Here's a cultural trend I wasn't aware of until today:
In Idaho’s northernmost legislative district, Republican Party politics has been pulled farther to the right in recent years with the rise of the tea party.
But now a new element is pushing the party farther still: the arrival of conservative Christian “preppers” fleeing more populated states, who see the region as a “redoubt” – a place to settle and defend themselves when the whole country goes bad.
The “American Redoubt” push, which targets Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and eastern Washington and Oregon for a “political migration” movement, was declared bysurvivalist author and blogger James Wesley Rawles in 2011. On his “survivalblog” website he writes, “I’m inviting people with the same outlook to move to the Redoubt States, to effect a demographic solidification. We’re already a majority here. I’d just like to see an even stronger majority.”
Conservative Republicans are being driven out of office by far more conservative Republicans:
Two years ago, two ultraconservative state legislators were elected from the district: Reps. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard, and Sage Dixon, R-Ponderay. Now, longtime Sen. Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint – the state’s longest-serving senator and the newly named co-chair of the Legislature’s powerful joint budget committee – is being challenged hard from the right in the primary.
And this is being driven by True Patriots who absolutely despise the vast majority of America and just want a safe space, so to speak, where they can live their lives, homeschool their kids, shoot their guns, and prepare for the Apocalypse:
Don Bradway, who lives just north of Coeur d’Alene, arrived almost five years ago “from what I call the occupied zone, which is California.” He said he came seeking a safe place and “like-minded people.”
“I make no bones about the fact I’m a conservative Christian and I like being around other people who think the way I do,” he said. Bradway, who is retired, estimated he’s met easily 100 other new arrivals who followed the same path, including many from California. He’s active in local politics, as are many, and was elected to the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee....
Bradway is convinced that a looming disaster, whether it’s a major earthquake or a financial collapse, will turn America’s cities into “just a mass of chaos,” with rioting and anarchy. “I know people who’ve said, ‘I’m looking for something that’s defensible, if the teeming hordes come surging out of Spokane,’” Bradway said.
Beware the teeming hordes from -- gasp! -- Spokane!
The politicians who appeal to these "redoubt"-seekers have ideas that seem extreme even to the local Republicans:
Glenn Rohrer ... said he has lots of issues, but there are two he’s pushed the hardest: opposition to federal funds being part of Idaho’s overall state spending – as it is in all 50 states, due to federal funds for things like highways, school lunches and Medicaid – and his opposition to a child support enforcement bill that prompted a special session of the Legislature in 2015. The governor called that session after a handful of House conservatives killed the bill in committee, threatening the state’s entire child-support enforcement system by rejecting federal standards for dealing with cases that cross international borders. In the special session, the bill passed.
Incase you're ondering, that child support bill initially failed was opposed because ultra-rightists thought it would have made Idaho subject to sharia law.
This is a growing movement. We're told about
real estate brokers reaching out to people who want to relocate to the American Redoubt. An online “Redoubt Realty” service offers to refer people to real estate agents in the state they’re eyeing. Another website, based in North Idaho, offers “News for the American Redoubt.”
... the Strategic Relocation of you and your family will be based upon your personal decision to lead your family to a safe haven in a region that proclaims to be a bastion of personal liberty, the American Redoubt.
There are many personal reasons for relocation to the Core Redoubt states of Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. Generally, everyone simply wants to be left to live their lives, as they deem fit, free from state and local governmental regulations and taxes....
If you are tired of being required to pay a fee (tax) to build a home, add on an addition to your existing home, drive on a public road, jump through hoops to register a vehicle (smog check, inspections), go through lengthy background checks to purchase a firearm or ammunition, are taxed because of the view off your front porch, are disgusted at what is being taught in your public school, or simply are tired of being in traffic all day, then you are a candidate to begin your strategic relocation....
Now is the time to wake up and decide that no matter what happens you are going to lead you and your family to freedom and leave tyranny behind!
But, American Redoubt Realty, how do I know if my new home is safe?
There are many factors that are determined whether a retreat property is safe. Defending your property and family is a right that is respected and never questioned in the American Redoubt. You should feel comfortable knowing that you’ll be leaving behind the tyrannical jackbooted thugs from your old State, when you complete your Strategic Relocation to the American Redoubt!
At American Redoubt Realty Inc., we pride ourselves in a rigorous selection process for our referral clients. We do this to insure we work with folks that respect the values of freedom and equality that America guarantees and the American Redoubt region provides.
We defer our client’s technical questions about the defensibly of certain properties to our affiliated consulting firm, Survival Retreat Consulting. They can prepare detailed reports on each property you wish to see as you move towards your Strategic Relocation to the American Redoubt.
Verretts Tactical offers classes to both our Clients and Law Enforcement here in the American Redoubt. Contact them for a schedule and take a class while visiting the area looking for your new rural property! From beginners to their advanced Terrorism Threat Response Course, they have you covered!
I live in Manhattan. There's actually been terrorism here. I think these people are nuts. But what do I know? They're Real Americans, and I'm just a disgusting urban liberal.
Oh well -- at least I'm not from Spokane.
(Crossposted at No More Mister Nice Blog)