Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Oregon standoff reads like Tea Party Who's Who

As the right-wing burglary and grand theft auto standoff near Burns, Oregon, escalates, it's time for a little Who's Who of some of the Tea Party characters who have been drawn there.

For instance, there's Joaquin Mariano DeMoreta-Folch, a Tea Party powerhouse from Florida. DeMoreta-Folch showed up at the Oregon standoff to support the militants and declared himself a "God-grace administrator" to investigate county officials. Foes have called DeMoreta-Folch "unlearned and unstable" - and he lives down to the description: When he was asked why he was using the Magna Carta instead of the Constitution as the basis for his phony proceedings, he hollered, "The Magna Carta is the supreme law of the land! The Bible is the supreme law of the land!"

Lee Rice is a Tea Party leader from Wisconsin who accompanied DeMoreta-Folch. Rice is just as delusional as the rest of the cast of zany characters there.

Meanwhile, the right-wing militants have expanded their counterrevolution from Harney County into neighboring Grant County, Oregon - where (unlike in Harney County) Tea Party Sheriff Glenn Palmer supports their cause. Palmer was also named Constitutional Sheriff of the Year for 2011 by an organization that has advocated overthrowing county governments and replacing them with right-wing juntas.