One of our most unique and controversial pieces was “A Letter From a True Patriot of the Tea Bag Movement.” The “letter” was actually a series of direct quotes from the writings and public statements of Timothy McVeigh, the Oklahoma City bomber who murdered 168 people. The point I was trying to make was that all this absolutely unfounded bullshit we were hearing from the tea baggers (I still can’t get over people wanting to be called that, by the way) was the same kind of stuff that Timothy McVeigh used to spout and read about and discuss with his fellow nutjobs at gun shows. It has no intrinsic value and no real facts to back it up. And it begs a very dangerous question – how far are you willing to take this kind of thinking? The government needs some major overhauling, and Obama is just as much a corporate puppet as any other politician (though definitely not the sell-out that Bush Jr. was), but to talk about blood flowing in the streets and violent revolutions is just crazy talk. The tea party protests weren’t started by those kinds of people, and that was not their original rhetoric or intent, but as with anything, once the masses got a hold of it, it became absolutely fucking stupid. There were people screaming that we should abolish taxes altogether while policeman stood by to ensure a peaceful protest, all being paid by those very taxes. There were people screaming that Obama and the Democrats were at fault for the bailouts, ignoring that Bush approved the first one before leaving office and Republicans (including McCain, the other choice for president) backed him up on it. The underlying theme of these protests was that Obama was at fault for the current state of this nation, and while he’s certainly a contributor, any sane, logical person should realize that there has been a slow, steady decline in American prosperity for years now. The perfectly legitimate arguments for how this country should be changed were quickly drowned out by the batshit howls at the moon of the far right wingnuts, so much so that even Fox News began promoting them, when just a few years ago they had shit all over any form of protest as a sign of unpatriotic rebellion. Granted, if you had read the entirety of the original post, you would have gotten all that, but since people just read the letter and started freaking, our comment section quickly filled up with WHARRGARBL.
It was funny because many of the arguments made against me were actually the very same points that I was making, but they hadn’t cared to scroll up and read them. I was actually some of those points during the reign of the Bush administration, but I was called a “pinko commie fascist.” Now I’d be considered a hero. Never once, however, did I say that I was going to personally murder any politician I didn’t like, as if putting a bullet in one talking head would mean that another wouldn’t pop up in his place. Sure, I wished some very unkind things would happen to many of the politicians I didn’t vote for, but I don’t have a stockpile of weapons in my garage and a map of the White House and the Capitol Building posted on my fridge, either. I’m not one for censorship, but I am one for meaning what you say, because you never know who is listening, especially in a forum as public as the internet. You might be a completely rational, non-violent taxpayer who’s sick of the bullshit and looking to vent some frustration – I get that. But realize that if you’re agreeing that blood needs to flow in the streets, there are a lot of idiots who dead serious about making that happen, and do you really want to be associated with their kind? Are you really willing to gun down policemen and federal agents, taxpayers and family men just like yourself, for your “cause”? I didn’t think so.
But I digress…what I really want to talk about is how scarily prophetic my article turned out to be. Just two days after it was posted, the FBI announced to the press that they had arrested an Oklahoma City man (how ironic) a few weeks before for making terroristic threats on Twitter. His plan was to open fire at a tea party protest and kill as many policemen as possible, and he proudly displayed this for the entire internet to see, bad spelling and all…
7:59 p.m. “The WAR wWIL start on the stepes of the Oklahoma State Capitol. I will cast the first stone. In the meantime, I await the police.”
8:01 p.m. “START THE KILLING NOW! I am wiling to be the FIRST DEATH! I Await the police. They will kill me in my home.”
8:04 p.m. “The KILILNG HAS ALREARDY STARTED BEGINIING WITH 168 Oklahomans on 4/1995! KILL THEM BACK!!!”
8:06 p.m. “After I am killed on the Capitol Steps like REAL man, the rest of you will REMEMBER ME!!!”
8:17 p.m. “I really don’ give a shit anymore. Send the cops around. I will cut their heads off the heads and throw the on the State Capitol steps.”
It came as no shock that these tweets were from Daniel Knight Hayden, a 52-year-old right wing conspiracy nut who was a part of online military groups, watched Alex Jones videos, and warned against the New World Order taking over. He even mentioned the Oklahoma City tragedy by name! If you think I’m making this up or this is part of some “liberal media bias,” you can actually still view his Twitter page – it has remained untouched since his arrest. When I read the story, I couldn’t believe how close to my warning it truly was. I’m not tooting my own horn here, but if that didn’t vindicate my article, I don’t know what does.
