Friday, January 13, 2012
Revolt of the Plebs
January 6, 2011
by Keith Johnson
On December 14, 2010, 56-year-old Clay Duke attended a board meeting of the Bay School District in Panama City, Florida. After a few minutes of deliberation, the meeting was opened up to the local citizenry. That’s when Duke rose from his seat, walked to a nearby wall, and spray-painted the letter “V” inside a red circle. The scrawl was a direct reference to the film V for Vendetta, whose hero—a masked vigilante named “V”—uses the same symbol as his signature trademark. Duke then pulled a gun, and ordered the room to be cleared of all but six board members.
“I’m going to die today,” said Duke, as he paced around the podium.
Duke had fallen on hard times. Like so many Americans, he was broke and unemployed. His wife, Rebecca, had been laid off from her job—with the same school district—and was about to receive her last unemployment check. To make matters worse, Duke suffered from a bi-polar disorder and was off his meds. He’d reached his breaking point, and decided to take his own life as a way out of his desperate situation. Unfortunately, he also planned to take a few people with him.
Two of the board members tried to reason with Duke, but to no avail. After a few minutes, he raised his firearm and began shooting. Luckily, none of the bullets made contact with his intended victims. Duke, however, was not so lucky. A security guard returned fire from behind and shot him in the leg. He fell to the ground and turned his gun on himself. That was the end of Clay Duke.
The incident received nationwide coverage, with the mainstream media placing heavy emphasis on Duke’s mental instability and past run-ins with the law. They were also very deliberate in their efforts to characterize him as a delusional paranoid. Several of the articles contained a statement from one of Duke’s previous defense attorneys, Ben Bollinger, who said, “He was one of these Y2K people. He was one of those believers that the world was going to [make a] turn for [the] worst and he was stockpiling weapons—assault weapons.”
Bollinger apparently got this impression from Duke when he represented him on a case back in 2000.
Think about what’s happened since then? Has the world turned for the worst? You tell me. Maybe Duke wasn’t as paranoid or delusional as the press would have you believe.
Prior to his action, Duke posted this statement on his Facebook page:
“My Testament: Some people (the government sponsored media) will say I was evil, a monster (V)… no… I was just born poor in a country where the Wealthy manipulate, use, abuse, and economically enslave 95% of the population. Rich Republicans, Rich Democrats… same-same… rich… they take turns fleecing us… our few dollars… pyramiding the wealth for themselves. The 95%… the us, in US of A, are the neo slaves of the Global South. Our Masters, the Wealthy, do, as they like to us…”
Again, this doesn’t sound like a man who is completely ‘off his rocker.’ You have to admit that he was quite prophetic in his prediction that the “government sponsored media” would say that he was “evil” and “a monster.” They have, in fact, done just that. But what do you make of the rest of his observations? Do any of you, in this so-called ‘patriot movement’ of ours, see anything in there that you’d disagree with?
For the most part, the patriot movement has been careful to avoid applauding Duke for his actions. But that doesn’t mean they’ve been un-sympathetic. Unlike the mainstream press, the citizen’s media has been correct in pointing out that Duke, himself, was a victim of this tragic event. He was the victim of an economy that has been deliberately engineered to collapse, of a pharmaceutical industry that prescribes dangerous psychotropic drugs, and of a Zionist controlled Hollywood that produces films like V for Vendetta.
Oh, Boy! I just heard a thousand jaws hit the floor as they read the end of that last paragraph. You were all with me about the “economy,” the “pharmaceutical industry,” and maybe even about “Zionist controlled Hollywood.” But many of you were certainly ready to part ways with me for suggesting that there may be something insidious behind one of the patriot movement’s most cherished films...[Full Article]
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