What's going on, America?
Please note, I did not write this - quoted from elsewhere. There is so much in this writing with which I can personally identify, it's scary.
"I grew up in a family of moderate Republicans- more George HW Bushes than George W Bushes, you know? This exposed me, as a child, to ridiculous nonsense, much of which can be seen in the political email forwards section of Snopes. My folks weren't right-wing extremists by any stretch of the imagination, but they did participate quite merrily in the right-wing psychosis about Bill Clinton despite agreeing with him on more things than they disagreed with him on. This meant I got to hear about, among other things, the Death Camps.
It was an article of faith in the militia movement of the 1990's that the Clinton Administration was working to establish what were, depending on who you listened to, either internment camps or death camps for white Christians. Never mind that the sites they cited (heh) always turned out to be abandoned and disused trainyards, or actual campgrounds, or completely nonexistent, goddammit they existed, had been built since Clinton took office, and were ready to begin operation when the time was right for martial law. This was the kind of shit I spent the 90's listening to around the dinner table.
I told you about my parents as a way of explaining how I was familiar with that sort of thing , and I told you about that to explain why I spent a good portion of the last administration trying to convince fellow leftists that the Bush Death Camps they were convinced were being set up to imprison or kill dissenters with BUSHITLER took over AMERIKKKA were simply inane rumours created by people who would've had said leftists publicly executed if they had their way. It's a batshit crazy rumour started amidst the people who were driven out of their fucking minds when they didn't get their way and a Democrat was elected to the office of the Presidency.
One of the first things I predicted when Obama won was that the militia movement would appear like a phoenix out of the ashes, and I based that on the fact that the militia movement vanished overnight on January 20, 2001. Sure enough, the very day after election day, ammunition and gun sales spiked hard and have continued to be strong, and the militias are back right on schedule. And this time it's pretty much exactly like it was last time, only this time the crazies aren't just affiliated with the fringes of the conservative mainstream, they are the conservative mainstream.
This is going to get a fuck of a lot uglier before it gets any better. If it gets any better."