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Fear and Loathing in Appalachia

While in Asheville, North Carolina this past Monday I saw a free publication I couldn’t avoid.  The Asheville Tribune is published by The Tribune Papers, an ultra-right-wing political publication dedicated to the fall of the United States.  On its cover it showed a bus that has been travelling around, hosting John Locke Society speakers and explaining how President Obama and the Liberals will be coming to kill your grandparents – and not simply because their proposals will fail but because “They want to ration healthcare.”  

The implication of an Orwellian plan to execute the old is left hanging in the air only long enough to be picked up again and smashed repeatedly onto the heads of the “hundreds of people” who have been coming to see this Magic Mystery Tour.

But this newspaper is even more special.  It’s for Conservatives promoting the death of America.  Now them’s some real patriots!

Dallas Woodhouse – director of Americans for Prosperity North Carolina – was “raspy already from two days of screaming”, which sums up the tenor and content of the article, and, I can only imagine, the bus tour.  This is entirely in line with the shouting, screaming, ranting and pitching of wild accusations that has come to typify the vocal opposition to health care reform we have all come to be embarrassed on behalf of.

The speakers at the bus tour set out a circular litany of presupposed points to argue against – none of which are part of the proposals being discussed in the House or Senate – and proudly knock them down.  “Clearly demonstrating” points by making assertions, railing against the “nationalized healthcare” that the Democrats are pushing, stating (and thereby, I suppose, proving) that this socialist system will run out of money, thereby requiring rationing.  Mark Hopp, physical therapist and former accountant, spoke for the Learned: “Like most, Hopp suspected that the elderly would be the first to be denied treatment.”

Of course they would.  You said so, so it must be true.

But as I mentioned in the opening, this newspaper doesn’t stop at opposing health care reform, or the President, or Democrats or even liberals in general.  Like all good End Times Militia supporters, the Asheville Tribune supports and advocates the end of the United States of America.  An article on the Tribune website – The Conservative Republican Myth, by Asheville lawyer Steve Kropelnicki – spells out the agenda of the publication and calls conservatives to abandon America and keep their powder dry for the rapidly-approaching aftermath among the ruins:

And so conservatives must abandon the Republican party.  Far more important, we must abandon loyalty to the  federal government. That government is our enemy.  It is corrupt beyond hope of redemption, bloated, powerless to accomplish good.  It is a malignancy which first destroyed the constitution and soon will destroy itself.

Not content with standing idly by and watching our nation fail, Mr. Kropelnicki suggests that conservatives need to actively work to bring about the destruction of America – non-violently, or course – by undermining the institutions of government and promoting secessionist movements:

We must organize and support a third party, not to win elections to federal office, but to drain off support from the traditional parties…

A handful of state legislators have given us state sovereignty resolutions and other acts of defiance which can be the start of real resistance to Washington.  We must add fuel to these fires.

Amid protests of patriotism, this paragon of American Conservatism plays taps for the nation and proudly marches into the future looking to own the leadership position in the New Empire,

As much as we have loved her, the America of our forefathers is dead.

With patriots like these, who needs enemies?

Washington will fail.  Conservatives must revoke their allegiance, before the deluge.  Then we can form the organization, provide the leadership, and garner the support which will be required to draw in the remnant and build a new constitutional republic.

Tell you what, Mr. Kropelnicki, I’ll be here working for the country you claim to support while you are looking to stab it in the heart and we’ll let time and public opinion weigh in on which is patriotic and which isn’t.


  1. Not because my views have particularly changed, but because I think of myself as American, and Republican before I think of ideology.

    Conservatives have morphed from Neoconservative roots, and the odd duck Religious Right, but there is a growing call from the Wingnut Brigade to abandon the very thing that makes them Republicans: the Republic and its preservation.

    It is odd for these folks to cling to a party whose formation was predicated on preserving our government, and our nation.  

  2. creamer

      Its obvious that our education system is lacking. Or maybe its the floride in the water.

