Tea Baggers: America’s New Terrorist Organization
The title is extreme, but so are these groups (I’ll refrain from referring to them as mobs as much as possible) whose main objective seems to be disruption, not progress. I’m a fierce proponent of free speech, but I’m a harsh critic of fear mongering and misinformation that leads to violence.
And that is exactly what these Tea Baggers are doing.
Who Are the Tea Baggers?
The Tea bagger groups were called to action by Fox News to conduct protests in 500 cities across the nation on April 15th. (Fox denied these claims but anyone with an internet connection can verify that they did promote the tea bag parties. And then lied about their connection to the tea parties when they caught flack from it.)
What were they protesting? In reality it was a protest against John McCain not winning the 2008 presidential election. Why do I say that? Because Tea Baggers said they were protesting against 2 things:
a.) Increased taxes. – This is just unfounded. The tea baggers, like the rest of us, haven’t seen any increases in their taxes from the year before. Also taxes are lower now than they were in 2000-2007.
b.) Their other reason for ‘tea bagging’ was to protest against how their tax money was being ‘wasted’ on the stimulus. Their protests came when the stimulus money hadn’t even went into effect yet to know if it was a waste or not.
Just yesterday new economic reports showed again that the stimulus is working to stabilize the economy, and July was the first month in the past 15 months in which the unemployment rate went down, not up.
That’s right I said 15 months – the onslaught of job losses began before Obama took office, though tea baggers and birthers will likely overlook that fact.
Don’t let them fool you with their right to protest spiels. The tactics that Tea baggers are using isn’t seemingly focused on creating progress, discussion or debate founded on truths.
The goal of the Teabaggers appears to be silencing the discussion so that ideas aren’t even put on the table. And when the discussion is about health care reform they are putting us all at risk.
They are shouting over the rest of us in town hall meetings so that our voices aren’t heard and no real headway is made to improve our conditions in this country.
If you think this renewed surge in right wing protestors over health care reform is not political you are greatly mistaken.
Memos were circulated instruction the Teabaggers to shout, disrupt, get in the front row and yell at the speakers at town hall meetings. There’s evidence that some of these Teabaggers are being bused in from outside their voting districts to cause a stir. Some are also being reportedly paid to do so.
They are shitting on our right to protest and abusing the system. Yes, there is reason for concern in these trying uncertain times and we should be asking our leaders tough questions, but the Teabagger tactics are not productive.
The right wind extremists are disruptive which is their intention. However, as their battle becomes more up hill their tactics are getting more extreme. For some this triggers acts of violence that can be considered terrorism.
Right Wing Extremism Is a Real Threat – Homeland Security Report
Unfortunately, the grim prospects laid out in a recent Homeland Security Report are coming to reality. This April 7, 2009 report was created as:
“one of a series of intelligence assessments published by the Extremism and Radicalization Branch to facilitate a greater understanding of the phenomenon of violent radicalization in the United States.”
Here are the findings in a nutshell:
Right wing extremist are playing off of people’s fears over the current economic situation and election of the first African American president to recruit others to their cause.
They didn’t find evidence of organized groups plotting violence. However, they did find that the environment being created by right wing extremism is ripe for it, especially the potential for individuals or small cells to carry out violence similar to what the US experienced from these same groups in the first part of the 1990’s.
“the threat posed by lone wolves and small terrorist cells is more pronounced than in past years. In addition to the historic election of an African American president and the prospect of policy changes are proving to be a driving force for right wing extremist recruitment and radicalization.”
Sadly, since they released the report we are seeing disturbing trends that prove the report to be quite accurate.
Dr. Tiller Shooting
Oddly enough we often see violent acts from right wing extremist surrounding the issue of abortion. The irony here is they say they respect life and that’s why they’re against abortion. So how could anti-abortion supporter Scott Roeder gun a person down then, in a church no less? To me this is truly horrific. What does that say about THE ABORTION PROTESTOR who came to the ABORTION DOCTOR’S CHURCH and under the eyes of God in his house gunned down the doctor so he couldn’t perform anymore abortions.
Roeder could have considered smashing the doctor’s hands, cutting them off, burning down his clinic – all those options would have also stopped him from performing operations.
What was really behind the motivation to kill? To take it to that extreme.
Holocaust Museum Shooting
On June 10th, 2009 white supremacist James Von Brunn wrote a letter explaining his motives, carried a gun up to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, then shot and killed museum security guard Stephen T. Johns.
The Homeland Security Department and FBI assessed that the shooting didn’t appear to have a connection to terrorism, though Joseph Persichini Jr., the assistant director of the Washington FBI field office, characterized it as “domestic terrorism.”
BTW Von Brunn was 88 years old.
George Sodini Slayings
Just days ago, George Sodini walked into a women’s aerobics class, turned off the lights and opened fire killing 3 women before himself. It’s been reported that blog posts and diary entries made by Sodini clearly suggest he agrees with right wing extremism, is racist, and hated women – his issues with them being mostly sexual in nature.
It appears Sodini became focused on carrying out his “plan” towards the end of the 2008 presidential election when it seemed certain Obama, or The Black Man as Sodini referred to him, was going to win. Since that time he became more and more wrapped up in the tribulations of the “Obama economy” and his failures with women which ultimately led to the shootings.
Unlike outside terrorist groups, the Teabaggers and right-wing extremist are creating anarchy from within. This is exactly what terrorist groups want to see. External terrorist organizations like Al qaeda act as an outside force that unites citizens against a threat to all – which is what happened for a short while after 9/11. However the real danger of right wing extremists and internal terrorist groups is that they can divide the country, thus weakening us as a whole.
Right wing extremist are doing the terrorists’ work for them.