Another Nut with a Gun

Following up on this post, go read here:

Not one but two men brought guns to President Obama’s townhall yesterday. Richard Terry Young was arrested after being found “in possession of an unlicensed loaded gun.” He was also carrying a pocketknife. William Kostric was filmed by MSNBC with a loaded gun strapped to his leg, and explained to Chris Matthews that “It is time to water the tree of liberty,” referencing the 1787 Thomas Jefferson quote: “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” (He then insisted he is “not advocating violence. I’m advocating an informed society, an armed society, a polite society.”)

A polite society.  Uh huh.

Liss also notes that the Jefferson quote seemed to be theme of the day among the protesters, including one who advocated shooting illegal immigrants in the head.  And, per a commenter to her post:

Rachel Maddow pointed out yesterday that McVeigh was wearing a t-shirt with that “watering the tree of liberty” quote on it when he was arrested after the Oklahoma City bombing, and the shirt had a picture of Lincoln on the front with a picture of a tree dripping with blood on the back.

Birds of a feather?  For the sake of our country, I hope not.

4 Responses to “Another Nut with a Gun”

  1. While I do agree with Jefferson on that point (considering how our country was formed and how people must fight for our country in time of war), people also fail to keep in mind that it could easily be taken (and in some cases SHOULD be taken) as a veiled death threat– in some cases as an assassination threat.

    While I’m glad our country won its independence, I also realize the seriousness of what had to happen. For one thing, what our forefathers did was treason, and had we lost our fight for freedom, they’d have been criminals and tried as such. And they knew that.

    Anyway… I’ll end my rant, now. :D

  2. Kathy says:

    AlMod, I absolutely think Jefferson’s quote is being used out of context by people who want to get rid of the duly elected government of the US. They’re not about overthrowing a colonial ruler; they just don’t like the election results. Personally, I don’t want to live in a country where violent coups are the order of the day, and they wouldn’t either if they really thought it through.

  3. Kathy says:

    Shorter: when I say birds of a feather, I’m referring to the gun-totin’ right-wingers and Timothy McVeigh. Thomas Jefferson isn’t in that equation.

  4. Helen says:

    Matthews’ interview with Kostric was too eerily normal. If arrest follows jokingly saying ‘bomb’ at an airport, bringing a gun strapped to your pants was deliberate provocation–the guy wasn’t stupid.

    Appropos, the Southern Poverty Law Center published a new report today, “Return of the Militias,” on the rise of the antigovernment militia movement, “fueled by fears of a black president, the changing demographics of the country and fringe conspiracy theories increasingly spread by mainstream figures.”

    The ayslum has definitely suffered a coup.

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