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February 23, 2010

Austin Plane Crash is Terrorism, not Heroism

I know, a little behind here, and I wasn’t going to comment on this at all.  After reading some posts, and articles however I felt compelled to at least try to make a difference.  First of all, terrorism is defined by the destruction of lives or property in an attempt to scare people for political reasons.  Bottom line, end of story, Joseph Stack was a terrorist.  Anyone who refutes that is complicit or blind.  Anyone who calls him a hero is just as deranged.

Now, the reaction from the fringe bloggers on both sides isn’t surprising.  Those nuts out there, who are still fighting the partisan fight, and locked in their own little world of believing one side is more right than the other, deserve what they get.  I won’t even respond to their idiocy, it’s pointless.  My quarrel is with the supposed journalists out there, like Johnathan Capehart at the Washington Post.  He takes this terrorist’s long manifesto, crops it down into four generic paragraphs, leave out anything that would link him to the left side of political ideology and says:

“I am struck by how his alienation is similar to that we’re hearing from the extreme elements of the Tea Party movement.”

How is this guy still a journalist?  How does he still have a job?  I know that almost every journalist lies, or glosses over facts to support their stories, but something so blatant?  It’s not like you have to do weeks of research to find out that Capehart is a fraud, it’s right there, he links to the manifesto in that post.  Even the extreme elements of the Tea Party Movement are about as violent as a Sunday school class.

In a less obvious note Time magazine said:

“The long, rambling rant posted on a website eerily reflected the angry populist sentiments that have swept the country in the past year.”

Sure, they don’t say Tea Party Movement, but we get the picture.  They forget to mention his unpopulist (edited, because someone pointed it out.  To be fair, the spell check in word press does not see an issue with ‘unpopularist’ but ‘unpopulist’ shows up as spelled wrong.)  ideas such as government takeover of health care and his apparent affinity for communism.

This guy, Joseph Stack, was not from any ideological side.  He was not a Republican or Democrat, he wasn’t a Tea Party Patriot, or Left Wing Activist.  He was not a hero, or a patriot, or even simply a disturbed individual.  He was a terrorist that set his house on fire with his wife and kid inside, then crashed a plane into a building that housed federal employees.

The Tea Party Movement as a whole condemns the actions of Stack.  I myself condemn his actions.  We are not violent, we want a revolution of ideas, not violence.  We want change through the constitution, not through explosions.  How many peaceful protests do we need to have before people in the fringe media realize that we are not violent?  Or will they just continue to lie about the Tea Party Movement, and chuckle at their little childish joke when they say teabagger?  How much evidence do they need?

The facts are simple; thousands of people, hundreds of protest, zero arrests, zero property damage.  ZERO.

Tea Party Protest

G20 Protests

Tea Party Protest

Anti-Bush Protest

Comparison of the National Mall after the 9/12 March and after Obama’s Inauguration

I think I have come to the realization that fear is what causes the left to scorn the tea parties and the right to try to embrace them.  For the left…you are right to be afraid, but not from physical violence.  To the right, better that you embrace a nest of vipers, we are on to you too.



  1. unpopularist? You just made that word up! unpopulist maybe is what you are talking about. And you are criticising people who can’t write?

    Comment by tom paine — May 13, 2011 @ 5:32 am | Reply

    • Well done, you found a typo. Thanks for pointing it out in such a constructive and civil manner. Perhaps you can teach some of our politicians how to communicate with each other, and with citizens in such a wonderful manner…too much? Yah too much.

      Way to go after the issue though. It’s great how someone’s only argument is with a typo.

      Comment by disgruntledpatriot — May 20, 2011 @ 8:52 pm | Reply

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