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Jan 22 2014

Militias Headed for Next Right Wing Rally

As we await Operation American Spring (read: Right Wing Make Obama Leave Rally 2: Electric Boogaloo), one of the organizers says that militias from across the country are planning to attend to demand that Obama leave the White House because, well, they don’t like him very much.

I fought all through the Cold War and to me I’ve never seen a threat to the United States any greater than the internal threat that Obama and his administration and a Congress that does nothing reflect. We’re in a serious, grave situation. It’s a reason we’re going to Washington to try, to try. I fear the next step, if this doesn’t happen, is going to be something that not a combat soldier wants to see. We’ve been through the carnage, we’ve seen it, we understands what happens and that’s the last thing we want.

The militias all across the nation are mobilizing. They’ve got rules of engagement already established, they’re not coming up there with any weapons, they’re not coming up there with any criminal intent or illegal lawlessness or anything else, they’re just patriots, Americans who happen to belong to a militia. They’re coming to voice the same thing: we want our nation back and we want our Constitution restored to where it’s the law of the land, not individuals.

Oh goodie, the militias are involved. That will end well. But it’s become quite obvious that what the far right wants is an actual coup, either by the military or by some other means. Jim Garrow, Erik Rush and many others have been openly calling for that.

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  1. 1
    Brett McCoy

    Illegal lawlessness? Is there a legal kind of lawlessness?

  2. 2
    richardelguru

    “a Congress that does nothing”

    they hate the GOP to?!??

  3. 3
    richardelguru

    Damnéd fingers
    They hate the GOP too?!??

  4. 4
    Acolyte of Sagan

    I fought all through the Cold War

    Fought who, exactly? Surely not another right wing nutjob with no actual knowledge of history? I call bullshit!

  5. 5
    Thumper: Who Presents Boxes Which Are Not Opened

    “I fought all through the Cold War…”

    And then he claims to be “a combat soldier”? Does he understand how the Cold War worked?

  6. 6
    sigurd jorsalfar

    “Fought who, exactly?” How dare you ask this. He saw Red Dawn four times!

  7. 7
    alanb

    Well, I’ve had two tours of duty in the War on Christmas. Betcha he can’t top that.

  8. 8
    Acolyte of Sagan

    I fear the next step, if this doesn’t happen, is going to be something that not a combat soldier wants to see.

    How does grammar work again?

  9. 9
    MikeMa

    They want to restore the constitution? Really? The one they wrote themselves or the actual one which actually governs our nation? I have seen almost nothing coherent in specifying where the constitution has been abridged in the nutjob press. That in spite of real constitutional issues Shrub & Obama have skirted. Those problems they ignore or actively approve of.

  10. 10
    doublereed

    He does understand that the Cold War was a Cold War, right?

  11. 11
    dogmeat

    Fought who, exactly? Surely not another right wing nutjob with no actual knowledge of history? I call bullshit!

    Given his apparent age, my guess would be Vietnam, perhaps Grenada. In one of the interviews they refer to him as Colonel; don’t know if he was a full or Lt. Colonel, but that would suggest twenty to thirty years in the military. Still a rather nutty thing to say.

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    They hate the GOP too?!??

    I see the claim that they do. Of course when you push for them to talk about those they think should be in Congress and the Presidency, they then universally bring up “good” Republicans. I’ve got a very good friend who claims that both parties are equally bad, when I disagreed with him we got into a long debate where, in the end, according to him ACORN was the same as voter suppression, Bush had legitimate reasons for running up debt but Obama doesn’t, the Democrats were just as bad in 07-08 as the Republicans now. Twenty-three filibusters in eight years is the same a 80+ in five. The list goes on and on, it boils down to, as far as I can see, all bad things are equally bad, and when in doubt, vote Republican. Pretty much textbook Authoritarianism.

  12. 12
    laurentweppe

    But it’s become quite obvious that what the far right wants is an actual coup

    And that their pathetic lack of actual firepower is so glaringly obvious that even the most frenzied of far-right activists will not try to act upon their putschist fantasies: self-preservation instinct: it does work as advertised

  13. 13
    Larry

    one of the organizers says that militias from across the country are planning to attend

    I hope the DC cops are up to this. With all those Rascal scooters darting around carrying the patriots, it could get ugly.

  14. 14
    Pierce R. Butler

    Colonel Harry Riley, organizer of a May 16 rally calling for President Obama’s overthrow, claims “the support of ‘a number of high ranking military leaders’” and explicitly hopes to see the US follow the Egyptian model.

    Zero is a number, right?

    We are witnessing exponential attention and emphasis from “grass roots” America.

    Don’t take math classes from Col. Riley.

  15. 15
    Reginald Selkirk

    “Fought who, exactly?” How dare you ask this. He saw Red Dawn four times!

    How dare you question my military experience! I fought four wars with a VCR.

  16. 16
    D. C. Sessions

    I have seen almost nothing coherent in specifying where the constitution has been abridged in the nutjob press.

    Some things are such common knowledge that they don’t need to be said. For instance, the flagrant disrespect for the Constitutional requirement that the President must be a citizen, not a mere 60% of one.

  17. 17
    karmacat

    Aren’t a lot of these militias racist? So, is this talk about the constitution really a smoke screen for “we don’t want a black man as president.”

  18. 18
    abb3w

    @0, Ed Brayton

    But it’s become quite obvious that what the far right wants is an actual coup, either by the military or by some other means.

    …as long as it’s by someone from the extreme right wing, and not by Obama.

  19. 19
    Synfandel

    Given his apparent age, my guess would be Vietnam, perhaps Grenada.

