We should probably be happy that our local Republican machine here in Loudoun County is merely incompetent (see: Reid, Ken) and corrupt, rather than completely unhinged.
For a specimen of the latter, we have our neighbors to the south in Greene County, a region of our state located between Culpeper and Charlottesville, and apparently populated by a disproportionate number of people who like to wear tricorn hats and carry muskets and recite lines from elementary school history pageants about giving ’em liberty or death. (Or sometimes wear even more outré headgear, as depicted in the accompanying photo.)
In its latest newsletter, the Greene County Republican Committee garnered more attention than they probably intended with a letter from the editor asserting, “we shall not have any coarse [sic] but armed revolution should we fail with the power of the vote in November ~ This Republic cannot survive for 4 more years underneath this political socialist ideologue.”
In the wake of a certain understandable reaction from people who do not think that the violent overthrow of a constitutionally elected government is in strict keeping with the best principles of American liberty, Ye Ed now insists that he was misunderstood, and that by “armed” he meant “armed with words.”
But actually that bit about “armed revolution” was far from the craziest thing in the newsletter. Ye Ed also called President Obama “an ideologue unlike anything world history has ever witnessed or recognized,” which would probably come as a surprise to Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, Lenin, Mao, Kim Jong-Il, Pope Innocent III, Ayatollah Khomeini, Grand Inquisitor Torquemada, Eric Cantor, and Michael P. Farris, for starters.
Elsewhere in the same newsletter the deep thinkers of the Greene County GOP warn against “Islamic Infiltration” of American “political and educational institutions”; offer a page of almost entirely bogus “facts” picked up verbatim from a chain email going around right-wing nut circles supposedly establishing that Obama is “America’s most biblically-hostile president” (and PS, aren’t you the guys who are always reading the Constitution . . . ever read that bit where it says “no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States”); and in another article assert that the president has brought “tyranny and terror . . . upon the land” and vow, “We shall never relinquish our sword as we defend freedom & liberty.”
Luckily the phenomenon may be self-limiting, as the newsletter also offers a recipe for “Conservative Potato & Egg Delight,” which if it’s any indicator of the typical diet of these folks (eggs, cheese, potatoes), does not bode for their longevity.
Still, makes a person happy that here in Loudoun, the county Republican Committee is merely in the hands of corrupt land developers, doesn’t it?