|Ted Nugent. Was totally using a metaphor when he made a direct threat against the President. Or something.|
I have to say I'm getting a little sick of "Naw, naw I was just joking..." from people trying to make nutty things sound sensible.
It came to mind from a "conversation" in my comments section: are neo-hippies as bad as the right who call for war?
And then it hit me: I've been reading some of this stuff for years. I like to know about edgy political movements, what their beliefs are and how they propose to implement them. But what Lasn is advocating - and Adbusters, and Occupy - is an overthrow of the government.
Now, whether or not they're serious or just playing around, they are marching the streets saying they want to overthrow the system.
Can anybody understand why someone might be made a little uneasy about that?
Particularly because they don't have any plan whatsoever what they want to do if they do successfully overthrow "the system"?
We've gotten so inured from both the left and right that we keep forgetting that... some stuff is serious. Take the Teaparty flag below:
Really look at it. It's pretty, um, serious. I know it plays a role in our American history, but its role was to encourage people to overthrow the government.
Same goes with the Guy Fawkes masks: when you think about it, it's actually wearing the mask of a terrorist.
Now, maybe I'm totally off. But seriously, what is up with this?
Why is it suddenly okay and not serious to make a threat against the President? Why are people suddenly saying "Oh, don't be so judgmental of those people setting up tent cities and calling for an overthrow of the government"?
Am I nuts? I don't seem to remember people being cool with this stuff as a kid. I seem to remember that someone saying "I want to overthrow the government" meant... they wanted to overthrow the government. Or hurt the president, or what have you.
What's the measure for "it is serious"? Because I view what Nugent said as pretty serious. I view what Occupy says as pretty serious.
Maybe I'm paranoid and nuts, but this seems pretty off and unusual behavior for Americans to me.