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For the Radical Right, Obama Victory Brings Fury and Fear

By Mark Potok on November 7, 2012 - 10:52 am, Posted in Anti-LGBT, Extremist Propaganda, White Nationalism

When the word came in last night that Barack Obama and the Democrats had won national elections in a decisive victory, millions of Americans went to bed, satisfied that even if their candidate didn’t win, democracy had survived. The results made it clear that this election had in no way been stolen.

But not so at Ole Miss, which last month marked the 50th anniversary of deadly segregationist riots. Shortly after midnight, several hundred mostly white students protested furiously, reportedly yelling anti-black racial slurs and throwing rocks at passing cars. An Obama/Biden campaign sign was burned before campus police broke up the crowd in Oxford. There were apparently no arrests or injuries.

The reaction to the re-election of our first black president from the radical right — and that seemed clearly to include some University of Mississippi students — ranged from sputtering rage and name-calling to calls for a new Southern secession, mass emigration to Europe, or even the break-up of the United States. There was one thing large numbers seemed clearly to agree on: The changing racial demographics of our country, expected to lose its white majority by 2050, was key to the result.

“Welcome to a truly white minority world,” wrote one commenter on Stormfront, the world’s largest white supremacist Web forum, which is run by a former Alabama Klan leader. “The future is now. There is no denying this. The sun has set on humanity’s greatest era: 1500-2000. … [T]he only way to survive this war of annihilation is separatism. … [W]e have to choose regions or states.”

“We have truly fallen under God’s judgment,” wrote another. “You will never see another white man occupy the White House again.” Responded a third: “If you can immigrate to Europe you start making plans. … America will become largely a non-white population that is poverty stricken and all those government programs will soon disappear. It will happen. No more Medicare and no more social security.”

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The loss of a white majority in the United States has helped drive a truly explosive growth of the radical right in the last three years, and that now seems likely to accelerate. Hate groups in recent years have risen to more than 1,000, and the number of antigovernment “Patriot” groups has shot up from just 149 in 2008 to 1,274, according to research by the Southern Poverty Law Center. For months now, groups on the radical right have increasingly fretted about a possible Obama victory. Now that that has occurred, the radical right may grow more dangerous still.

On Stormfront, given this reality, it wasn’t surprising to find talk of violence in the wake of the election. “I live in a liberal area so many of my ‘friends’ are shouting for joy,” lamented one poster at the racist site. “I don’t actually have many real friends and the ones I do have are scared and talking about arming themselves.”

Over at the conspiracist website Infowars, some reactions weren’t that different. “Now is the time to leave this country,” wrote a commenter using the name munglejonkeys. “[T]hey have brought about a communist takeover without firing a single shot. America will resemble Zimbabwe (economically) in a few years and there will be a huge shift in the welfare-dependent knob-slobs who thought that selling their souls for an Obama-phone was such a great deal. … All because white people didn’t oppose political correctness 35 years ago.”

Remarkably, similar sentiments seemed to crop up in what is taken as the political “mainstream.” Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, fearing an Obama victory, said last night: “The white establishment is now the minority. And the voters, many of them, feel that the economic system is stacked against them and they want stuff.” He added: “The demographics are changing. It’s not a traditional America any more.”

Donald Trump, the billionaire unrepentant “birther,” didn’t mention race. But he tweeted last night that the election was “a total sham and a travesty. We are not a democracy!” He went on to characterize the Electoral College, which gave the race to Republican George W. Bush in 2000, as a “disaster for democracy.”

The anti-gay right reacted with fury, as well. In a long thread on the passage of same-sex marriage referenda at the antigovernment site Free Republic, commenters were apoplectic — and frightened. “Get ready for God’s wrath,” wrote one. “The people are choosing Satan’s finest.” “Fudgies win again,” wrote another. “Incidents of HIV [to] rise again.” And a third: “America is going to pay for its unbelief and its love of abortion and homosexuals. … And IT DESERVES IT.”

“SICK SICK SICK,” wrote still another. “What a filthy night this election is.”

In fact, as pointed out on CNN’s religion blog, the whole election was a “nightmare scenario” for conservative Christian leaders. Noting the approval of two same-sex marriage referenda, the re-election of a president who supported such marriages, and the rejection of hard-line anti-abortion candidates, CNN said the election results “seemed to mark a dramatic rejection of the Christian right’s agenda.”

“The historic nature of these results are hard to overstate,” Robert P. Jones, a pollster who specializes in politics and religion, told CNN regarding the referenda in Maine and Maryland. “Given the strong support of younger Americans for same-sex marriage, it’s unlikely this issue will reappear as a major national wedge issue.”

Non-Islamic domestic terrorism in the United States shot up in the wake of President Obama’s first election in 2008, spurred by fury over the “socialist” president and the racial change that he represents in the American population. Now, given the reaction from the radical right to last night’s election results, that seems likely to continue — or to get even worse, as racists and right-wing radicals seethe.

Joseph Farah, who runs the conspiracist “news” site WorldNetDaily, sounded typical. “I think things are going to get very tough in America over the next four years,” he said. “I expect more division, more stratification, maybe even the disintegration of the constitutional republic that was the envy of the world for so long. It’s time to hunker down. It’s time to prepare for the worst — economically, militarily, socially, culturally. The revolutionaries have won a major political victory. The America haters are running the country for another four years.

“That is not a pretty prospect.”

“OK, now we have all seen the writing on the wall, AGAIN!” wrote one person in a Stormfront post that seemed to capture the general feeling of helpless rage. “The question is, What are we going to do about it? What is our plan?”

