It takes a special kind of imagination to think of things like these three conservative gun nuts did on the air last week.
First, there is Stan Solomon, conservative radio host and paranoiac, worrying over the private black army Barack Obama will raise to kill white folks with guns.
But Solomon wasn’t finished: “I believe they will put together a racial force to go against an opposite race resistance, basically a black force to go against a white resistance, and then they will claim anyone resisting the black force they are doing it because they are racist.”
They. Who is they, do you think? "They" is black people, armed to the teeth and commanded by President Obama.
And from there, it just spirals into some kind of dystopian middle-school fantasy, guided by wingnut and Twitter denizen Greg W. Howard, who first claims that race relations were "healing" before Obama was elected. Yes, sure they were. This is how well they were healing. Greg W. Howard, in his own words:
Howard agreed: “You may be right because he has been sowing the seeds of racial hatred; we were healing quite well as a nation on racial issues until Obama came along and now we have a lot of racial discord.”
After arguing that Obama is “not American” and not a natural born citizen, Howard maintained that Obama may begin “wiping out a few hundred people who own guns, pull a large scale Waco or a Ruby Ridge type incident” and have it “tinged it with racial overtones.” But just in case Obama goes through with his plans to “take down” the Internet, “people are setting up phone-trees all over the place” to stop Obama in his tracks.
Yes, that whole racial hatred thing was healing quite nicely until Howard and his ilk decided to attack the African-American president with accusations that he's not really a citizen, right? See, that's how their minds work. They're the ones sowing all the hatred, setting up phone trees to make sure the black dude doesn't kill their internet after he takes away all their guns, and yet it's all President Obama's fault.
They weren't even close to done with the paranoid gnashing of teeth and wailing from the rafters:
“If Obama can take your guns away he can take your car, he can take your home, he can take your bank account, he can take your very life,” Howard said.
Unsurprisingly, Pratt agreed with their insane ramblings: “I do agree that the Obama administration would definitely be capable of something as evil as you were suggesting.”
However, Pratt warned that “a lot of people resolved, ‘no more free Wacos,’” and that if Obama “starts playing the massacre game the way you did at Waco, well, you’re going to get surrounded, you won’t be able to go home safely, your family won’t be safe.”
Larry Pratt and his sidekick Howard make Wayne LaPierre seem almost sane. Almost. These are people who resent the president's Secret Service protection, and why not? I'm amazed they haven't likened that detail to the commanders of Obama's Secret Black Army.
This is why race relations suck in this country. It has nothing to do with Obama, and everything to do with deranged lunatics who have weapons and don't take their meds regularly. People like Solomon and Howard are a dime a dozen. They're the reason mental health services need beefing up in this country. The sad part is that Pratt and LaPierre use them and their paranoia to whip up some profits for their gun manufacturer keepers. Being paranoid is bad enough. Being a paranoid puppet is just pathetic.