America In Meltdown

I’ve watched the States closer than most for most of my adult life and while I don’t want to freak readers out, things are getting really, really ugly down there and I’m worried. Still, I’m just an armchair observer. I don’t know all the facts. I haven’t done studies.

But fortunately (I guess), some people do. And here’s what one found. And it’s creepy.

The Guardian, the first newspaper I go to in the morning, reports on a U.S. civil rights organization that’s just released a study on dangerous and escalating right-wing radicalism. According to the Guardian:

The [Southern Poverty Law Centre] report, called Rage on the Right, said the rise in extremist groups was “a cause for grave concern” given their propensity to use violence during their heyday in the 90s, most notably with the Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people. It added that the issues driving support for such groups were increasingly populist and that “signs of growing radicalisation are everywhere”.

The Guardian story claims a 250 per cent rise in right-wing militias in the states. They’re being fuelled by fear of changing demographics (more blacks, Hispanics and other minorities), falling economic power, religion and right-wing conspiracy pundits like a certain prominent Fox News egomaniac/sociopath.

The report says that, unlike during the 1990s, the patriot movement’s core ideas are more widely propagated and accepted by prominent politicians and some in the mass media, such as the Fox News presenter Glenn Beck.

“As the movement has exploded, so has the reach of its ideas, aided and abetted by commentators and politicians in the ostensible mainstream,” said the report. “Beck, for instance, reinvigorated a key patriot conspiracy theory – the charge that the federal emergency management agency is secretly running concentration camps – before finally ‘debunking’ it.”

The most powerful country in the world is gripped by paranoia, hatred, ignorance, religious fervour, racism and general psychosis. Madmen are flying planes into IRS buildings and Republican politicians are sympathetic (Think Progress). Lunatics are showing up at political events with legally-purchased assault weaponry. Religious militias are using proto-Taliban harrasment techniques on “sinners” (Daily Kos). They’re shooting abortion doctors.

The country is a sneeze away from a very violent, fascist uprising–and if the military joined in, we’d all be fucked.

I guess the take-away point is this: We need to educate ourselves about what’s going on in the States and be vigilant for signs of it in our own country.

And President Obama needs to wear a bullet-proof vest and stay the hell out of Texas.

Author: Stephen Whitworth

Prairie Dog editor Stephen Whitworth was carried to Regina in a swarm of bees. He's been with Prairie Dog since May 1999 and will die at his keyboard before admitting his career a terrible, terrible mistake.

2 thoughts on “America In Meltdown”

  1. Good post, just wondering… any thoughts on how this plays out for Canada if it goes wrong?

    On a bad day I personally suspect that we get pulled into it no matter what. Unlike the US Civil War days, we don’t have the protection of the British crown, plus, well, those of us on the Prairies are living in the protrusion of US culture known as western Canada.

    That’s generally when I remind myself that I have no control over any of it, and open another beer.

  2. Oh, yes, and we can thank the Canadian “left” for working so hard to disarm the Canadian public so when the US has it’s fascist coup, and our government goes along with the new boss as usual, we won’t be able to fight back. Why the hell are you guys so polite all the time? The right wing’s working class support are the kind of retards who want to feel on top, they’ll go with whatever side has the most vicious sounding rhetorical insults for their opponents.
    Some simple points:
    1.turn around the family values drivel: say anyone who isn’t a “radical environmentalist”, ie, doesn’t consider clean air and water for future generations more important than how well the economy does today, doesn’t care about their children or grandchildren. Or say “love” instead of care about, then pause, then say “well, they might love them in NAMBLA sense, since most pedophiles are conservative leaning…”
    2.When politicians make election promises and then forget them when elected, or lie to the public or take bribes, it’s an act of fraud that undermines our country’s democratic charactar. A crime that undermines our country’s democratic charactar is treason. Find a politician who hasn’t gone back on a promise. For the rest, keep calling it treason, don’t mince words.
    3.Start using the term “retard right” all the time for anyone on the right, to match “looney leftist”.
    4.Stop advocating gun control and start railing against the retard rights underhanded conspiracy to disarm the public using fake leftist fronts.

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