  • We the people

    The left is destroying itself by the very nature of its policies. It has happened countless times throughout history. The progressive marxist left attacks anyone who does not support them. This is normal for the left. Rampant spending, bloated entitlements, and very poor military and fiscal policy have never and will never work as history shows. Sadly America will collapse because this is their plan. However we will survive and restructure. As with europe they want you to believe you are te minority. Just remember 61.5% of Americans identify themselves as center right. And hardline leftist or socialist represent less than 5% of the population. Read the communist manifesto and rules for radicals and you will understand the minority left. They are galvanizing Americans, Christianity is actually growing faster than ever, and people are becoming more politically aware….support your true conservative leaders and community organizations and realize its ok. The left has failed and they dont even know it.

  • bptr

    We truly have a REDNECK MORON AMERICA now.

  • reasoner

    All you obama supporters have several things in common. You all resort to ridicule, sarcasm and name calling whenever a statement of truth pricks your God given sense of good and evil. You refuse to accept the fact that obama is nothing more than a very charismatic foreigner who manifests everything abominable according to the Word of God , the Bible. You all fervently believe that obama is a deity and you will worship him regardless of all the blatant evil that is manifest in him. To you, there is no words of wisdom other than what spews forth from his mouth. He preaches a gospel of envy and covetousness. He tells you that you are entitled to the fruits of other peoples labors. He promotes laziness and dependency instead of cultivating excellence of character and development of your God given abilities, while condemning those who have achieved success in America by thier hard work and strength of character, as evildoers. You choose to believe these lies. One thing for certain. God is not decieved or in any way approving of obama or your Idolatry. You cannot persuade anyone to your way of believing by citing anything of truth and substantial holiness about your false god. You cannot use truth because it is the light that will reveal your own wicked and evil nature. The Day of Judgement is inevitable. Your false god will be dealt with in truth and in righteousness. He and all his followers.

  • Edie Robbins

    Two comments:
    We do have a Democracy and the President won both the popular vote and the electoral college.

    Second. I would love to contribute to helping all those racist bigots and wackos move to Europe. Where to I send the money? :)

  • Ariana

    Oh, there is something missing in this post. You should have ended with: “And remember folks, there is no such thing as the radical left… or propaganda, unless it is right-wing propaganda…then it exists.”

  • Aron

    Guardian,

    When did I call you a name? I said you were a poor writer. That’s not a name.

    But I will call you a name this time: immature liar.

    And even that’s not really a name. It’s a state of being.

  • Guardian

    Well Aron and Erika, I expected as much. As the libs before you and all those will unfortunately come after, when your arguments on the issues falter you revert to name calling. Like schoolyard bullies overcompensating for their intellectual impotency.
    Grow up!

  • Aron

    Oh and Guardian, the fact that I couldn’t understand your comment was your fault, not mine. Might I learning how to use commas in the future? Or *gasp!* maybe even a semicolon!

  • Aron

    Marcia,

    I tried the whole ‘respectful debate’ thing or about a year. Then I realized I was getting nowhere, especially since most trolls here are hit-and-runners. So I decided to deride them with every bit of my tiny (right, Guardian?) intellect.

    It is much more fun that way.

  • Marcia

    I have just been scanning all the responses and so have not read them all, but am hoping that we might come to a point where we can respect those who have different opinions from ours and treat everyone with respect. It seems that we lower ourselves when we stoop to name calling and sarcasm.
    People who we think have crazy ideas are still people, like us.

  • Erika

    Oh poor widdle guardian, have all of the other kids left you alone? Now run along widdle troll because your mommy is calling you for dinner

  • Guardian

    Well I would have used the more common term of black and white, but we all know where that would have gotten me.

    Aron, I’ll try to talk down to your level in the future. Wouldn’t want you to miss anything.

    Aadila, there is not a conservative in existence that couldn’t take lessons from Barak Obama on lying. After the second presidential debate, Candy Crowley realized what a fool she made of herself and apologized for siding with Obama in his lie about his statements regarding the Benghazi murders. She had to admit that “Obama did not, in fact, say the attack was an act of terror”, as Obama insisted he had during the debate. So who’s lying?

    Remember these favorites from the Liar in Chief himself:
    -The Fast and Furious program was a field operation begun under the previous administration.
    -My budget will cut the deficit by $4 trillion over 10 years
    -I will not rest until the BP oil spill stops
    -ObamaCare fee is not a new tax
    -Mr. Ayers…is not someone I exchanged ideas from on a regular basis
    -I didn’t know Jeremiah Wright was radical
    -This will be the most transparent administration in history
    -I visited all 57 states???
    -Was never an ACORN trainer and never worked for ACORN in any other capacity
    -I barely knew Rezko

    And my personal favorites:
    -You didn’t build that
    -And…I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of the president of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.

  • Reynardine

    Well, Aadila, teal is a gray area.

  • Aron

    Erika there is also beer. Tasty, tasty, tasty, tasty beer.

    (I could really use a drink!)

  • aadila

    Or teal, Rey. Guardian cannot grasp the concept of teal. Much less teleology.

  • Erika

    Aron, in many respects the waffles and chocolates from Brussels are actually much more [deliciously] evil than the sprouts ;)

  • Reynardine

    Guardian, I don’t think your tiny brain can grasp the concepts of turquoise, malachite, peacock, and aquamarine.

    Most inaptly named Common Sense, I have enough common sense to grow my own fruit, put up my own fences, paint my own house, and perform simple repairs – besides publishing some books and doing the cover art- but I do not feel threatened as a white person. Nor am I anti-white: my house is white, my wheelbarrow is white, my fence will be white when the prime coat cures, and I have a father cat and a daughter cat who are white and blue-eyed.