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WA Legislator Tells Tea Party to Stockpile Ammo

The steady drumbeat of extreme far-right warnings about an impending war/revolution continues. A Washington state legislator, one of the leading Republicans in the state house, told a rally of Tea Party types that they need to stockpile ammunition for the “inevitable” economic collapse that will lead to the need to battle the government.

An Eastern Washington legislator, speaking at a “Self-Reliance Rally” of Tea Party activists and survivalists, predicted last weekend that the United States economy is going to collapse and told activists to stock up on ammunition and stay in top physical condition for when that happens.

“We need to prepare for the inevitable collapse that is going to happen: You know it’s going to happen. That’s right, I am a politician and I am standing up here and saying that,” said state Rep. Matt Shea, a Republican from Spokane Valley. The lawmaker’s remarks were reported in the Coeur D’Alene Press.

“When it happens, we need to look at this as an opportunity, not a crisis,” Shea added. “Whose job is liberty? That’s our job.”

Shea recalled advice given to him in the military:

“Be prepared at any given moment to give up your job to do what is right. You have to stand up for what is right — even if it means you have to stand up to your government.”

ThinkProgress reports that Shea has also sponsored a bill to outlaw the use of American currency and recognize only the use of gold and silver. As the far right has been mainstreamed by the Republican party, many have forgotten where this kind of rhetoric comes from — the white supremacist movement. This has long been standard preaching among racists and militia members, preparing for the coming “race war” that will inevitably pit them against the government.

Comments

  1. unbound says

    I guess the ammunition manufacturers have a stockpile again so contacted some legislators to get sales going again…

  2. Trebuchet says

    Meanwhile, I’ve got a survivalist ad on this very page! I’ve already used my self-imposed limit of one offensive ad report today for one of the fake testosterone supplement ones so I’ll let this one pass for now.

  3. Mr Ed says

    Nothing says liberty like armed paramilitary fractions. Small armed groups that see civil unrest as an opportunity has long been the hallmark of wide spread freedom.

  4. says

    It’s good advice. You can, and should, ready yourself to fight the thing that will no longer exist when the thing that won’t happen happens.
    Personally, I’d be more worried about the armed loons. But that’s just me.

  5. D. C. Sessions says

    Over the long run, a series of shortage panics separated by quiet periods is more profitable for sellers than steady business. During a panic, the price they can charge goes way up. In between, the material either gets used or ages out — and then there’s another panic, which burns through manufacturers’ inventory.

    Not a business model for the faint of heart, but still profitable.

  6. Stevarious, Public Health Problem says

    In completely unrelated news, WA legislator purchases large amounts of stock in amunition factories.

  7. says

    Apparently the collapse isn’t happening quickly enough for Shea, given his bizarre ban US currency bill. Of course it’s just as likely he has no clue of the size of the US economy, or the size of the world supply of gold and silver

  8. exdrone says

    The category is Right-wing Nutjobs. For $100, the answer is:

    [Rep. Matt Shea] predicted last weekend that the United States economy is going to collapse and … also sponsored a bill to outlaw the use of American currency

    What is self-fulfilling prophesies, Alex? I’ll take right-wing nutjobs for 200.

  9. raven says

    Whose doing the most to cause an economic collapse is the GOP/Tea Party.

    1. The Great Recession was caused by the Bush Catastrophe. If being incompetent was a crime, Bush and Cheney would be in prison.

    2. The current Tea Party/GOP strategy in Washington DC is obstructionism. Just oppose anything Obama wants, no matter how worthwhile it is.

    So we have the sequestration. Which is estimated to have cut US economic growth by 1/3.

    In the fall we have the debt ceiling war. They might well shut down the government again.

    I’m having a hard time seeing what the difference is between the GOP strategy and treason. And to make it worse, more or less half the US population voted them into office. It’s national suicide.

  10. raven says

    Obama was elected to clean up the Bush Catastrophe.

    Which he did. What he is doing is working.

    The US economy is growing, Wall Street is setting records, housing is recovering well, unemployment is down. Even the deficit is down, cut in half due to tax increases and economic recovery.

    Why the voters keep elected malevolent Tea Partiers to crash the economy instead of sensible Democrats who can fix it is beyond my comprehension. In a sense, the voters in Egypt did the same thing.

    National suicide is common. Toynbee pointed out that of 22 civilizations that fell, 19 destroyed themselves from within. We saw that not too long ago when the world’s second empire, the USSR imploded.

  11. anubisprime says

    If the visitors to a “Self-Reliance Rally” of Tea Party activists and survivalists need telling to stock up on ammo…then they are obviously not serious enough to be either Tea Party activists or survivalists!

  12. cry4turtles says

    If this wingnut theory ever comes about and US currency becomes worthless, I’d like to se Shea eat his gold and silver. I’ll be much better off with my bag full of heirloom seeds.

  13. says

    So an elected representative who has presumably* sworn to uphold the state and federal Constitutions, and who is part of the government, is encouraging his constituents to arm themselves against the government. I really don’t think these people even pay attention to what comes out of their mouths.

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    * presumably, because I don’t have time to look up oaths for legislators in Washington state or other states, but I think most do require sworn allegiance to state and federal constitutions.

  14. Taz says

    From the article:

    While a defender of traditional marriage, Shea was also in the news for his recent divorce. The lawmaker’s wife sought two temporary restraining orders and a protection order, and claimed to have been treated like a “possession.” She claimed that Shea insisted that she walk on his left side “because his sword, if he had one, would be on his right side.”

