My fellow Right-wingers should think again on this one.
They have gone from calling his facebook comments patriotic posts to now saying he was just playing a private game with his brothers and saying the government spied on him. He sure did not seem to be playing. And the public can see his page, so it is not spying to read it.
There is a youtube video being passed around of the mother of an ex-marine claiming that her son was wrongly taken into custody over his Facebook entries. She makes out that his 9/11 conspiracy posts were nothing but free speech. However, that is not the case.
Brandon Raub, a former U.S. Marine and decorated veteran, was posting more than innocent patriotic comments on his Facebook page. His overall message screamed of a psychotic breakdown in action. One entry of his said: “Sharpen up my axe; I’m here to sever heads.”
At this time his Facebook page is still up. Read it for yourself, and see for yourself.
One of the last things we need is to have a person like this being associated with the right-wing conservative movement in this country, going nuts and doing something bad, and all of us being treated as if we are just like him.
It turns out that the Rutherford Institute went to Brandon’s side and defended him for free and got a judge to order him to be released. Although I agree he deserves representation, I wish that it had not been a well-known right-wing law firm.
No matter what the outcome on this, Brandon Raub’s Facebook page does reflect that of an emotionally disturbed man, who could any minute snap and do something that would cause everyone to ask why he was not stopped when all the signs were there.
I am a right-wing Christian activist. I have spoken out big time against Obama and other liberals in our government. I don’t hold back on how I feel about them. But I don’t post things online like Brandon Raub posts. My comments online are not of a threatening nature to anyone. And no one has ever shown up at my door to take me away.
We should not want a person like Brandon Raub being associated with the right-wing movement. When such a person loses it and does something terrible, it is going to be those who defend such a person who are looked at as being like him.
Right-wing conservatives need to think and ask themselves if they really want to defend a person who made the comment: “Sharpen up my axe; I’m here to sever heads.” If a liberal had posted that on a Facebook page, we would be all over that person.
Debra J.M. Smith 08-24-12
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