It’s All the Tea Party’s Fault


Remember “Not Me”? He was the famous invisible cartoon gremlin in the newspaper comic strip “The Family Circus.” Whenever toys were left on the floor or other school-age disasters struck, the kids in the comic pointed their fingers at “Not Me.” Today, “Tea Party” is the juvenile left’s new “Not Me” — an all-purpose scapegoat for every crime and disaster.

Last Thursday, a disturbed pilot flew a small plane into an Austin, Texas, office complex that contained an Internal Revenue Service office. Several workers in the building were injured, and Joseph Andrew Stack, the pilot, was killed in the crash. Local authorities suspect he set his house on fire — from which his wife and daughter escaped — before taking off on his deadly journey. Investigators found a Web posting, identified as Stack’s “suicide manifesto,” in which he railed against tax laws, inequity, government and crony capitalism. He also targeted “puppet” George W. Bush, murderous health care insurers and the pharmaceutical industry.

The “manifesto” ended:

The communist creed: From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.

The capitalist creed: From each according to his gullibility, to each according to his greed.

This nutball had deadly grudges that transcended partisan lines. But within minutes of the story breaking, a furious left-wing blogger at the popular Daily Kos website — where countless Democratic leaders have guest-posted — fumed: “Teabagger terrorist attack on IRS building.” The article immediately cast blame on the anti-tax Tea Party movement: “After months of threats on the United States government, and government institutions, the Anti-Government forces known as the teabaggers have struck with their first 911 (sic) inspired terrorist attack.”

At the eponymous mega-website of Arianna Huffington, a 2,000-plus comment thread was filled with allusions to “teabaggers”:

I would bet he has a membership card to teabag nation and the Glenn Beck fan club!

Tea bag bomb.

Good to see natural selection still works! Tea party Unite!

This guy sounds just like a teabagger.

Oh please. This has tea bags dripping all over it.

I hope teabaggers are proud!! …

Great opening day for CPAC (the Conservative Political Action Conference) isn’t it??

This guy sounds like a Tea Partier first class! Maybe that movement is more DANGEROUS to our freedoms than they let on! Be afraid America, BE VERY AFRAID!

He was a Tea Party Terrorist.

In the early aftermath of the suicidal pilot’s attack, there was no evidence that Stack belonged to a Tea Party organization. In any case, no law-abiding Tea Party group would ever condone what he did. But it didn’t stop the haters from immediately smearing advocates of limited government. And it’s just the latest in a long line of calculated attempts to paint the vast majority of peaceful Tea Party activists as terrorist threats to civil society.

This week, absurd liberal pundits and bloggers also tried to connect the tragic University of Alabama-Huntsville murders to the Tea Party movement. No matter that the alleged killer, Amy Bishop, was an Obama-worshiping academic who repeatedly got a soft-on-crime pass. Or that Democratic Rep. William Delahunt of Massachusetts was the former prosecutor involved in dropping charges against Bishop in the deadly shooting of her teenage brother. Or that liberal-dominated campus officials apparently looked the other way in response to Bishop’s several red-flag flashes of violence leading up to the U of A shootings.

Tea Party-bashers claimed that the murders were a manifestation of racist conservative influence on the American landscape. Reuters Foundation Fellow Jonathan Curiel picked up the theme: “The ‘results’ that the Tea Party movement envisions include less government — and less of Obama.”

Curiel bemoaned the rejection of a post-racial society by tying together the Alabama massacre and the rise of the Tea Party movement more explicitly. Proof of anti-Obama bigotry, he wrote, could be found in “last week’s shooting in Alabama, where a disgruntled white professor murdered three minority professors; and the growing success of the Tea Party movement, which is overwhelmingly white and increasing (sic) vocal in its violent dislike of the nation’s first black president.”

The same warped worldview blamed Tea Party conservatives for Kentucky census worker Bill Sparkman’s insurance-scam-inspired suicide and for Holocaust Museum shooter James Von Brunn’s rampage (despite his published rants against Fox News).

