2009 saw a dramatic increase in the number of new anti-government “Patriot” groups in the United States. Specifically, the number of Patriot groups jumped from 149 (including 42 militias) to 512 (127 of them militias) in 2009—a 244% jump.
March 2, 2010—FOX News commentator Bill O’Reilly, speaking about the McDonald v. Chicago case before the Supreme Court, declares that plaintiff Otis McDonald’s inability to own a handgun in Chicago amounts to “tyranny.” Predicting that four justices on the Court will side with the city of Chicago, O’Reilly states, “It’s interesting that in America today the far Left that wants the government to call the shots, not the folks. In the past, Right-Wing extremists like Hitler and Mussolini were in the forefront of state control. But with the exception of Burma, today’s totalitarians are primarily on the Left.”
March 4, 2010—John Patrick Bedell, a California resident, travels to Arlington, Virginia, and opens fire on police officers at the entrance to the Pentagon. Bedell is armed with two semiautomatic firearms and “many [ammunition] magazines.” Bedell injures two officers before he is killed by return fire. Reports reveals Bedell to be a Truther who believed that the U.S. government had been taken over by a criminal organization in a 1963 coup. In an Internet posting, he writes, “This organization, like so many murderous governments throughout history, would see the sacrifice of thousands of its citizens, in an event such as the September 11 attacks, as a small cost in order to perpetuate its barbaric control.”
March 19-22, 2010—During consideration of health care reform legislation by the U.S. House of Representatives, vandals attack Democratic offices in Pleasant Ridge, Ohio; Wichita, Kansas; Tuscon, Arizona; Niagra Falls, New York; and Rochester, New York. Mike Vanderboegh, the former leader of f the Alabama Constitutional Militia, takes credit for the violence after posting a blog on March 19 that states, “If we break the windows of hundreds, thousands, of Democratic party headquarters across this country, we might just make up enough of them to make defending ourselves at the muzzle of a rifle unnecessary.” Several Democratic members receive death threats, including Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY), who is told snipers will “kill the children of the members who voted YES“; Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI), who receives a message saying, “You’re dead; we know where you live; we’ll get you“; and Rep. Betsy Markey (D-CO), whose staffer is told by a caller, “Better hope I don’t run into you in a dark alley with a knife, a club or a gun.” House Minority Leader John Boehner, speaking about Rep. Steve Driehaus (D-OH), says he “may be a dead man.”
March 21, 2010—As the U.S. House of Representatives enters a final round of debate over a controversial health care reform bill, Conservative blogger Solomon “Solly” Forrell calls for the assassination of President Barack Obama on his Twitter account. In two separate postings, Forrel writes, “ASSASSINATION! America, we survived the #Assassinations of #Lincoln & #Kennedy. We’ll surely get over a bullet 2 #BarackObama’s head! … The next #American with a #Clear #Shot should drop #Obama like a bad habit.”
March 23, 2010—After Mike Troxel of the Lynchburg Tea Party and Nigel Coleman of the Danville Tea Party post the home address of the brother of Rep. Tom Perriello (D-VA) and urge supporters to “drop by,” someone deliberately cuts a propane gas line at the house. Rep. Perriello is targeted by the Tea Party activists because of his vote in favor of health care reform. Perriello’s brother and his wife have four children under the age of eight.
March 24, 2010—After voting for health care reform legislation, Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) and Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) receive faxes with drawings of nooses.
March 25, 2010—Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY), who voted for health care reform legislation, receives a package containing white powder and an angry letter telling him to “drop dead .”
March 26, 2010—Rep. Vic Snyder (D-AR), who voted for health care reform legislation, receives a letter stating, “It is apparent that it will take a few assassinations to stop Obamacare. Militia central has selected you for assassination. If we cannot stalk and find you in Washington, D.C., we will get you in Little Rock.”
March 29, 2010—Nine members of the MIchigan-based “Hutaree” Christian militia are arrested and charged with seditious conspiracy and attempting to deploy weapons of mass destruction. The group had allegedly plotted to kill a law enforcement officer and then detonate improvised explosive devices (IEDs) during the officer’s funeral procession. The group targeted federal officials, members of the law enforcement “brotherhood” and other participants in the “New World Order.”
March 30, 2010—Dozens of sitting governors receive letters from an extremist anti-government group called the Guardians of the Free Republics. The letters demand that the governors leave office within three days or “they will be removed” from office. A page on the group’s website entitled “Rationale” reads, “For those who are concerned about opening the door to satanic forces, permit me to reassure you. The Guardian Elders deliberated with great sobriety the wisdom of sitting on our hands while the march to World War III continues.”
