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For only $25/month you too can be a patriot

This is what happens when you drink too much tea, “…about a hundred people” met at the Valley Victory Church on Tuesday to hear Oath Keepers founder and former Ron Paul aide Stewart Rhodes expound on the need for a private Flathead County militia because “the collapse of the American government and financial system is a forgone conclusion“. “When the crap hits the fan and the economy hits the fan, which it will, there won’t be enough police to keep order,” he said. When we begin to elect Tea Party crazies to run our state government we give credence to this kind of insane rhetoric.

The crowd was pumped to a frenzy with an opening prayer by would-be-governor and DVD salesman Chuck Baldwin who recently moved to Montana because,

“We know there’s a fight coming. We know there is a line being drawn in the sand, and we want to be in the right place,” Baldwin said. “The good ground is right here in Montana and we want to be in the right place.”

For a measly $25 a month you too can be a patriot. Just sign up for Chuck’s Patriot Club and you can join the likes of Thomas Jefferson, Robert E. Lee, Ron Paul and Chuck Baldwin in saving our country from ourselves. If you want to know more: “these 4 messages have been recorded on one DVD, and may be purchased at the incredibly low price of only $15 (price includes shipping).” In last weeks inspiring message remembering the fall of the Alamo in 1836, the Chuckie doll said,

Please try to remember the heroes of the Alamo as you watch our gutless political and religious leaders surrender to globalism, corporatism, and political correctness. Try to recall the time in this country when ordinary men and women had the courage of their convictions and were willing to sacrifice their lives for freedom and independence.

Who are these keepers of the Oath who would beguile our leaders to pledge to uphold their faith-based version of the Constitution?

This April, a suburban Cleveland, Ohio, man described by a prosecutor as the president of a local Oath Keepers chapter was jailed on 54 criminal counts related to his alleged storing of a live napalm bomb at his home, along with other explosives kept at a friend’s home. The man, Matthew Fairfield, already had been sentenced in February to two years’ probation for carrying concealed weapons.

During the same month in Tennessee, an armed man driving a pickup truck emblazoned with an Oath Keepers logo was arrested in a bizarre scheme to place two dozen officials in a town under arrest.

And in January, another self-described Oath Keeper, Charles Dyer, was arrested in Oklahoma for the alleged rape and forcible sodomy of a 7-year-old child; he was also charged with possessing a grenade launcher that had been stolen from a California military base in 2006.

Yes, these are a small fringe of deranged whackos who have always been around to spout this garbage and incite those who don’t know any better but, that doesn’t make them any less dangerous. These are the folks who believe that the President is about to put them all in concentration camps where they will be guillotined, that puffy clouds are evil contrails of mind control drugs, Sonny Bono was capped by the CIA, George Bush brought down the World Trade Center and the New World Order is about to send black helicopters to attack Flathead County. So, they need to have their own militia for their eagerly-anticipated and very real protection of the Homeland.

problembear over at 4&20 has a good related post about the relationship between sane and legitimate Tea Party groups and their quasi-religious paranoid unbalanced wing. It’s okay to be crazy. It’s even encouraged in Montana. Our state was built by dreamers outside the mainstream who everybody thought were nuts. What’s not okay is believing that everybody who doesn’t adhere to your delusions is part of an overarching conspiracy to take away your rights and that the only way to defend those rights is with excessive fire power. I’m sorry, but I don’t need these people “defending” me or my rights.

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