The smear merchants, of course, are simply following Rahm Emanuel’s advice to exploit every crisis. Pointing fingers at the Tea Party gremlin demonizes the left’s most potent political opponents. This is the blame-gamers’ ultimate agenda: criminalizing dissent.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/bubba4 bubba4

    I think it was the anti-government, anti-IRS, anti big-brother, paranoid part of the suicide note (of which Michelle uses the last two sentences) that made people relate this to the tea party movement.

    Somehow I feel a man who can afford his own plane could have dealt with the IRS without having to dress in a barrell. It would have sucked, but he could have done something. It was his paranoid and unhinged beliefs about the "forces" behind his trouble that ultimately made him hopeless.

    Paranoia Self Destroya…..take note FPM'ers

    • USMCSniper

      This anti captalism, anti everything anarchist nihilist nutcase was obviously mentally ill and this had nothing to do with the tea party folks anymore than the psycho Timothy McVeigh has to do with the minutemen militia. However, Barack Obama's connections with the Weathermen Bill Ayers, along with his wife Bernardine Dohrn, were 1960s leaders of the homegrown terrorist group Weatherman, a Communist-driven splinter and terrorist bombers are well documented.

      • http://intensedebate.com/people/ElroyJetson JeffroBodine

        Not only well documented but worthy of concern.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/bubba4 bubba4

    BTW. No one asked what this guy's religion was? Why not? If a brown guy hurts someone, everyone around here insists that because his religion isn't mentioned, the MSM is trying to protect Islam….

    Is it not relevant if he's a Christian?

    • davarino

      Ya right, you nailed it bubba. The brown guys yell alluha snack bar and the white guy leaves a manifesto touting the praises of communism. I would think you would be defending this guy, but I think you realize with everyone else that he is a nut. His manifesto shows that he is confused, but just because he is paranoid doesnt make him wrong about the IRS. Surely you being a business owner can sympathise with him about the onerous taxes and regulations you have to deal with.

      But back to your point, how would it be relevant if he were Christian?

  • badaboo

    Hmmmm , a suicidal murderer commits his heinous act ……now a Left or Right TAG must be applied . Why not just go down the everyday headlines , find some heinous crimes , of which there is no shortage of , and start applying the tags , make it part of the argument . And it makes no difference white or black , the relgios tag ? yea that's a good one , now we extrapolated those tags to the same Left /Right partisan B.S.
    They've even dragged Tigers filandering into the same political cesspool of assinine analogies .
    Every case of bad human behavior , will be brought to the political argument, as examples of "the others ' net result of their politics .

    Too bad , that the MORONS on either side are tearing the country in half , and it matters not to them , as long as it is "their side " is PERCIEVED as "winning " .
    And Now , BOTH sides are embracinge the fringe elements of their repective ideologies , Birchers on the right , communists on the left .

    Have at it boys , in reality neither are TRUE Americans . Your real enemies are laughing , bikding their time , sharpening their knives .

  • badaboo

    Have no fear though , there ARE in fact enough Centrists , even Left of and Right of Center , clear thinking people in this country to keep the loons in check . And their existence , although denied by the "alleged Americans " and their pandering politicians , is evidenced by those who cross party lines for the greater good of their country and not necessarily their party .
    The screamers on either side will have their day , do their worst , but the kinds of people who made this country great , the ones who actually fought the wars , and labored for their living , will clean up the mess , they will put the country back on course .

    • Beertruk

      And when is the likely ETA for the ‘Centrists , even Left of and Right of Center , clear thinking people’ to put your country back on course, bababubba?

  • badaboo

    And if any wonder why the nleft is picking this up and running with it , the guys daughter amde a statement relating that her dada was a hero , and a local radio host , is suggesting this was an act of standing up to "Big Government " , and that he was "driven " to this .
    Now , the left is absolutely wrong , the daughter understandably , hopelessly biased , and the radio host INEXCUSABLY IRRESPONSIBLE AND STUPID . – a perfect example of exactly what I'm talking about .

