|Someone isn't a fan of the president in J.C.|
Last Friday evening, a commenter identifying herself as Ann Barnhardt wrote the following on that post:
My name is Ann Barnhardt and I am the proud owner of the "Obama is a Fraud" billboard. I have lived and worked in Denver for 13 years after graduating from K-State. I decided to buy the billboard space in J.C. so that the enlisted men and women at Ft. Riley (home of the First Infantry Division) would see it and THINK. Our Constitutional Republic is hanging by a thread, and that thread my well be the enlisted men and women of the Armed Forces. They need to understand that Obama is illegitimate and a traitor.
Molon Labe is
Latin Greek for "Come and take them," a response people like to imagine they will give the day Obama marches in and demands their guns.
In further comments, Barnhardt made claims like this: "[Obama] is consciously trying to destroy our economy and the US Dollar as the global reserve currency. This constitutes treason."
Barnhardt runs Barnhardt Capital Management, an independent brokerage company focusing on agricultural futures. (She promises a flat $29 per-commission fee and also sells DVDs on cattle marketing through a subscription website.)
She blogs steadily and and has just taken up Twitter. A memorable blog post from Sunday night considers a pastor's mockery of Lindsay Lohan in a church service. In it, Barnhardt relates the story of the Roman centurion who mocked Christ and concludes, that "we all need to be careful who we laugh at" because the hard-living starlet is like "Mary Magdalene ten seconds before she crossed paths with Jesus."
Good for her. It's almost wise enough to make me rethink my Crap Archiving ways.
But then there's posts with titles like "Obama's Satanic Theology," "GREEN = COMMUNIST = EVIL = MURDEROUS," and a cut-and-paste job of the Declaration of Independence comparing the colonists grievance against King George to hers against Obama's. (Both tyrants have "ravaged our coasts.")
Even these, though, are sharply written and mostly thoughtful. That makes her conclusions all the more chilling: Here is a bright and accomplished businesswoman utterly convinced that the president who didn't even try for a public option is "a hard-core Marxist-Leninst" whose misrepresentations are dire enough "that they constitute treason."
I wrote to Barnhardt to ask if she intends her billboard to inspire resistance among Fort Riley's military personnel. She responded:
"Yes. The Military SHOULD cease to obey orders from Obama (or any CIC) that seeks to:And she continues all the way to letter J. (I've included her response in full, unedited, as the first comment on this post.)
A.) Disarm the American people
B.) Conduct warrantless searches of the American people
C.) Detain American citizens as "enemy combatants" or try them by military tribunal."
"Having said this, I truly hope that I am wrong and that 10 years from now you can laugh at me and call me "crazy". That would be the BEST POSSIBLE outcome, and one that I pray for daily. But at this point, I am completely unconcerned about "offending" anyone or "making people feel uncomfortable". Sometimes offense and discomfort are the only ways to get peoples' attention."
The Obama-hatin' billboard near Junction City may or may not reflect the attitudes of Junction City's residents. (Considering the large African-American population at Fort Riley, J.C. is most likely not the most Obama-hatin' town in Kansas, as I suggested last week.)
That billboard is not the agonized expression of some angry soldiers about to blow, as some might have feared. Instead, it is something uniquely American: an attempt to anger up those soldiers into something verging upon revolt ... through free-market advertising.
Now, why would a tyrant allow that?
[Note: I originally identified molon labe as Latin. Ann e-mailed to point out it is Greek. She wins this round . . . and so does K-State, I guess, since I went to KU.]