An update from “Ernie”:
The imminent demise or collapse of our country into tyranny has been standard extreme right rhetoric for many decades.
Right-wing extremists occupy a pervasive doom-shaped environment which they claim their unique analytical skills equips only them to properly understand.
My new webpage (link below) provide examples for historical context:
A few “money quotes”:
“The Last Chance To Save Our Country” by C.C. Crow in the 2/15/44 issue of “Crow’s Pacific Coast Lumber Digest”
“It is entirely possible that the coming election may be the last free one that the United States of America will see. Certainly, if there are to be four more years of blind spending and the further broadening of a deficit which already has us on the very brink of financial disaster, will that not mean ruination for every man, woman and child within our borders….When this day arrives it is not impossible that Mrs. Roosevelt will be traveling around the country compelling white people to do washing for negroes so as to eliminate all traces of racial inequality…We are on the very threshold of Communism. Whether we are dragged through for a return to paganism and Christianity’s greatest setback of all time depends entirely upon the individual effort that is put into this, our last chance, by patriotic citizens who still revere the Stars and Stripes.”
Billy James Hargis, 6/18/65 article entitled “The Most Terrifying Report I’ve Ever Read”:
“An Air Force contract (No. AF 49 (638-1411) dated April 1965 with North American Aviation, Inc. has been called to my attention. It contains a diabolical projected plan to disarm the United States and abolish our sovereignty by 1976. This plan is a self-styled scenario of gradual surrender to world government with Communist Russia, going as far as the listing of the wars that are to be fought between now and 1976, the world leaders to be assassinated, the governments to be overthrown, and listing the actual year for each event.”
Robert Mathews, from 1973 Arizona Sons of Liberty flyer captioned “General Notes For The Patriot Soldier”:
“This year and next are probably going to be the most critical years in our nation’s history. Everything is going fine for the masterminds of the Conspiracy, and they have only a few more steps before their conquest of the entire world is final. The last few steps that the masterminds plan to enact involve a depression, a famine, and some type of world-wide political shake-up with one of the end results being occupation of this once grand land by forces of the United Nations.”
As Ambrose Bierce wrote in The Devil’s Dictionary, “There is nothing new under the sun but there are lots of old things we don’t know.”