Oct 21, 2009

Right-wing, anti-government fringe group holding anti-UN rally on government property

I thought this crap blew up with the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City 14 years ago, but apparently it’s making a comeback with the election of President Barack Obama.

The Michigan Militia is holding an anti-United Nations rally on Saturday afternoon on the steps of the Capitol in Lansing. It seems ironic that they are holding an anti-government rally on a government facility, but nothing about this right-wing group makes sense. Saturday is also UN Day, and it marks the anniversary of the adoption of the UN charter on 24 October 1945. It has traditionally been marked throughout the world by meetings, discussions and exhibits on the achievements and goals of the organization dedicated to international peace and security.

It’s obscene that a group dedicated to chaos and hate is marring that day. It’s also no coincidence that the Capitol rally is being advertised on the white supremacists web site. We saw this crap on display at the Astroturf “tea parties,” and this is basically just one more tea bagger episode.

Irrational anti-government groups like the so-called militia were at their peak until the 1995 terrorist bombing in Oklahoma City by militia sympathizer Timothy McVeigh. They had crawled back into their status as a fringe group after his views were exposed, but earlier this year the Department of Homeland Security issued a report warning that violent, anti-government rightwing fringe groups like the so-called militia are on the rise.

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