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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Friday, September 11, 2015

Things Get...Tense

Over a week ago, I marveled at the fact that Kim Davis was not resonating with the Wingnut Wurlitzer.

I guess I should have waited.  (Or simply ignored Amanda Marcotte's prediction.  She's a fine writer, but a lousy prognosticator.)

I do still think that the Money in conservative circles still doesn't give a damn about God bothering bigots, outside of having them show up on election day.  But the Davis saga - along with the Trumpen Proletariat - shows that the mass of conservative voters is tired of being catered to around election time, while once in office, the GOP returns to doing what they always do (see Jeb! Bush's egregious tax cut policies.)

However, things just took a turn for the scarier in Kentucky.  The Oath Keepers showed up.  These are law enforcement and ex-military types who hold really fucking nutso opinions about common law, posse comitas and the Constitution.  Mostly they are a form of cover for white supremacists and, basically, domestic terrorism.

They are armed and ready to "protect" Kim Davis from US Marshals and presumably any other law enforcement that might come to throw her back into jail for breaking repeated court orders to do her freaking job.

I suppose they are counting on another Bundy Ranch scenario, where they can intimidate state and federal officials into not enforcing the law.  No one, the presumption must be, wants another Waco.

Except, maybe, sort of, why not?

We kill people every day in America pretty much for being black and lippy.  For selling loose cigarettes.  For running away from police.

Why wouldn't we gun down some of these heavily armed thugs who are preventing the execution of the laws of the United States?

What could possibly be the difference between the Oath Keepers and Michael Brown?

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