April 1, 2010—CNN commentator Erick Erickson, questioning the legality of the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS), makes the following comment on WMAC-AM radio: “We have become, or are becoming, enslaved by the government … I dare ‘em to try to come throw me in jail. I dare ‘em to. [I’ll] pull out my wife’s shotgun and see how that little ACS twerp likes being scared at the door. They’re not going on my property.”
April 6, 2010—Authorities charge Charles Alan Wilson of Selah, Washington, with threatening a federal official after Wilson makes several phone calls to the office of Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA). Wilson, a concealed handgun permit holder in Washington, was angry about Sen. Murray’s vote for health care reform legislation and told her she had “a target on her back.” He also told Murray, “Since you are going to put my life at risk, and some bureaucrat is going to determine my health care, your life is at risk, dear … I hope somebody puts a…bullet between your…eyes.”
April 7, 2010—Gregory Lee Giusti, 48, of San Francisco, California, is arrested for making threatening phone calls to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). Giusti allegedly called Pelosi dozens of times, recited her home address, and told her that if she wanted to see it again, she should drop her support for health care reform legislation. Giusti had a “history of mental health problems” and his mother indicated he was influenced by “Fox News and all of those that are really radical.”
April 13, 2010—Reports surface that state Sen. Randy Brogdon (R-OK) and Rep. Charles Key (R-OK) have met with Oklahoma Tea Party groups to discuss the formation of a new “volunteer militia” to defend against what they see as improprer federal infringements on state sovereignty. Brogdon states that the Founding Fathers “were not referring to a turkey shoot or a quail hunt. They really weren’t even talking about us having the ability to protect ourselves against each other. The Second Amendment deals directly with the right of an individual to keep and bear arms to protect themselves from an overreaching federal government.” One Tea Party leader involved in these meetings, J.W. Berry of the Tulsa-based OKforTea group, has called for the Militia to “launch a thousand guerrilla attacks on the plans that these people have to ruin us and our country.”
April 19, 2010—Pro-gun activists conduct two rallies in the Washington, D.C. area to demonstrate their opposition to an “oppressive, totalitarian government.” Among the featured speakers at the events are current and former militia leaders and others with ties to extreme, anti-government groups. The choice of date is significant, as April 19 marks the anniversary of the first shots being fired in the American Revolution at the Battle of Lexington/Concord, the fiery conclusion to the 1993 siege at Waco, and the 1995 bombing of the Murrah Building in Oklahoma City by Timothy McVeigh. At the “Second Amendment March” in the District of Columbia, Larry Pratt, the Executive Director of Gun Owners of America, states, “We’re in a war. The other side knows they are at war, because they started it. They are coming for our freedom, for our money, for our kids, for our property. They are coming for everything because they are a bunch of Socialists.” Mike Vanderboegh, who made national headlines after taking credit for several instances of vandalism at Democratic offices following votes on health care reform legislation, is the featured speaker at a rally in Fort Hunt National Park in Virginia, where he tells attendees, “Whenever the legislators endeavor to take away and destroy the property of the people, or to reduce them to slavery under arbitrary power, they put themselves into a state of war with the people, who are thereupon absolved from any further obedience … This is what the other side doesn’t understand! We are doing backing up! Done! Not one more inch.”
May 6, 2010—Dr. Christina Jeffrey, a Republican candidate in South Carolina’s 4th Congressional District, posts a YouTube video where she holds an AK-47 assault rifle and tells viewers, “Why do we have the Second Amendment? The Second Amendment ensures all of our other rights … The Second Amendment was placed in the Constitution, plainly, to ensure that our limited government stayed limited and that we would be able to enforce those limitations if need be … We are a sovereign people. A sovereign people is an armed people.”
May 15, 2010—At the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina, 2012 Republican presidential nominee hopeful Newt Gingrich tells the audience, “The Second Amendment is not in defense of hunting. It is not in defense of target shooting. It is not in defense of collecting. The Second Amendment is in defense of freedom from the State.” He goes on to make the following reference to Thomas Jefferson’s “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants” quote: “Anybody who’s historically honest has to admit [the Founding Fathers] understood the right to bear arms because they routinely carried arms. These were tough people in a tough time in a tough country doing tough things and the idea that they would allow some D.C. city government or some Washington federal bureaucrat to get between them and their Constitutional rights, they would have said in Jefferson’s terms was the legitimate justification for a political revolution in every generation which was what Jefferson thought was inevitable to clean out the corruption, the arrogance, and the obsolenscence that government would invariably have.”
