Hundreds of Americans have already signed-on to become residents of The Citadel, a planned community in Idaho featuring public gardens, waterfalls and an amphitheater. For a mere $208, you too can take the first step toward living in one of the city’s spacious condominiums or custom-built homes, if your application is approved by city representatives.
Don’t expect a typical co-op board interview, however.
Owning space in The Citadel, which brings new meaning to the term, “gated community,” requires a special something… namely an extremist, right-wing attitude and the assault rifle to match.
Organizers are currently in the process of securing up to 3,000 acres of land to create an armed, defensible fortress community to house up to 7,000 “patriotic” Americans living in harmony under the principles of Thomas Jefferson.
According to a statement on The Citadel website, “Marxists, Socialists, Liberals and Establishment Republicans will likely find that life in our community is incompatible with their existing ideology and preferred lifestyles.”
Translation: Blacks and gays need not apply!
The Citadel has been in the works for quite some time, but since the recent tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, there has been an upswing in interest… NOT because more Americans want to keep their children safe, but because they don’t want to give up their right to carry killing machines.
To each his own, I suppose, but the more one delves into what life might be like behind the walls of The Citadel, the more it resembles a Branch Davidian-style cult with the propensity to become America’s next big tragedy.
To live inside, one must sign and adhere to “The Citadel Patriot Agreement.”
According to the agreement, each resident must participate in mandatory martial/support training and classes in basic emergency medical care, in both battlefield and wilderness environments. Residents are also expected to be in possession of a loaded sidearm whenever visiting the town center and own at least one semi-automatic rifle with five magazines and 1,000 rounds of ammunition on hand at all times.
In addition, every household shall remain stocked with sufficient food, water, and other preparedness essentials to sustain the needs of every family member for at least one year.
Well, you can count me out, because I can barely keep my fridge stocked for a weekend… unless we’re talking about beer.
I always have plenty of beer.
Every child within The Citadel shall receive basic marksmanship and firearms safety training, leading to a proficiency test on the child’s 13th birthday, as a “Coming of Age” rite of passage…
Just in time for their Bar Mitzvah!
Everything about The Citadel is troubling to an average American like myself. Don’t get me wrong, I espouse to the basic premise of, “Live and Let Live,” but this sort of extremist response to calls for strict gun control is counter-productive and a recipe for disaster. If you thought George Zimmerman was a neighborhood watch nightmare, imagine what a young visitor may face when he wanders off to buy a slushie at the Citadel Country Store.
The Citadel is far from becoming a reality, though the planners have already secured 20 acres of land on which to build the community’s main funding source… a gun factory!
Look, if you wanna get all North Korea up in this bitch, be my guest, but when the “walled” neighborhoods start feuding and a civil war erupts? Don’t expect us to come in and save you. I’d just as soon watch 7,000 gun-toting extremists implode WITHOUT our help, though I suspect that the FBI will get dragged into this mess too.