Friday, July 17, 2009
By David Neiwert
Crooks and Liars
We already noticed that the latest round of "Tea Parties" on July 4 in many places became forums for Mad Hatters and March Hares: far-right conspiracists and various extremist belief systems, including the "Birthers". Now Not Larry Sabato has a prime example from a Tea Party in Virginia, where a Republican legislative candidate named Catherine Crabill got up and said the following:
Crabill: [Quoting Patrick Henry] "If war is inevitable, then let it come, I repeat sir, let it come."You have to wonder what Crabill will do if she fails at the ballot box. Get out her bullets?
We have the chance to fight this battle at the ballot box before we have to resort to the bullet box. But that's the beauty of our Second Amendment right. I am glad for all of us who enjoy the use of firearms for hunting, but make no mistake, it was not the intent of the Founding Fathers. Our Second Amendment right was to guard against tyranny!
This particular threat, voiced with these phrases -- that, failing "the ballot box," people will turn to "the bullet box" -- has been around for awhile. It was fairly common in use among militia leaders of the 1990s, and was often used as a kind of threat. For instance, environmental leaders in western Washington were told: "If we can't get you at the ballot box, we'll get you with a bullet. We have a militia of 10,000."...(Remainder.)