are also pointing out that the US is going through an intensification of race-ethnic political tension previously exclusively associated with "Third World" countries.
The liberal website Think Progress
notes the growing success of the intensive extreme right wing conspiracy theory propaganda and the increasing acceptance and influence of extreme right wing views in mainstream circles. The main line of right wing conspiracy theory claims that President Obama is plotting to use the United Nations and the National Security Presidential Directive-51
, signed into law by George W. Bush on May 2, 2007, to transform the country "into a nation of liberal secular humanists with a Socialist government that will plot on behalf of a New World Order. " (Prison Planet
, Free The Nation
Observers of recent trends in right wing circles emphasize that the intensification of clamor over "right to bear arms" and assertion of Second Amendment rights
is in response to the perception that Americans need to be armed to resist an imminent move by Obama to impose UN-backed left wing dictatorship on Americans.
The growing intensity of tribal drums of war is increasingly noticeable as the November election approaches. Right wing websites have intensified the Obama smear campaign. For instance, the extreme right wing website, Natural News
, in a series of posts, promotes a conspiracy theory propaganda that borrows a lot from, and is eerily reminiscent of pre-World War II anti-Semitic propaganda in Germany that targeted Jewish controlled financial institutions in Europe, and which led to the crazed orgy of tribal killings of the Holocaust. The Natural News
writer's allegations read like passages from pre-World War II German anti-Semitic tracts that promoted Jewish financial world-takeover conspiracy theories:
"The U.S. government clearly sees the writing on the wall. What lays ahead for America is a day of unbearable reckoning. The financial collapse will wipe out savings accounts, pensions, investment funds and equities of the working class, all across the nation. Imagine bank accounts being reset to zero, 'bank holidays' enforced at gunpoint. That will unleash a wave of violent protests, social chaos and even talk of revolution. The government will almost certainly respond with a declaration of Martial Law, the rolling out of highway checkpoints, and before long, the use of live ammo on unruly protesters."
The website claims that the Obama administration itself is preparing for war in anticipation of the financial apocalypse it claims is imminent:
"The government itself is arming to the teeth. And not in a military sense, either: The Department of Homeland Security is stockpiling insane quantities of anti-personnel 'hollow-point' ammo of all calibers, including #00 tactical shotgun ammo, anti-personnel pistol rounds and match-grade .308 sniper rounds. As the DHS fights no foreign wars and only has jurisdiction in the United States, the only purpose of this ammo can be for use against the American people. There is only one rational conclusion to all this: The Department of Homeland Security is training a domestic army -- an army of pedophiles, perverts, child porn distributors and drug dealers -- to wage a shooting war with the American people."
The writer in his masterful psychologically manipulative article, paints a dismal picture of the future, smuggling in to his vocabulary such extreme terms as "revolution," calculated to incite his susceptible audience:
"I've even noticed myself getting caught up in the rush. Every time there's another shooting in the USA, people like Obama, Bloomberg and Schumer call for gun restrictions, and I find myself immediately buying another firearm....
"At this point, my personal belief is that we're sadly already past the point of no return. I see the very high possibility of the U.S. government engaging in a shooting war with the U.S. population within the next 24 months."
As the liberal website Daily Kos
comments, the recent pattern reflects growing desperation in conservative circles as fears mount after recent polls that the Republican Party will likely lose the November election.
Carol Morgan, writing in the Lubbock Avalanche Journal
, comments on the growing influence of the extreme right wing of the Republican Party and how their conspiracy theories are "poisoning" the susceptible minds of "what used to be a group of solid citizens just a few years ago." She exclaims in writing: "It’s like a scene from an old movie, Invasion of the Body Snatchers."
Morgan comments about the "poisoning" propaganda from "nativist" groups such as the Eagle Forum
, the John Birch Society
, and right wing websites. She writes of these groups as spewing out a concentrated and,
"steady diet of rumors, lies, hatred and imaginary political horror stories of this darker side of humanity. Whether you believe it or not, there are actually thousands of individuals among us, Extreme Tea Party Conservatives [who believe these theories]."
The effect of the intensive propaganda coming from the far right wing is a spreading contagion of race and ethnicity-based fear among white conservatives who perceive Obama's presidency as a threat to their racial and ethnic historic heritage. As some commenters observe, the political events unfolding in the US are effectively about festering issues left unresolved after the American Civil War was lost and won.
The extreme right wing moving to mainstream?
Recently Tom Head, a Lubbock County Texas Judge, reflected the creeping encroachment into the Republican mainstream of conspiracy theory-mongering obsession previously exclusively associated with the fringe of the party. In an interview on Fox34
, Head tried to justify a proposed tax hike with the argument that Lubbock's law enforcement needs more funds to prepare for a full-scale civil uprising that the reelection of Obama could spark. He was merely repeating the allegation that has been making the rounds in extreme right-wing websites, especially after the Aurora Batman shooting
, that Obama is plotting to sign a UN treaty that will take precedent over US law. Head states the allegation from the far right-wing rumor mill as though it were substantiated fact: “He (Obama) is going to try to hand over the sovereignty of the United States to the U.N., and what is going to happen when that happens? I'm thinking the worst. Civil unrest, civil disobedience, civil war maybe. And we're not just talking a few riots here and demonstrations, we're talking Lexington, Concord, take up arms and get rid of the guy."
