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I have to admit, if Joeseph Stack had flown his plane into the new headquarters of Goldman Sachs, it would be tempting to label him a hero. His political leanings notwithstanding, his act clearly falls within the FBI definition of a Domestic Terror attack. And while the rope a dope the right wing is playing with this political hot potato as they cajole more Tea Party momentum out of this act is despicable, it is but one more distraction in the false fight between right and left in this country.
Currently, the pendulum of momentum in the rotating firing squad that is our failing duopoly is swinging rapidly to back to the right, and conservatives harnessed this momentum last weekend during the Conservative Political Action Conference while pundits, spin maestros, and other assorted three card monte criminals did their best to convince you all that any of it mattered.
You can say one thing about the new look conservative movement: they don’t lack for theatrics. On opening day of the CPAC, Tea Party Terrorist Joseph Stack helped kick off the festivities- and draw attention to the circus, by setting his house alight, posting an anti tax manifesto online and flying his single engine plane into an IRS building in Austin, Texas.
It is important to understand that The Tea party is made up of three distinct arms:
One: the highly visible and politically powerful costume parade of wack jobs that want to turn the clock back to 1776.
Two: The armed openly armed militias like the Oath Keepers, founded by ex Ron Paul aide Stewart Rhodes whose membership, according to a recent Mother Jones feature article:
consists of men and women in uniform, including soldiers, police, and veterans. At regular ceremonies in every state, members reaffirm their official oaths of service, pledging to protect the Constitution—but then they go a step further, vowing to disobey “unconstitutional” orders from what they view as an increasingly tyrannical government.
The Third Arm of the Tea Party includes sleeper terrorist cells. Following the Al Qaeda template, individuals and small groups act alone and under the radar, executing acts of terror in pursuit of the greater Tea Party objective.
And while the soldiers in this third arm remain invisible until they become martyrs for the cause, they are certainly goaded on by libertarian and tea party leaders. In the hours following this, Conservative talk show host and nationally syndicated columnist Jay Severin asked openly and repeatedly repeated: “was Richard Stack a Terrorist? I don’t know the answer to that question,” he said “I can only answer it with another question- were the founding fathers Terrorists? According to King Henry the 8th they certainly were. But the founding fathers are my heroes.”
And it is not just pundits, elected officials like the great white hope who just rode into Washington on the wave created by the Tea Party- I am speaking of course to that male model turned truck driver Scott Brown- utilized his fist television interview since taking office to rationalize Joseph Stack’s suicide mission.
Not that he stands alone among those who have taken the oath of office.
Representative Stephen King, a Republican from Iowa, clamored to get his views on the record about the matter. Specifically, he sympathizes with Joe Stack, and urged listeners to implode the IRS.
The larger point being missed here is that as this shell game of the ever rotating momentum between Republicans and Democrats continues to swing back and forth, the middle class is disappearing, our debt is increasing, we are still the only developed nation in the world that allows our citizens to die for lack of health insurance and American Foreign policy- consistent no matter who is in office, continues it’s murderous imperial reach across the globe. The only constant is that wealth continues to rise to the top aided by criminal negligence (a lack of Wall Street regulation) and government bailout programs that are best summarized by Matt Taibi’s recent Rolling Stone article, “Wall Street Bailout Hustle”: where the government “lent to insolvent institutions, against shit collateral, at zero percent interest. We told these guys to drink themselves sober.”
All the world’s a stage, and the ideological fight between democrats and republicans continues to play out before our eyes, but one things for certain: you can’t win at three card monte.
Don’t hate the player hate the game.
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