  15. says

    Quodlibet, if you want to know about bad government, how could you possibly do better than going straight to a Teabagger?
     
    Look, I’ll give it to you straight. I my job was to break the economy, the government, basically everything involving the Social Contract that inconveniences me and/or benefits groups that I don’t like even if I also benefit from it, once I succeeded I would come for your stuff, too. At least he’s honest enough to warn you first. I wouldn’t. You’d be mowing your lawn or something, you’d feel a shadow fall on your shoulder and, as you turned around, the last words out of your mouth would be “Congressman Modusoperandi?”
     
    Now, I stand here before you today, asking you to support me in my bid for Congress. Modusoperandi, “Trust in Government You Can’t Trust”.

  16. raven says

    wikipedia:

    Shea has also been the focus of news articles related to angry outbursts at his legislative office and a report that he was disarmed by a commander while he served in Iraq due to anger management issues.[6]

    This Matt Shea has a history according to wikipedia. He once pulled a gun during a road rage incident in Washington state, one he didn’t have a concealed carry permit for.

    Once again, dogs will be dogs. Matt Shea is just a symptom. It’s the voters who elected him.

    I don’t know much about the city of Spokane Valley, but according to Google, it has 90,000 people and is near Spokane with 210,000.

  17. Dunc says

    So an elected representative who has presumably* sworn to uphold the state and federal Constitutions, and who is part of the government, is encouraging his constituents to arm themselves against the government.

    Yeah, it’s a remarkable example of cognitive dissonance… Somebody should maybe remind these bozos that once the tumbrils start rolling, they have a nasty habit of not being very selective.

    “One day soon, you will need to rise up in armed rebellion against people like me! Wait! No, that’s not what I meant! Argghhh! “

  18. raven says

    The lawmaker’s wife sought two temporary restraining orders and a protection order, …

    Matt Shea has a history of angry outbursts and anger management issues. His commander in Iraq once took his weapon away, apparently afraid he was going to shoot the wrong people. He is also known to carry a loaded gun.

    And the voters elected this guy? It’s a wonder he hasn’t already killed someone.

  19. Johnny Vector says

    MO:

    Personally, I’d be more worried about the armed loons.

    Yeah, me too. God damn ringnecks, I hate ‘em. Waddling around like they can’t even walk, hiding underwater and popping up where you least expect them, staring at you with those scary red eyes.

    (Sorry for the Off-topic. I blame Maine.)

  20. says

    Johnny Vector:

    Those are WINGED loons, not Wingnut loons.

    “In a sense, the voters in Egypt did the same thing.”

    Fundie knuckleheads speak the same gibberish the world over.

  21. says

    chilidog99 “Wait, if his sword is on his right side, that would mean that he’s a damned lefty.”
    No. The sword is drawn, because he’s ready for battle. Anachronistic battle. If he was a lefty he’d be stuck at home, trying to cut paper or get the lid off a jar.
     
    Johnny Vector “Yeah, me too. God damn ringnecks, I hate ‘em. Waddling around like they can’t even walk, hiding underwater and popping up where you least expect them, staring at you with those scary red eyes.”
    All you hear is the yodel before they pounce.

  22. DaveL says

    In the fall we have the debt ceiling war. They might well shut down the government again.

    Which, we must not forget, is a war between Congress on one side, authorizing certain spending, and Congress on the other side, refusing to authorize borrowing to cover that spending.

  23. Larry says

    Good god, I think these people lay in bed at night touching themselves over the idea of being able shoot and kill their fellow citizens, ignoring, of course, the fact that said citizens just might be firing back.

  24. says

    Yeah, do that. Because now that the postal service and shipping companies share package/address/sender information with the intelligence community, it ought to be pretty easy to tell who’s stockpiling ammo.

  25. kyoseki says

    Marcus Ranum

    Yeah, do that. Because now that the postal service and shipping companies share package/address/sender information with the intelligence community, it ought to be pretty easy to tell who’s stockpiling ammo.

    This is why I find it REALLY weird that so many places are trying to ban online ammo sales.

    It’s very difficult to pay cash for online sales, which you can do in a face to face transaction no problem thus avoiding any paper trail.

  26. spamamander, internet amphibian says

    Please please please please rescue me from this side of the state please….

  27. says

    “It’s very difficult to pay cash for online sales, which you can do in a face to face transaction no problem thus avoiding any paper trail.”

    Right. But, then again, them cash sales are the ones that the Feebs are doin’ the full court press surveillance dance on.

    It must be interesting to sit on an intercept desk and read what these KKKlowns have to say about how the damned gummint ain’t gonna never find the cache of ammo and gunz that are buried under Uncle Joe’s barn floor.

  28. kyoseki says

    Right. But, then again, them cash sales are the ones that the Feebs are doin’ the full court press surveillance dance on.

    I’d be surprised, there’s way too many places to buy ammo out there.

    Would you want to spend weeks trawling through every Big 5 purchase?

  29. dan4 says

    “…even if it means you have to stand up to your government.”

    Like demanding to know how Shea knows that such an economic collapse is “inevitable?” That kind of “standing up to your government,” Representative?

  30. says

    @31:

    Even a blind squirrel…

    What’s ironic, hilariously so to me, is that a lot of the people who are conspiracy theorists of the first rank are in the group of ammo stockpilers.

    It is of no concern to them that their various intertoobz fora and their meatworld meet-ups, like the “Knob Creek Turkey Shoot” might be/prolly are on the radar of the NSA and DHS and various sorts of surveillance and data mining are being conducted.

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