Monday, April 19, 2010

The Zombie Holiday

If there were to be an officially declared National Day of Dread, it would be today. Not 12/7/41, or 11/22/63, or even 9/11/01;  but today. Skinheads and Neo-Nazis observe the birthday of Adolph Hitler each April 19th, and have been noted to celebrate with the occasional mini-pogrom.  For anti-government "patriots" and defenders-of-the-faith militia groups, 4/19 is Easter for paranoid conspiracy theorists. On this date in 1993, the apocalyptic conflagration at the Branch Davidian compound at Waco occurred, proving to many that the end times are near and the government's out to snuff you, rather than a bungling ATF and a new Attorney General trying to flex her muscles allowing an already tragic situation to escalate into a catastrophe.

Domestic terrorist Tim McVeigh watched the Waco fiasco unfold while sitting outside the compound on the hood of his car and used the date two years later to bomb the federal building in Oklahoma City in retaliation. And two zit-faced, Hitler Facebook fans commemorated the date by acting out their sociopathic,"Terminator" fantasies and killing a lot of other people's children while trying to blow up their high school. April 19 has become a touchstone for the disgruntled and delusional, like a psychotic Halloween run amok, and every year since Waco, plots and plans for copycat carnage have been uncovered and the criminals incarcerated. This year, however, presents a clear and present danger. Anti-government hysteria is at its highest levels since the Great Depression and the Southern Poverty Law Center estimates that militia activity has risen 244% since the last presidential election. The arrest of members of the Hutaree militia in Michigan faded from the news before group associates in Ohio and Indiana were likewise arrested for conspiracy to murder a police officer and slaughter the mourners at the funeral.

What makes this year different is that a mainstream media outlet is actively promulgating confrontation with the government. Fox News' ratings soar on false tales of  FEMA detention camps, jail cells for health care scofflaws, census takers compiling enemies lists, and a president with a secret agenda to surreptitiously damage the nation. Stories of gun confiscation and clandestine planning for a socialist takeover of government are fomented every day on the airwaves by corporate media interests, and even the fabricated Tea Party movement has been co-opted by Republican operatives and right-wing PACs. Image and semantic consultants on the Tea Party Express magical mystery tour have tried to clean up the overt insanity at their rallies like Brian Epstein cleaned up the Beatles, but didn't we only just have a dust-up over lipstick, pigs, and hockey moms? And now we see that many of the Teabaggers are sensitive and distressed about being called angry bigots and racists. They claim legitimate concerns over fiscal policy and say if reporters would only talk to a cross-section of supporters, they would understand the libertarian concerns through all the hand-made signs with Obama and Hitler references. Well, the jig is up.

POLITICO.com reports memos showing the Tea Party Express is a creation of the California public relations firm Russo, Marsh + Rogers, doing business as the "Our Country Deserves Better" PAC, and tripling their donations since the wingnut tour hit the road. The latest New York Times/CBS poll says that of the 18% of Americans who identify with the Tea Party movement, the majority are older, more educated, and affluent white men who feel that their rights are under siege. Living in the South, I know 100 guys just like that. They used to be hippies until the styles changed, so they went into business and began paying taxes, and that altered everything. A generation that used sharing as a guiding principle, strapped on their neckties, went to work, and got saddled in debt. Now they believe that Obama wants to take something from them that they have worked for, and give it to someone who has not. Nothing is sadder than watching an intelligent, idealistic young person transform themselves into another border-line alcoholic Republican with issues about welfare. My Dad used to say, "This is a great country, but the dues are expensive." Today, spurred on by profit-gobbling, exhibitionistic, media fools, wanton criminals who fly their private planes into IRS headquarters, killing a bunch of mommies and daddies in the process, are defended by elected officials.

