Normally I probably wouldn’t even write this article, but it supports my belief that many of these radical right-wing conspiracy nuts are completely unstable and often extremely racist.
By now you’ve probably heard about the ridiculous Jade Helm nonsense where quite a few anti-government crazies believe a military exercise being carried out in the southwest is some secret government plot by the Obama administration to invade Texas, declare martial law and confiscate guns.
Now, most of us would have never heard about any of this because these sorts of crazy people have been around forever, they’ve just been mostly ignored. That was until Texas Gov. Greg Abbott added legitimacy to the insanity by ordering the Texas Guard to monitor the activity of the U.S. military as it conducts their maneuvers in various parts of Texas.
As the exercise officially kicked off, a group known as “Operation Counter Jade Helm” decided to dedicate itself to shadowing the military to make sure nothing nefarious was taking place. This group, consisting of a few hundred people, is led by an Arizona man by the name of Pete Lanteri.
Well, Mr. Lanteri soon made headlines when a comment he had posted on his Facebook page caught the nation’s eye. In it, he declared his desire to kill thousands of “useless Americans,” a comment he told Fox News’ Alan Colmes meant nothing because he’s just a “hothead” who lost his temper. Which made me pose the question: Should someone who’s a self-described “hothead,” who lashes out in tirades about his desire to kill thousands of Americans, be legally allowed to own guns?
But that’s a topic for another day.
Though as it turns out, Lanteri’s outburst wasn’t just an isolated moment of hate-filled idiocy. After some people began digging through his Facebook profile, screenshots of some of the violent, bigoted and racist things he’s allegedly posted began circulating.
Here’s one from just a couple of weeks ago declaring his hope that by this time next year the United States will be in an all-out violent revolution:
And here he is advocating that anyone who doesn’t agree with him, or those like him, should have their Constitutional rights violated by being rounded up and tried for treason:
Then there’s this gem about Pope Francis:
Here he is boasting about Mike Brown is death:
Then there’s this:
Let me remind you that this is someone who’s legally allowed to own firearms. Now, in a world where Republicans only want to blame gun violence on mental illness, what sane or rational person can read these comments from a man in charge of a group that thinks President Obama might be planning to invade Texas, and say he’s mentally stable?
Again, this is a guy who has:
- Organized hundreds under the belief that the military could be planning to invade parts of the southwest.
- Professed his desire to kill thousands of “useless Americans.”
- Described himself as a “hothead.”
- Publicly said he hopes a revolution will break out in the United States by July 4, 2016.
- Called for American citizens with which he disagrees to be rounded up, arrested and charged with treason – a crime punishable by death.
- Mocked the death of African-Americans.
Yet he can stroll into any gun store in this country and walk out with practically any gun he wants.
Let me put it this way: If he were Muslim and posting comments on Facebook about hoping the country is embroiled in all-out war within a year; that he wants to kill thousands of Americans; and wants anyone he disagrees with rounded up and charged with treason – wouldn’t most consider him a prime candidate for being a possible domestic terrorist? Wouldn’t Fox News and the conservative media be losing their minds over the rhetoric being spewed by this jackass?
But because he’s white, and aligns with the beliefs held by many batcrap crazy conservatives, they really don’t have much of a problem with him. It’s funny how that works.
So, while Pete Lanteri seems to believe that people need to be watching the U.S. military, I think our law enforcement agencies should be watching him. He’s the one who’s been publicly advocating for violent revolutions and the executions of thousands of people he deems “useless.”