Rubbing Elbows with the Tea Party

I have a friend from out-of-town who comes to my neck
of the woods to ice skate at the local ice rink. Then we meet to play
Scrabble. When she came to meet me this week she had a newspaper in tow, a
newspaper called The Patriot: A
Grassroots Newspaper
.  A headline on
the front page immediately caught my eye The
UN is Preparing to Manage Mass Casualty Events Under Jade Helm
.  I had not thought that this kind of wingnut
Conservatism was popular in my central New York area. But I was wrong.
There are many code words of Conservative conspiracy
(gossip, made-up nonsense, fear mongering, choose a noun) talk in this 16 page
edition of The Patriot for July,
2015. It is an actual newsprint newspaper and is available for free at the ice
rink where my friend enjoys skating. She also seemed shocked to find this here.
The UN is an organization that Conservatives suspect is a front for a new world
order and they fear that the UN will usurp America and corral us all into dense
urban habitats in the interests of sustainability which, since they don’t
believe in climate change, they see as a very bad thing. This is directly
related to Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh who demonize the UN, sustainability and
Agenda 21. I have written about paranoia and Agenda 21 before.
Another term these folks like to throw around is
Illuminati, again expressing a fear that there are sinister powerful forces
plotting to destroy America and turn us into what? Russia perhaps. This article
is entitled Ukrainians Dispossessed:
Americans are next.
On the facing page is an enumeration of the powers of
the Federal Government as delineated in the original Constitution and an article in which the
newspaper editor asks members to be sure to elect people who will bring us
back into line with our founding documents. Next article is a lengthy
discussion of human exceptionalism which I confess that I just could not read.
Next up is Ready or Not…Here Comes the Antichrist!
Ready or Not…Here Comes the Lawless One! “The antichrist is also called the
Lawless One. Lawless… contrary or without regard for the law. Wow, you don’t
have to look far for that. Baltimore? Ferguson? Businesses burning, looting, no
self-control…police being shot. On a world scale…Isis beheadings, children and
women being raped, murdered…we have never seen a time like we’re seeing today.”
(scriptures follow).
On page 11 we have in big bold caps SOVIETIZING OF AMERICAN SOCIETY (here
we are talking about preschool education) followed by THE NEW WORLD ORDER (41) THE ULTIMATE CONFLICT.  This is where we are introduced to The
Luciferian Church of the U.N.
I’m sorry…to me this is doo-doo-doo-doo territory and
yet people also advertise in this newspaper. I do believe in free speech, but
sometimes I wish I didn’t.
Here is their mission statement:
Mission Statement Our mission is to organize, educate,
and inform our fellow citizens for the purpose of securing public policy
consistent with our core values. We will unify and we will exercise through all
legal means available, our power to effect the election of local, state, and
federal candidates who espouse our core values but we can not endorse any
candidates through the CNY Patriots website. Principals of the CNY Patriots CNY
Patriots as an organization believes in the Constitution of the United States,
Free Markets, Limited Government, and Fiscal Responsibility. We recognize and
support the strength of grassroots organization powered by activism and civic
responsibility at a local level. The CNY Patriots is a non-partisan grassroots
organization of individuals united by shared core values derived from the
Declaration Of Independence, the Bill Of Rights, the Federalists Papers and the
Constitution of United States of America. Core Values • Uphold the Constitution
• Free Markets • Limited Government • Fiscal Responsibility 
America is getting weird, don’t you think this might be part of the reason?
This is
the view from the cheap seats.
Nancy Brisson