Oh wait, I do know what does. A few weeks ago, a fellow blogger and fan of Muckmakers reposted the “letter” with our permission, along with a plea for sanity of his own. He also posted the following list of eight other episodes of right-wing violence that have taken place (or would have, in one case) in just the last five months, driving home my point again and again. While the shooting and beheadings (Sounds a bit like a jihad, doesn’t it?) that Hayden planned thankfully never came to pass because of the FBI’s intervention, a lot of other innocent people weren’t so lucky…
January 21 – the day after the inauguration – 22-year-old Keith Luke goes on a violent spree in his Boston neighborhood. He rapes and kills one woman, and also kills the sister who tries to help her. He then goes out onto the street and shoots a passing homeless man. Police intercept him on his way to a local synagogue, where he tells them he intended to “kill as many Jews as possible during bingo night.” He also says that he was fighting the extinction of the white race, and had stockpiled 200 round of ammunition to that end.
February 10 – In Belfast, Maine, radioactive “dirty bomb” materials are found in home of James Cummings, who had been shot and killed by his wife after years of domestic violence. Cummings was an admirer of Adolf Hitler, and a large collection of Nazi memorabilia and a filled-out application for the National Socialist Movement were found on the scene.
February 26 – In Miramar Beach, FL, 60-year-old Dannie Baker walks into a neighboring townhouse where 14 Chilean students — all in the US legally — are gathered. He fires, killing two and wounding five. Those who know Baker describe him as a mentally ill man obsessed with fear that immigrants are taking over the country.
Sunday, April 5 – Budding white supremacist and recently discharged veteran Richard Popalowski shoots and kills three police officers following a standoff in Pittsburgh. They were responding to a domestic disturbance call. He believed they had been sent by the Obama Adminstration to take away his guns.
April 28 – US Army Reservist Joshua Cartwright shoots and kills two sheriff’s deputies in Fort Walton Beach, FL. His wife escaped from him after he beat her, and called police from the emergency room. In the incident report, she reported that her husband believed the US Government was conspiring against him, and was severely disturbed that Barack Obama had been elected President.
May 6 – Stephen P. Morgan of Middletown, CT kills former NYU classmate Johanna Justin-Jinich, whom he had been harassing since at least 2007. A diary found in his belongings included an entry: “I think it’s ok to kill Jews and go on a killing spree” and “Kill Johanna. She must Die.” Justin-Jinich was Jewish, and the granddaughter of a Holocaust survivor.
May 31 – Dr. George Tiller is shot to death while ushering at his Lutheran church in Wichita, KS. His killer, Scott Roeder, is captured by police within hours. Roeder is found to have ties to several violent right-wing groups, including the Montana Freemen and the Sovereign Citizen movement. He had also been committing acts of vandalism against abortion clinics for years, most recently just days before the assassination.
June 10 – Well-known anti-Semitic blogger James Wenneker von Brunn walks into the national Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC and opens fire. Two security guards are shot; one is dead and the other still guarded as of this writing. Von Brunn himself was killed in return fire. He had been prominent in Holocaust denier circles for several decades, and considered Holocaust museums to be a crime against white history.
With the exception of the death of James Cummings, the wife-beating Nazi prick, that’s some pretty sad shit right there…scary too. What’s even more frightening is the idiotic hypocrisy of some of the commenters on the Hayden story. Many of these tea baggers (Teehee!) have actually said that his threats should have been protected under the 1st Amendment. So in other words, the FBI should have just sat around and waited for a few bloody heads to come rolling down the Capitol steps before taking him out in a blaze of glory, as he wanted to; then they’d decry, “The government should have protected us! Why wasn’t this tragedy prevented by this inept administration?!” So what’s the moral of this story? Even if you think this government is one big turd run by a bunch of even bigger assholes, the tea parties have been hijacked by the inmates, and they’re running this asylum now. These protests weren’t going to do jack fucking shit anyway, so try thinking for yourself, outside the box, and find some other way to be the change you want to see in the United States. I’d rather not be right about the conservative movement gain.