It’s easy to prove that the political right-wing hates the United States; every action that they’ve taken has been the antithesis of what they’ve claimed. They may swear by democracy, and claim loyalty to the Constitution with one breath, while with the other, despise the very foundation of this country, the Constitution, and the multiculturalism that makes this country so strong.
Remember that in 2012, a Virginia Republican Committee newsletter openly called for armed rebellion if President Obama was re-elected. This is not how you support democracy. Over the last week, the Republicans have been pushing hard to impeach or sue Obama for doing his job when the Republicans in congress refused to do theirs — this is not how you support democracy.
Tom Tancredo, former Republican Congressman, warned that if “Republicans are too afraid to challenge presumptuous dictatorial behavior, then the war is already lost and we should stock up our ammunition shelves and join a militia.”
Last month, one such right-winger, Mike Vanderbogh, stood before a crowd of fellow terrorist militia members and declared “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,” and that “We will vote with our guns.” It’s gotten so bad that there is almost no way to tell the difference between the right wingers and the jihadists in the Middle East.
That is not how you support democracy or love your country.
The overriding mission for a number of these militias is that they are willing to use violence against “government tyranny,” something that many have never experienced in their lives. Just like their fear of “socialism,” which is synonymous with the “government tyranny” that they oppose.
And like “communism” was associated firmly with Jewish people at the turn of the 20th century, at the turn of the 21st century, socialism has become firmly associated with the black guy in office (and black people in general, if you listen to the way they talk). The themes that are popular among conservatives, the loss of freedom, the rise of socialism, the threat against liberty, began within days of Obama’s first election.
If you didn’t know any better, you’d listen to them thinking that they mentally trapped themselves inside of a Call of Duty: World At War game and refused to come out. Not even an actual, historical account of World War II. A video game retelling, complete with the “good guys” and “bad guys.” And you don’t get any points for guessing who they cast themselves as.
Where were these militias when Bush was destroying the country? Where were the threats of violence against Bush when he and his crew were pushing through the PATRIOT act? There was no Cliven Bundy taking a stand then. There were no Tom Tancredos calling for Bush’s impeachement because of his “presumptuous dictatorial behavior.”
They have only appeared now that there’s a black Democrat in office, and it’s no coincidence that this rise in violent rhetoric is tied to the election of a black man. Whites have always been violent to blacks who step “out-of-line,” whether it was the master beating his slave or the KKK lynching a black man because he dared to date a white woman.
Republicans and their right-wing base cannot tolerate the democratic process when the people speak out against them and elect the “wrong” leader. The act of crying “tyranny” and “socialism” is a urgent call to prepare for war against the government as Tom Tancredo’s “legitimate Constitution militias” if the Republicans do not impeach President Obama.
This much is unmistakable.
Here we are, five-and-a-half years later, and if you haven’t gotten it by now, you probably won’t. The Republicans are furious that the democratic process they claim to love and support produced an African American President, and because of that, they’re willing to go to any means necessary to nullify the voice of the people, whether it’s impeachment, the House Lawsuit, or joining a militia to “fight against tyranny.”
And all of us suffer as a result.