I’ve made it pretty clear that I’m by no means a fan of the tea party, and I believe their movement to be based on delusional radicalism and dangerous anti-government rhetoric. I’ve encountered many tea party supporters living in Texas and they’re some of the most hateful, judgmental and misinformed people I’ve ever met.
While a debate with a “moderate” Republican rarely results in either one of us agreeing on much, a discussion with most tea party supporters is like talking to someone from another planet.
A prime example of this radical lunacy can be seen in Nevada where Cliven Bundy maintained that federal lands in Nevada belonged to the state and not the federal government.
But the shocking part of this whole story isn’t just Bundy’s anti-federal government ignorance, but a revelation that came to light when former Arizona Sheriff Richard Mack was interviewed on Fox News. Mack revealed that he and others who had gone down to support Bundy had planned to use women as human shields against the Bureau of Land Management in case officers began shooting.
Mack (who admits he sides with the tea party) said, “We were actually strategizing to put all the women up at the front. If they are going to start shooting, it’s going to be women that are going to be televised all across the world getting shot by these rogue federal officers.”
Here’s the clip:
These people were seriously considering using women as shields to stage some kind of public massacre if federal agents were forced to use their weapons. Isn’t that what terrorist groups do? Use innocent civilians as shields to save their own asses or make some kind of political statement? But you want to tell me that these anti-government tea party supporters aren’t basically domestic terrorists?
Could you imagine if a liberal group came out and said they were planning to use women as human shields against law enforcement? Imagine if an abortion clinic was being forced to close but the owners of that clinic refused to do so and said they had planned to use women as human shields in case law enforcement officials began to open fire on those inside.
Conservatives would be losing their damn minds.
Not that I’m saying conservatives are rallying to the defense of these lunatics for contemplating this tactic, but I’ve met people (many of them actually) who hoard guns and ammo preparing for a situation such as this where they have a “standoff” with the federal government.
But I do think this situation highlights the lunacy that’s becoming commonplace within the Republican party. Because while these individuals might be the more “extreme” parts of the conservative movement, these are the types of candidates and people the tea party keeps pushing to the forefront of the Republican party.
And that’s a terrifying reality that we must put a stop to.
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