The term "jackbooted thug" has its origins in opposition to totalitarianism. Dem. Rep. John Dingell used the term "jackbooted American fascists" when he called for reform of the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, and Tobacco. Jackbooted and thug were put together by the NRA's Wayne LaPierre when, in 1995, he referred to government agents as jack booted thugs. Former President George HW Bush resigned from the NRA over this nomenclature. Today, it is used to describe the views of radical, anti-gun control zealots who actually believe that the Obama administration is getting ready to send out jackbooted thugs to take away their weapons. If you think that it's a cartoonish stereotype, much like the "black helicopter crowd," and that folks don't actually believe that, think again. Fox News' ace culture clubber, devout Christian, and raging homophobe Todd Starnes would appear to actually believe that the thugs are on their way!
Earlier this week, when Starnes was on the radio station run by the SPLC designated hate group, The American Family Association, he said that if "they confiscate our weapons" he'll "be on the first flight back south of the Mason-Dixon Line." Oh please, Todd, go. You'll feel so much better in a place where you can satisfy your fatty food cravings so much more than in NY. And as a connoisseur of apparel at gay pride parades, you'll be able to do that at a number of such events throughout the South where there are gay people. (I know, shocking, huh?)