Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Where the Wind Comes Sweeping Down the Plain....

As a native of the state that provided the most violent resistance to the Civil Rights Movement and that's the birthplace of the American Taliban, I'm weirdly relieved when some other member of the Union out-crazies my birthplace.

Oklahoma State Representative Charles Key and State Senator Randy Brogdon are in favor of starting a state militia to "defend against federal infringements on state sovereignty." Now even I will admit Oklahomans have suffered at the hands of Washington: the $1.5 million that Oklahoma received to help pay for school lunches must have been a bitter pill to swallow. And that $17 million for broadband in the Western part of the state? I'm sure someone in Tulsa is protesting by self-immolation as we speak.

But you would think the Confederate History Month resolutions that have been in the news would have reminded Key and Brogdon that armed resistance to the federal government has been tried before, and it didn't go that well.

Admittedly this hasn't even reached the planning stage, but Key is fairly confident a bill will be introduced in the next legislative session.

Nor have proponents of a militia clearly explained how the militia would defend Oklahoma against federal intrusions.

I suppose they could start by shooting mailmen delivering Social Security checks.

(Hat-tip to David Harnden-Warwick for this news story)

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