The Oath Keepers, the anti-government â€œPatriotâ€ group that mounted an armed standoff with the Bureau of Land Management at the Bundy Ranch, stationed armed guards outside of military recruitment centers after the Chattanooga shooting, and unsettled Ferguson protestors when they showed up carrying assault rifles, is now offering anti-gay Kentucky clerk Kim Davis a â€œsecurity detailâ€ to protect her from further arrest if she continues to defy the Supreme Courtâ€™s marriage equality ruling.
Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes announced yesterday that he had reached out to Davisâ€™ lawyers at Liberty Counsel to offer the protection of his group, which he says is already forming a presence in Rowan County, Kentucky, where Davis was recently released from jail after prohibiting her office from issuing marriage licenses. Rhodes said in a statement that his position has nothing to do with gay marriage, but rather his conviction that Davis had been illegally detained by the federal judge who held her in contempt for violating multiple court orders. …
… Rhodes said that the Rowan County sheriff should have blocked U.S. Marshals from detaining Davis, but since neither the sheriff nor the stateâ€™s governor will do their â€œjobâ€ and â€œintercedeâ€ on behalf of Davis, the Oath Keepers will have to do it instead. â€œAs far as weâ€™re concerned, this is not over,â€ he said, â€œand this judge needs to be put on notice that his behavior is not going to be accepted and weâ€™ll be there to stop it and intercede ourselves if we have to. If the sheriff, who should be interceding, is not going to do his job and the governor is not going to do the governorâ€™s job of interceding, then weâ€™ll do it.â€
A shootout between these self-important bastards and the authorities might be the what finally makes clear to America that conservatism has gone stark raving mad, but there won’t be any bloodshed — at worst, these guys will show up armed and the authorities will back down, sensibly seeking to keep the peace. The crazies will get a win, it’ll be a one-day story at best, and we’ll just shrug and forget all about it as a nation, because nobody died.
In all seriousness, do we get to use the term â€œdomestic terroristâ€ and actually have it mean something if armed goobers like this are going to butt heads with U.S. Marshals after Davis inevitably violates her court order?
Bonus question: Â Do these guys show up at the Rowan County Clerkâ€™s Office to â€œprotectâ€ Davis from same-sex couples wanting to get married?
Double bonus question: if youâ€™re publicly announcing your intent to â€œinterfereâ€ with county sheriffs and U.S. Marshals, why are you not having a nice conversation with law enforcement in a little room with no windows?
Because as long as they are politically useful to the Right, they’ll be protected.
Meanwhile, the Nooz says that Mike Huckabee thinks Dred Scott is still the “law of the land.”
Huckabee appeared on conservative radio host Michael Medvedâ€™s show to defend Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis, who went to jail for contempt of court after refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses. The former governor compared the Supreme Courtâ€™s recent decision to legalize same sex marriage to the Dred Scott decision, which upheld slavery.
â€œMichael, the Dred Scott decision of 1857 still remains to this day the law of the land which says that black people arenâ€™t fully human,â€ he told the radio host. â€œDoes anybody still follow the Dred Scott Supreme Court decision?â€
Huckabee needs a long rest and lots of drugs, methinks.