A News Cafe: “Fascism isn’t too strong of a word for an undertaking that was sparked two years ago by Cottonwood militia member Zapata’s threat to turn his minions loose on the public if Shasta County didn’t stop following the state’s COVID-19 mandates. This gang of dead-end MAGA Trumpublicans, anti-science ‘medical freedom’ advocates, gun-toting militia enthusiasts, State of Jefferson secessionists and white-Christian nationalists came to us literally wrapped in the flag brandishing the cross. It seeks to impose its own dystopic vision of America upon the rest of us.”
“Stunningly, all six rightwing candidates offered up by the Anselmo/Liberty Committee/RWB axis were soundly defeated by their more moderate opponents, according to final election results. Four rightwingers were defeated outright; the two races for supervisor are headed to runoff elections in November. The primary election will be officially certified by July 7, but the results aren’t likely to change significantly, and represent a stinging defeat for Shasta County’s burgeoning fascist movement.”
“The importance of this rightwing movement’s defeat at the polls—especially in the wake of the reactionary U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the constitutional right to an abortion last week—can’t be overstated. Say what you want about Shasta County’s absurdly low 45-percent voter turnout rate in the primary; when given a choice between moderate candidates capable of doing the job, and feckless fascistic firebrands seeking to burn it all down, a majority of voters chose the former.
“The results were surprising, to say the least. As they say in motorsports, that’s why we have the races.”