  • FRC

    2 years ago wasn't it the Leftist that were paranoid and anti-government? Every headline was how government (President Bush) was ruining America. Now anti-government sentiment nas to be "Tea Baggers"?

  • TopBaxterUSMC

    How come none of you Lefties seem to remember "Bill Ayers" and his Bombing Campaign against the government? I guess your pothead, hippie parents didn't mention that little bit of history.

    • Jim C.

      You knuckleheads have been reminding us of this nobody, Ayers, every day for like, 8 years. Hasn't worked yet, nobody cares. Keep it up.

      • coyote3

        Do you speak for everyone??? For "like" how many do you speak, pendejo.

        • Jim C.

          Good question, pocho. I would say I speak for the 66,882,230 people who voted for Obama, plus the amount of McCain voters (a number I can't provide) who thought the whole Ayers association was overblown and silly.

  • idviking

    Ironic that the left will use one nutjob to negatively define a political group they hate, but when a jihadist blows up, beheads or stones someone to death because of their refusal to submit to Islam it is an isolated incident. So even though there have been about 15000 attacks on non-Muslims since 9-11 there is no connection between Islam and terrorism. But one anti-tax, anti-government liberal flies his plane into a government building then we must of course attack the dominant anti-tax, limited government group because they are obviously all like Mr. Stack.

    • badaboo

      Top Baxter , simply indicates how young he is , Bill Ayers was a terrorist , asn enemy of ALL the American people . Funny , I dont remember hippiesw in general cheering him on , nor do I remember them giving their stamp of approval . I was a hippie AFTER 13 months in Vietnam , and persoanlly Mr BaxterUSMC , you're most likely one of those a-holes who goes around "claiming you was in Nam " , but just another fucking chicken hawk . I dont like your tone moron , and you shouldn't braodbrush everyone from that era who wasn't wearing a fucking crew cut , but hey I doubt you're old enough to remember .

  • badaboo

    And BTW Mr , maybe -a marine-Baxter , the fucking right plays the exact same game .Pick a deviant in society who makes the headlines , and those total a-holes on the Right AND Left will try to attach a political tag . What a fucking pathetic bunch …certainly not what I went in the Army for .
    Wanna see a mirror image of yourself ? Go to Daily Kos , and substitute the word Left for Right . and you might then realize how fucking pathetic this tactic is .

  • badaboo

    Ok, I'll reply abit more civilly to the narrowminded broad-brushing Baxter the "marine ' just made . Ayers was a terrorist , to ALL Americans , hippies never gave him a stamp of approval . . Where did you gert your info Mr.Marine ? From the Forrest Gump Movie ? And just whose parents are you reffering to ? YOURS ? The hippies in those days ARE the parents of 30 and 40 year olds today , of which you are most likely one . I was a hippie , after a 13 month tour in Vietnam ….I never approved Ayers . I think if you hadn't heard about Ayers in the talkings points in the last election , you wouldn't even know who he was . I had freinds who were for and against the war , and ya know what Mr "marine " we all went anyway , we all knew long before McNamara admitted it , that the Gulf Of Tonkin Incident was pure bull .Too bad he waited until he was 80 to admit it , after 50,000 of us got killed and two million got wounded . NONE of us approved Ayers , he was generally considered a POS .

  • badaboo

    So ….BAXTER , before you go broad-brushing and TAGGING a large part of the past generation , try reading a bloody history book and get your info straight , instead of spouting off , like a political parrot .

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/johncarens johncarens

    The propensity of the authoritarian, statist, radicalized Obama Democrat Left to smear the Tea Party patriots is truly deranged and weird. Truly. For a party that pretends to be for the little guy, they sure spend a lot of time maligning them.

