Irony: Incongruity between the actual result of a sequence of events and the normal or expected result.
Once upon a time, Right Wing outfits like Fox News and all of AM radio stoked the fears of conservatives that liberals were going to “take over” the country and put them all in “re-education camps.” Militias spread across the country like wildfire, suspicious of a “liberal” government that, so they were told, was poised to strip away all their rights at gunpoint.
It got so bad that wingnuts started showing up at conservative rallies openly carrying their guns in states where it was legal to do so. Of course, the Right Wing media celebrated this expression of their fundamental right to bear arms because it was directed against the Obama administration which has done exactly nothing to warrant these fears.
Oh, how times have changed!
The whole point of the militia movement was to defend the people against gross violations by the government of peoples’ constitutional rights. For instance, suppressing peoples’ First Amendment right to peacefully protest with pepper spray, beatings, tear gas and flashbang grenades.
Here’s a few gentlemen decked out in full gear at the Occupy Phoenix protests:
These are not liberals by any stretch of the imagination. The armed citizen, J.T. is, in fact, a neo-nazi. While one can assume he finds hippes and liberals…distasteful, he still makes a point of stating that he doesn’t even need to agree with the protest; they still have the right to be there without being assaulted by, yup, the government.
This has to be an extremely distressing development for the Right Wing fear mongers that have taken great pains to sow paranoid distrust among certain elements of the Right. If you condition people to fear the government taking away their freedoms, it shouldn’t be particularly shocking when they respond to that very thing. This is, literally, the kind of violent suppression of civil rights that militias have feared for decades.
Of course, the difference is that the suppression was supposed to be from “evil liberals” against “patriotic conservatives” rather then corporate “persons” against actual flesh and blood people. The problem is that the Occupy movement is under assault by proxies of the 1% and protecting them runs counter to the interests of the Right Wing media and their paymasters. It will most interesting to see whether Fox, Rush and their ilk ignore, applaud or denounce this. My money is on ignore.
Another reason for panic among the powers that be is the very presence of armed, Right Wing militias defending the Occupy movement is proof that the smear campaign is failing and failing epically. If virulently anti-government conservatives are looking past partisan politics to defend people they would normally despise, that’s not just a crack in the wall that’s been built between them, it’s a gaping hole.