At a recent meeting of the Sandpoint Tea Party, Mrs. Stout presided
with brisk efficiency until a member interrupted with urgent news.
Because of the stimulus bill, he insisted, private medical records were
being shipped to federal bureaucrats. A woman said her doctor had told
her the same thing. There were gasps of rage. Everyone already viewed
health reform as a ruse to control their medical choices and drive them
into the grip of insurance conglomerates. Debate erupted. Could state
medical authorities intervene? Should they call Congress?
As the meeting ended, Carolyn L. Whaley, 76, held up her copy of the
Constitution. She carries it everywhere, she explained, and she was
prepared to lay down her life to protect it from the likes of Mr.
“I would not hesitate,” she said, perfectly calm.
Drama queens in general, drama queens freaked out by the economy, drama queens desperately searching for a way for their lives to matter. I swear to you all, some of these people have not ever been part of anything bigger than themselves and don’t think I’m knocking the experience. It is intoxicating, when you do that for the first time. It makes you feel ten feet tall. Too strong to war with mortals. It is what I imagine heroin must be like, heroin laced with dark chocolate and single malt scotch. You would do ANYTHING to keep feeling like that. You would sell your first born, and plenty of people do.
It is a sprawling rebellion, but running through it is a narrative
of impending tyranny. This narrative permeates Tea Party Web sites, Facebook pages, Twitter
feeds and YouTube videos. It is a prominent theme of their favored
media outlets and commentators, and it connects the disparate issues
that preoccupy many Tea Party supporters — from the concern that the
community organizationAcorn is stealing elections to the belief that Mr. Obama is trying to control the Internet and restrict gun ownership.
trumpets “exclusives” reporting that the Army is seeking
“Internment/Resettlement” specialists. On ResistNet.com, bloggers warn
that Mr. Obama is trying to convert Interpol, the international police
organization, into his personal police force. They call on “fellow
Patriots” to “grab their guns.”
And in part it just makes me really sad, because, harness your
powers for good, you know? If only these people had figured out you
don’t need a “narrative of impending tyranny” to matter. You don’t need a looming spectre of destruction. You don’t need a Democratic president and you certainly don’t need a New York Times article. All you need is the will to get off your ass. Food pantries right now are waiting for your calls.
But it also makes me realize just how completely BUGFUCK NUTBAG INSANE these people are, what egotistical fucksticks they really are. An ordinary way to matter wouldn’t be enough for them, you see. It has to be The Epic Struggle of Our Time That Defined a Generation.
And in Indiana, Richard Behney, a Republican Senate candidate, told Tea
Party supporters what he would do if the 2010 elections did not produce
results to his liking: “I’m cleaning my guns and getting ready for the
big show. And I’m serious about that, and I bet you are, too.”
I tend to look at this crazy shit as a crying need to matter, but then they say things like this, and it makes me realize that’s not all this is. It can’t just be teaching some poor schoolkid to read or do math. That wouldn’t satisfy these people. That’s not a deal big enough to match the potential they just KNOW they have. It
has to be an armed insurgent militia thing that lets you be a big showy
Action Hero delivering a Rousing Speech and Rallying the Troops.
I swear two thirds of the problem here is having watched movies and never considered you might not be playing the hero. Or the villain, for that matter. You might be the third guy from the back in the restaurant scene, so figure your shit out and either become okay with that, or get a better agent.
One local group represented at Liberty Lake was Arm in Arm, which
aims to organize neighborhoods for possible civil strife by stockpiling
food and survival gear, and forming armed neighborhood groups.
represented was Oath Keepers, whose members call themselves “guardians
of the Republic.” Oath Keepers recruits military and law enforcement
officials who are asked to disobey orders the group deems
unconstitutional. These include orders to conduct warrantless searches,
arrest Americans as unlawful enemy combatants or force civilians into
“any form of detention camps.”
Or as Bush used to call them, his base.
Mrs. Stout said she has begun to contemplate the possibility of
“another civil war.” It is her deepest fear, she said. Yet she believes
the stakes are that high. Basic freedoms are threatened, she said.
Economic collapse, food shortages and civil unrest all seem imminent.
“I don’t see us being the ones to start it, but I would give up my life for my country,” Mrs. Stout said.
She paused, considering her next words.
“Peaceful means,” she continued, “are the best way of going about it. But sometimes you are not given a choice.”
Right. Like when ELECTIONS DONT GO YOUR WAY.