Drug Wars in Mexico, Right Wing Extremism in AmericaApril 23, 2009 at 2:35 pm | Posted in Politics, Rants | Leave a comment
It’s a campaign pledge that the Obama administration thinks will give nonviolent offenders “a chance to serve their sentence, where appropriate, in the type of drug rehabilitation programs that have proven to work better than a prison term in changing bad behavior,” according to the White House Web site. Judge Paul Gluchowski, who works with the Prince William County Juvenile Drug Court in Virginia, dismissed the notion that a drug treatment program is the easy way out.
If anyone thinks that, he said he’d tell them they should “come and talk to some of the participants. A lot of them probably wish they never agreed to undergo drug court. And a lot of them have given up because it’s too hard.”
“[Obama] says it isn’t just Mexico’s problem to solve. He says the United States needs to work against the demand for drugs from Mexico, and against the flow of guns into Mexico”. In the past year, Mexico’s civil drug war has claimed approximately 6,300 lives.
“I think that President Calderon has done an outstanding and heroic job in dealing with what is a big problem right now along the borders with the drug cartels,” Obama said on CNN.
But if by “outstanding and heroic,” Obama means that Mexico—with the help of $400 million in US funding last year—is pushing one of the most lethal, unproductive drug-enforcement programs in North America’s history, then, yes, it’s “outstanding and heroic.”
President Obama renews his support for the ‘Assault Gun Ban’:
From John Amato @ Crooks and Liars: “President Obama said he’s still for the “assault weapons” ban, but he knows it will be difficult to get passed. Well, duh? I know the freak-show teabaggers will get armed if you make this a priority, but some things that are difficult must be acted upon.”
It looks like guns in America are an issue to be dealt with whether or not Obama thinks the time is right:
“Am I angry?” asked the unemployed commander, with a semi-automatic rifle strapped across his pectorals. “Yeah, it sets you off a little bit.”
Come to a Michigan Militia picnic and you realize the commander is not alone. The farm where they rallied was chockfull of people like him, people boiling on the back burner, struggling to make ends meet, carrying around a knapsack of resentment for a government that they claim has taken almost everything from them and given nothing in return.
And in California, a militia organizer is openly planning to take over the city and declare martial law.
I was most interested to hear from Alan Pettet himself. Pettet, 66, is the organizer of this group, which he said numbers 270. Pettet said he has a rainbow coalition (my words, not his) of rifle-wielding men and 11 women ready to be sworn in by an unidentified federal judge on the steps of Stockton City Hall on July 1.
That’s scary enough, although you have to question why any judge would participate in this ceremony. Now here is a turn that sounds even more ridiculous. But don’t take my word for it, here it is in Pettet’s own words:
“Five minutes after we’re sworn in, we oust the mayor and City Council and then we can declare martial law.”
And what would you say to having a million armed militia members invade Washington DC? “Seriously, how can this go wrong? The Ohio Militia, which has maintained a YouTube account since October, is up with a video asking “a million armed militia members” to march on Washington on July 4″.
A peaceful demonstration of at least a million — hey, if we can 10 million, even better — but at least one million armed militia men marching on Washington. A peaceful demonstration. No shooting, no one gets hurt. Just a demonstration. The only difference from any typical demonstration is we will all be armed.
Oh that’s all. The only difference is that there will be a million rednecks with guns. What could possibly go wrong?
Now, these guys are just a bunch of ‘all talk, no action’ rednecks right? Even though they’ve been buying up all the ammo in the county, nothings really going to happen right?
… … … right?
The agency warns that an extended economic downturn with real estate foreclosures, unemployment and an inability to obtain credit could foster an environment for extremists to recruit new members who may not have been supportive of these causes in the past.
In November, law enforcement officials were seeing more threats and unusual interest against then- President-elect Barack Obama than ever before.
John Aravosis @ AmericaBlog highlights this passage:
Paralleling the current national climate, rightwing extremists during the1990s exploited a variety of social issues and political themes to increase group visibility and recruit new members. Prominent among these themes were the militia movement’s opposition to gun control efforts, criticism of free trade agreements (particularly thosewith Mexico), and highlighting perceived government infringement on civil liberties as well as white supremacists’ longstanding exploitation of social issues such as abortion, inter-racial crimes, and same-sex marriage. During the 1990s, these issues contributed tothe growth in the number of domestic rightwing terrorist and extremist groups and an increase in violent acts targeting government facilities, law enforcement officers, banks, and infrastructure sectors.
…and offers further analysis…
The religious right is not made up of good Americans who simply disagree with you and me. They’re not even good Christians. They’re angry, intolerant, hateful bigots. They’re America’s Taliban. They are the offspring of the racists who supported slavery and miscegenation laws. The Internet is their fire hose, but other than that, they are no different than the hate that came before them.
In a totally sane and legal move, Pat Robertson urges his callers to crash Homeland Security hotline. Why is Pat Robertson not in jail? If I incited violence and anti-government action half as much as he has I would be in one of those Hannibal Lecter restraints by now.
What’s all the hysteria aboot? Why would the American Right want to deny or dismiss the possibility of home grown terrorism?
if you read the report, it couldn’t be clearer that it is concerned almost exclusively with far-right extremists: neo-Nazis, skinheads, anti-abortion bombers, and their assorted fellow travelers. What the teeth-gnashing from the right suggests is that they recognize themselves, and their influence, all too readily in the thugs and terrorists who take their beliefs and twist them into something violent. Guilty conscience, much?
In case your wondering if this just may be a bunch of liberal nonsense, George Bush’s FBI and DOD documented “thousands” of US military members joining far-right extremist groups. I guess John McCain won’t be demanding for an apology from Bush, or from the U.S. Marine arrested at Boston’s Logan International Airport “after screeners found bomb-making materials, a gun and ammunition in his checked baggage” (as Charles Mudede sez: If this guy had been an Arab, they would have flown him to some secret place, tortured him, and detained him indefinitely).
Summary from smokeymonkey
From torture to religious idiocy to embracing a racist fascism, today’s republican party and its underlying conservative ideology should be considered dangerous. Marginalizing the teabaggers or KKK parades is a great technique. It is important, though, to remember that these people do take themselves seriously, and they are, therefore, actually dangerous.
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