Head elaborated on what used to be a lunatic fringe conspiracy theory, but which, apparently, is gaining respectability in mainstream circles: "Now what's going to happen if we do that, if the public decides to do that? He's going to send in U.N. troops. I don't want 'em in Lubbock County. OK. So I'm going to stand in front of their armored personnel carrier and say, 'You're not coming in here. And the sheriff, I've already asked him, I said, 'You gonna back me?' He said, 'Yeah, I'll back you.' Well, I don't want a bunch of rookies back there. I want trained, equipped, seasoned veteran officers to back me."
Carol Morgan, a career counselor, writer and former Democratic candidate for the Texas House, writing in Lubbock Avalanche Journal
"He paints an imaginary dystopian scenario of Lubbock, Texas as Tienanmen Square with himself, the Judge Hero, standing in front of the tanks. No, it’s not a satire from The Onion; he really said it and meant it. It gets worse. He used his 'flights of fancy' as a justification for a county tax increase; a terrifying scenario sure to frighten even the most lucid thinker into supporting the tax increase."
The Huffington Post
"Head would have listeners believe that they must agree to increase Lubbock's property tax rate by 1.7 cents in the next fiscal year, or risk being forced to submit to a foreign occupying force invited into the nation by the president of the United States."
The website explains that the US Constitution already has provisions which make the scenario being touted by conspiracy theorists impossible:
"Of course, this theory is entirely bunk. Anything signed by the president as part of a U.N. Convention 'can only be implemented through domestic legislation enacted by Congress or state legislatures, in a manner and time-frame determined by our own legislative process.' Effectively, broader U.N. provisions can't supersede laws passed by Congress, and only serve as guiding principles for signatories to consider."
shows how the Republican mainstream is yielding to the temptation to adopt fear-mongering tactics to create a sense of national urgency among political conservatives and mobilize voters. The Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, at a town hall meeting in Ohio last month alluded to the allegations that Obama is planning to handover the US to the UN: "Turning to the United Nations to tell us how to raise our kids, or whether we can have the Second Amendment rights that our Constitution gave us, I mean, that is the wrong way to go, right? Do not cede sovereignty. I’m happy to talk there. I’m not willing to give American sovereignty in any way, shape or form to the United Nations or any other body. We are a free nation. We fought for freedom and independence. We are going to keep freedom and independence."
Lubbok Avalanche Journal
notes that the gravity of Judge Head's statement sinks in when it is realized that it actually borders on "sedition, the incitement of discontent or rebellion against a government... [A US judge speaks] of creating a militia to fight against our government." The website makes an understatement when it writes: "Those were foolish words," but implies that they are more than mere foolish words, they are seditious words that the US security agencies may want to investigate.
Judge Tom Head: 'I cannot divorce my theology and my philosophy from my office'
Lubbock Avalanche Journal
reports that during a public hearing on the proposed tax hike at the Commissioner's Court Wednesday, Sue Barrick, a research proposal editor at Texas Tech, brought up Head's remarks on Fox 34
. She asked Head, tongue-in-cheek, what portion of the revenue from the tax increase he would use to fund the eventuality of civil war.
Head responded that his comments in the interview were taken out of context. He claimed that the footage broadcast Tuesday night was only a snippet of the whole interview.
He said, however, that in his role as emergency management director, it was his duty to prepare for "worst-case scenario." He said: "As emergency management director I have to think of the worst-case scenario, and I used that as an example... Does that mean that I think the U.N. is going to come rolling into Lubbock? No, that probably is not going to happen."
But he had a word for his critics: “I cannot divorce my theology and my philosophy from my office,” and added for clarification, “I am pro-life, I’m pro-gun rights and if you’re gonna vote for me and if you’re not for gun rights, then you probably don’t want me in office.”
On the psychology of 'tribalism'
comments on the astounding phenomenon of atavistic resurgence of Anglo-Saxon/Germanic "tribal" feelings in the twenty-first century after the gargantuan tragedy of Nazi Germany on the twentieth century:
"When I was in graduate school, I read a lot of the writings of Psychologist William Glasser.... We are social beings, above all else... Our group identity, our membership and position within our 'tribe' (whether it’s a political group, a profession, or an institution) is extremely strong. That social connection to the 'tribe' is so vital and potent that individuals will compromise their most closely-held moral and ethical principles to maintain the tie to their tribe and more importantly, their status within it."
There is a strong, but historically invalid feeling among the WASP-centered group in the US that they are the "natives" under threat of dispossession by foreigners, a feeling made possible only in the tragic historical circumstance that the real "Native Americans" do not have a voice having been largely exterminated. The fact that the "foreigners," in the understanding of the WASP-centered group, include the "African" in the White House, largely explains the extreme suspicion and frenzy of conspiracy theory paranoia associated with his person. The constant references to, and heated debate over what the Anglo-Saxon "Founding Fathers" meant or did not mean by some aspect or the other of the Constitution reflects the fact that irrespective of the euphemistic diversions deployed in the ongoing debate between liberals and conservatives, the real issues in contention are primarily of the historical-cultural identity of the American nation understood by conservatives in exclusive terms and by liberals in inclusive multicultural terms.
Let no one make any mistake about it, wranglings over competing ideology-driven political and economic policies are only the politically correct language in which to engage in the larger debate about national identity, which in the final crude analysis of meaning, boils down to questions of ethnicity, specifically, ethnic identity of the American nation.
Obama had only fueled the fire of conservative suspicion of his motives when he stated that the US is historically "a nation of immigrants," implying that no group has the right to consider itself "native," and thus define national identity in exclusive terms.