May 15, 2010—Referring to a controversial new anti-immigration law in Arizona, FOX News personality Glenn Beck tells the 2010 NRA Convention, “Let’s talk a minute about a ‘well-regulated militia’ and why you might need one because the government isn’t doing their job. Let’s meet people in Texas, Arizona and California.”
May 30, 2010—Sharron Angle, a candidate for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senator in Nevada, tells the Reno Gazette-Journal that a recent increase in gun sales nationwide “tells me that the nation is arming. What are they arming for if it isn’t that they are so distrustful of government? They’re afraid they’ll have to fight for their liberty in more Second Amendment kinds of ways.” These comments echo ones made by Angle in January, when she told conservative radio show talk host Lars Larson, “You know, our Founding Fathers, they put that Second Amendment in there for a good reason and that was for the people to protect themselves against a tyrannical government. And in fact Thomas Jefferson said it’s good for a country to have a revolution every 20 years. I hope that’s not where we’re going, but, you know, if this Congress keeps going the way it is, people are really looking toward those Second Amendment remedies and saying my goodness what can we do to turn this country around? I’ll tell you the first thing we need to do is take [U.S. Senator from Nevada] Harry Reid out.”
June 2010—Rick Barber, a Tea Party candidate seeking the Republican nomination in Alabama’s Second Congressional District, runs a campaign ad in which he dicusses contemporary political issues with America’s Founding Fathers. After Barber states “I would impeach him” and rails about the “progressive income tax,” the Internal Revenue Service, and health care reform, a Founding Father replies, “Gather your armies.” Several Founding Fathers are depicted as being armed with pistols.
June 9, 2010—Addressing the Obama administration and the Democratic-controlled Congress, FOX commentator Glenn Beck says, “Shoot me in the head if you try to change our government—I will stand against you. And so will millions of others.” Beck also compares American Progressives to Osama bin Laden and claims “they want to overthrow our entire system of government.”
June 27, 2010—Rick Barber, a Tea Party candidate seeking the Republican nomination in Alabama’s Second Congressional District, runs a campaign ad in which he compares taxation and “the tyrannical health care bill” to slavery and the extermination of Jews in Nazi Germany. “We live in perilous times … We are all becoming slaves to our government,” Barber warns. The “army of voters” depicted in the ad includes individuals who are openly armed with guns. In a follow-up editorial in the Washington Post, Barber makes reference to “the possibility of evil conducted on a grand scale” and states, “Totalitarianism doesn’t come all at once … The road to serfdom is a long one, but I fear that we are well on the way.”
July 2, 2010—The Wyoming Department of Revenue suspends sales tax collections at the state’s gun shows because of “increasing animosity” toward field tax agents. Dan Noble, director of the department’s Excise Tax Division, cites one particular incident at a gun show that “crossed the line” and says, “We tend to have more trouble at gun shows than any place … I have 10 field reps throughout the state, and every one of them has experienced some animosity … I don’t want to put my people at risk.”
July 3, 2010—Joyce Kaufman, a conservative radio hosts on WFTL in Florida, tells a crowd of supporters at a Fort Lauderdale Tea Party event, “I am convinced that the most important thing the Founding Fathers did to ensure me my First Amendments rights was they gave me a Second Amendment. And if ballots don’t work, bullets will. This is the standoff. When I say I’ll put my microphone down on November 2nd if we haven’t achieved substantial victory, I mean it. Because if at that point I’m going to up into the hills of Kentucky, I’m going to go out into the Midwest, I’m going to go up in the Vermont and New Hampshire outreaches and I’m going to gather together men and women who understand that some things are worth fighting for and some things are worth dying for.”
July 6, 2010—Herb Titus, a lawyer for Gun Owners of America, tells Religion Dispatches, “If you have a people that has basically been disarmed by the civil government, then there really isn’t any effectual means available to the people to restore law and liberty and that’s really the purpose of the right to keep and bear arms—is to defend yourself against a tyrant.” Titus goes on to cite the “totalitarian threat” posed by “Obamacare” and “what Sarah Palin said about the death panels.”
