To recap: a Corn Flake is a person who embarrasses the Libertarian movement, or associated political movements, by doing something egregiously stupid in public. (Blog posts and the like don't count- it has to be in "meatspace".)
And this week we have someone who qualifies, even though I have not only lost all interest in trying to reform the Libertarian Party, but have gone pretty firmly into opposition on most libertarian economic policies. I just had to bring Corn Flake Friday out of retirement for this:
The Massachusetts man charged this week with stockpiling weapons after saying he feared an imminent "Armageddon" appears to have been active in the Tea Party movement, and saw Sarah Palin, who he said is on a "righteous 'Mission from God,'" as the only figure capable of averting the destruction of society.
As we reported yesterday, Gregory Girard, a Manchester technology consultant, was found with a stash of military grade weapons, explosive devices including tear gas and pepper ball canisters, camouflage clothing, knives, handcuffs, bulletproof vests and helmets, and night vision goggles, say police. They believe Girard, who pleaded not guilty at his arraignment, was "preparing for domestic and political turmoil," and feared martial law would soon be imposed.
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Girard's apparent apocalyptic anxiety about a coming effort by federal thugs to crack down on personal liberties surfaced frequently on his Tea Party page. His writings may shed light on the mindset that allegedly led him to assemble his arsenal.
For instance, just last week, after another Tea Partier wrote a post railing against gun registries, Girard responded by invoking a potential "murderous rampage" by "state and Federal gangsta's (sic)," trying to take his weapons.Federal efforts to take away guns during emergencies were outlowed (sic) after the Katrina incident. And at all times, the Constitution would prohibit such a thing. So, one can know that any such effort is against the Constitution and against specific laws regarding states of emergency, and thus the effort, if it involved breaking into your home, would be no different than any felonious breaking and entry by one or more armed assailants. The Castle law in one's state, or simply the common law of the right to self defense, would ensure that close range discharge of double-ought buck from a 12 ga at the assailant's face (from behind cover!), would be a perfectly legal defense in response to an attack of armed assailants tearing the door from your home and threatening with deadly force, in the form of loaded rifles pointed in your direction. The hard part is not preventing the confiscation, but surviving the murderous rampage of the state and Federal gangsta's (sic) that would almost certainly be very enthusiastic about gunning the defending homeowner down.
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In Girard's view, only one person can save us: Sarah Palin. Later in the lengthy post, he wrote:I believe that the ONLY ----- ONLY ------ potential presidental (sic) candidate I have seen with the sheer force of will and God-insprined (sic) rightous (sic) determination to bringdown (sic) this "War Powers" evil is Sarah Palin.
So, let's see- a gun rights nut building his own arsenal, expressing enthusiastic anticipation of the opportunity to gun down Federal agents if they try to arrest him or take his guns, a teabagger and worshipper of Sarah Palin, turned in to authorities by his wife after this:
Girard's wife said her husband had recently told her: "Don't talk to people, shoot them instead," and "it's fine to shoot people in the head because traitors deserve it."
And yes, folks I knew quite a few Libertarians who talked- and presumably still do- EXACTLY like this.
This guy is the poster child for weapons bans. This guy is exactly the sort of thing those of us who support the Second Amendment and the right to use deadly force in self-defense do NOT need.
For being so eager to kill law enforcement and other government officials in Armageddeon that his own wife turned him in:
Gregory Girard, this week's Corn Flake!