Jimmy Lee Dykes: An avid fan of conservative talk radio

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The little boy, Ethan, is safe, rescued from his captivity at the hands of anti-government survivalist, Jimmy Lee Dykes.  And “conservative terrorist” Jimmy Lee Dykes is dead, shot in the head by the FBI as they stormed the bunker and rescued the boy.

As reported by Chelsea Hoffman of the Examiner, “. . . [N]eighbors say that Jimmy Lee Dykes was essentially a conservative extremist who played right wing talk radio most of the time. He was a paranoid and menacing individual who is accused by one neighbor of planning this entire abduction so he could demand a platform to rant his anti-government political opinions.”

If Dykes, as is rumored, was an avid fan of conservative talk radio, what he’s been hearing could have fueled his desire to demand a platform by taking a 5-year-old hostage – and this is what he’s been hearing:

Glenn Beck – He’s planning a community, known as Independence, USA, ” . . . [A] $2 billion, self-sufficient, libertarian city-cum-theme park that would mark ‘the rebirth of our nation through its own principles.’”  Free from the tyranny of “King Obama,” and free from the liberties he claims the government (and by that he means President Obama and Democrats in general) is stripping away.

In that same vein, some people, including a dude who blogs under the name “Vernon”, have envisioned a secular community called the Citadel “where you know that residing in every single home in the neighborhood are people who think much as do you, respect most of the values as do you, and will not try to force any of their values on you or your children . . . has qualified Riflemen inside, ready to come to your aid at a moments notice, whether to help you change a tire, fix a problem, or cover your back in a firefight with an Enemy of Liberty . . . .”  Vernon also noted that “. . . Militia training will also have a unifying social aspect to it.”  In fact, Drudge reported on the Citadel under a blazing headline that read, GROUP TO BUILD ARMED NEIGHBORHOOD FORTRESS.”

Preppers

As reported by Talking Points Memo, “The Citadel, as envisioned and advertised by its creators, is to be a walled community of 3,500 to 7,000 ‘patriotic American families’ who are ready for when The Shit Hits The Fan (TSHTF), i.e. the myriad potential society-collapsing disasters, either natural or man made, anticipated by preppers, survivalists, along with other fringe and breakaway strands of -ers and -ists. The Citadel is to be a place for people who want to be ‘removed and protected from peril in order to preserve ourselves, our posterity, and Liberty in the event of a national economic implosion.’”

Someone like Jimmy Lee Dykes, who carefully planned his underground bunker and planted homemade bombs inside it, might well have been excited by these folks – and other survivalist and bunker mentality movements, including the American Prepper Network.  As reported by Salon, “The APN site talks often and explicitly about ‘The End of the World As We Know It,’ which it refer to as TEOTWAWKI.  And judging from the abundance of videos and blogs of self-identified preppers arming themselves while touting conspiracies about government, financial collapse and the apocalypse, it’s clear this isn’t strictly a peaceful movement of people hoarding canned goods.  Preppers don’t just stockpile nonperishables — they collect weapons . . . preppers believe having weapons is just as important as having enough water. They are also deeply suspicious of government overreach . . . .”

In fact, the APN, along with other “survivalist” movements, routinely sound alarms about government infringement and the way to survive it, or revolt against it – largely centered around being well-armed.

The right-wing survivalists and preppers and bunker mentality types, led by Glenn Beck and Wayne LaPierre and Rush Limbaugh and other conservative talking heads, have evolved from “preparedness” to fomenting revolution.  And although Jimmy Lee Dykes will reside for eternity at least six feet under, the fuel for his violent actions lives on.  Though one survivalist with an anti-government, anti-Obama bent was felled, others have already, no doubt, taken root and are evolving into another Jimmy Lee Dykes.

The FBI had better keep its sharp-shooters sharp.

 

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