I’ve been out of the loop since last Wednesday so I’m still catching up on the events in Ferguson, Missouri and how the country is responding. One thing that jumped out at me is how quickly one group has covered itself in hypocritical shame. You’ll be unsurprised to learn I’m talking about the right wing.
What’s happening in Ferguson is precisely the kind of violent overreaction by the government that the right insists will be coming any day on a national level. In fact, just a few months ago, hundreds of right wing extremists converged on the Bundy Ranch in Nevada to defend a criminal in the hopes that they would have the chance to open fire on law enforcement. The revolution is here! Molon Labe! Death to tyranny!
Of course, the government backed down and allowed a bunch of middle aged white men with guns to chase them off. The right wing has been ecstatic over this. Victory for the people over totalitarianism! Or something.
Yet, over in Ferguson, in the wake of the murder of an unarmed black teen in the middle of the street by a cop, the right has shown us what their true beliefs are: The Police State they claim to loathe is perfectly fine as long as it’s being used to enforce White Supremacy.
Or did you think it was a coincidence that the virulently “anti-government” right is suddenly more concerned with the looting in Missouri than with the outrageously lopsided response of law enforcement? The cops trained sniper rifles on unarmed civilians and rolled out armored vehicles wearing full military tactical gear. Where’s the charge of the right wing militias? Where’s the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre screaming about how this is what he’s been warning us about and how the residents of Ferguson need guns to protect themselves from tyranny? For frak’s sake! They arrested reporters and made sure to keep news copters away from the area! Hey, if we get rid of the First Amendment, then the Second Amendment moves to the top of the list! I’ll bet that would thrill the ammosexuals to no end.
There’s been a handful of voices on the right that are crying foul but the overall mood is one of gleeful racism. Of course, there’s a million rationalizations to cover the right’s explicit support for the exact kind of civil rights violations they constantly insist they oppose: The residents are all criminals! They’re forcing the police to arm themselves! Blablabla. Because unarmed looting is somehow worse than pointing an assault rifle at law enforcement?
Yeah, if you believe that, I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you.