Doomsday screamers / Obama re-election
Many of you will have seen the much-read article this morning about the county judge in Lubbock, Texas, who has called for raising property taxes to fund a militia to fight the UN soldiers Obama will surely be bringing in to conquer any Texan resistance if he gets re-elected.
This sort of thinking appears so insane one simply wants to call for lithium to be piped in the public water of such places.
But on a more serious note, where exactly do people get these doomsday ideas about the leadership of our country? This is just a more extreme version of things I've heard said on this very forum. Someone (was it perhaps Demifloyd?) wrote recently that they fear for their children's future if Obama is re-elected.
There is a long history of folks of all political persuasions threatening to "move to Canada" if their candidate loses, but this doomsday thinking appears to be so much more extreme, and appears to center around our current President in ways I've never experienced before. Yes, there is the undeniable race discomfort, whereby some people are unnerved by a political figure they feel they can't identify with and perhaps are threatened by, but there have been many major black politicians before. It's an element, surely, but not the only one.
Speculating further on this, I see clear links in this thought process to American Protestant fundamentalism, which relies heavily on apocalyptic messages of doom, if the enormous billboards smugly depicting a burning earth and shrieking "unsaved" souls are representative. (And they are.)
What do you think explains it?
Here is a link that might be useful: Judge Tom Head