In 2000, I hiked the 2160 mile Appalachian Trail.
In Tennessee, I met a survivalist and spent the evening with him in a bunk-room just outside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I was about 250 miles in to my Trail adventure and the Smoky's had been very challenging - the weather was wet and cold and the route pretty punishing - so I was ready to eat and sleep.
He was dressed in combat gear, very keen to show me his knives and impress upon me that his daughter could field strip a rifle and use a grenade.
He was also:
- carrying weapons
- storing food, guns and ammunition in the woods
- of the view that all homosexuals and liberals should be sent to Europe. I was tempted to accept his kind offer.
In November of that year I wrote "Should these ultra-right-wing organisations and groupings ever manage to act in concert, it will be time to worry".
And here we are.
What matters is that people will suffer and die for their beliefs