What s going to happen after the election? That is a question that is being raised by many people. Some fear that if Trump loses, the right-wing nuts will start violence over a perceived “stolen election.” On the other hand, some are afraid that these same people will cause violence just because Hillary Clinton comes out the victor.
Since I watched my first election in 1960, I have never witnessed such hatred in this country. The violence and hatred that the civil rights movement brought about was bad, but if this trend continues it will possibly be even worse. That is disturbing.
I am not going to pull any punches here either. This feeling has been fed deliberately by Donald Trump. He is speaking directly to the White Nationalists and White Supremacists when he wails about the “election being rigged”.
He has a huge accomplice in this tactic as well. It is called the National Rifleman’s Association. They have been saying for years that Democrats want to eliminate the Second Amendment and “take away your guns”. Which of course is total lie.
These “fear” tactics can best be explained with the explosion of the White Nationalist Militia movement in our country. In 2008 it was estimated that about 42 active militias were around. Since the election of President Obama that number has exploded to around 276.
And, it is these militia that are the biggest threats to our democracy and our way of life. They are all for what Trump stands for. They hate immigration, especially from Mexicans and Muslims. They want the wall built. They want Muslims banned from the country. They have swallowed the lie that the Second Amendment will be repealed.
It is these groups that have been behind the standoffs with government officials over land-use in the West. They are the ones who used weapons to take over a wildlife refuge in Oregon. They are dangerous and they are against anything that is not white privilege.
A group known as the 3 Percent Security Force is even considering holding an “armed” march on Washington if Clinton is elected. Their leader, Chris Hill, said he doesn’t want his group to lead the way, but rather to be there to defend protesters if the need arises. He said:
I will be there to render assistance to my fellow countrymen, and prevent them from being disarmed, and I will fight and I will kill and I may die in the process.
The 3 Percent Security Force is not the only armed group that plans such activities. As we sit here contemplating the election, they are “training” in various areas of the country getting ready for their “protection” of their nationalist beliefs.
Remember, it was another militia called the “Oath Keepers” that sent armed people to Ferguson after the shooting and riots there. These militia are itching for a fight. And, they don’t care if the country goes up in flames as long as they get their way.
It makes us wonder if after the election we will see another attack on a Federal Building like the one in Oklahoma City by these crackpots. It makes us wonder how many federal and local law enforcement officers will be attacked and killed by these wackos.
Despite their rhetoric about “respecting” law enforcement officers, they really see them as the “enemy” trying to suppress their rights. To these white nationalists, law enforcement is nothing but pawns for the government. The are more dangerous to police than any other group in the country because of their organizing before an attack.
This is what Donald Trump and the NRA has unleashed on our country. The problem is they aren’t the ones who will have to suffer the consequences of these militia’s actions. We the people will be the victims.
It is no accident that the explosion of these groups came right after our first black President was elected to office. It won’t be a big surprise when those numbers grow even bigger if we elect our first woman to be President.
When Donald Trump stopped using the code words and dog whistles made famous by the Republican Party and started preaching openly the racism and separatism that the Party had been saying quietly, these groups came out of the woodwork.
They see Donald Trump as their savior. They see Donald Trump as being the one who says they are right. They see Donald Trump as the one who validates their thinking.
The White Nationalist and White Supremacist groups have seen Donald Trump as the one person who will make them mainstream. Until now, these militia were fringe elements that stayed in their woods playing war games. Now, Trump has opened up the real possibility that they will come out of the shadows and threaten all of us.
As Hill said:
This is the last chance to save America from ruin. I’m surprised I was able to survive or suffer through eight years of Obama without literally going insane, but Hillary is going to be more of the same.
The real danger here is that Hill is not talking about economics. He is talking about race when he talks about saving “America from ruin”. To back up this thinking, Joe Walsh, a former representative, tweeted “if Hillary wins I am grabbing my musket.”
When he was called out of that tweet, he said it was a metaphor. But, he kept saying it was a “call to arms”. To people like Hill and other “militia” members a call to arms only means one thing. Actually picking up arms against the government.
If Trump wins, this country will be in the biggest pile of shit it has been in since the Civil War. If Clinton wins and Republicans carry the Senate, we will have more obstructionism and more hatred and disrespect shown to our country’s government. The will of the people will be ignored by Republicans for another four years, at least.
Regardless of who wins, we will face the danger of these fanatical militias who believe a Trump win will mean they will have carte blanche to harass and attack perceived “enemies” of Trump and whites. If Clinton wins they will say they must “defend” the country against its own government.
This is what politics of hate has given us. The far-right wing of the Republican Party is seeking chaos. They are hoping that chaos brings about the election of Trump. That way, they can eliminate our constitution and replace it with a dictatorship. Why worry about those stupid elections that they can lose if they can just take over and keep power forever.
Trump won’t have to look far to find his “private army”. It exists in many parts of the country already thanks to the hate politics of the last 30 years. They have simply been waiting for their “savior” to come along. They see Trump as that savior. Trump has made domestic terrorist groups mainstream patriots. What a crock of shit.