As I have mentioned before, I have followed the right for over 40 years now. When I heard the first reporting of Loughner's mysterious pronouncements, a couple of things stood out to me. Here are some of them, from an article yesterday in the New York Times:
"He had posted on his Myspace page at some point a photograph of a United States history textbook, on top of which he had placed a handgun. He prepared a series of Internet videos filled with rambling statements on topics including the gold standard, mind control and SWAT teams.
After another student read a poem about getting an abortion, Mr. Loughner compared the young woman to a “terrorist for killing the baby.”
Another video, for example, says debts should only be paid in currency that is backed by gold and silver. "
Handgun imagery and violent anti-abortion rhetoric are of course part of the stock in trade of classic right wing, teabagger behavior. But this statement goes further, in its talk of mind control, SWAT teams ready to act against Americans, and particularly the notion that only gold and silver have any value as currency. This all pointed me toward a rather specific segment of the far right: the Sovereign Citizen movement, which denies, for one bogus reason or another, that the Federal government has any right to demand anything of its people, who are not really citizens at all. As usual with the right, in the end this comes down to not having to pay their taxes. People make a living traveling around the country giving lectures about how to use these preposterous theories as a way to avoid paying taxes (mostly ineffectual, in the end- many of these lecturers end up in Federal prison, where, at least, they don't have to pay taxes.) I particularly thought of Jerry Kane and his son, who recently murdered two Arkansas policemen in a pointless rage and then were killed themselves. Jerry Kane was one of these people who made a living pushing these idiotic theories to people who wanted any justification to avoid their share of the cost of maintaining our way of life.
For the conclusive break in this story I have to credit Digby, who, in an excellent post refers to another article, at Politico, which says the following, in relation to the stilted, unusual language in Loughner's web posts, which many are writing off as the product of mental illness:
"Jared Lee Loughner’s rants about grammar and mind control track closely to the writings of a conspiracy theorist who believes that is how the government controls the populace, one leading group says – and the man tells POLITICO he agrees with some of Loughner’s statements.
The far-right activist, David Wynn Miller, said in a telephone interview that he didn’t know Loughner, but agreed with his statement in a YouTube video that “the government is implying mind control and brainwash on the people by controlling grammar.”
“The idea weirdly enough of controlling grammar, of somehow the government using grammar to control the people is an idea that exists on the radical right. There’s a particular person, a man named David Wynn Miller who has plugged this idea for years,”(Mark) Potok said."
Now, who exactly is David Wynn Miller? Let us first turn to a report about him from the Southern Poverty Legal Center: