The events in Ferguson are a chilling confirmation of our fears as we see now a fusion of Sheriff Bull Connor’s 1963 Birmingham, Tiananmen Square and Barney Fife with deadly toys play out and just the visible tip of the iceberg.
Shockingly, conservatives and news outlets such as Fox News are cheerleading for armed tyranny. Journalists have been gassed, arrested and live broadcasts shut down in a display of Third World strong armed goonism that even the Russian government decries. We have seen these images play out before. They are recent history, in failed and dying totalitarian regimes around the world.
Lt. Ray Albers, the cop now famous for waving his AR-15 around at peaceful bystanders and reporters in Ferguson, while vowing to “f**king kill you!” has come to symbolize just how far we have fallen. We allow this while pretending that a bunch of savages in the deserts of the Middle East and hordes of people, invited by our corrupt government and corporate masters, pouring across our porous southern border are all that threatens us. That media obsession over Obama playing golf and whether or not Michael Brown assaulted a cop are greater issues than the emerging of a dystopian, Third World, militarized, surveillance society in America is symptomatic of how badly our media has been compromised.
Joseph Stalin and Birmingham, Alabama Sheriff Bull Conner are I am sure smugly smiling from Hell as surly as is George Orwell horrified in Heaven. Those who stood with Amy and me in 2009 should be with Orwell but apparently are not. Yet this is exactly what the Tea Party was founded to oppose, and is the foretold last stop before the bottom of the slippery slope that we and generations of conservatives (including the Founders) warned we would reach if not vigilant.
It is time to create armed parity between free citizens and the police, either by arming us or disarming the police to our level as well as standing against unconstitutional government, the courts be damned. Otherwise there is no point to secure borders or any war on terror. But more importantly, where is my Tea Party? Too busy monetizing people's patriotism and fears perhaps?
Mark Williams is past chairman of the Tea Party Express and four national speak tours spanning some 200 cities His 2010 book Taking Back America, One Tea Party at a Time is considered the definitive statement of the basic principles and goals of the Tea Party Movement and still available on Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/