Today makes exactly one year since I started this blog. I thought I’d reproduce the first blog post that I wrote on September 20, 2009.
It’s been a helluva year, politically. Yet, as you will see, via the following post: The more things change, the more they stay the same.
The Fifth Column Of Insanity – September 20, 2009
Welcome to Day 1 of The Fifth Column.
Bob Reynolds, journalist, writes about the insanity going on in The United States over Barack Obama’s presidency:
Michelle Bachmann, the US Republican Representative for Minnesota, tells a radio interviewer she believes Barack Obama, the US president, plans to set up mandatory “re-education camps” to indoctrinate young Americans.
Glenn Beck, a television personality working at the Fox news network, says on the air that Obama is a “racist” with a “deep-seated hatred for white people”.
Comparing Obama to Adolf Hitler, an Iowa man named Tom Eisenhower speaks up at a town hall meeting held by Republican Senator Charles Grassley, and says “The president of the United States, that’s who you should be concerned about.”
Retired FBI agent Ted Gunderson, a prolific writer and speaker about conspiracy theories involving devilish sex cults and the Illuminati, tells a gathering of right-wing “Patriots” in Florida that the federal government has set up 10,000 internment camps across the country and is storing thousands of guillotines for mass executions.
Mel Sanger, a self-described “political researcher”, offers visitors to his website a $24.97-report full of “cutting edge evidence” that Obama is the biblical Antichrist.
Tens of thousands of right-wing demonstrators march on the US Capitol waving signs reading “Bury Obamacare with Kennedy” and calling Obama a “bloodsucking Muslim alien”.
Steven Anderson, the pastor of the Faithful Word Baptist Church in Arizona, preached a sermon last month entitled “Why I hate Barack Obama”, in which he declared, “I’m going to pray he dies and goes to hell.”
Frank Schaeffer, author of Crazy for God: How I Grew Up as One of the Elect, Helped Found the Religious Right, and Lived to Take All (or Almost All) of It Back, was on the Rachel Maddow show on Thursday, September 17th. He was explaining the craziness around the ‘tea party’ demonstrations. His explanation included a term: “The Fifth Column of Insanity”. After listening to his explanation, and knowing that I wanted to start a blog about the craziness that is going on politically and culturally, the term sounded like a perfect title for my newly conceived blog. Listen to Frank Schaeffer:
The video has since been removed. However, it’s on Rachel Maddow’s MSNBC site: