If Your Neighbor Has A Tank In His Driveway, He’s Probably Voting For Drumpf

Donald Drumpf may be a fraud in nearly every respect, but there is one thing the man with tiny hands delivers on: stirring up hate.

Whether it is attracting white supremacists or whether it is attracting Ted Nugent types or whether it is attracting the kind of folks who attend events called the “Continental Congress of 2009,” Drumpf nearly always provides what such strange folks are looking for.

articles of freedom.jpgThat last reference to a so-called Continental Congress—a real gathering of earnest conspiracists who, after “ten solid days” of, uh, deliberation, managed to produce a weird and scary document that no one, except a few gun-crazed wingnuts, ever heard of—comes from a new story at Mother Jones (“Trump Delegate Says Current US Leaders May Need to Be “Killed“) featuring a man named David Riden. Riden is a Drumpf-approved delegate to the Republican National Convention, who also happens to be a supporter of something called the “Patriot Movement,” which the story defines as “a loose-knit array of right-wing militias, nativists, and so-called ‘sovereign citizen’ groups.” Yikes.

Oh, and Riden is “a retired nuclear engineer,” which goes to show that intelligence is a destination, not a journey. Or something like that.

In any case, the retired nuclear engineer told Mother Jones the following:

…the people have the right to assemble, bear arms, go to Washington, DC, or wherever necessary, and go into military battle against the government and replace those in government with individuals that will uphold the Constitution. The Constitution should remain, but the people that are abusing it should be, the polite word is, eliminated. The harsh word is killed. And they’re killed by American citizens with weapons. And if people have tanks, assault weapons, if they have bombs—they need to have the weaponry necessary to be able to overthrow the federal government.

I don’t know about you, but if my neighbor pulls a tank up in his driveway, I’m moving to Canada. They don’t sell tanks to civilians there, do they? I hope not. Canada seems like such a nice place these days.

Anyway, Drumpf-delegate Riden says he told the Drumpf campaign that he was who he was, that is, a screwball. And they said something like, “Perfect! Come to Cleveland with your tanks and bombs!” Well, the story actually says “he explicitly disclosed” to the campaign his involvement with the Continental Congress of 2009 and that it was “among the subjects he wanted to discuss with the media during the Republican National Convention.” This would be a good time to mention that Mother Jones noted, “The Trump campaign did not respond to requests for comment.” Why should they? There’s nothing unusual about Riden. Other than he fanatically supports the fanatical idea that it’s okay for folks like him to kill government officials he doesn’t think are good constitutionalists. That’s not that odd, is it?

On top of everything else, Riden is not hesitant to defend his birtherism (come on, you just knew he was a birther), like Drumpf has been lately.  The former nuclear engineer told MoJo:

I am 100 percent convinced that [Obama] was not born in Hawaii.

That is the kind of precision one would expect from an engineer. It’s only a guess, but I think Mr. Riden got his degree in nuclear engineering from Drumpf University. And whatever he paid for it, it was worth every penny.

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  1. Ask yourself how is it that these types, the militia types, know that the Republican party is their party, and that it should be a one party system of that party, and not the Democrats? What is the significance of being anti-tax, but supporting the military and overwhelming military spending? What is the significance of being anti-union while they lose jobs and have their own salaries cut? Everything about them is bound together by the common thread of racism. They are willing to make any personal sacrifice as long as other races suffer more. The word for this is vindictiveness, but none of these people have ever been wronged because of their concept of race. This is what racism actually is, it’s pervasive learned beliefs in the same category as religion. The reason most people are racist is because there has never been a policy of getting rid of it. Unless you’ve taken a university course in a related subject you would have no idea what racism is let alone how to resist it. There are laws against discrimination, and racists feel oppressed by “political correctness” but none of that helps anyone move past racism, it makes it worse by creating an illusion that other races are privileged with special protections. Most people don’t think they’re racist, they don’t want to be thought of as racist and think that racism is bad, but they don’t understand what it is or what should be done about it, and they usually, too often, don’t recognize it when they see it, but at the same time see it where it really isn’t.


    • We aren’t going to agree that “everything about” folks who embrace right-wing ideology is “bound together by the common thread of racism.” It simply is possible to be in favor of low taxes and in favor of a big military. It’s not logical, of course, but it is possible to hold both positions with an invisible (to them) dissonance. And hold them without tethering them to racism.

      Then you said, “They are willing to make any personal sacrifice as long as other races suffer more.” Are there people out there like that? I’m sure there are. But that isn’t what motivates most right-wingers I have known over the years. They don’t wake up in the morning ready to take a beating, knowing that those dark folks on the other side of town will get a worse beating. It just doesn’t work that way in my experience.

      I think there is a lot of racism left in America. Who could deny that? But I think a bigger problem on the right is the cultural anxiety that a lot of white folks feel about losing their power and privilege. That’s what causes them to embrace people like Drumpf. Some of that anxiety is rooted in a strong racism, obviously. But some of it is rooted in a softer form of racism that, because of the way such folks vote, keeps our institutions from fully recognizing the rights of and providing the opportunities for African-Americans, etc. And then some of that anxiety is just a fear of the other, a form of tribalism that is a part of everyone’s makeup in some way or another.
      Add to all this that some folks just think Republicans are more fiscally responsible than Democrats. Or that they are more trustworthy on national security issues. This partly explains why there are gay Republicans. And Latino and black Republicans.

      And some folks are religious zealots who don’t like the cultural liberalism of Democrats. This also helps explain why there are Latino and black Republicans.

      So, I just can’t accept your premise that all the crazy shit we see on the right is tied together with racism.

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  2. Their weird document is laced with religious appeals, naturally. Makes it kind of hard to argue against it when the planners are so pious, eh? Scary stuff. i just don’t know what else to say about it.

    I’ve heard that climate change is making Canada’s weather milder.


    • A good point about Canada. The one thing that would keep me away is the cold. I hates me some cold, cold weather.


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