Vernon Hunter, Vietnam Veteran is the real hero and tragic victim of Stack the murderer. Although Champion Chicken Hawk and Republican Coward Steve King apparently empathizes with Stack and wants to "implode" IRS offices.
If the name of the Austin Terrorist had been Bill Ayers and not A. Joseph Stack III and his screed was penned under the auspices of the Weather Underground, Fox News would declare a state of emergency and demand President Obama be Impeached.
But, because Stack had anti-government feelings, which are all the rage amongst Conservatives now, since they don't control government, then what he did was understandable and possibly justified to Senator Scott Brown and CPAC speaker Jeb Babbin. Although they and the Right Blogs want to ascribe his actions to Liberals.
The flip floping of the Republicans and Conservatives is enough to make one dizzy. Protests when Bush in office = Treason; Protests when Obama in office = Highest form of Patriotism.
The Anti-War Protestors = Worst Traitors in American History; Tea Party Racist Bigots and their calls for Revolution = The New American Patriots!
Stack flies plane into US building; Terrorism? It's what Conservatives do! It's what Liberals do!
Well, Stack murdered a worker in the office building he flew his plane into, that's not justifiable, murder is not justifiable.
That Stack committed a terrible crime which claimed the life of another human being is the worst aspect of this incident that there are people out there who would justify this or try and use this to win political debates is a terrible testimony to the state of the Nation and the political divide today.
However, that we try to assign Stack's actions to the left or right is also a sad commentary on ourselves.
Currently the Left is ascendant and the Right is out of power. Therefore, in order to regain power, the US Political Right is engaged in anti-government rhetoric and is the Party of Dissent. This was not always the case and historically has rarely been the case since the Right has always aligned itself with money, power, entrenched morality and the oppressors. During the Bush years the Left was out of power and the Left led the anti-government protests and the denouncement of politicians, however that tone began to change in 2006 and especially in 2008 when Obama won. In 2008, the Right's partisans began denouncing entrenched politicians, became anti-government and embraced Dissent as the Highest form of Patriotism when just a few years earlier those same bloggers spent every day of the Bush administration declaring those protesting the Government to be traitors and aiding America's Enemies.
The situation today, is such, that whenever one party is out of power they declare the other party to be somehow illegitimate and the rulers do not possess the Mandate from the Founding Fathers, (hence the current Tea Party and Revolutionary Era rigmarole embraced by the Right) and that only Our Side are the true inheritors of the Founders Vision and the Keepers of the Holy Spirit of Independence and America.
Of course, this does not absolve or endorse the standard Republican tactics of Racism, Red-Baiting and Fear mongering used to to sow distrust and undermine the government run by Obama and the Democrats. The Reich Wing has quickly and shamelessly fallen back upon them with little fear it will cost them votes or interfere with their attempts to regain power.
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