I haven’t been paying enough attention, I suppose. I didn’t know until today that the US government is planning an imminent takeover of Texas and then Utah, Nevada, Arizona and who knows how many other “hostile” states.
Not so long ago, conspiracy buffs were a minor irritation in America, a fringe of kooks whose mental instability matched all the classic symptoms of paranoia. They were, above all else, dismissible. Then along came Rush Limbaugh and a host of others like him, spreading the popularity of irrationality. Limbaugh and his ilk specialize in hate, with Truth coming in at the very bottom of their list of priorities.
Most insidious of the ideas of these hate-mongers is the extremely un-American idea that “the government” is an alien force in our midst. Any 7th grade student in a social studies class can tell you that ours is a representative, elected government, not a self-sustaining power bloc in DC. It makes no sense whatsoever in a democracy for anyone to portray “the government” as a separate force unto itself.
Now such thinking is taking on truly dangerous forms which may prove to be disastrous. Many people, it seems, are arming themselves in preparation to stage a military defense against invasion by the federal government. Among supporters of Ted Cruz and Rick Perry as presidential candidates, for example, more than half of the people believe the invasion is coming.
Those numbers put a tremendous responsibility on the shoulders of Cruz and Perry: If they do not openly, loudly, and frequently denounce such foolishness, they are damnable and absolutely without excuse.
Can you imagine any view more anti-American than the portrayal of our elected officials as the enemy of the people?