    In sum and in fine, these same statist Radicals were the ones that, in their youth, marched en masse on the Pentagon and would swear the sheer energy of the protesters was enough to physically lift the building off its grade. THIS is wacko stuff, not Bob the Accountant listening to speeches in front of the post-office, as the Tea Party folk do these days. No, these hippies (now old farts) were convinced that their swarming masses would be enough to bring about the Age of Aquarius. Instead, it brought about deadly riots in most of America's cities, bombs going off in the Dean's Office, and political assassinations. Now these same malcontents, four decades later, get their panties in a twist at a few well-groomed, bathed, middle Americans having the temerity to actually take the First Amendment seriously.

    But, pace Dylan, the times, the are a changin'.

    And another thing: "Teabagger", as Anderson Cooper 180 enjoyed introducing into the lexicon, is a vulgar, derisive smear that, according to their libertine world-view, ought to be complimentary. The radical, hedonist left is in favor of every sort of perverted, grotesque form of sexual expression, so I would think they wouldn't want one of their beloved terms ("teabagging") co-opted by such squaresville-types. Maybe we could trade it for another one of their preferred terms, like "transgendered" or "queer".

    This odds-bodkins that flew his stupid little plane into the IRS was a later-day Lee Harvey Oswald. He clearly thought he was smarter than everyone else, didn't need to follow the same rules of the road that everyone else had to follow, and that someday, the world would recognize his genius, even if that meant FORCING the world to be so inclined. This is leftist stuff, not rightist. But, more than anything, it was just stupid narcissism, nothing more.

    Which is also a leftist trait, come to think about it.

  • badaboo

    Another political parrot . Repeating your pablum force fed . Another uninformed 30 nor 40 year old .
    Bloody riots ? Yea when the Chicago police went haywire under daily . Bombs ? There were about 3 incidents , no oine killed , and the groups involved were extremely small . Do you know their names ? I doubt , they were all "hippies ' right ? IT was SDS and Weather Underground , not at all approved by nor representative of the kids in those days , Go get your head screwed on straight youngster , you dont know what you're talking about . Although you're trying to sound intelligent and sophistiacted , you come off like an ignoramus . 'lol…."narcissism ", I'll bet you didn't even know what that word meant until it was used to describe the bogeyman-Obama , by a shill for the right posing as a psychologist .
    You're all wet son .

  • badaboo

    BTW , don't you think it abit hypocritical quoting Dylan , after that mindless tirade ?
    He'd laugh in your face carens .
    LOL….and what was that about "grotesque and perverted sexual expression " ? Just those on the Left huh ? You mean like Congressmen [R] getting caught soliciting gay sex from bathroom stalls ?
    You're still wet behind the ears sonny , and if you think such rubbish is true , well either you fell off the changing table on your head , as an infant , or there may have been a deficiency in your childhood diet causing arrested development . There is no political affiliation attached to deviates , but I guess you're abit to slow to catch that huh ?

    • Parson Weems

      Dude, you've got some serious anger issues… you don't happen to own a plane, I hope. ;-)

  • Vera

    Badaboo does not have anger issues. As a Viet Nam Nurse who served state side i understand where this person is coming from. I will not continue to debate this issue. William Ayers is a Communist Shit head and always has been.

    • tony

      Actually, Badaboo has way too much time on his/her hands. In fact, I'll bet Badaboo has a signed copy of the Unibomber's Manifesto.

  • gpcase

    Badaboo is enraged that anyone would paint the hippies/radicals with such a broad brush (using guilt by association) or using ad hominem attacks against him rather than his ideas. Yet he does the very same thing. Lighten up! I'm sure you were a Barney Bad Ass in your day, but you don't need to prove yourself here, much less question whether someone is a Marine instead of honestly attacking his opinion.

    Is this personalization of the argument designed to have us lose sight of the substance of Malkin's argument? A smokescreen, if you will, to avoid the subject and dominate the debate, making this all about you? Very clever, but very boring.

