Monday, January 18, 2010

Gun Nuts, Militia, Tea Baggers, Neo-Confederates, Oh My!

What better way to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day than to head down to the General Assembly to see our elected officials in action. At least that's what a few hundred gun nuts, right-wing militia types, Tea Baggers, and Neo-Confederates thought. A few pictures for your delectation.

"Are we late? I brought my little 12" Confederate flag to wave."

Today was old white people day at the Bell Tower. Apparently the African American tea party is later this week.

I'm guessing there aren't too many people with graduate degrees in this picture.

Personally, I have always thought that Patrick Henry was kind of a douche, and this guy's performance really captured that aspect of Patrick Henry's personality.

And here are the "scary militia guys" in their scary camo fatigues. Fun fact: not only were no guns openly displayed, the Capitol Police wouldn't even let these clowns carry the pointy 24" long sticks that their little U.S. and Confederate flags came with. The sticks were not allowed, demonstrators were informed.

Apparently these folks are planning on enslaving those of us who don't have guns.

Wrapping yourself in a different sort of flag.

Insert your own funny caption here.


JTylerBallance said...

As a member of the Henrico Democratic Committee, I find your attempts to disparage these citizens to be repugnant.

Most of us here in Virginia observe our time honored tradition of engaging those with different views. By doing so, we generally find that we have common ground on at least a few issues.

The folks at the Capitol today were demonstrating peacefully and showing support for a variety of causes. They were exhibiting exemplary behavior for our citizens.

Rather than make judgments based on your own prejudices, I encourage everyone to engage in constructive discourse with members of these groups.

When you see someone with a Confederate Battle Flag, ask them about their Confederate Veteran ancestors. If you encounter a "tea-bagger" ask them about any projects that they have been working on to promote LIBERTY for all citizens. When you see a fellow wearing militia garb, ask him if he has considered joining the Virginia Defense Force (an auxiliary of our Virginia Guard) and if not, invite his group to help with one of your church or community projects. Even the fellow that you may think is a "gun nut" may very well be an accomplished firearms safety instructor, who would be happy to provide a seminar on gun safety to your community group.

By engaging in honest discussions with those who may not always agree with us, we often learn myriad lessons, but most importantly, we generally discover that we have more in common than we have differences.

We can disagree, but we Virginians can still remain civil towards one another and work for the common good.

Cargosquid said...


Well said.