July 11, 2010—Supporters of Tea Party candidate Joe Miller openly carry assault rifles and handguns during a community parade in Eagle River and Chugiak, Alaska, while young children march alongside them. Miller, who is running against Senator Lisa Murkowski in the Republican primary, was endorsed by former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, who described him as a “true Commonsense Constitutional Conservative.”
July 18, 2010—California Highway Patrol officers arrest Byron Williams, 45, after a shootout on I-580 in which more than 60 rounds are fired. Officers had pulled Williams over in his pick-up for speeding and weaving in and out of traffic when he opened fire on them with a handgun and a long gun. Williams, a convicted felon, is shot several times, but survives because he is wearing body armor. Williams, a convicted felon, reveals that he was on his way to San Francisco to “start a revolution” by killing employees of the ACLU and Tides Foundation. Williams’ mother says her son was angry at “Left-wing politicians” and upset by “the way Congress was railroading through all these Left-wing agenda items.”
July 29, 2010—Jack Dailey, the founder of the Appleseed Project (which is dedicated to teaching every American how to fire a bullet through a man-size target out to 500 yards), explains that Americans should own an AR-15 assault rifle “because they want to tell us what to do. And we don’t want them to tell us what to do.” James Faire, an Appleseed trainer, states that, “the government has quite literally become tyrannical. It is fulfilling the principles outlined in The Communist Manifesto. It’s completely out of control from city to state to federal to international law. All predicate their existence on plundering the individual and his rights. The only thing to do now is to organize citizens into a militia to abolish this government.”
August 14, 2010—Former Arizona sheriff Richard Mack—who gained fame in anti-government circles by joining a mid-1990s lawsuit against the federal government over the Brady Bill requirement that state law enforcement agencies conduct background checks on gun purchasers—tells those in attendance at the American Policy Center’s 2010 Freedom Action Natonal Conference, “My dear friends, I pray for the day that the first sheriff in this country is the one to fire the shot heard ’round the world and take out some IRS agents!”
September 13, 2010—Police stop Richard Scott McLeod, 48, for a traffic violation in Webberville, Michigan, and upon searching his vehicle, discover bumper stickers quoting Adolf Hitler, a picture of President Barack Obama, a loaded handgun, a bullet-proof vest, and bomb-making materials. McLeod is arrested and charged with illegally carrying a concealed weapon and unlawful possession of body armor. McLeod tells officers that he is a member of the Michigan Militia.
September 30, 2010—Kevin Terrell, a self-described “colonel” who founded a group of “freedom fighters” in Kentucky, predicts war with “the jackbooted thugs” of Washington within a year. Referring to the arrest of Hutaree militia members earlier in the year, Terrell says, “There was a lot of citizens out there in the bushes, locked and loaded. It’s only due to miracles I do not understand that civil war did not break out right there.”
October 15, 2010—Conservative radio show host Glenn Beck lays out a hypothetical scenario on the air where the government is considering taking his children because he refused to have them receive a mandatory flu vaccine. Beck tells his audience that his response to the government would be “Meet Mr. Smith and Mr. Wesson.”
October 21, 2010—Pastor Stephen Broden, the Republican candidate for U.S. Representative in Texas’ 30th Congressional District, tells WFAA-TV in Dallas that the violent overthrow of the government is an “option” that remains “on the table.” “Our nation was founded on violence,” states Broden. “I don’t think that we should ever remove anything from the table as it relates to our liberties and our freedoms.”
November 3, 2010—James Patock, 66, of Pima County, Arizona, is arrested on the National Mall in the District of Columbia after law enforcement authorities find a .223 caliber rifle, a .243 caliber rifle barrel, a .22 caliber rifle, a .357 caliber pistol, several boxes of ammunition, and propane tanks wired to four car batteries in his truck and trailer. Patock former neighbor in Arizona reported that, “He hated the president. He hated everything. He said if he got a chance he would shoot the president.” Patock tells authorities he is a member of the National Rifle Association.
November 4, 2010—On his radio show, conservative host Glenn Beck fantasizes about President Obama being decapitated during a trip to India, saying, “If anybody thinks he was a Muslim over here, well God forbid, they think he was a Muslim over there because he left his religion for Christianity, death sentence, behead him.” Beck then tells his listeners that “God forbid” this should happen, as there would be a “New World Order” overnight in the United States.
November 4, 2010—Fox News host Bill O’Reilly fantasizes about killing a Washington Post reporter while on the air, saying, “Does sharia law say we can behead Dana Milbank?” O’Reilly also tells co-host Megyn Kelly, “I think you and I should go and beat him up.”
