Insurrection! A violent insurgency has once again hit America, even as Joe Biden rose to the podium to deliver his State of the Union Address. Trespassing on government property and hurling racist chants, the mob of mostly white insurrectionists sought to disrupt constitutional government in the name of “individual autonomy” and “personal liberty”.
A mob of racist heterophobes (above) illegally occupied the Oklahoma State Capitol building Tuesday night in an unsuccessful attempt to disrupt Governor Kevin Stitt’s State of the State Address. Putting lives in danger, the transgender activists yelled “this is our house” and “trans lives matter”.
The first phrase has been widely condemned as a revolutionary slogan used by Trump-MAGA Republicans on January 6, 2021. The second phrase evokes the “all lives matter” bumper stickers that were widely condemned as racist in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests of 2020.
Oklahoma is deep MAGA country. In the 2020 presidential election, Donald Trump defeated Joe Biden by a margin of 2-1, winning every single county in the state. Thus is comes as no surprise to see white Oklahomans rising up in insurrection, culturally appropriating BLM rhetoric, and pursuing a self-proclaimed “freedom” agenda in defiance of democratic norms.
Strangely, neither the mainstream media in the United States nor Australia’s ABC have covered the insurrection. In fact, it seems that only one American television network (Fox News) has reported on it. Oh, and the Daily Mail.
The far-right Oklahoma insurrectionists object to pending legislation in the state that would insert big government into the lives of ordinary (?) people. Governor Stitt pointed out in his address that “minors can’t vote, can’t purchase alcohol, can’t purchase cigarettes”, implying that in line with these positions “we shouldn’t allow a minor to get a permanent gender altering surgery”.
He called for a ban on “all gender transition surgeries and hormone therapies on minors in the state”.
Stitt’s nanny state legislation lines up well with the national Democratic Party’s state-interventionist approaches to healthcare. Sugar restrictions, vaccine mandates, and bans on coronavirus therapeutics all prioritise state policy over freedom of choice.
Strangely, however, Governor Stitt is a lifelong Republican.
So far, it seems that neither the FBI nor the military has been called in to suppress the February 7 insurrection. But the situation is still evolving. Check your local 24-hour news channel for further coverage. As long as your local channel is Sky News.
Salvatore Babones is The Philistine.