The first things that struck me from this graph was the unsurprising rise in hate groups after 9/11, but especially the stunning rise in so called “patriot groups” coinciding with the election of a black man. Skyrocketing before Obama had done much more then end the fall off the cliff the american economy was expierencing.
And odd- because so many of these same people now condemn Bush on many issues. But the truth is not only did they remain largely quit for those 8 hellish years- many of them voted for him…twice.
Reminds me of the (supposedly) old Chines proverb: “May you live in interesting times”
Lesser known perhaps are the other two proverbs in the series:
“May you come to the attention of the authority” and “May your wishes be granted”.
Graph from this article