Friday, April 24, 2015
20 Years After OKC Bombing, NRA Has Mainstreamed McVeigh's Insurrectionist Idea in Conservative Movement
Josh Horwitz writing for Huffington Post and further to Jadegold's post of a few days ago.
When Timothy McVeigh bombed the Murrah Building, he was wearing a t-shirt he purchased at a gun show. It had a picture of President Abraham Lincoln on the front with the words "SIC SEMPER TYRANNIS [THUS ALWAYS TO TYRANTS]." On the back, it featured an excerpt of a quote from Thomas Jefferson: "THE TREE OF LIBERTY MUST BE REFRESHED FROM TIME TO TIME WITH THE BLOOD OF PATRIOTS AND TYRANTS." It's remarkable to think that, 20 years after we buried 168 Americans in a horrific of terrorism, we are hearing the same exact perverse philosophy being promoted by Republican candidates running for the office of President of the United States.
It's a grim reminder of the absolute grip the NRA has on the modern Republican Party, which has moved much further to the right than it was in 1995. It also makes you wonder just how many people are listening to folks like Ted Nugent and Ted Cruz, and whether one (or more) of them might go as far as Timothy McVeigh did to carry this nightmare vision to fruition.