People keep calling the would-be kidnappers of Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer “far right,” but are they really? What they seem to want is chaos for its own sake:
The seven men were said to be affiliated with an extremist group known as the Wolverine Watchmen, and the state’s attorney general accused them of collecting addresses of police officers in order to target them, threatening to start a civil war “leading to societal collapse” and planning to kidnap the governor and other government officials.
One of them said, “I just wanna make the world glow, dude. We’re gonna topple it all, dude.”
Whatever sort of political program that represents, I can't see how it is conservative. It springs from such a deep hatred of our world, such a profound sense that our lives are intolerable, that civil war and the collapse of civilization seem like rosy alternatives. Yes, it is mixed up with racism and hatred of bossy liberals, but mainly I hear longing for the Apocalypse. For escape form the misery of 21st-century life at any price.
Another thing that puzzles me about these characters is their utter lack of planning for the future they claim to want. They think they can somehow change the world with one simple act:
Snatch and grab, man. Grab the f*****' Governor. Just grab the b****. Because at that point, we do that, dude — it's over.
Over? How? You think the whole establishments is going to roll over because you kidnapped one mediocre governor? Have a little more respect for you enemies than that.
I keep seeing this longing for a radical break, some act that would make a definitive before and after, that would bring an end to our age and usher in a new one. That's what Timothy McVeigh was after when he drove his truck bomb into Oklahoma City. One big explosion, and then it would happen.
What would happen? Really, what? They talk about civil war, uprisings, killing everyone in the government, all utterly vague and unfocused. How would they live? They don't even do basic things like stockpiling food and ammunition.
No, really, it isn't over. It just goes on. The FBI comes, the ATF, the state police, and if that doesn't work then they come with the drones and the hellfire missiles and the 82nd Airborne.
It's a crazy, childish fantasy, made tragic because these children have guns and bombs.