Friday, February 19, 2010

Anti-tax lunatic sets fire to his house and crashes small plane into the IRS office in Austin.

I don’t understand why this isn’t a bigger story. Yes, it’s being covered in newspapers and blogs. Here’s the NYT link. But it’s all very low key coverage, no front page big splashes as far as I can tell. Why? To me, this seems like a huge deal. A deranged man who published an anti-government and anti-tax rant on the web mimics the 9/11 attackers, kills himself and apparently two other people, and the biggest story is that the White House isn’t calling this domestic terrorism?

Screw it, that’s EXACTLY what this is! Why cannot the press and Democrats, for that matter, ever call these lunatics out for what they are? If this had been a liberal mad at… I dunno, Fox News and crashed a plane into their building, wouldn’t it have been the story of the year so far? Why this infuriating reticence to call things what they are? Who would they be offending? Tea Party nuts who already think that President Obama is actively trying to destroy the country?

I think acts like this should get laid at the door of people like Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh. They are stoking the fires of anger and hatred, essentially telling everyone that, not only is it O.K. to be angry, but it’s O.K. to act our their violent daydreams. Just a glance at some of the right wing blogs and web sites show that many people on the right are hailing this lunatic as some sort of hero! A hero! For flying a goddamned airplane into a federal building! And yet, here is President Obama, rushing out a statement that they don’t believe this is a case of domestic terrorism.

Christ in a bottle... Here we have a fanatic who goes on a violent suicide mission that emulates the worst terrorist attack in the history of this country, killing two people in the process, and for what? To make a statement! If that isn’t a clear-cut case of domestic terrorism, I don’t know what it.

People are actually hailing a murderer as a hero. This country is on it’s way down, and it isn’t going to be pretty. My biggest concern now is that these nutjobs, who apparently really truly believe the insanity they are spouting, will gain control of the federal government through lawful means, i.e., elections. And then, they are going to go wild and do whatever they want, because that’s what a democracy means, right? The winner of an election, as long as you are a Republican or conservative, of course, can do anything they want.

This sounds so much like Germany prior to the Nazis taking power. Yeah, I know. Godwin’s Law, yadda, yadda. If you don’t know what that is, look it up in Wiki. I’m sorry, but this is what I am reminded of.

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