United States of Fear

by William Skink

First, let me state explicitly I absolutely DO NOT condone violence or intimidation as political tactics, so I hope the following post isn’t misconstrued by anyone who feels passionately about saving refugees and expanding gun control.

Missoula’s City Council has made the choice to bring back the debate over background checks within city limits and no one should be surprised that this “debate” got nasty quick:

“Here is the lead tyrant in Missoula that wants your guns and wishes to throw unknown refugees onto the streets of Montana,” Ravndal wrote on his Facebook page with a photo of one of Missoula’s female council members. “(She) accuses those that seek transparency and accountability of hate and fear mongers. She needs your help God!”

It’s not the first time sponsors of the Missoula ordinance have been threatened with violence, though they’ve been reluctant to discuss it publicly. The comments resulting from Ravndal’s post, however, were troubling.

“Let the rapes begin at her address,” Ken Printz responded with a Facebook post.

“Maybe she just needs some redneck love to get her to drop the liberal bull shit,” wrote Trevor Ogden-Sanchez.

When people are scared or feel threatened, rational, reasonable arguments and common sense measures don’t mean a damn thing. People are absolutely scared right now. They don’t trust politicians (many disdain and despise them) and they hate the power that has been centralized within the Federal government. Many have a vague sense of how economically dispossessed they have become, and are therefore very susceptible to scapegoating whatever demographic their choice of media is telling them to blame.

For example, here’s what the piece of shit director of the CIA is telling them on Breitbart.fear:

In his 60 Minutes interview last Sunday, CIA Director John Brennan warned that Islamic State attacks (ISIS/ISIL) on U.S. soil are “inevitable.” He came close to blaming political correctness for interfering with efforts to detect and thwart terror plots.

And today Brennan will kick it up a notch:

CIA Director John Brennan spoke before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday where he is expected to warn US lawmakers that Islamic State militants are training and preparing to deploy operatives for further attacks on the West and will rely more on guerrilla-style tactics to compensate for their territorial losses.

Per his prepared remarks before the Committee, Brennan said that ISIS has been working to build an apparatus to direct and inspire attacks against its foreign enemies, as in the recent attacks in Paris and Brussels. “ISIL has a large cadre of Western fighters who could potentially serve as operatives for attacks in the West.”

Most importantly, he said the Islamic State is working to smuggle them into countries, perhaps among refugee flows or through legitimate means of travel.

Our government is trying to make us more and more afraid because then we are so much easier to manipulate and control (not like it was hard without the endless fear propaganda). Local officials need to really think through whether closing background check loopholes and bringing refugees into this environment rife with fear and paranoia is worth feeding into the narratives being pimped by despicable apparatchiks like Brennan.

In the UK, a politician was brutally attacked, possibly by a deranged Natavist British man:

Witness Clarke Rothwell told BBC News said there was an altercation between a man carrying a gun and Cox. He purposefully targeted her, said Rothwell, who runs the cafe next to the library where the incident took place.

“He shot this lady and then shot her again,” he said. “He lent down. Someone was wrestling with him and he was wielding a knife and lunging at her. Three times she was shot. People were trying to help her. Then he ran off down a one-way street. Me and my mate drove round to try and find him.”

Was Brexit a motive? Sky says that according to a witness report, the assailant shouted “Britain First”.

Again, I don’t condone the use of violence and intimidation, but I think realistically violence and intimidation is going to get worse. I’m sure well-intentioned resolve by local officials not to give in to the tactics of fear will keep them pushing for what they believe is right.

And I’m sure they read the news, so they probably have a decent sense that shit is getting out of hand.

What’s more difficult to absorb is how much this benefits the non-partisan, authoritarian fascists who are in control of our government and moving this country towards war with Russia.

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About William Skink

I'm a poet and political cynic living and writing in Montana. You can contact me here: willskink at yahoo dot com
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3 Responses to United States of Fear

  1. Did you hear Bernie?

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  2. steve kelly says:

    Maybe women will be the first to wake up. Maybe not.

    Senate Votes to Require Women to Register for the Draft
    By Jennifer Steinhauer
    June 14, 2016
    “I think the change is inevitable,” said Nora Bensahel, a military policy analyst at American University’s School of International Service, “whether in this debate or through the courts. It just seems that now that you have women allowed to serve in any position in the military, there is no logical basis to say women should not be drafted.” http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/15/us/politics/congress-women-military-draft.html?_r=1

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