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Obama’s Marxist Dictatorship?

April 29, 2009

Max Blumenthal has an article at The Daily Beast profiling the anti-Obama gun show attendees:

Fueled by the screeds of radio hosts Michael Savage, Glenn Beck, and the lesser-known but increasingly influential online conspiracist Alex Jones, many gun-show attendees I spoke to were convinced Obama planned to usher in a Marxist dictatorship. They warned that the president’s power grab would only begin with mass gun seizures. “If Obama takes away our guns,” a young, .45 pistol-toting man from Reno told me, “it’s just a step into trying to take away everything else.”

Indeed, in their minds, average Americans opposed to the Obama agenda would be herded into FEMA-run concentration camps by a volunteer army of glassy-eyed liberal college graduates. “When they start imprisoning Americans, and people start seeing that we’re the enemy, then that’ll make it hot,” predicted one Antioch-based young man sporting a button for former Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul. “People talk about a revolution,” the young man continued, “an armed revolution. I think police crackdowns on individuals will tip the scales.”

The love of military hardware, combined with the little-bit-of-knowledge-is-a-dangerous-thing mentality of those who can talk to you for hours about the 2nd amendment but aren’t quite so enamored of the 13th, 14th or 15th (the amendments that made slavery and discrimination unconstitutional and provided for due process and equal protection of the laws) reminds me of the right-wing militia movement and the “one world government” paranoia that seemed to dissolve after the Oklahoma City bombing. But maybe these groups and ideas were always there…a small, confused minority stewing in their own fears and resentments just below the surface, and maybe the election of Obama and the ratcheting up of the fear-mongering diatribes on the internet, Fox TV and right-wing radio has brought them out again. It’s possible that these gun show guys constitute the far right fringe that is just as embarrassing to the moderate right as it is to the moderate left. But it could also be that as the Republican party abandons the moderate ideology of men like Arlen Specter and women like Olympia Snowe, there will be a rebirth of the hardline ideology represented so colorfully by the gun show world where “paranoia, conspiracy theories-and Nazi flags-abound.”

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  1. April 29, 2009 9:32 am

    You know people like you and Blumenthal are the same sort of people who said that “it can’t happen here” in the late 1930s in Germany.

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