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Oklahoma Legislators Support Militias

Oklahoma Legislators Support Militias

How does America solve a problem like militias?

Today, as we approach the 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing by militia movement sympathizers and anti-government terrorists Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, an attack that killed 168 Americans, including 19 children under the age of 6, Oklahoma Tea Party leaders and state legislators are calling for a private volunteer militia to defend the state against the federal government.

State Sen. Randy Brogdon, a candidate for governor, and representative Charles Key have both come out in support of the formation of a private militia to stop the federal government from overstepping its bounds. The AP reports that the conservative legislators hope to get legislation passed next year to allow for a private militia.

Some members of the Oklahoma state Republican Party recognize extremism when they hear it and have rebuked the state militia supporters as reported by Politico.  But the fact that it would occur to state legislators to even think about such a proposal IN OKLAHOMA of all places and at all times, speaks volumes about how irresponsible and dangerous the national political dialog has become. We can never forget that America has been attacked by American terrorists spawned by the militia movement before.

On Keith Olbermann’s show tonight, Princeton professor Melissa Harris-Lacewell put this latest escalation of militia related anti-government talk in perspective this way (video here):

“I am deeply concerned about the fact that elected leaders are encouraging movements against the federal government.

Secession is real in this country.  The history of our nation. It’s a bloody civil war, the whole concept of brother against brother. These things are not just concepts or possible theories or images, these are the realities of our nation. And so particularly in the power keg that is Oklahoma and at the moment that is IRS tax filing time, elected leaders have a responsibility to be much more careful in the ways in which they are describing their anxieties about the out party being the in party.

And they’re defending themselves apparently against the fact that almost 90% of American households received a taxcut. They’re defending themselves against the extension of healthcare benefits to Americans who don’t have it through a private insurance system.  They’re defending themselves against a democratically elected president and they’d defending themselves against a country, which if it’s unhappy can even put a Republican in the seat that was Ted Kennedy’s.

What exactly is it that they’re afraid of?”

Really, what are they afraid of? America?

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5:59PM PST on Mar 2, 2012

The government needs a new type of unself interested greedy people like me that only holds and makes laws pertaining to public areas and only laws to do with prtecting someone fromharm from another

5:55PM PST on Mar 2, 2012

Like the case of mariquana dude it only causes harm to the ones that choose to do it and that's there choice no one elses but smoking it in public should be illegal cause it can harm someone esle around u that don't want to do it that's the only law they need on it and dui cause u can hit someone and kill them if driving on it otherwise its not there say or anyones to tell someone what they can or cannot do in there own home on there own land or to themselves.

5:51PM PST on Mar 2, 2012

All it takes is to be a citizen of usa and u r militia. A militia is all of us. We r to protect americans against foreign and domestic enemies. Even if at times it becomes r goverment r own army or r own police. So the second amendment is suppost to protect us all to carry a loaded gun to use only in time of need. So how is it a sawd off shotgun is illegal cause thay say it isn't a gun a miltia uses when the very person they r arresting for having it is the militia. How do they have the right to charge and regulate who carries a gun using the excuse ur not the militia when in fact the state militia is any citizen of that state no matter farmer cooker or carpender. Militia isn't a particular set of people it is all of us the government has overstepped it boundries on r constitutional rights restricting or arresting anyone caring a gun unless that person was using it to cause harm to a fellow american for no reason pertaining to protection of themselfs or a fellow american even if its to protect protestor and/or r constitutional rights which they have overstept in a lot of cases as gun laws, abortion, drugs, and anything that doesn't concern foreign invasion and fellow americans from being harmed by a fellow american. See if it only effects urself they should have no say. Drugs don't cause harm to others if ur using on urself. Guns only need to be taken and the person arrested if its used to harm someone in non protection of self or another from harm from anyone. Abortion is a

7:31AM PDT on May 27, 2010

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Main Entry: mi·li·tia
Pronunciation: mə-ˈli-shə
Function: noun
Etymology: Latin, military service, from milit-, miles
Date: 1625
1 a : a part of the organized armed forces of a country liable to call only in emergency b : a body of citizens organized for military service
2 : the whole body of able-bodied male citizens declared by law

7:28AM PDT on May 27, 2010

Many people have a MISUNDERSTANDING of what Militia really is! McVey was NOT a militia
RIGHT ON post Leslie F

7:23AM PDT on May 27, 2010

The federal government recognizes State Defense Forces under 32 U.S.C. § 109 which provides that State Defense Forces as a whole may not be called, ordered, or drafted into the Armed Forces of the United States, thus preserving their separation from the National Guard.” and that makes OBAMA MAD! authorized by the Militia Act of 1903 to federalize his individual States National Guard Forces putting them under his command, something he does not have the power to do with State Defense Forces

12:53PM PDT on Apr 22, 2010

To condone and promote militia presence could not be more dangerous to Americans, the legislators in Oklahoma are of a dangerous species, talk about an example of "homegrown" danger, they represent it, tragically so. May they be removed from office ASAP, taken out of society to a desert island perhaps isn't a bad idea either.

8:12PM PDT on Apr 21, 2010

Amen, Brother John T.!

7:54PM PDT on Apr 21, 2010

Leslie F.- Excellent post! The answer to your question I think is 'to control people through fear.' Wouldn't it be great to have media that would report the facts? Also, I would love to see much more positive stories in the media than all the gloom and doom. Important for us to be aware but I would like to demand equal time for stories with positive influence to counteract all of the negative energy generated.

6:56PM PDT on Apr 21, 2010

Excuse me, but why are the media trying to hype the "threat of the militia"? It's been 15 years since the Murragh Building was bombed, and the only bombings since then were done by Arab terrorists. McVeigh was *not* a militia member. He did join the Michigan Militia at one point, but two weeks later they threw him out *and reported him to the FBI* because he tried to incite other members to criminal acts. 'Twas the FBI and the media who tried to blame McVeigh's subsequent bombing on the militia movement, though the militias were clearly uninvolved.

No militias were involved in the Ruby Ridge shooting, either. The FBI attacked a farmhouse, killed a woman and baby and wounded another child while trying to arrest a lone crotchety hermit. At Waco, the FBI attacked a nutty-church communal farm, and the residents shot back. Later, the FBI burned the farmhouse down and killed 97 people. A few weeks ago, the FBI arrested 7 members of another nutty church; they had done nothing but practice with arms and *talk* about tactics for some "coming Armageddon".

Just what do any of these events have to do with any militia, or the militia movement? Why is the FBI hyping a false threat? Why are the media eagerly inflating the hype? Why are they pandering a stereotype? What's really going on here?

--Leslie

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