Thanks to the Internet, being openly crazy has never been more popular or appeared more legitimate. People who not too long ago would have been cast out into the shadows of society along with their tinfoil hats now have blogs, Facebook pages, Twitter accounts and a whole host of other means of mass communication that make them, at least on the surface, appear somewhat credible. At least to other people sharing the same mental deficiencies toward reality.
This issue was only made worse when the Republican party sold their souls and embraced the tea party movement. When the GOP made that move, it finally gave these people representation within our government. Now ridiculous conspiracy theories comprise a large portion of the rhetoric coming from conservatives. Like we saw last year during the Jade Helm idiocy – it’s now acceptable to believe and fear that the federal government is going to use the military to declare martial law in an effort to confiscate guns using Walmarts that have been closed for maintenance as staging points.
Well, in a conspiracy that rivals the absurdity behind that, the leader of the “Three Percenters” militia group, Mike Vanderboegh, claimed in a blog post that he believes that there are “federal provocateurs” who have helped incite this standoff as some sort of plot to setup the “perfect propaganda opportunity”:
Bundy and the others (including several people whom are widely suspected of being federal provocateurs) have indeed written a check that they expect the rest of us to cash in our own blood in a ghastly civil war. Yet we cannot allow the federal government to take advantage of this perfect propaganda opportunity that they have apparently spent such effort contriving and use deadly force on the occupiers without response. (Source)
In other words, while Vanderboegh thinks what’s going on in Oregon is ridiculous, he believes this is at least partially being driven by people working for the federal government who’ve infiltrated this group and, if force is used to remove these terrorists, he and those like him will “respond.” And by respond he means take up arms against the government. Basically, if federal officials try to forcibly remove these domestic terrorists from unlawfully occupying a federal building, Vanderboegh is suggesting that there will be a civil war-type of an uprising by various militia groups around the country.
This is a battle of crazy versus crazier.
Then again, these are groups of insane people who honestly believe they have the power and ability to take on the United States military. Because it’s totally rational to believe groups of armed civilians can defeat the most powerful war machine the human race has ever known.
The bottom line is, what’s going on in Oregon isn’t about these two ranchers who reported to prison, it’s about far-right anti-government radicals who are hoping to evoke an armed standoff with federal officials to incite some sort of “second revolutionary war.”
In other words, these aren’t patriots we’re talking about here – they’re domestic terrorists.
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