Paranoid distrust of the government, in particular by disgruntled quacks. Ruby Ridge was the result of a paranoid cultish group that thought the government was evil and part of the imminent apocalypse and isolated themselves in BFE
Idaho, and ended up in a shoot out with the US Marshalls...The Weaver family used many of the same arguments to defend their actions.
David Koresh of the Branch Davidians was delusional and believed that he was a lot more special than he really was, and the Waco Siege resulted....which lead to our friend Timothy McVeigh and his own paranoid delusions (shared by many of his friends).
A smattering of McVeigh's quotes...seem harmless enough on the surface, until you realize where he's coming from.
"Taxes are a joke. Regardless of what a political candidate "promises," they will increase. More taxes are always the answer to government mismanagement. They mess up. We suffer. Taxes are reaching cataclysmic levels, with no slowdown in sight. [...] Is a Civil War Imminent? Do we have to shed blood to reform the current system? I hope it doesn't come to that. But it might." -- We're still hearing this from some Tea Party people
"The government is afraid of the guns people have because they have to have control of the people at all times. Once you take away the guns, you can do anything to the people. You give them an inch and they take a mile. I believe we are slowly turning into a socialist government. The government is continually growing bigger and more powerful and the people need to prepare to defend themselves against government control." -- we're still hearing this from Tea Party people
"Those who betray or subvert the Constitution are guilty of sedition and/or treason, are domestic enemies and should and will be punished accordingly."
"It also stands to reason that anyone who sympathizes with the enemy or gives aid or comfort to said enemy is likewise guilty. I have sworn to uphold and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic and I will. And I will because not only did I swear to, but I believe in what it stands for in every bit of my heart, soul and being. I know in my heart that I am right in my struggle, Steve. I have come to peace with myself, my God and my cause. Blood will flow in the streets, Steve. Good vs. Evil. Free Men vs. Socialist Wannabe Slaves. Pray it is not your blood, my friend."
And then we all know what happened in Oklahoma City 20 years ago...So while it takes a special kind of nut to pull off stuff like this...I get particularly nervous when the GOVERNOR of a state that's got more than its fair share of these folks starts pandering to loons who are using the same phrases, almost verbatim. It doesn't help that I admitted a patient around the 20th anniversary of the bombing who'd been stockpiling weapons. There's no reasoning with these people.