I had hoped that the collapse of Operation
You can see how that kind of glitch could happen.
But it appears that my Panglossian optimism might have been premature. Chez Pazienza, over at The Daily Banter, has done a little digging on conspiracy websites, and has found that there's another reason that pretty much no one showed up, and it can be summed up in a famous line from The Return of the Jedi:
Yup, that's right; these people think that they're so important, so absolutely Public Enemy Number One, that they were walking into a trap -- that in Pazienza's words (which I could not possibly improve on) the powers-that be were planning on "unleashing Obama's jackbooted thugs" who were going to sweep down and arrest all ten million of them while they were together in one place.
Then, it got even weirder. David Chase Taylor, who's so fucking crazy that even Alex Jones thinks he's nuts, stated that he had word that there'd been a security lockdown because a car was trailing a motorcade carrying President Obama's daughters. Seems reasonable enough, right? Well, let's see if you can do a little multiple-choice to guess why Taylor said they ramped up security when that happened:
- Because it is important to protect the president's family, and anything unusual has to be taken seriously.
- Because any kind of a security threat could have wider implications to the stability of the government.
- Because during the lockdown, no one would see that the CIA was planting explosives in the White House so that it could be blown up on May 16, so that President Obama could implicate the "Patriots" in the attack.
Or something like that. It's hard to tell, actually. I read enough of this stuff that I live in fear of the day when eventually some of it starts making sense. At that point, I should probably just pack it in. But the upshot of it is, the government is run by brilliant evil Illuminati geniuses who are simultaneously bumbling lunatics who are so stupid that a wingnut like Taylor could see right through them, post about it on the internet, and get away with it. "Dammit," I can hear President Obama saying. "Foiled again! I'd have succeeded this time, if it hadn't been for YouTube!"
It's like a giant layer cake of crazy, sprinkled with nuts. And only half-baked.
As I mentioned in Monday's post, I'm still uncertain about what the government should do in response to all of this. On the one hand, we have armed wackos threatening violent revolution, who will admit up front that they're not afraid to shed innocent blood to accomplish their goals. But on the other hand, to round them up just because they are blustering on YouTube and the r/conspiracy subreddit would probably be challenged on the grounds of free speech. In the US, it's not a crime to be crazy, fortunately for David Chase Taylor and Alex Jones. Jones himself has predicted more than once that he'd be arrested or secretly done away with, and yet there he is, still yammering on, week after week -- a better counterargument for his screeching paranoia than any I could come up with.
Anyhow, it'll be interesting to see how all of this unfolds. My guess is that the "Patriots" who have made actual threats, including the moron who allowed himself to be photographed aiming a gun through two barriers on a highway, will very likely find law enforcement knocking on their doors sooner or later. As for the rest, they'll probably still keep bleating about Obama and his thugs trying to take away their guns, despite that Obama has been in office for six years now and has yet to try to repeal the Second Amendment.
All I can say is, Mr. President, if you're planning on some kind of Nazi-style socialist power grab, you'd better get a move-on. Time's a-wastin'.
(Hat tip to Chez Pazienza for today's story -- here's the link again to his piece, which you should all read, because it's awesome.)