It seems that there isn’t a day when we hear or read about some wacky right wing group in the USA protesting against Barack Obama.
It certainly makes for good copy. I guess it is especially fodder for worldwide readers that like to have their stereotypes about the USA enforced by seeing gun toting Americans protesting against a Democrat black president.
Today for instance we have an article in The Age taken from the Washington Post by Ann Gerhart.
DANIEL Almond, a three-tour veteran of Iraq, prepared to ”muster outside DC” overnight with several dozen other self-proclaimed patriots, all armed.
The were planning to make history as the first people to take their guns to a demonstration in an American national park. The Virginia rally is deliberately being held in sight of the Capitol, just a few kilometres from the White House.
Mr Almond (below) planned to carry his loaded pistol, his rifle unloaded and slung to the rear, a bandoleer of magazines containing ammunition draped over his polo-shirted shoulder.
The real-estate agent organised the rally because he is upset about healthcare, climate control, bank bailouts, drug laws and what he sees as President Barack Obama’s insistence on and the Democratic Congress’s capitulation to a ”totalitarian socialism” that tramples individual rights.
So-called open-carry rallies have been taking place all across the country. Hundreds gathered in New Mexico, Ohio and Michigan last week, and rallies were taking place in Arizona.
We read that in Oklahoma the Tea Party newsletter boasts the motto “Buy more guns, more bullets”. Then we see this stuff
Non-Americans are thinking what’s going on.
There is always the issue that non-Americans may miss the cultural nuances that may make these statements perfectly understandable. It’s a bit when some American commentators labelled an Australian KFC commercial racist because they associated fried chicken with black people (although they were West Indians, rather than African Americans) when that connection is totally lost on Australians.
But what I am asking is where are the progressive USA protesters? How can these right wing groups get all the attention? Maybe they are there but because all they do is march and held placards that are actually spelled correctly they don’t make the news overseas. Maybe the Jon Stewart Show is enough.