While our attention is rightly focused on the Gulf Coast region and the litany of disasters that continue to strike it, we should take time to acknowledge a nearby group that will no doubt be a target for mockery and outrage. I'm talking, of course, about the Minutemen. Remember them? Of course you do. They were all over the place a few months back.
And now they're planning to return to the border. Apparently, despite the colossal failure that was the first Minuteman project (Their first stint only drew 150 volunteers out of a pool of 1,300), they really think they can start something this time. And maybe they will - they do seem to be growing, owing to heavy media coverage. Don't get me wrong, they deserved the coverage (I mean, how often do you see armed vigilante groups in this country nowadays?), but that doesn't make it any less disturbing.
Now, I could go on and on about how wrong this whole thing is, but there's really not that much to say. Everyone loves vigilantes until they become the targets. So rather than waste your time with what I'm sure would be a pointless argument, here are a few choice quotes from the last outing.
"You get up there with a rifle and start shooting four or five of them a week, the other four or five thousand behind them are going to think twice about crossing that line."
"The thing to do would be to drop the bodies a few hundred feet into the U.S. and just leave them there, with lights on them at night. That sends the message 'No Trespassing' in any language."
"They have no problem slitting your throat and taking your money or selling your drugs to your kids or raping your daughter and they are evil people."
"Whites are the minority in these border towns, man. They've already taken over. This is enemy territory."
"ACL-Jews." -Term used to refer to ACLU observers
"The ACLU are no different from white supremacists. They're a clear and present danger. They have the same mentality that murdered Martin Luther King, and they want to kill us. Literally the ACLU wants to kill us by invoking violence."