I would suggest that if you don't wish to be falsely labelled as racist, then don't be on the same side as the authentic ones. If you lie down with those possessed of incoherent hatred, you rise up with the potential for deadly violence. Which is why Fox News, fringe PACS run by people like Dick Armey, Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, and new Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell, should be aware of their public responsibilities during this volatile time and temper their fatalistic rhetoric, lest they end up with blood on their hands. If overly ambitious politicians and professional media agitators realized that words have real world consequences, today might just be another Spring day. As it is, it's a time for particular vigilance, extremely so for all those "real Americans" who also happen to work for the government, and shame on any official who squeezes lighter fluid on this burning fire on this day. In the current climate of the armed and paranoid, the threat to the country is not so much from terrorists outside of our borders, as from those within. As for me, I've made my plans for the day. I'll be right here if you need me.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

You've hit the nail right on the head.

Jim A. said...

Excellent article. Here's a bit of gas to throw on the fire:

http://gawker.com/5519932/the-launch-of-the-tea-party-tv-channel

Wintermute said...

Actually, Hitler's birthday is the 20th, as is mine. The 20th is also celebrate reefer day.

Aurabass said...

I passed this along to a few of my 100 friends who got neck tied and twisted over welfare for the poor instead of the corporate welfare that has created the greatest redistribution of wealth in history - the % of wealth and income now owned by the top 10% in the USA as compared with what they owned in say 1972.

you should answer your facebook messages Randy

Alan said...

I am sick and tired of everybody on both sides painting the other with broad brushes. I just read a quote from Matt Stone of South Park. "I hate conservatives, but I really fucking hate liberals.

Katie said...

I am with Alan. Don't hate the haters. Makes you look just as bad. And don't put all the Tea Partiers in the "border-line alcoholic Republican" box. That just isn't true. What if the right labeled all the left as radical, pot-smoking, Marxist ex-hippies. Would that be fair?

Anonymous said...

This is complete horseshit. If you think all christian republicans believe in everything the republican party did, then your fucking retarded. I am a republican, I'm a christian, I believe in birth control, not planned parenting or abortion, I believe in evolution, and the geologic timescale, I believe the earth is 4.5 billion years old,I don't believe in the assault weapons ban (75% more likely to get stabbed, shot with a pistol with a 7 round clip, shot with a 5 round shotgun, beaten to death by a mugger, maced, shanked in prison, beat with brass knuckles, or just knocked out than shot by an assault weapon that is if someone actually dies. I believe in open carry, fuck concealed carry its for pussies, fuck everyone who thinks guns can actually kill people and not MurdErerS, more likely to get run over, mauled by a bear, or drown in the rip current at the beach, kill yerself when your drunk, drunk man kills you. All these things and people think you need an assault weapon to kill hundreds, all I have to do is set a poison ivy/oak extract fire and everyone dies, a kid could do this accidentally at summer camp by putting a shit load of poison ivy on the fire. Hitler, pfff, he has been dead for how many years. I just say, if they murder someone, well if I'm there I'll just blow his head in myself, obviously the people who finally apprehend murderers are not smart enough to kill them, I would, regardless of if the man was already disabled from a previous hit, bam, double tap! finish him! That would solve our prison problem. Just kill the robber, the raper, the killer, the nudist, if one came into my house and intruded to give me gold, I'd still smoke his ass for not knocking.
all these fubar things you fucked up people have been taught, just passes on the honor of being head load of horse shit, just like your parents. Democrats becoming communists, republicans being labeled as extremists, and moderates republicans. What the fuck? For the good of the country as a whole, and to preserve the right to bear arms, that if the government becomes too powerful, the true American people can rebel, and reinstate the constitution to it's old self. That is the second most important amendment constitution and is important to the survival of america. I personally would never start no shit, and respect the government at it's present level, and laws. There are no new laws needed, unless something completely new is brought into the mix. I honestly would have rather seen Condelezaa Rice as President than any other republican that ran Against Obama the first time or even now, and Mit Romney as Vice President. Maybye Sarah Palin Secratry Of Defence. I would have rather seen a black woman, Condie, as president than that dumb ass Obama. Obama Bin Lyin!