The Hatriot movement is back at it again.
“Patriot” activist Mike Vanderboegh stood before a crowd last month at the Howard County chapter of Open Carry Texas, offering up the sort of false dichotomy that defines the right-wing frame of mind — specifically, the “life-and-death struggle” between patriots and those e-e-e-evil domestic enemies (read: government, the Negro, the godless, queers, “soshulists,” et al).
We are at present two peoples — two countries, really, living within a common border and sharing mostly a common language, but divided upon the answer to this question: Does the government serve the people or do the people serve the government?
Actually, despite the rhetoric, we’re one country, living within a common border, sharing a common language, divided by a dozen or so issues, and harried by astroturfing fringe lunatics with delusions of grandeur like you, kemosabe.
He continued on the same rail, going on about the “iron fist of government power” enforcing the “law of the jungle.” I bet Vanderboegh has no problem with Social Darwinism, which is the “law of the jungle” enforced by the “iron fist of ‘free’ market power:”
“This administration, this regime, seems to operate ever more increasingly as a lawless gang than not on the rule of law but rather on the rule of men — which is to say the law of the jungle, enforced by the iron fist of government power.”
One wonders if he even understands what “law” means. He also believes that people with “mutually exclusive” political views can’t coexist peacefully, and that the last 150-some years of American history have been a lie. Violence, according to the man who has an unnatural love affair with his gun, is “inevitable.”
We like to think that all our fellow Americans, even those who plainly state that they are committed to stealing our liberty and our property and attempting to control our very lives, are merely suffering from differences of opinion that can be overcome by the right mix of persuasion or electoral politics.
Yet how many of us have tried such methods with every fiber of our being and fallen short? Not because we were wrong, but because those of the other side were impervious to such arguments, to such tactics, for they believe completely in their right to their appetites for our liberty, our property, and our lives with all the religious fervor of a pagan worship of naked power wrapped in a catechism of lies.
Vanderbeogh said that the Bible and the Constitutional framers would use the term “domestic enemies of the Constitution” to describe his political enemies, and the crowd went wild. He also implied that the Constitutional framers had offered a remedy to curb the appetite for power, while standing before a banner bearing the image of an AR-15 with the words, “It’s a right, not a privilege.”
He then asked the ammosexuals to “search their own feelings,” because thinking with the forebrain like an evolved human is too difficult. He then added, causing the crowd to go nuts:
Let us first be honest enough to admit first to ourselves and then to proclaim to those domestic enemies of liberty — and thence to the world — that failing all other appeals to peaceful means, that the founders’ solution to such tyranny is still available, still potent, and still waiting, for when democracy turns to tyranny, the armed citizenry still gets to vote.
This is the promise, this is the warning. The threat embodied by the Gadsden flag of our founders. Don’t tread on me, it says. Don’t. Tread. On. Us.
Of course we won’t. Last time I checked, people went out of their way to avoid stepping in sh*t.
You can listen to his rant below:
On a side note, we thought this backdrop was so impressive we wanted to share it with you.