I’ve worked for political campaigns. There are people who are watching what happens on the rope lines, in the rally lines, at the rallies themselves. The kinds of things we saw during the last election were not uncontrolled random populous movements. They are semi-orchestrated, semi-managed events designed to turn political differences into seething hate (for political purposes). For instance, the things you see in this video do not happen without the knowledge of the candidate or senior staff, and there are efforts to control how people behave in these situations. What you see here is people acting as they have been encouraged to act by party activists.
Radical anti-government activism is often associated with conservative and libertarian politics. We’re not talking about healthy critique, but rather, sagebrush rebellion separatist ‘philosophy’ which is often little more than snotty nosed whining by people who got one more parking ticket than their psychotic selves could handle.
Sarah Palin was particularly intense in this regard. She even hated animals.
You will remember during the campaign the large number of cases of defacement, violence, threats, and so on by Republican operatives against Democratic targets. Here’s a sampling:
And we see the outcome of the talk and semi-organized hate manifest in other ways as well.
Including physical attacks that were once on Youtube but have subsequently disappeared.
And when we have an elected official calling for the organized repression of those who disagree with her (and getting re-elected by the morons of her congressional district!!!):
Then there is race bating by the main spokes person of the republican party: