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Those who fault the government for everything are stampeding to rationalize the incredible plot by a Bible-thumping trailer-trash militia to kill police officers and then multiply the death toll by bombing their funerals.
Gun nuts, self-declared “patriots,” right-wing fanatics, white supremacists and others who proclaim hate as a path to freedom defend the actions of David Brian Stone and his ragtag group of “Christian Militia” followers with the standard tin-foil hat conspiracy mantra that it’s all a government plot to discredit a God-fearing group of freedom fighters.
Open up the padded rooms The inmates have taken over the asylum.
Nine members of Stone’s hate mongering cult, run out of a double-wide in Michigan, sit in jail now after the FBI swooped in and arrested the lot for hatching a plot to launch a “holy war” by killing cops and then bombing the funerals to increase the carnage.
Somehow, in Stone’s deranged mind, this would trigger an grassroots uprising to bring down the government of the United States.
Instead, all it has triggered is an explosion of stupidity from those who see a government plot under every bush and a way to defend the indefensible.
It’s hard to tell which is worse: Hate groups like Stone’s Huteree or the wave of paranoia and gullibility that sees every glitch in society as some vast government conspiracy.
In the last 24 hours, I’ve read claims that the government is to blame for Timothy McVeigh‘s cowardly and terrorist bombing of the Federal Courthouse in Oklahoma City, that the arrests of Stone and his fellow whack jobs is part of a government-sponsored “war” against Christianity and, of course, the tired fantasy that the Bush administration staged the terrorist attacks of 2001 and framed al Qaeda for the atrocities.
Every time this web site has a glitch, someone jumps up and claims the government has shut us down. When some have a problem posting a comment, they claim we are censoring comments or that the “though police” have taken over.
Jesus. So much paranoia based on so little rational thought. Those who perpetuate most of these half-baked conspiracy theories claim others are gullible dupes of the American government but they are the gullible dupes who buy into conspiracy fantasies hatched by those with an agenda for disruption.
The con artists and grifters who promote these idiotic theories thrive on the stupidity of others. That’s why faith healers, false prophets, television evangelists and self-styled populists continue to proper in our society, be they nutcases like Sarah Palin or politically-orchestrated, phony grassroots movements like Tea Parties.
They prove H.L. Mencken’s classic observation that no one ever went broke by underestimating the intelligence of the American people.
Those who defend the actions of Stone’s cult give the government too much credit. Our government isn’t smart enough to hatch 90 percent of the fantasy plots attributed to it. Neither are those who buy into these incredibly stupid conspiracy theories.
Hutaree is just another hate group that preys on the mentally-weak and emotionally crippled.
Sadly, there’s far too much stupidity out there to serve their purpose.