    Some of theese people worship with rattlesnakes.

  3. NavyBlueWife

    I wish that these people would just leave the country if they hate it so much.  Why should they benefit from all my hard work?  Why should they continue to bite the hand that feeds?  Why should they live in peaceful neighborhoods where car bombs never go off?  Why should their wives and daughters not fear being raped over and over again by soldiers?  Why should they have fire departments that come immediately if their houses catch on fire?  Why should they have roads to drive on so that they can distribute their hate-filled publications?  I’m sure that if they pooled their resources, they could strike out and find an island to inhabit and make it that great place they always wanted it to be.  It’s not very bleeding heart liberal-y of me to feel this way, but I do.  I’m not perfect.

    I don’t think they realize all the wonderful benefits that they receive by being American.  They won the lottery when they were born.  Ugh.  Same thing with Orly Taitz.  She fucking came here from the USSR where she was born because she wants a better way of life, yet she continues to shit all over our country.  Why are you here then?!?!?!?!  After all, in the USSR and even in Russia currently, she couldn’t run her mouth the way she does now. (insert favorite expletive!)  And I don’t recall the Statue of Liberty inscribed with “Give me your batshit crazies”.

    /deep breaths

  4. sricki

    Why are these people still here? Can we ship them all to Texas and build a massive fence excluding it? I’d support the option of a border fence if it kept the Texans out.

  5. anna shane

    between the medicare for all side vs. the deathers.  I’d like the medicare for all option to be discussed like a real alternative, not just something that isn’t politically feasible. I think the 3/4 of american who favor having medicare as a choice of insurers would do a better job of calling out the other side, cause these two sides actually are quite different. Then, if the compromise ends up being what’s currently being proposed, then it would be seen as a consensus agreement.  They took the good idea of requiring doctors to talk to patients about end of life options, which we all want, even if we don’t fear death, we sure do fear the way we may end up dying, and traded it for nothing. How about trading that for a medicare option starting at 55, which is when many retire, or for anyone who takes early retirement and is no longer competing for jobs.

    The deathers are going after Max’s proposals as if they included a real public option.  Which just drives the medicare for all supporters, all the majority of us, into some ‘it’ll never happen, look what they came up with from just expanding coverage to require insurance companies to cover everyone.’  


    It had pictures of a bunch of T-Shirts with sayings like:

    Party like it’s 1773.

    Comrad Obama.

    Somewhere in Kenya or Indonesia, a village is missing its idiot.

    It just irritated the hell out of me as I get this kind of crap from my Republican cousins too.  So anyway, I mashed up some clipart and sent the following response:

    What do you think, too subtle?

  7. alyssa chaos

    I generally think that some people just feel that government and both parties are full of crooks and liars and that we’re going down a death spiral, which is understandable I suppose.  

    So I can kind of see the anger behind it, I just dont understand what happens after that. Nothing constructive for sure,only creepiness.

  8. 1) Proof that EUTHANASIA is pushed by Obama’s socialist government “health” care.

    President Obama had been confronted by a North Carolina woman asking if “everyone that’s Medicare age will be visited and told they have to decide how they wish to die.”  

    In response Obama joked morbidly about euthanasia, that he hadn’t yet hired enough bureaucrats to conduct such an operation, yet he could not deny the New York Post’s discovery the House bill “compels seniors to submit to a counseling session every five years (and more often if they become sick or go into a nursing home) about alternatives for end-of-life care” (pages 425-430).  In other words, your grandmother will be told, when insufficient resources are rationed to young people, that her duty to die begins with mandatory “end-of-life counseling,” or as Obama explained, “encourage the use of living wills” that terminate otherwise salvageable lives prematurely through signed “do not resuscitate” (DNR) legal releases that authorize “pulling the plug” on Grandma.

    I’d parse this all out in its gory circular self-immolation, but I just don’t have the time so I leave that as an exercise for the reader.

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