Monday, March 26, 2018

The War Within #MAGA

By Jeff Simpson

The Donald continues to tell us about building a wall, and the dangers of Muslims and the need for travel bans.  School shootings continue with the next one seemingly being worse than the last. 

Lost in the shuffle is the actual war that some people are fighting right here in our country.    The right wing echo chamber, work very hard to cover it up and the mainstream media does not want to deal with the far right hate groups wrath by tying together the incidences, so we will.

The war within our country right now is the far right wing hate groups, led by the NRA and guided by the far right hate talk radio and Fox News.   They are convincing their "soldiers" that the liberals are the enemy, they are going to loe their rights and freedoms, we are too worried about our PC culture and why in the world would women think they could do the same work as men.    While everyone may have heard of an occasional incident, there is becoming a pattern. 

Let's take a look:

*  Starting with the NRA, one of their main vendors is selling a bleeding female mannequin target(and another that resembled President Obama).

Of course mass killings and domestic violence are closely related and we do need to make a profit!

*  We are not done with our friend at the NRA yet, they also recently released a terrorist video aimed at Americans:

Al Quada would be proud.  

*  Speaking of Al Quada, the white supremacist movement(AKA Y'all Quada) has exploded in the US since 2008(coincidentally, the same year America elected an African American president).

LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS and the watchdog groups that track the self-styled “patriot” groups call them anti-government extremists, militias, armed militants or even domestic terrorists. Some opponents of the largely white and rural groups have made fun by calling them “Y’all Qaeda” or “Vanilla ISIS.”
Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors extremism, said there were about 150 such groups in 2008 and about 1,000 now. Potok and other analysts, including law enforcement officials who track the groups, said their supporters number in the hundreds of thousands, counting people who signal their support in more passive ways, such as following the groups on social media. The Facebook page of the Oath Keepers, a group of former members of police forces and the military, for example, has more than 525,000 “likes.”
*   There is an influx of white supremacists running for public office now that they have been empowered, with one of the highest profile being Arthur Jones, who recently won the Republican nomination for Congress.  Jones, calls the holocaust, the "biggest blackest lie in history".  While he ran unopposed,  it did not stop over 20,000 Republicans from voting for him.   Jones has also ran 5 times before, but this year, in 2018 the Donald era - he actually secured a spot on the ballot.

*   Recently, a 24 year old white male, ended up blowing himself up, after targeting local people of color in Austin Texas with home made package bombs.   The home schooled Conditt, referred to himself as a low information Republican:
My name is Mark Conditt. I enjoy cycling, parkour, tennis, reading, and listening to music. I am not that politically inclined. I view myself as a conservative, but I don’t think I have enough information to defend my stance as well as it should be defended. 
As is typical, not having enough information does not stop one from having strong opinions:
On the blog, the suspect gave a window into his mind and political views. In it, he said that he opposes gay marriage, comparing it to bestiality. He railed against abortion. The entries date to 2012 and appear to be for a class. He also wrote about the government releasing an Al-Qaeda terrorist, opining, “I think that it is just plain dumb to release a terrorist, much less a senior one – no matter what he can provide.” 
*  The Parkland High School shooter had some very strong hatred in his bones, he hated blacks, minorities, homosexuals, white women who dated interracially and liberals.  His loves were guns, and The Donald. 

* This past weekend, there was a children organized "March for Our Lives" throughout the country where millions of people marched for reasonable gun control and to make sure our younger generation are registered to vote so the politicians will listen to them.  In Madison the turnout was amazing! 

In almost every March all over the country, there was also a consistent uninvited guest.   The old white guy openly carrying a gun.

Nothing like a loaded gun, the Gadsden flag and ear muffs to really advance your cause. 

*  Locally during the "Day of Action" where students all over the country(including my children), silently left class for 17 minutes in memory of the 17 people who were slaughtered in Florida, local right wing extremist blogger Jimmy Wigderson was besides himself that kids would actually do that:
Unfortunately, in so many other schools, kids are being transported to little protest spots to be props for Democrats seeking to make gun control an issue. In Madison, the high school kids are being transported from West, Lafollette and Memorial High Schools to East High School by bus so they then can go march on the Capitol.
But we know it's a spontaneous uprising of the kids, right? Because so many of them have the wherewithal and credit cards necessary to charter buses.
Governor Scott Walker, wisely, will be out of the Capitol today at a bill signing. And state Senate Republicans are meeting behind closed doors today to actually work on a real school safety plan, not the result of a hyped-up tantrum that'll be thrown outside the Capitol today.
In other words, the grownups are working. Some are working at manipulating kids for their own ends, while others are actually working today to solve the state's problems.
What do you know, someone actually does read Wiggies hate filled extremist website.   

A Pewaukee High School student was arrested Wednesday morning in connection with a threat that prompted the school district to close its campus and cancel classes.
The suspect was taken into custody by investigators with the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department. The investigation has not revealed any evidence of any other actors or participants, according to a joint news release from the Sheriff's Department, the Pewaukee Police Department and the school district.
But a screenshot from the app that was shared on the Pewaukee Parents Facebook page said, "All you liberals are going to be easy targets. I wouldn't recommend showing up to school, unless you want to die. Pewaukee is going to be bigger than Columbine and Florida combined. Just you wait. Pewaukee isn't so safe. ;) - You're all going to die tomorrow and nothing will stop us."
We are seeing a pattern of home grown terrorism in the United States and there is a pattern of middle to lower class, privileged white Republicans who hate liberals and love guns. 
The group that like to think of themselves as the "good guys with guns" are the profile of the exact people we need to be worried about.  While the kids this past weekend were not intimidated by all of the people openly carrying guns and looking for confrontations at their rallies, the reality is they should have been.

For instance, the NRA and their allies made this picture go viral(of course they photoshopped the original):

Apparently, the right wing is over their faux outrage, of attacking children.  

At a Pro Trump #MAGA rally this weekend in "liberal" Los Angeles, the Trumpets decided that they had no use for minorities or anyone from the media (#fakenews) and this is a picture of how they treated a local photographer(apparently none of them in their fervor to be Super Patriots have ever read the flag code).  

I do not believe that all Republicans are mass murderers, but most mass murderers all seem to fit the same profile.   It is not hard to understand either, with a heavy dose of hard core Republican hatred blaring at them from all angles from hate radio (Rush, Vicki, Dan O Donnell, Belling, etc...) to lunatics like Christian Schneider getting unlimited column inches with no oversight, to the blogs filled with BS and lies like Right Wisconsin, Maciver and Mediatrackers, that are treated as legit news sources by our media, and most political talk shows loaded with hard core Republicans, all people who listen to the airwaves get a heavy dose daily of the same message - Liberals are the enemy of America and are working hard to destroy our country. 

We have a choice this year, will we reward that behavior and keep going further and further down the rabbit hole, or will we stand up and say #Enough ?

The choice is up to us!

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