    The key point here is that Guilt-by-Association is being used to smear a movement whose main purpose is to prevent the federal government from bankrupting the nation and losing our liberty as a result. The vitriol of the attacks against the Tea Party movement confirms the fear they elicit in the left, specifically of its potential to reverse decades of progressivism. Setting the record straight is part of the war of ideas and abdicating that responsibility is tantamount to appeasement…and defeat.

    • Jim C.

      I look at it more this way: the TEA party people are people with the same exact concerns I have, who see the same exact problems, but who are extremely confused about whose interest they're serving and how to go about remedying the situation. In short, if you rich, you sure as hell have NOT been "taxed enough already." You've been riding the backs of everday people for 30 years. Politicians pander to us with "tax cuts," but the rich have reaped all the benefits. And they tell us that money goes to our "jobs." No, our jobs have all gone overseas, and our country is now for sale. Wake up tea partiers!

      • coyote3

        Maybe it should have been for sale a long time ago. The "rich" have been oppressed and overtaxed for years and years. Now, I agree that they are not the only productive people, but we have too many who are unproductive, and that is not sustainable. Indeed. As far as the jobs going overseas, that "ship" sailed a long time ago, whomever you care to blame, and it was a one way trip.

        • Jim C.

          "Oppressed and overtaxed?" Not by any fair standard compared to the middle and lower class, unless you have numbers that say otherwise.

          You're right about the jobs ship but we are "enjoying" the results of that thanks to our wealthy, one might say "anti-American" masters right now.

  • badaboo

    Sorry folks I just know B.S. when I see it . Most of the so called patriots here are nothing more than partisan parrot s, most not even being old enough to know what was going on in the 60's .You form your opinions based on opinions and not any real earnest investigation of facts , for if you did , you wouldn't be babbling like a bunch of school kids .
    Seems many here like to quote Santayana's warning about repeating history , yet you fall in ,lock-step just like your predecessors thinking you have something new , something different , but all you're doing is playing tail-gunner Joe's sorry old game .
    The pathetic part of it all is that most of you are educated yet don't see it , and that is worse than ignorance .You actually think you're right . What a farce ! You're pissed off with your position and your place , and need a bogeyman to blame . Some of you say that I "have too much time on my hands " …and what the hell are you doing here ?

    • coyote3

      Wow, you are even funnier than I thought. What bravo sierra. I well remember the 1960s and my own 13 month tour. The only thing I can say is no fool, like an old fool.

  • badaboo

    And you're "bored " gpcase ? Listen ,for me to make ad hominem attacks here is like shooting ducks in a barrel , for the stupidity of some here bubbles over like a fountain . I dont like it when a bunch of SCRUBS writes off a whole generation , most of the hippies , the picture you have in your small mind , SERVED THEIR COUNTRY , PAID THEIR DUES , ever hear of the Draft ? They didn't 4F like Chenney , or escape to the National Guard or Reserves . How many GI's got drafted and went to Viertnam ? Do you know the numbers ? How many were ,what some dimbulbs here would call "hippies " ? No, I hold no "rage " , when you hit 60 , you just get tired of hearing the same old bull you been hearing for 40years , but now louder and out of the mouth of those who dont know Jack SH-T . Besides , I have a right to say whatever bloody hell I wish to say ./ You think these times are unique ? Go READ a history book .Everythinjg you are experiencing today with jobs , economy , national debt …ITS ALL HAPPENED BEFORE ….in fact atleast three times in the past 45 years alone .

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  • Steve P.

    Subject: Truth & Political Correctness

    Some say Political Correctness is lying out of cowardice. I only wish it were that benign. Political Correctness is Suppression of the Truth for the Purpose of Advancing the Left Wing Agenda. Political Correctness is a form of mind control, meant to limit and control free speech and to undermine public opinion, It intends to weaken the defenses of a free democracy and reeducate us and our children. It is a well known and well documented Communist subversion tactic & procedure.

    The truth must come 1st, last and always. Stand for truth. Don't let them get away with it ! Call it what it is — A Tactic in the Dismantling of Traditional America and Suppression of the Truth for the Purpose of Advancing the Left Wing Agenda.