Rambo in Reverse: The Dangerous Fantasies of the Hutaree Losers
Back in 1982, in the anti-government and anti-establishment afterglow of Watergate and Vietnam, Sly Stallone of Rocky fame directed and starred in a small, mid-budget movie called ‘First Blood.’ In it a highly trained Green Beret named Rambo, cast aside and abandoned by the government he fought for, becomes entangled with a small town sheriff (Brian Dennehey) in a pissing match that results in a whole town being devastated by Rambo, whose advanced training, conditioning and survival skills overwhelm the ‘weekend warriors’ of the local National Guard. If you ever stumble across it on cable, take the time to watch it. One of the most memorable lines is when the sheriff admonishes the head of the Guard charged with tracking Rambo, telling him he’ll have to stay out in the woods all night to find him, to which the Guard commander responds …“Aw come on Sheriff, I have to be back at the pharmacy tomorrow!”
Well, this weekend the Federal Government and the FBI took down what looks like the mirror image of that story, a so-called militia group in Michigan that was planning to spark a civil insurrection that would, in their warped imagination, serve as a catalyst for the downfall of the U.S. government. Apparently, this group has been in ‘rigorous’ training for many months in the woods of Michigan, honing their mental, physical and military skills so they would be prepared to take on not only local law enforcement, whom they were planning to kill and use as props for sparking their grand insurrection, but to also take on the Michigan National Guard, the Army, the Marines, and other arms of the U.S. military like the Green Beret and the Navy Seals.
Now as a screenplay, the plan that these angry patriots laid out sounds compelling, and in their minds it appears that they really felt that they were going to successfully pull it off and forever change the course of our Republic. But for the rest of the rational world, one need only take a look at the motley crew who are leaders of this militia movement to know better….
Now they all seem like your normal, run of the mill middle-aged, out of shape, paunchy Americans that you would find working behind the counter at the local McDonalds or at the Exxon down the street. But take a good look at this crew and think about what they were planning, and what they thought they could pull off. Did they really believe in their fantasy?
Consider for a minute what they would be up against. Here you have a bunch of middle-aged men and women, none of whom probably ever went through the rigors of a health club workout regimen let alone a military boot camp, thinking that they are going to take on highly trained law enforcement and U.S. military, outwit them and ultimately defeat them. And, they were preparing for this epic battle like the folks in this Michigan Militia training video:
In the video, one of the militia members claims that should Canada invade us, they represent our nation’s first line of defense. Well, if that’s true, then we all better brush up on hockey in a hurry, because my friends we’re screwed. And as for their training exercise, seems to me that a few of them ought to work on pushing their chairs away from the dinner table a bit more, or at least try swinging by the salad bar once in a while.
Now, for a little dose of reality, let’s compare the Michigan Militia training video to this one about the Navy Seals, who as you may recall, drew attention to their unique skill set by popping some caps in the skulls of Somalian pirates who had taken an American Merchant Marine hostage.
So, these people from the Hutaree Movement actually believed that their weekend romps in the woods of Southern Michigan, and their precise military training led by Larry who works at the Ace Hardware in New Buffalo, would be sufficient to take on a military force like the Navy Seals, let alone the dedicated men and women of law enforcement throughout Michigan?
You’ve gotta ask yourself, who the hell is egging on these poor, mentally challenged losers? How do they get so out of touch with reality that they actually think they have the capability to do anything but endanger the lives of themselves, their families, and the citizens of their community? But of course, we know who’s feeding these fantasies don’t we? Can you say…
And on, and on and on…all of whom will disavow any responsibility for their hate and their dangerous rhetoric.
Being someone who was born and raised to believe in my country and my democracy, and who comes from a family with members who sacrificed to defend our liberties and protect our freedoms, I have to ask…when will this country stand up to these purveyors of hate who are party to the madness that the FBI interrupted this weekend? WHEN!?