On the front page here, five months ago:
Arch-conservatives continue their banner August. In the first week of the month unemployed white supremacist Wade Page shot and killed six Sikhs at a temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. In week two unemployed gun nut and Palin/Beck/O’Reilly fan Thomas Caffall killed two people, one a constable, in College Station, Texas. Also in week two a group of barely-employed “sovereign citizens” and their girlfriends shot four Louisiana deputies in and around St. John the Baptist Parish, killing two.
Then four soldiers who planned a shooting spree (and a presidential assassination) were arrested before they could do any harm. Still: Ten dead and more wounded as the American right-wing made its presence known throughout August 2012. A hell of a month for the wingnuts.
The violence wasn’t that surprising. A 2009 Deparment of Homeland Security report predicted home-grown terrorism would likely emanate from the ultra-conservative crowd. As much as Michelle Malkin screamed about the conclusions, the report ended up being perfectly accurate. A trail of corpses proved how dangerous the far right-wing really were.
Which brings us to Monday. And the butthurts at the Daily Caller:
Army should fire author of report on conservative terrorism
Bill Wilson | President, Americans for Limited Government
. . the report warns of the rising militancy of so-called “anti-federalists” — or Americans who embrace radical notions like “civil activism, individual freedoms and self-government.” In other words, anyone expressing support for the fundamental democratic ideals upon which our nation was founded could be a terrorist.
According to [Dr. Arie] Perliger, these “anti-federalists” are dangerous because they “espouse strong convictions regarding the federal government, believing it to be corrupt and tyrannical, with a natural tendency to intrude on individuals’ civil and constitutional rights.”
Wait — government isn’t corrupt? And warrantless wiretaps, forced participation in a Social Security Ponzi scheme and Barack Obama’s health insurance mandate aren’t intrusions on our liberties?
It’s deja vu. And this is today, right now, this very hour and minute:
The man who ignited a hostage standoff in southern Alabama when he shot a bus driver and took a child into an underground bunker is a “survivalist” who has ties to the antigovernment movement, an official with the Dale County Sheriff’s Office told Hatewatch this morning.
The gunman is identified as Jimmy Lee Dykes, 65, a Vietnam veteran. On Tuesday afternoon, Dykes allegedly stormed into a school bus in Midland City, Ala., shooting the bus driver four times with a 9 mm pistol before taking a child to an underground bunker behind his home. The bus driver, identified as 66-year-old Charles Poland Jr., later died.
Tim Byrd, chief investigator with the Dale County Sheriff’s Office, told Hatewatch that Dykes had “anti-America” views. “His friends and his neighbors stated that he did not trust the government, that he was a Vietnam vet, and that he had PTSD,” Byrd said. “He was standoffish, didn’t socialize or have any contact with anybody. He was a survivalist type.”
Jimmy Lee Dykes is still holding the six year-old boy hostage and the police at bay.