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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