There is, however, one important thing that the D.H.S. report didn’t say: Today, as in the early years of the Clinton administration but to an even greater extent, right-wing extremism is being systematically fed by the conservative media and political establishment.
And at this point, whatever dividing line there was between mainstream conservatism and the black-helicopter crowd seems to have been virtually erased.
What will the consequences be? Nobody knows, of course, although the analysts at Homeland Security fretted that things may turn out even worse than in the 1990s — that thanks, in part, to the election of an African-American president, “the threat posed by lone wolves and small terrorist cells is more pronounced than in past years.”
And that’s a threat to take seriously. Yes, the worst terrorist attack in our history was perpetrated by a foreign conspiracy. But the second worst, the Oklahoma City bombing, was perpetrated by an all-American lunatic. Politicians and media organizations wind up such people at their, and our, peril.
I have known for forty years that the far right was the biggest danger to our country. While they were in power they almost destroyed it and were finally stopped when it got so egregious that people other than us political junkies woke up to it and stopped them, damn near too late. What is becoming increasingly clear is the depths they will sink to, sore losers that they are, when out of power.
For years they used their 'base' as a weapon, but the base is no longer enough. Now they are stirring up the crazies way beyond the base who make the base seem almost sane, almost Librul by comparison.
Now that the nation seems to be swinging slightly center left and the fearmongering of made-up outside threats has been seen for the scam it is, unleash the unhinged guntards. There certainly are plenty of them, and they have to be dealt with one by one as they pop up doing heinous, murderous acts. After the fact in almost every case and no telling who or where the next one will be.
You want fear, you godless commie scumbags, you Americans who have seen us for what we are at last? Oh, we got fear you ain't even seen yet.
It's the Repug equivalent of dying kicking and screaming and many will suffer for it. Pray for their quick and painful death.