Right-Wing Militias Discover That The Border Is Huge, Disintegrate Due To Boredom And Internal Disputes
In fact, the militias are all talk and no walk with internal disputes and just plain boredom leading to many armed vigilantes taking their weapons and going home.
Last month, a Minuteman militia member named Chris Davis announced via video a plan for stopping undocumented immigrant children from crossing the border. They’re idea? Aim guns at them and shoot if they don’t turn around and go back to the hell they’re escaping from. After catching much flak for it, the man who issued the call in the first place backed away from his words and removed the video. His plan failed and his hope for a groundswell of volunteers to militarize the border fizzled as well. Currently, Davis and a tiny band of militiamen are spread out along a wide swath of the border along three states.
Calls for violence from leaders and reluctance to join up are plaguing militia groups. Furthermore, internal chaos, criminal activity, logistics, and general boredom has turned right-wing militias into a joke, reports Mother Jones.
Refugee children have been flocking into the country by the thousands in an effort to flee violence, slavery, and the drug war. Most are simply surrendering to American authorities, but rather than receiving a friendly humanitarian welcome, these kids have faced hate and hostility from conservatives across the country who refuse to help them in their time of need. The fear and hatred generated among conservatives has convinced militia group leaders to take advantage of the emotions and call for volunteers and money to fund their cause. Most of these efforts fall flat.
Over the years, militias like the Minutemen have split off into splinter groups. Some members start their own cell because they think it could make them money.
For instance, Minuteman Civil Defense Corps founder Chris Simcox was able to raise $1.8 million from conservative chumps across the nation for his proposal to build a $55 million stretch of border wall. In the end, he just ran two miles of barbed wire. Assuming Simcox did all the work himself and didn’t half-ass it, such a project should have only cost around$16,000. And even if he paid workers to do it, it still shouldn’t have cost him more than $20,000. In short, he made one hell of a profit scamming fearful racists.
Others start their own splinter groups simply because they don’t think the parent organization is violent enough to make immigrants think twice before crossing the border. Simcox’s former partner, J.T. Ready, left the MCDC he helped co-found and started his own offshoot only to commit suicide while being investigated by the FBI for killing migrants along the border in the Arizona desert.
Needless to say, the splinter groups often fail, hurting the main group as a whole. According to the Southern Poverty law Center, which tracks hate groups, Minuteman groups in the Southwest have shrunk from “310 to 38 between 2010 and 2012.” The main problem is that leadership has been decimated over the last four years, with most founding members dead, currently in prison, or facing criminal charges.
But perhaps the most hilarious reasons for the disintegration of these militias is that members can’t handle the geography, are blocked by private land owners, or are bored out of their minds.
Whereas some parts of the border are simply flat stretches of desert, other parts are more difficult to patrol. Furthermore, many areas of land along the border are privately owned by ranchers who, unlike Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, understandably do not want armed morons wandering around their property in search of people to kill. In addition, although America’s southern border looks teeny tiny on a map in the eyes of the ignorant gun toting Rambo wannabes, America’s southern border with Mexico is 1,954 miles long. In short, it would take more than a few dozen idiots with AR-15s to actually patrol it. About 30,000 according to Glenn Spencer, founder of another militia group called American Border Patrol. He estimates that patrolling such a distance would require that many well-trained military veterans. Civilians who want to pretend that they’re soldiers just won’t cut it. But instead of relying on a mass of manpower and firearms, Spencer’s group is a team of seven members who rely on drones and small planes.
Boredom also kills the attention spans of militia members who volunteer to patrol. “I don’t encourage people to come down,” Spencer told Mother Jones. Many who join up “find out the border is huge. They get tired of sitting in lawn chairs.”
Basically, the right-wing militias who are bitching about border security are unorganized civilians who can’t get their shit together. Instead, they solicit money to fill their own pockets or they split off from the main branch because it’s not extreme enough for them or they change their minds because they didn’t realize that the border isn’t just a few miles long separating what they consider a wasteland and what they believed was a grand paradise on the American side of the Rio Grande. Like many conservatives, they think outrage will draw thousands to their cause only to end up as the only ones showing up to their own rallies. Plus, patrolling is just too much damn hard work and no excitement. In other words, they like pretending that they’re in the military but when the mission is boring and tough they pack up their guns, tuck their tails between their legs, and go back home to scream about how the border isn’t secured whenever President Obama appears on television.