The New Republican Party Endorses Domestic Terror

It’s a sensationalist headline, I know. But it’s kind of true. I'm no hyper-partisan, but a spade's a spade and a Scott Brown quote is a Scott Brown quote.

The Tea Party-9/12 movement is increasingly a movement of violence. Maybe you consider the murders of Dr. Tiller and the Holocaust Museum guard part of that movement, maybe you don't, but the undeniably concrete examples are still plenty enough: guns outside presidential speeches, speakers and party chairs stating their desire to murder U.S. Senators, and now, a terrorist attack on federal offices in Austin, TX. And yet, as evidenced by Internet reactions, the tone of this year’s CPAC conference, and an interview with the newest U.S. Senator, the Republican Party’s latest incarnation is going out of its way to endorse the Tea Parties and thus, by extension, their violent methods.

After jumping the gun on the Kentucky census worker, I held off on blogging about the Austin attack on the IRS, but the facts are now in: suicidal murderer Joe Stack shared the rhetoric and views of the Tea Parties. And what’s the Republican Party’s reaction? Do they eschew this act of terror and finally stand up to the increasingly dangerous Tea Party rhetoric? Did they take a stand at CPAC? Not so much. According to Golden Boy and alleged “moderate” Senator Scott Brown (R-MA), the attack, while "tragic," isn’t anything to worry about because “no one likes paying taxes, obviously.” When asked his reaction to the murder and its motive, all he would say is that people are frustrated at the government.

So that’s the Republican Party’s new message on terrorism: it’s okay, as long as it’s aimed at American liberals. My, how patriotic of you.

To those who would say highlighting these events is just cherry-picking the fringe of the Tea Party movement, I have two answers. First, even if it is only a small, unrepresentative fringe spurned to violence by the fuller movement’s rhetoric, it is still that larger rhetoric that inspired it, and the results are still atrocious. I am reminded of the Southern Poverty Law Center, which holds racist groups legally accountable for the violent actions of their fringiest of fringe members.

But more importantly, I do believe that this violence truly is representative of a large swath of the Tea Party – perhaps not a majority, but certainly more than a fringe. One piece of evidence is the right-wing’s social networking reaction to the Austin IRS attack. Twitter was alive with support for Stack's terrorism, and over 2 dozen Facebook groups were created just to cheer the man.

Another is this video of Rachel Maddow’s coverage of the CPAC Conference, the conservative party’s annual confab turned this year into one giant Tea Party. Yes, it’s from a liberal source, but you can’t deny the point she makes at 6:30: the movement’s own literature showcases the images and rhetoric they otherwise try to convince us isn’t so representative.

There is, however, some solace. The danger of this movement is in its rhetoric and its ability to influence the Republican Party the way the religious right did until so very recently, but not in its ability to actually field its own successful candidates. The winner of the 2007, 2008, and 2009 CPAC presidential straw polls? Mitt Romney. The winner of the CPAC/Tea Party 2010 straw poll? Ron Paul. With the Tea Party in charge, CPAC and the conservative movement are clearly losing their ability to stay grounded in, their words not mine, “real America.” As Politico's Jonathan Martin Tweets, "Paul folks made something of an effort at straw poll. The inaction of others & these results won't augur well for future cpac s polls."

Tags: Joe Stack, Ron Paul, CPAC, Tea Party, Scott Brown, terrorism, Republican Party (all tags)

Comments

10 Comments

We are so far down the rabbit hole I fear

Joe Stack owned his private plane... and still had an issue over paying taxes.

I hope the MSM makes the point that this guy owned the plane he used, but I doubt they will. So doe eyed Scott Brown can fan the flames of anti-government sentiment.

It's the war on government that got us in this mess.

by NoFortunateSon 2010-02-21 05:11PM | 1 recs
RE: We are so far down the rabbit hole I fear

The RW always pulls this crap. Then when the left questions going to War over unclear intelligence and non-existent threats they claim we are the one's who are "disloyal".

by vecky 2010-02-21 05:31PM | 1 recs
RE: The New Republican Party Endorses Domestic Terror

I would be nice if the MSM did start calling the RW on this stuff, but I'm not holding my breath. And I don't expect the voting public to register any displeasure on National Head-Up-Your-Butt, er, Election Day, either.

by spirowasright 2010-02-21 07:34PM | 0 recs
Can you describe how you programmed your videos on the site?

asdf

by MainStreet 2010-02-21 09:24PM | 0 recs
RE: Can you describe how you programmed your videos on the site?

Click on the "HTML" tab rather than the automatically selected "Visual" tab at the upper-right hand corner of the type-box. Paste the embed code in where you want it, then return to the Visual tab and continue normally. It's a pain in the butt, I know. Jerome and Kyle are working on it all, but it'll take time. As Jerome says, they've been two weeks away from Beta for six weeks now. Such is life - I know nothing about tech so I don't judge or second guess.

by Nathan Empsall 2010-02-21 10:16PM | 0 recs
RE: Can you describe how you programmed your videos on the site?

Thanks. I actually have used the HMTL tab a few times but, at least for the diaries area, it didn't work. Give it another try. But thanks for responding.

by MainStreet 2010-02-22 12:14PM | 0 recs
A thought exercise

What if this guy's first name was "Sayyid".  And everything else about him was the same.

by the mollusk 2010-02-22 12:41AM | 0 recs
RE: A thought exercise

Well, he still would have attacked the tyrants at the IRS, so what we would learn from this whole thing is that the terrorists hate us because of our taxes, and the way to get them to stop hating and attacking us is to lower taxes.

by Nathan Empsall 2010-02-22 01:03AM | 1 recs
RE: A thought exercise

I'm guessing he wouldn't be hailed as a hero at CPAC.

by the mollusk 2010-02-22 10:22AM | 0 recs
Scott Brown Is An Airhead

who is out of his depth in the Senate.  I assume the folks back in Mass. are watching.

by Bob H 2010-02-22 09:27AM | 0 recs

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