According to data collected by the New America Foundation, right-wing extremists have killed 37 people in 16 violent incidents, in the United States since the 9/11 attacks. That number is more than the 21 people killed by militants motivated by al-Qaeda's ideology in the United States in the post-9/11 era.
As Janet Napolitano warned just a few months into Obama's first term, anti-government right wing violent extremism is America's number one domestic threat.
So, when two Bundy standoff attendees recently decided to assassinate, point blank, two police officers outside of Las Vegas, drape a "don't tread on me" flag over their dead bodies, shoot and kill one other person and then suicide each other.....why wasn't the violence referred to as a domestic terrorism attack by corporate media?
A few questions.
Which national political party prides themselves on their anti-federal government stance? Which political party honest-to-god believes that the federal government is the problem, not the solution? Which political movement has focused daily on Obama's "tyrannical rule?" Has it been left wingers or right wingers who have repeatedly informed us of their intentions to "take back our country?" Was it Democrats or Republicans who made "2nd amendment remedies" a viable option to deal with our political divisions? Is it conservatives or liberals who think carrying loaded weapons to political gatherings is appropriate? Was it a former Democratic vice presidential candidate or a former Republican vice presidential candidate who thought it was a good idea to designate Democratic opponents on a map with gun sight markings?
The GOP......and our failed media....pretend as if there's no connection between the answers to those questions and the recent outbreak of mass shootings. One would have to be purposely blind not to see the connection. And unfortunately, corporate media has become purposely blind in order to, you know, not appear biased.
As I have warned, none of this stuff is going to get better any time soon. There will be more anti-government violence by right wingers tripping on Republican and Tea Party rhetoric. There will be future tragedies committed by right wing nuts. Main media and Republicans and Tea officials who helped to radicalize those nuts will continue to pretend they played absolutely no role in any of it.
Jerad and Amanda Miller were domestic terrorists. They carried out a suicide attack. They politically targeted two representatives of government authority....policemen. They held radical right wing conservative views. They followed Alex Jones and loved Breitbart.com. They left their "mark".....the Gadsden Flag....a symbol of today's Tea insurgency. They attended the Bundy Ranch standoff where patriots had their gun sights pegged on the foreheads of federal officials in a faux dispute over "big government."
But don't expect any Republicans or Teas, or "unbiased" media members to explain how anti-government, right wing conservative extremists are not-so-quietly waging a literal war against government, against America. Don't ever expect corporate media to rally against such right wing terrorism, say, like they have rallied, and continue to rally, against some alleged terrorist attack two years ago in a place called Benghazi.
No, when it comes to domestic right wing political terrorism, it's just better if the "adults" don't bring it up in front of the "kids."
The hysterical response of our nation to 9-11 is still negatively affecting us. It's as if we have a national bout of temporary insanity....at least I hope it is still temporary. The only political terror attacks we're willing to recognize must be conducted by Muslim attackers. Otherwise, it's not a terrorist attack.
At the same time, the most pressing danger facing American citizens today is terrorist attacks by ultra-conservative Americans all worked up by professional, conservative media and elected officials warning of some existential threat to our nation as a result of electing a black Democrat....twice....to the presidency.
How very dangerous Obama is to America and Americans.....you will hear about each and every day. How dangerous the authentic threat we face from anti-government right wingers is to America and Americans......mostly crickets.
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