r/politics Jun 02 '21

'Our Entire Democracy Is Now at Risk' Because of GOP Attacks, Warn 100+ Scholars

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/06/01/our-entire-democracy-now-risk-because-gop-attacks-warn-100-scholars
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u/TheCaptainDamnIt Jun 02 '21 edited Jun 02 '21

Everyone is focusing on Flynn, Trump and voter suppression laws here and very rightly, but while true I think what they are really missing is this anti-democratic movement and the calls for violent overthrow are really coming from the conservative base. It’s just the typical GOP leadership never taking a stand and just 'going with the flow’ that the rabid base sets.

I recently listened to a ‘patriot’ podcast thats on the outside marketed and geared towards preppers and they actually called for the arrest of all democratic politicians down to the local level and to put them into camps and to tell democratic voters if they vote for people like this again we go in the camps next. The Oath Keepers and Three percenters where calling for martial law and to let them arrest democrats since late November long before the Jan 6 attack. The ‘Patriot Churches’ as they’ve branded themselves have completely embraced the merging of right-wing politics AS the religion and been preaching sermons that say non-right wingers do not have a right to hold office or partake in governance as said by god.

This isn't even getting into the specific fascist/racist groups that used to only place banners and flyers in the PNW but have now found a home on right-wing social media.

The general ‘Patriot movement’ is becoming the most anti-democratic group this country has seen, even more so than the Jim Crow proponents. Since this time it’s not just black Americans they want to stop from voting, it’s anyone who’s ‘not one of them good white conservatives’. And after decades of a ‘militia mindset’ the idea of finally turning those stockpiled weapons on their enemy is growing louder.

‘Freedom’, ‘rights' and the ‘constitution’ are just weapons to use against others now. The interview in the podcast BundyVille with Bill Keebler a ‘patriot militia member and organizer’ so, so highlighted this. He was saying that if Obama had declared martial law the ‘shit wold hit the fan’, meaning the militias would all take up arms. BUT when asked about Trump doing such a thing he said, "I think if Trump declares martial law, it would be in a more controlled manner. He’s not coming after Patriots. He’s not coming after militia,” he says.”. So it’s fine as long as it happens to someone else and not them (white, rural, christian, conservative people).

At least for now they are somewhat split on the how. Some seem to think they should just take over the local governments in the PNW of eastern Wash, Idaho, and eastern Oregon and then refuse to obey any fed laws they don't like. They think they can win a large scale regional Bundy ranch style stand off. Others want to try to take over the Fed Gov like on Jan 6. But either way violent revolution and anti-democracy is becoming the norm in the wider ‘patriot’ community. They just no longer think ‘democrat voters’ as they call us, have the right to vote or hold office and they are more and more openly supporting the idea of political violence to do so.

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u/nphased Jun 02 '21 edited Jun 02 '21

It’s being well funded by anti-Democratic oligarchs. That’s how the organizations keep spawning and growing and getting more extreme. We can keep prosecuting the few individuals that step over bright legal lines, but unless you start following the prosecution back to the money supporting these organizations it will keep growing like a cancer.