    The Vietnam War was a hot, proxy war. The invasion of Grenada was an over-the-top smack-down of a dinky little island country by the world’s largest superpower—essentially an excuse to give the troops some practice shooting a live enemy and to test drive some new military hardware in the field.

  20. 20
    John Pieret

    The Secret Service’s rolodex must be getting quite full.

  21. 21
    Marcus Ranum

    We’ve been through the carnage, we’ve seen it, we understands what happens and that’s the last thing we want.

    By which I assume he means that he and his friends will get drone strikes and an AC130 circling overhead reducing them to mincemeat?

  22. 22
    Marcus Ranum

    So, is this talk about the constitution really a smoke screen for “we don’t want a black man as president.”

    Well, if they get themselves killed trying to take on the state, they won’t have anyone for a president anymore unless there really is an afterlife.

  23. 23
    Marcus Ranum

    We are witnessing exponential attention

    Read: half your friends are FBI agents, who are watching you.

  24. 24
    jnorris

    Allow me to take this opportunity to remind everyone that I will be selling live ammo and funnel cakes at the NORTH entrance to the rally.

  25. 25
    raven

    I fought all through the Cold War …

    1. This means sitting around and listening to rightwing talk radio. Fox News hadn’t even been invented yet.

    2. Plus joining the John Birch society and kicking your kids out of the house for voting Democrat.

    I”m not impressed. I fought against the UFO aliens, both the Greys and the Reptilians. We won!!! No one has seen a Grey or Reptilian alien in elected office since Romney was governor of Massachusetts.

  26. 26
    bbgunn

    The militias all across the nation are mobilizing. They’ve got rules of engagement already established, they’re not coming up there with any weapons, they’re not coming up there with any criminal intent or illegal lawlessness or anything else, they’re just patriots, Americans who happen to belong to a militia.

    All marching to the cadence of duck calls I suppose.

  27. 27
    fifthdentist

    “… they’re not coming up there with any weapons.”

    That should dampen attendance significantly. None of these nutters are going to leave home without the love of their lives by their side.
    How could they survive in skeery D.C. without having the means to protect themselves from Obama’s black-horde army? All of the resistance leaders would be in one centralized location where they could be rounded up and placed in FEMA camps.
    Or Obama could just drop a nuclear bomb on them like he wanted to do to South Carolina but was thwarted by those pesky generals.

  28. 28
    freehand

    bbgunn: All marching to the cadence of duck calls I suppose.

    All right, now I can’t get rid of the image of 200 rednecks with duck calls belting out the Battle Hymn of the Republic while marching. They sound like kazoos, rights?

  29. 29
    eamick

    Right Wing Make Obama Leave Rally 2: Electric Boogaloo

    OK, Ed, come clean. How much are Lucinda Dickey and Adolfo Quinones paying you for this?

  30. 30
    democommie

    “How does grammar work again”

    Run the Teabaggerator language translator.

    GraMmAr hwo workdoes Again? JESUS!!

    Riley’s bio has him being a Full Bird (he’s certainly full of shit) and a veteran of two Vietnam tours. He seems a bit coy on the details but, regardless, what he did in the military doesn’t make him more of a man or bigger patriot or a better human being.

  31. 31
    D. C. Sessions

    All right, now I can’t get rid of the image of 200 rednecks with duck calls belting out the Battle Hymn of the Republic while marching. They sound like kazoos, rights?

  32. 32
    dugglebogey

    Doesn’t this all seem drastic just because the guy wants to give health insurance to poor people?

  33. 33
    Donnie

    I recently attended a Marine One arrival ceremony. I had the pleasure of seeing POTUS’ protection detail getting into position on the grounds. They were, impressive to say the least. I would not want to get into an altercation with one of them not to say all of them. No matter what type of equipment the Electric Bugaloons bring to their insurrection it will not compare to the protection details equipment. Seriously, I had a shiver run down my spine as I saw one of the agents walk by.

    The detail was focused, probably because of rhetoric like the deranged right spouts.

  34. 34
    Doug Little

    They sound like kazoos, rights?

    Shouldn’t they, you know, sound like ducks.

  35. 35
    d.c.wilson

    They hate the GOP too?!??

    So they claim, but there is a weird pattern to their madness. We saw a surge in militia activities in the 90s during the Clinton years, then they suddenly fell silent when Bush took over. Now we’re seeing them surge again. It’s almost like they’re less riled up when a republican is in the White House.

  36. 36
    dogmeat

    Synfandel @ 19:

    The Vietnam War was a hot, proxy war. The invasion of Grenada was an over-the-top smack-down of a dinky little island country by the world’s largest superpower—essentially an excuse to give the troops some practice shooting a live enemy and to test drive some new military hardware in the field.

    I’m not certain what you’re trying to say here, if you’re trying to correct me, add information, etc..? Acolyte asked @4 who he “fought” during the Cold War, my reply simply pointed out that there were two armed conflicts that did take place in the right time period for the Colonel’s comment to make sense. Personally I was leaning towards Vietnam, which appears to be the case, but couldn’t really leave Grenada out. Other than that, I wasn’t really commenting on those incidents except to say that his classifying them as having “fought” the Cold War is still a rather bizarre statement. I know a number of us were in the military during the Cold War, much of what we did amounted to baring our teeth occasionally (or frequently) at the scary Soviets and a lot of training exercises, but actual “fighting” was rather rare on both sides and generally did involve proxy wars and smack downs.

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    d.c. @35

    Pretty much my point @ 11, they claim to be disgusted with and despise both parties equally, but inevitably want to restore Republican majorities and their complaints about the Constitution, rights, and liberties tend to evaporate once the GOP holds the White House.

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