November 9, 2010—U.S. Representative-Elect Allen West of Florida’s 22nd Congressional District hires conservative radio talk show host Joyce Kaufman as his Chief of Staff. On July 3, Kaufman told a crowd of Tea Party supporters, “I am convinced that the most important thing the Founding Fathers did to ensure me my First Amendments rights was they gave me a Second Amendment. And if ballots don’t work, bullets will.”
November 10, 2010—Public schools in Broward County, Florida, go into lockdown after an email threat is received by WFTL 850 AM. The email is sent to conservative radio host Joyce Kaufman in response to remarks she made at a Tea Party event in July (“If ballots don’t work, bullets will“). The email expresses support for her view of the Second Amendment and says that to further “their cause…something big will happen at a government building in Broward County, maybe a post office maybe even a school.” A phone call is then received at the station, allegedly from the emailer’s wife, warning that he is preparing to go to a Pembroke Pines school and open fire.
November 29, 2010—U.S. Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX), the ranking Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, circulates a PowerPoint presentation to his colleagues in which he compares the Obama administration to the Nazi regime in Germany and likens himself to Gen. George Patton, bragging, “Put anything in my scope and I will shoot it.”
January 8, 2011—Jared Lee Loughner, 22, shoots U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) and 19 others at a “Congress in Your Corner” event at a Safeway supermarket in Tucson, Arizona. He kills six, including federal judge John Roll, and wounds 14, including Giffords, who is shot in the head. Loughner has an extensive history of mental illness and substance abuse, yet is able to purchase two handguns and a high-capacity ammunition magazine legally at Sportsman’s Warehouse on November 30, 2010. In a YouTube video posted in December 2010, Loughner states, “You don’t have to accept the federalist laws … Nonetheless, read the United States of America’s Constitution to apprehend all of the current treasonous laws.”
So there you have it. As you can see, it’s not just a pattern, it documentation of the Second Civil War. Even after the attempted assassination of Giffords and the futile calls for ‘civility,’ a bomb was found on the Martin Luther King Jr. Day march route in Spokane Washington. Officials investigating this incident which they clearly defined as Domestic Terrorism said: “They haven’t seen anything like this in this country. This was the worst device, and most intentional device, I’ve ever seen.” 52 Not surprisingly, this too has been completely ignored by MSM and hasn’t been mentioned once by the likes of Joe Scarborough – who was so quick to dismiss the influence of hate speech.
Not only is it beyond any shadow of a doubt that Loughner’s act was politically motivated, the fact of the matter is he is a hero to the Confederacy. He has written himself into Confederate lore for all eternity. He’s a folk hero to them, and it’s the reason for that look on his face. He knows very well who and what he represents now – and so should you.
It’s time to see past this Country’s self delusions, and time to examine the real reasons for the rising level of hate towards this President that grows exponentially – in spite of his continued capitulations to their demands. It is time to face the brutal truth about the real reasons this President in not accepted in this country, and past all the evasions and window dressing, it comes down to the “great truth” that a great many White people still very firmly believe in. The “great truth” that the Negro is not equal to the White man, and that subordination to the superior White race is his natural and normal condition. It is upon this that their social fabric is firmly planted. 25 They firmly believe that this is in conformity with the ordinance of the Creator, and it is the cornerstone of their belief in the order of civilization. Surely such a strong and foundational belief cannot be replaced with notions of ‘smaller government’ or ‘less taxes,’ so don’t believe those preposterous explanations for this unchecked rage and violence. The truth is the truth, and right now – it’s staring right at you.
