There’s this guy who makes my chocolate protein shakes a couple days out of the week who always calls me “brother.” He’s a friendly enough person, but perhaps it’s because I’m an athletic white male with tattoos. On the side of his truck, he has a sticker with a Spartan helmet and the phrase “Molon Labe” which seemed oddly familiar.
I’m not a complete expert on right-wing code words and phrases but this one jumped out at me. Especially after seeing this phrase used on some of the more popular pages like “Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children” and others that cater to some of the more mentally ill folks who believe that any moment now, Obama is going to take their guns and send their kids to FEMA reeducation camps.
After a quick Google search, I found out that “Molon Labe” is said to be the phrase uttered in defiance by King Leonidas at the Battle of Thermopylae when the Persian Army, which completely outnumbered the Spartans, demanded that they lay down their arms and surrender. Of course, the Spartans told the Persians what they could do with their surrender and almost 2,500 years ago, they got wiped out as a result – but not before making a legendary last stand that got turned into the movie “300” a few years ago.
Somehow in all of the fear mongering and swamp fever delusions of the radical right, they’ve now decided that the President is going to bring in UN troops to seize all of their guns. UN special forces will rappel down from black helicopters, confiscate their firearms, and take their families to reeducation camps where Hillary Clinton will introduce their children to the joys of the gay lifestyle and higher learning.
“Molon Labe” loosely translated means “come and take it,” which is similar to the phrase from that moment in 2000 when Charlton Heston raised a flintlock musket over his head and uttered the phrase “from my cold, dead hands.” This isn’t a new thing, it’s part of a ratcheting up of the NRA’s propaganda. For months after the Sandy Hook tragedy, it was nearly impossible to buy any ammunition other than shotgun shells and a few basic hunting rounds. Prodded on by the NRA and paranoia, ammo such as .223 was stripped from the shelves in a flurry of hysteria where gun owners truly believed this was their very last chance to stock up on bullets before the Kenyan socialist Muslim sent his Persian army (the UN) door to door to demand they hand over their arms. The same thing happened in 2008 after President Obama was elected – I couldn’t find .380 ammo for nearly a year.
The thing is that this would be funny if it wasn’t so damn scary at the same time. There are thousands of people out there sitting on thousands of rounds of ammo just waiting for the chance to use them against law enforcement and folks they don’t like. There’s even many current and former military members called “Oath Keepers” who have pledged the following:
We will never disarm. We will never surrender our military pattern, semi-automatic rifles and the full capacity magazines, parts, and ammunition that go with them. The fundamental purpose of the Second Amendment is to preserve the military power of We the People so we will have effective means to resist tyranny. Regardless of what unholy, unconstitutional filth issues from the mouths of oath breakers in “Mordor on the Potomac” our answer is MOLON LABE.
If you find this disturbing, you are a normal human being. They are the folks who make your protein shakes, write traffic tickets, and perfectly manicure their yard around the flag pole flying a military flag. These are people who have bought into the far right lie that every member of the left wants to completely strip the 2nd Amendment rights of every American. These aren’t crazed gold and ammo hoarders living on the side of a remote mountain in West Virginia or Montana. They are people who we encounter in everyday life – and they vote.
“Molon Labe” is even a film supported by Alex Jones – and surprise, it features Ron Paul and Pat Buchanan. Yes, that Ron Paul and that Pat Buchanan. You see, there’s a group of people who are just simmering underneath the surface waiting for a chance to commit armed revolt against state and federal law enforcement. They’re armed, and they’re voting based off the crazy stories fed to them by Fox and sources even further to the right. They’re politically active and they’re planning on turning out for the polls this fall. The question is, are you?
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