A guy rams his airplane into the side of a building in Austin, Texas with the apparent hope of a taking a couple of Infernal Revenue Service agents with him, and before you can say "right wing nutjob," you have the breathless leftists out there gloating that this is what the rhetoric of the Tea Party movement hath wrought. We already have a columnist from the Washington Post saying:
There's no information yet on whether he was involved in any anti-government groups or whether he was a lone wolf. But after reading his 34-paragraph screed, I am struck by how his alienation is similar to that we're hearing from the extreme elements of the Tea Party movement. (emphasis: Chanman)Not so fast.
Luckily for us, our angry aviator left behind a lengthy manifesto in which he expressed what had possessed him to do what he did.
I read the entire manifesto, and a few statements stood out, especially since they were conveniently left out of the article in the Washington Post. Read these and tell me if this sounds like something a Tea Partier would say, especially through the ears of a statist who detests those mean ol' "tea baggers."
...that make institutions like the vulgar, corrupt Catholic Church so incredibly wealthy. We carefully studied the law (with the help of some of the “best”, high-paid, experienced tax lawyers in the business), and then began to do exactly what the “big boys” were doing (except that we weren’t steeling from our congregation or lying to the government about our massive profits in the name of God...He definitely has a problem with organized religion, and especially the Catholic Church. Man, so do a lot of those lefties out there, especially when it comes to abortion and homosexuality.
...Yet at the same time, the joke we call the American medical system, including the drug and insurance companies, are murdering tens of thousands of people a year and stealing from the corpses and victims they cripple, and this country’s leaders don’t see this as important as bailing out a few of their vile, rich cronies...Sounds to me like this guy was on board with the government taking over the health care system because of the greed of those nasty drug and insurance companies. Wow, did he steal this part of his manifesto from Obama's teleprompter?
...The recent presidential puppet GW Bush and his cronies in their eight years certainly reinforced for all of us that this criticism rings equally true for all of the government. Nothing changes unless there is a body count (unless it is in the interest of the wealthy sows at the government trough). In a government full of hypocrites from top to bottom, life is as cheap as their lies and their self-serving laws...Whoa! If I had a nickel for every time I heard someone on the left talking smack about George W. Bush like that, I would be like Scrooge McDuck in his giant vault, pushing his coins around with a bulldozer. I mean after all, aren't the Tea Party folks always being accused of being closet Republicans and are constantly catching flak for not starting this movement in earnest until after Bush had left office?
Finally, the manifesto ends with this critical comparison:
The communist creed: From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.I will admit that I'm not sure if his intention is to trash both ideologies or to praise one and not the other, but it is painfully obvious that he is no fan of capitalism. Gosh, I know of countless lefties who could have written that line. Anyone who swoons over Michael Moore would be sure to swoon over this final line from the manifesto.
The capitalist creed: From each according to his gullibility, to each according to his greed
So, in true partisan form, I am going to come up with my own narrative, just like that jackass from the Washington Post. I say that this man who flew his plane into the IRS building in Austin was a left-wing, religion-hating, capitalism-hating extremist who was angry at George W. Bush and the Republicans for blocking the passage of government-run health care. That's why he flew the plane into the building. Wow, that was easy!
I have a better idea. Instead of trying to decide whether the guy was "right wing" or "left wing" or a "tea partier," how about we just chalk him up as a tortured soul who ended his life in a most extreme way. If you still disagree with me, I can always point out that, according to the Boston Herald, the college professor in Alabama who shot and killed three of her colleagues and wounded three others was described by those who knew her as, "a far-left political extremist who was 'obsessed' with President Obama to the point of being off-putting."
Good Day to You, Sir