Monday, November 14, 2016
The 28th Combat Aviation Brigade mobilized for Iraq in January of 2009. My battalion flew to Fort Sill for training at the end of the month, just a week after the Inauguration of President Barack Obama. From the time we mobilized in Oklahoma to our demobilization in 2010 in Fort Dix, New Jersey, I heard earnest soldiers who were sure that "Obama will take our guns while we are deployed."
These devotees of Glenn Beck, Alex Jones and other batshit purveyors of lies on the right had emails from the NRA proving confiscation was imminent.
And now just 2,850 days later, President Obama has just 70 days left to send thousands of United Nations black helicopters swooping down from Canada to the homes of gun owners across America and begin the tyranny he planned all along. Because as a Kenyan socialist, Barack Obama's plan all along was to turn America into a socialist state.
It is sadly funny in retrospect. Among Obama's failures are his years of thinking he could work with Republicans and believing he could bring together a nation simmering with with race hatred. And now one of the chief racists of the right has an office in the White House. Steve Bannon of Brietbart.com brought the views of the Alt-Right into the mainstream and now he has an office next to the Oval Office. It's not like Bannon's views conflict with the President Elect. Trump brought the Birther movement into prominence in 2011 and rode that cancerous horse to the White House. Every Birther is a racist. Denying the legitimacy of the Presidency based on made-up bullshit can have no basis but racism.
The Republicans fought President Obama from Day One of his presidency and the conservative media spread endless lies about him, like the one that is the subject of this post. I am going to mark Sunday, November 13, 2016, as the first day of the end of American democracy. Steve Bannon has an office in the White House and an agenda of hate, and I plan to fight it in every way I can.