Monday, April 20, 2009

America's Domestic "9-11"

Yesterday was the 14th anniversary of the bombing of the Alfred Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City by right wing fanatics Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols. The explosion killed 168 innocent people, injured hundreds more, and caused millions of dollars in damage to the building and to other structures nearby. It's the worst case of domestic terrorism to date.

Unfortunately, right wing fanaticism is resurging among an embittered and volatile fringe, who are beginning to act out their rage at the election results. From the shooting of police in Pittsburgh by a paranoid winger, to the unhinged rantings of Hannity, Beck and Bachmann, the paranoid right is feeling emboldened to voice and to act on their hatred. The Department of Homeland Security's report on right wing violence that was issued last week touched off howls of protest from the usual suspects in the Wingnut Media Wurlitzer. The good news is that the vast majority of Americans are disgusted by the right's views. The bad news is that another Oklahoma City only requires a new Timothy McVeigh to emerge from the wingnut swamp.

(photo: The Oklahoma City National Memorial)

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