A new smartphone-software app is providing a way for conservatives to irritate liberals who try to demean tea-party members as “peasants with pitchforks and torches” by giving them those very tools.
Sparked by extreme rhetoric linked to Hillary Clinton’s previous presidential campaign, “Angry Villagers” is produced by Resa LaRu Kirkland, a contributing writer for WND on military issues such as homosexuals in the military.
Kirkland is also a military historian and the author of the upcoming “Forgotten Warrior” series on men of valor from the Korean War.
The app, which is available from Google Play and iTunes, gives people the choice of having the phone display either a flaming torch with crackling noises from a realistic looking flame or a pitchfork which can be spun around or used to “poke” someone around you.
Kirkland said the reason for the app is “you can’t be an angry villager with a flashlight.”
The idea dates to the early days of the tea-party movement.
“When the tea party first took off in 2009 and Hillary was running for president someone said our opposition to her was like a bunch of angry villagers running around with torches and pitchforks,” Kirkland explained. “A friend then said we could use our phones as a flashlight to symbolize our anger. I said, ‘You can’t be an angry villager with a flashlight.’ And that’s how this idea was born.
“I then sort of put it on the shelf until Hillary was going to be running for president again. Now that she has announced her candidacy, it’s time for us to break out our torches and pitchforks.
“Anytime you see an angry mob throughout history or portrayed in the movies they don’t have flashlights, they have torches and pitchforks.”
Kirkland said another purpose of the app is to tweak the sensitivities of liberals who frequently are offended by the smallest slight.
“One of their favorite ways of trying to denigrate conservatives and tea-party members is to refer to us as peasants with torches and pitchforks. I decided rather than paint us with a derogatory term why not turn it around on them and have some fun with it at the same time.”
She explained it’s a good way to stand up to liberal bullies who try to shut down conservatives in public by “stabbing” them while showing some humor at the same time.
Kirkland said when she first started pitching the idea she was stunned at how some people appeared so thin-skinned.
“There were people that actually wrote to me who were somewhat squishy on the conservative movement, and I wondered if they weren’t really closet liberals who said, ‘Are you sure you want to advocate such violence?’ I said to them: ‘OK, you’re getting forked first. I can’t believe you just said that. Are you that dumb?'”
Kirkland told WND that visitors to her website can also vote for a list of individuals they would like to poke. Once she gets a significant number of votes, she intends to give people the option of poking several different people.
“I am not just looking for people to vote for politicians. It can be anyone you think should be poked for violating the Constitution. It could be from Hollywood, a business owner, a politician or anyone else.”
Kirkland’s app would not be the first time conservatives have taken something meant to be demeaning and turned it into a source of pride.
In 2002, Solomon Little Owl, a student at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, created an intramural basketball team called the “Fighting Whites.” The team’s logo featured a white man in a suit and tie with short hair. Little Owl said it was intended to cause white people to experience discrimination by being a team mascot. The team’s slogan was “Everything’s going to be all White.”
However, the attempt backfired as white residents, instead of being offended, rejoiced in the characterization, bought T-shirts in droves and said the slogan was a source of pride.
Team members ultimately complained that people didn’t respond to the mascot as intended.