The steady drumbeat of extreme far-right warnings about an impending war/revolution continues. A Washington state legislator, one of the leading Republicans in the state house, told a rally of Tea Party types that they need to stockpile ammunition for the “inevitable” economic collapse that will lead to the need to battle the government.
An Eastern Washington legislator, speaking at a “Self-Reliance Rally” of Tea Party activists and survivalists, predicted last weekend that the United States economy is going to collapse and told activists to stock up on ammunition and stay in top physical condition for when that happens.
“We need to prepare for the inevitable collapse that is going to happen: You know it’s going to happen. That’s right, I am a politician and I am standing up here and saying that,” said state Rep. Matt Shea, a Republican from Spokane Valley. The lawmaker’s remarks were reported in the Coeur D’Alene Press.
“When it happens, we need to look at this as an opportunity, not a crisis,” Shea added. “Whose job is liberty? That’s our job.”
Shea recalled advice given to him in the military:
“Be prepared at any given moment to give up your job to do what is right. You have to stand up for what is right — even if it means you have to stand up to your government.”
ThinkProgress reports that Shea has also sponsored a bill to outlaw the use of American currency and recognize only the use of gold and silver. As the far right has been mainstreamed by the Republican party, many have forgotten where this kind of rhetoric comes from — the white supremacist movement. This has long been standard preaching among racists and militia members, preparing for the coming “race war” that will inevitably pit them against the government.