I just got finished listening to “The Rise of Militias and Hate Groups in the U.S.” on the Diane Rehm Show. White Preservationist posted the link somewhere in the comments.
Mark Potok of the SPLC was on the show. David Lackomar, the Livingston County Team Leader of the Southeast Michigan Volunteer Militia, was also a guest. Three other less interesting characters (a Wash Post reporter, an American University professor, another anti-racist hack) filled out the rest of the panel.
As you might expect, the Diane Rehm Show turned out to be little more than leftist propaganda about the militia movement. Angry White men with guns who hate the federal government (think Reconstruction) have long haunted the liberal imagination. The roundtable speculated that a severe economic recession and “the election of a black president” was fueling the rise of militias and hate groups.
The militia movement that exists now under Obama was dwarfed by the previous one in the 1990s under Bill Clinton. If Hillary or John Edwards been elected president, the result would likely be the same, as either would have pursued the same anti-White policies. White Nationalists were also divided over whether to support Obama or McCain. Many racialists thought the election of a black president would be good recruiting tool for the movement and voted for the Magic Negro. This prediction at least seems to have come true.
David Lackomar was easily the highlight of the show. He disappointed his anti-racist hosts by pointing out that he is half-Cherokee and that White members of his militia have Asian spouses. Rehm and Potok desperately wanted to paint the militia movement as the Klan reincarnate. Lackomar came across as an ordinary patriotic American with a zeal defend liberty from an encroaching federal government.
The demonization of the militias in the media says a lot about the our new ruling class. In the nineteenth century, patriotic White males were expected to serve in the militia and have some military training. The Founders themselves believed that government was the greatest threat to our freedom. Now we have progressive radio show hosts like Diane Rehm scaremongering the public about American citizens who might use the internet to “question the government” (yes, she actually said this)!
Lackomer’s account of his own militia was interesting. This month he will be teaching wilderness survival skills, foraging, map and compass reading, and, as always, marksmanship. I found myself wanting to learn more. At some point, I might even join a militia here in Virginia.
These might prove useful skills in the post-American future.