Know Your Wingnuts
Today's anti-government, anti-tax, pro-gun, anti-immigrant, virulent anti-communist, pro-Confederate, anti-civil-rights types have roots in a number of earlier movements that have long since been discredited in the minds of sane people.
These include the +Klu Klux Klan
and the +John Birch Society
(hi, guys!)... the latter of which, I'll note, is headquartered in Appleton, Wisconsin (about two blocks from where I lived when I was there in 1997-99) -- home of Joe McCarthy, the "commie" witch-hunter and ever-vigilant guardian of our nation's precious bodily fluids.<paste>
One day, after my father was gone, I talked to my mother about her beliefs. “What happens to the poor, the elderly, the unemployed, the disabled if the Birch society achieves success?”
“It doesn’t matter, not at all,” she told me. “It’s all about the Constitution.”
“The Constitution doesn’t feed a hungry child or help an unemployed man,” I argued.
“That’s not my concern,” she said.</paste>
Any similarity to "rights are innate and come from nature/God, and exist whether or not they are enforced" is, I'm sure, purely coincidental.
It's all about retaining privilege and hierarchy. If society is based on anything less than totalitarianism with them at the top, they will call it "oppression" -- not because they really believe that, but because they think it's a magic word that gains sympathy.
...and they will use absolutely any argument to support their cause if they think someone might buy it.<paste>
Most Americans have no idea that these “new” ideas are the same “old” ideas that the John Birch Society preached fifty years ago.
I lived in the heart of radical right-wing extremism. I left the movement when I realized that living in a Birch society, libertarian America would be hell.
Right now, the libertarian push is strong. Bolstered by seemingly endless amounts of money, the anti-government crowd is buying influence on every level of government. This money juggernaut will be tough to stop, but it can be done.
When Americans realize what a libertarian-big business-religious right regime means, they’ll stand up and scream NO.
Time to start screaming.</paste>via +PZ Myers http://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2015/08/30/the-walking-john-birchers/ .