It is always salutary to be reminded that there are pest-holes filled with irrational, delusional, paranoids living everywhere.
One feature of the NM T'Baggers' gathering was the ubiquity of armaments. Via NMFBIHOP:
Alamogordo protestors carry guns, protest Obama
Sun Jan 03, 2010 at 15:44:41 PM MST
Yesterday was the day where Tea Partiers in southern New Mexico decided to gather in a park and bring their guns to protest President Barack Obama.
The New Mexico Independent, for which I also write, was there with a video report (embedded ABOVE) and there were some... I'll just say colorful characters.
The Alamogordo Daily News also was there, obviously, and caught up with some of the others who populate such protests.If he has "fought Communists all [his] life" than you would think that he actually knows what Communism is. Who knows what he has been fighting all this time?...
"I don't like what the Democrats are doing to our country," said Jim Kizer, of Alamogordo, who carried a .444 Marlin and a holstered .41 Smith and Wesson Magnum. "I'm a Korean vet and I grew up in Alaska during World War II. I've fought Communists all my life, and now our government is being taken over by them. That's why I'm here."
Kizer said his weapons were not loaded.
"I'm not trying to start a war," he said. "I just want to make a point."
Democracy for New Mexico asks a question which I suspect would either 1) stump the protesters or 2) show the protesters to be highly hypocritical:
If I had been there I would have asked the protestors if they would support a move to close down White Sands Missile Range, Holloman Air Force Base and other employers in Otero County that provide government jobs -- along with substantial spin-off money that goes directly into their communities. If they're so against what the government is and does, how do they justify so many in their communities living off the government dole, so to speak?
I wonder if they recognize that a very high percentage of the good-paying jobs in New Mexico are funded by the government with tax dollars paid by those who live outside the local tax base -- oftentimes on the East or West Coasts. According to the Otero County Chamber of Commerce, almost 30% of the jobs in the county are provided by the government. Well, there's socialism, and then there's socialism, right?