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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The return of the US (Clinton era) militias

As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, the Clinton era "militias" are coming back.

Today we have a Washington Times piece on a nine page warning from Homeland Security sent to local law enforcement around the country.

The combination of the right wing "talking points" of "fascism," "tyranny," and "socialism," coupled with the overhype on guns, combined with the first black president and the whole "secret muslim"/"consorts with terrorists" thing has laid a very fertile groundwork for crazy.

The Clinton era militias were kinda goofy, but this version, fueled by racism/white supremacists, the groundwork of the presidential campaign, and major national media figures fanning the hype, represents a very real potential danger.

I'm not saying that everyone in these groups is bad, but the environment is so much worse than it was the last time around. It only takes a few whackjobs of the edge of this movement.... I just have this bad feeling that something is going to happen (again.)

Here's to hoping I'm wrong.

(If the link doesn't work, try again later. The Wash Times site is spotty this AM.)


  • While the crazy right wing gets crazier (and more violent) the traditional media gives them increasing "legitimacy" by treating them as viable and legitimate American political voices.

    At what point should rational, civilized Americans -- both liberals and traditional conservatives -- begin to be afraid for their safety and liberty?

    By Blogger -epm, at 10:13 AM  

  • Random thought, but related to conservative religious extremists:

    Vatican vetoes Obama ambassadorial nominees"I really, really, can't stand institutional religion!

    By Blogger -epm, at 10:15 AM  

  • To answer your first question, it takes the bombing of an Oklahoma Federal building, killing hundreds.

    That bought us about 2 years.


    To your second point, they must already figure they're on the administration's bad side, because they won't get any favors after this.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 10:31 AM  

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