These anti-government and militia groups were obvious threats then to the peace and lives of ordinary Americans. Their conspiracy plots developed and exploded into tragic instances of domestic violence and terrorism.
Since the Viet-Nam era, militia and anti-government groups flourish only when a democrat has been elected to the Whitehouse, never in republican administrations – even when there are plausible claims of a fraudulent election and constitutional violations. Coincidence?
Today, there are inflammatory signs and rhetoric brandished openly, with apparent protection as political expression or discourse. In the state Capitol there is talk by republicans, including one candidate for governor, of an Oklahoma militia to “resist the federal government.” What kind of nutty people do we have running the state now? To Oklahoma’s embarrassment, this has made the national news networks.
America is quite vulnerable to the enemies of democracy who lurk within our midst and pass themselves off as patriots. They love patriotic-sounding names. Democratic governments have that weakness as a part of their nature. So America must be cautious in allowing privileges of seditious speech, revolutionary conspiracy, and the brandishing of arms of rebellion. Good citizens should condemn such talk.
As Churchill once said, “Those who fail to heed the lessons of history are doomed to relive them.” So, during this time of intensifying anti-government political activities, and of revival of the militia movement, Americans should be fully aware of the potential consequences of the current traffic down that primrose path.
Dr. Edwin E. Vineyard, AKA The Militant Moderate