When you boil it down to its simplest components, this trial and the entire Patriot / tea Party / militia movement is all about people with no power or personal sense of identity or self-worth suddenly rewriting a vast, glorious mythology for themselves in which they are heroes.
Are you a loser making $12/hr at the factory?
No! You’re a militia commando in a “special ops” mission to recapture America!
Are you a divorced father of two living in a lonely studio apartment with no 401 (k)?
No! You’re one of only 13 jurors in one of the most important trials of the century! You will be remembered in the same breath as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson!
Are you a deeply bitter white racist whose house just lost over half its value?
No! You’re a “humble” patriot who has been called to glory by God Himself. Only you can save the country from that negro who ruined the economy in an effort to emasculate the white men of this once proud country!
It’s all about very sad, lonely and powerless people rewriting their lives and engaging in what is nothing more than live-action role playing.
These people are not rich, heroic, athletic or even educated.
Yet they have consciously written new roles for their sad lives that simultaneously exalt themselves to heroic status and rationalize (via an elaborate conspiracy theory) their deep hatred for people who are “better” then they are.
It’s not really even about race. It’s about the “rich” people (whom they are convinced are Democrats) who flaunt their wealth, education and accomplishments in their faces.
“Those damn elitists!”
There is a reason millionaires and the ultra successful aren’t wasting their time joining militias or sitting in our fake trials. Only the people who feel like losers need this kind of rewrite in order to make themselves feel better about their own failed lives.
The U.S. government has secretly crossed a chicken with a rattlesnake, which has escaped the lab in Bethesda, MD. If you hear something that sounds like a rooster playing castanets, RUN FOR YOUR LIFE! ”