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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The Mind of an Extremist

Want a glimpse into the fear and hate festering in corners of the nation? Read the excerpt below from the blog of Mike Vanderboegh of Pinson, Alabama. Mr. Vanderboegh is credited with the blog posting that sparked a rash of vandalism at the offices of elected officials following the passage of the health care reform law.

The Doctrine of the Three Percent.

The Three Percent are the folks the Founders counted on to save the Republic when everyone else abandoned it.

And we will.

There will be no more free Wacos and no more free Katrinas.

For we are the Three Percent.

We will not disarm.

You cannot convince us.

You cannot intimidate us.

You can try to kill us, if you think you can.

But remember, we’ll shoot back .

We are not going away.

We are not backing up another inch.

And there are THREE MILLION OF US.

Your move, Mr. Wannabe Tyrant.

Your move.

And, as things begin to spin out of control, remember this:
"All politics in this country now is just dress rehearsal for civil war." -- Billy Beck, August 2009.

From an interview by John Avalon, author of Wingnuts and Daily Beast writer…

Vanderbeough also raised the specter of a “race war” that he believes could erupt under Obama. “Now we have a gangster culture in the middle of the cities,” he told me. “We've imported into this country over the last 20 years a significant subculture that comes from south of the border that also has not bought in and identified with the larger culture. Our fear is that any breakdown in this country of law and order will turn into a three-sided race war and I can't think of anything that's more calculated to bring long-term tyranny and chaos than something like that.”

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Wally said...

Vanderboegh is an old crank with an Internet connection and a regular disability check. Chasing phantoms once again?

Wally said...

More phantoms.

Like you, Josh Levin is frustrated he can't find any actual racists roaming around at Tea Party rallies...

... so, he's decided to manufacture some.

See this from Talking Points Memo -->

"Outcrazying The Crazy: How A Prankster Plans To Destroy The Tea Party Movement."

There's a clear distinction between fiction -- which is what you do -- and, well, lying, which is what Levin is doing. I'll give you that.

You're both trying to scare people with a racist, radical right that doesn't exist -- except in the fevered imaginations of Internet trolls and a handful of incoherent lunatics.

We have enough problems in this country as it is, without sowing divisiveness by inventing new ones.