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Channeling his inner Redshirt

[ 5 ] March 21, 2010 |

In light of Rep. Paul Broun’s nutty invocation of the “Great War of Yankee Aggression” the other day, it’s good to see that actual Confederate wannabees aren’t completely losing their shit over the prospect that 95 percent of Americans might be covered by health insurance.

Never mind. I forgots t’ check with the gomers at the gun counter.

I ran out on some errands this morning, and noticed several things.

The gun store downtown was doing what I suspect was unusually brisk business for an early Saturday morning outside of hunting season. This same gun store’s parking lot was overflowing mid-afternoon yesterday shortly after 3:30 PM, with traffic filling the lot, the nearby on-street parking filled, and overflow parking spilling into the gravel lot next door.

I’ve also seen a minivan with a warning/threat against Obamacare written in red paint on the windows (I didn’t get a great look at it as it was moving in the opposite direction, but I got the gist of it).

This is hardly the equivalent of militiamen forming on the village green, but there seems to be a distinct undercurrent of frustration and rage building against the federal government in general, the tricks of Democratic Party in specific, and tomorrow’s Obamacare may be the catalyst.

Of course, when the “distinct undercurrent” happens to come from your own blog — in which you’d just one day earlier ruled that HCR is a “capital crime” and predicted, a la Orval Faubus, that blood will soon enough drench the streets — I suppose you’d have to be a complete numbskull to overlook the trend.

As for the wider relevance of the War of Northern Aggression to all this, I can only encourage opponents of reform like Rep. Broun to continue insinuating some sort of comparison between the non-existent Obama-Reid-Pelosi conspiracy to seize the  health care system and the non-existent Lincoln-Seward-Sumner conspiracy to seize the South’s human chattel.  It’s a winner for sure.

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  1. DrDick says:

    Treason in defense of slavery is bad enough, but Treason in defense of excess morbidity and mortality is just absurd. We really need to lock these people up before they hurt themselves. Perhaps after a couple of years of intensive therapy they will be ready to rejoin society as productive members.

  2. JW says:

    Obama has consistently sang kumbaya about cultivating a spirit of bipartisanship with the GOP. Perhaps he should let drop that alongside Lincoln, Jeff Davis now stands as an equally favored personal favorite.

    The great hate whipped up by todays GOP is akin to that of the white supremacist political establishment during the civil rights struggle a half century ago.

  3. I’ve also seen a minivan with a warning/threat against Obamacare written in red paint on the windows (I didn’t get a great look at it as it was moving in the opposite direction, but I got the gist of it).

    And the message warning/threat is so dire it can’t be repeated lest it make your eyes swell up like Peeps in a microwave!

  4. Walt says:

    You know, if a bunch of wackjobs started shooting the place up because Congress made it easier for poor people to get insurance, that would be pretty embarrassing. It would also seem so unlikely that generations of historians would try to invent new more-plausible explanations.

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