1. The Texas Textbook Controversy and the Failing American Consensus http://ow.ly/3G28f
2. Virginia 4th-grade textbook criticized over claims on black Confederate soldiers http://ow.ly/3G29i
3. Tennessee Tea Party Groups Issue Textbooks Demands http://ow.ly/3G2aU
4. Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell’s Confederate History Month Proclamation http://ow.ly/3G2cM
5. Pat Buchanan: Founding Fathers Wanted To Keep Their Slaves http://ow.ly/3G7Aq
6. Pat Buchanan in His Own Words http://ow.ly/3G7Sr
7. Cornerstone Speech: Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens – 1861 http://ow.ly/3G9jG
8. McCain Palin rallies: “God hates Barack Obama.” http://ow.ly/3G9WP
9. Hate at McCain Palin rallies: People yelling kill him! http://ow.ly/3GaIj
10. Racist McCain Supporters in Pottsville, Pennsylvania http://ow.ly/3GB2c
11. Misconceptions of Obama fuel Republican campaign http://ow.ly/3GC58
12. Palin: Obama Is ‘Palling Around With Terrorists’ http://ow.ly/3GCNR
13. Palinisms http://ow.ly/3GDc1
14. Sarah Palin: Poster girl for Racism http://ow.ly/3GDU7
15. Confederate History Month: Revisionist History and Rising Civil War II http://ow.ly/3GE0X
16. Glenn Beck: Is Free Speech Being Muzzled in America? http://ow.ly/3GEfl
17. Glenn Beck: The Real Story – The Republic of San Francisco http://ow.ly/3GEu2
18. Glenn Beck: Obama is ‘a racist’ http://ow.ly/3GELI
19. Glenn Beck “I’m thinking about killing Michael Moore” http://ow.ly/3GEWO
20. Glenn Beck: Stem-cell research will lead to a new ‘master race.’ http://ow.ly/3GFaH
21. Glenn Beck: Battle for Soul of Democratic Party http://ow.ly/3GFoP
22. Glenn Beck: Indoctrination in America http://ow.ly/3GFB4
23. Michael Savage: Civil rights is a “racket” to steal “white males’ birthright” http://ow.ly/3GGtM
24. Michael Savage: Obama “is a neo-marxist fascist dictator in the making” http://ow.ly/3GIit
25. The Cornerstone Speech (complete): 21 March, 1861 http://ow.ly/3GI0W
26. Mark Levin: Tea Party had been “tormented more than the colonists” http://ow.ly/3GJbP
27. Mark Levin: “the Klan’s agenda” and “the radical left’s are pretty similar” http://ow.ly/3GJrl
28. Mark Levin: “Obama has taken a recession and turned it into a disaster” http://ow.ly/3GJT7
29. Mark Levin: Obama Links To “The New Black Panthers” http://ow.ly/3GKvR
30. Mark Levin: America Is “Not A Representative Republic Anymore.” http://ow.ly/3GKV0
31. Mark Levin: “Obama Has Abused More Children Than Any Other President.” http://ow.ly/3GLhp
32. Mark Levin: Obama Sounds Like “The Leader Of A Counter-Revolution.” http://ow.ly/3GLkH
33. Mark Levin: “Obama Doesn’t Like What Our Ancestors Did,” http://ow.ly/3GLok
34. Mark Levin: “Conservatives Are Enemies Of The State. It’s Us Against Them.” http://ow.ly/3GLrJ
35. Glenn Beck Calls For States To Secede http://ow.ly/3HfPY
36. Déjà Vu All Over Again: Secession Fever http://ow.ly/3HhH0
37. Gov. Rick Perry: Texas Could Secede, Leave Union http://ow.ly/3HhRs
38. Tennessee Rep. Zach Wamp talks of secession http://ow.ly/3HfKM
39. South Carolina: Teabaggers Ramp Up Calls For Secession http://ow.ly/3Hh1N
40. Increasing Calls for Secession in Vermont http://ow.ly/3HfKM
41. Obama Denial Displayed: Leading with Post-Racial Bi-Partisan Myopia http://ow.ly/3Hs41
42. The Missed Message of Reverend Wright: The Honesty Required for Liberation http://ow.ly/3HrQn
43. The Obama Problem: Black, and Unaware of it http://ow.ly/3HrA5
44. Tea Party Nation Blames ‘Leftist’ for Giffords Shooting http://ow.ly/3Hs8F
45. Marijuana Leads to Murder – Blaming a plant for Loughner shooting http://ow.ly/3HtuG
46. School releases YouTube post from Loughner http://ow.ly/3Hvbf
47. Glenn Beck: Legalizing Pot Debate http://ow.ly/3HwM7
48. Jared Loughner is a Hero to the Westboro Baptist Church Crowd http://ow.ly/3HRrU
49. Jared Loughner is a Hero to the Confederacy http://ow.ly/3HRjT
50. Insurrectionism Timeline http://ow.ly/3C9yH
51. Terrorism directed at ‘liberal’ & ‘government’ targets – interactive map http://ow.ly/3IuEt
52. Official: Spokane MLK Day Bomb ‘Worst Device I’ve Ever Seen’ http://ow.ly/3HWOB
53. Yes, Jared Loughner’s Act Was Political http://ow.ly/3HPIP