It all started out here at the Richmond Democrat blog, where J.C. Wilmore was waxing elequent about how some Republican Congresswoman had urged resistance to further taxation and thus had committed sedition. On the theory that he hadn't a clue what sedition really was, I sent him this:
Dutchman6 has left a new comment on your post "Republican member of Congress commits sedition":
We are, we must admit, two different peoples inhabiting the same national boundaries, sharing a common language but little else.
If we cannot agree on something as basic as the sanctity of life, the inalienable rights to property and liberty (see in starkest relief in the gun control debate) and the basic right to be left alone by a nanny-state government turned predatory, does ANYTHING else we agree on matter?
There are two fundamentally different visions at work here and throughout history such divisions have rarely been settled except by civil war.
Indeed, the one thing which almost guarantees conflict is the refusal on both sides, but especially the liberal side, to admit that open violence is possible.
This perception is not merely a "right wing paranoid fantasy." An Obamanoid OFA volunteer in Birmingham AL was recently quoted as saying:
"We're looking for supporters," said DeHaven of Hoover, one of the event's organizers. "We're not looking for a fight. That will come later, when we have an army."
Here's the thing though. We already ARE an army, complete with weapons and ammunition. We are the armed citizenry of the united States of America. And while you have been busy enveloping yourselves in the cult of personality of "The Lightworker," we have been busy supporting the firearms and ammunition industry by purchasing more weapons and ammo than has EVER been sold in this country.
There is a reason for that. Be careful what you wish for, you may get it.
Now this frightened J.C. considerably, for he hustled on over to the Daily Kos to write this:
A letter from a militia man (with poll)
Tue Mar 24, 2009 at 10:25:51 AM PDT
Today I received a disturbing comment on my home blog, The Richmond Democrat, and I'd like to share it with you. The comment was a response to my diary "Republican member of Congress commits sedition" which was also cross posted to Daily Kos here. My diary was about Republican Representative Michele Bachmann's call for right-wingers to be "armed and dangerous." It is a note from a right-wing (Republican?) militia man justifying their preparations to wage war against their fellow Americans.
(MBV: Insert my post here. Then he continues -- )
I am struck by just how matter of fact he is about his intentions and the fact that he is willing to give his name and contact information. At his website he claims to be under surveillance by the federal government.
Another key theme that is coming through is the "other-ness" of Democrats and Liberals. These people no longer acknowledge that we are all Americans. They regard themselves as a separate nation occupying the same territory. Establishing a mindset that labels a target group as an "other" is a key step in justifying violence towards that group. Recall Sarah Palin's use of words like "real Americans" and "real America." Members of the Republican Party and the right wing seem to be mentally preparing themselves for the use of violence and we ignore this development at our peril.
What if anything should be done about right-wing militia groups organizing in the open with a clear intention to wage war against their fellow American citizens? What responsibility, if any, does the Republican Party bear for the existence of these groups? Are the Republicans encouraging the formation of these armed groups in order to use them as a bargaining chip in political negotiations?
He also posted this poll:
Does the Republican Party bear any responsibility for these groups and their actions?
___ No, absolutely not. These groups are independent of the GOP.
___ Perhaps the GOP indirectly encourages them a little.
___ Somewhat: the GOP intentionally encourages them, but does not control them.
___ Yes, the GOP encourages these groups and exercises some control over them.
___ Yes, absolutely. These groups are a militant outgrowth of the GOP.
These silly people always frame their opposition as being from the GOP. They truly haven't a clue. I am proud to say that I have been on the enemies list of three consecutive White Houses now and I haven't been a supporter of the so-called Republican Party for more than a decade. It is most amusing for him to ascribe to me the adoption of seeing the enemies of the Founders' Republic as "the Other," when that is what collectivists of all stripes have been doing to us for decades.
But ole J.C. represents the but the tip of the Daily Kos' spleen. The comments are as hysterical as they are reflexive and stereotypical. Go and read. I haven't the space to do it justice.
LATER: I wrote the silly man back and thanked him for the publicity as follows --
My thanks for your posting my reply on that bastion of collectivism, The Daily Kos.
I always like to toss a skunk under the beds of those who harbor cherished collectivist misconceptions just to watch them go nuts.
If you do an honest search of my work, you will discover that I am a life-long anti-Nazi and anti-racist, having fought them at street level. My militia friends and me embarrassed the FBI into arresting Michael Brescia, a member of the Aryan Republican Army bank robbery gang, who the Fibbies were allowing to walk the streets of Philadelphia armed and unmolested. If you obtain the book by Dr. Robert Churchill, To Shake Their Guns in the Tyrants' Face, you will find that the militias carried out their own little anti-terror campaign with the neoNazis after OKC.
Your obsession with the GOP is ludicrous on its face as is your silly attempt to link the constitutional militias to them.
You have swept away the GOP politically. My sin is in pointing out how little that truly avails you. You have us surrounded now, you poor bastards. You'll have to deal with real people now, not corrupt politicians. Try to adjust your thinking to the new reality.
PS Your buddies on the Krotch make the mistake of thinking that the Army will do your bidding, no matter how unconstitutional the order. You DO know that soldiers take an oath to the Constitution? It is not a Fuehrer Oath. See the blog Oath Keepers if you don't believe me.