I spend many hours reading, researching and writing…..and from time to time I get out of the bat cave and venture out into this big wide world…..I stop by a cafe shop owned by a friend, Gail……she has blue mountain coffee and I have a great desire to drink good coffee. Awhile back I was sitting reading the news when I overheard a group next to y table talking about my state’s new open carry law……as listened I realized that these guys were part of a local militia group….I will call them Southern Guard…….
They talked and argued and seem to want to boycott or protest the business that had posted signs that called for NO guns on their premises…..remember I was eavesdropping a bit……well after a bit the loudest voice and I guessed he would be the leader of this group, went for a coffee refill…..
On his way back I stopped him and asked if I could have a word with him……he agreed and sat down at my little table…….Rambo (not his real name but for the sake of this post it is)……”What can I do for you?”
ME: “I am sorry but I couldn’t help but overhear your talk about the open carry law……”
ME: “Are you guys part of the Southern Guard”?
ME: “Do you guys support the tea Party”?
R: Yep and we will make sure that McDaniel is elected (McDaniel is the TP candidate running against Cochran in Mississippi)
ME: Do all of you feel the same way?
R: Yep….but why all the question, chief?
I explained to him that I was a blogger and write a lot about politics…….
R: What about you…..Tea Partyer?
ME: In some ways yes….but I am trying to inform myself about the Party and what they are standing for and how they will help the country.
ME: Are most militias supporters of the Tea Party?
R: Most of the ones that I know are supporters of Tea Party candidates.
ME: So you guys are kinda like the military arm of the Party?
R: I may not go that far but to my thinking the answer is yes…..
ME: Do you support all the ideals of the party?
R: As long as it is pro-gun, pro-life, socially conservative and small government….America for Americans….we will protect our country against all foes.
ME: So most of you guys are on board with these ideals?
R: Every damn one of us….we want to protect America for REAL Americans……
(I wanted to ask him just what he had meant by America for Americans but I had already promised Gail, the owner, that I would never start a political debate in her place again………and then real Americans….. pretty sure I know what that means….but I had given my word….so I had to let it go…..)
ME: Thanks for letting me pick your brain and hope to see you at the polls…..
R: right on brother
After my encounter with Rambo I got to thinking that just about everything he had said I had heard all before….in history books.
It was sounding like the “Southern Guard” was a present day remake of the old Brown Shirts….that thuggish group in 1930’s Germany…..
I have tried to give the Tea party the benefit of the doubt but as time has gone by, since the election of Obama, this party is sounding more and more like a racist group that thinks that there are sub-humans in this country and they need to be purged.
The comments from the extreme Right….the attitude of the people who claim to be party members towards the different races and religions….smacks of racism.
I have tried to be fair to the Party but as time goes by I cannot any more…….to me they are just a re-make of the racists from the 1950’s……..the sooner the Party gets put away the better……they try to hide behind these cool sounding memes…..they are NO better than the racists I fought against so many years ago…..
Just my thoughts……take them or leave them…….matters not……..