Living With Terror: Islamist Bombings and The GOP
By lucas@endneoliberalism On 22 Apr, 2013 At 11:29 PM | Categorized As Gun Control, Neoliberal Alert | With 0 Comments

Both US imperialism (A.k.a Neoliberalism) and the Boston bombing are an act of terror. Failing to understand this leads to greater terror, which in turn creates whole economic strategies dependent upon terror.

The illegal invasion of Iraq has allowed terrorist cells to manipulate weak minds into committing horrendous acts. In fact, suspect in Boston bombing cites US wars as motivation for the attacks. Meanwhile in the United States, young and ignorant people are also responding violently to the rhetoric posed by the GOP to push their Neoliberal agenda.

What is the difference between the Boston bombing and Trayvon Martin? What’s the difference between Boston and Gabby Giffords?!

The news networks, politicians, and religious leaders who advocate freedom are the first to promote violence and downplay repression. When the Occupy Movement erupted at UC-Davis, Fox News’ Megyn Kelly said that pepper spray is “a food product, essentially”. Ann Coulter went further saying that “It just took a few shootings at Kent State to shut that down for good” and Todd Starnes asked on Twitter “What should be done with the domestic terrorists who are occupying our cities and college campuses?”

Republican representative John Sullivan said shooting democratic senators is the only way to pass the Ryan budget. “You know but other than me going over there with a gun and holding it to their head and maybe killing a couple of them, I don’t think they’re going to listen
unless they get beat.”

In January of 2012, Kansas Speaker of the House Mike O’Neall sent an email to his Republican colleagues praying for the assassination of President Obama:
“Let his days be few; and let another take his office May his children
be fatherless and his wife a widow. May his children be wandering
beggars; may they be driven from their ruined homes. May a creditor
seize all he has; may strangers plunder the fruits of his labor.
May no one extend kindness to him or take pity on his fatherless

Jay Townsend, GOP spokesman, said “Let’s hurl some acid at those female Democratic Senators who won’t abide the mandates they want to impose on the private sector.” WTF! Hurl some acid???!

In June last year, religious extremist Pastor Terry Jones lynched a President Obama doll in front of a church. A newsletter published by the Greene County Republican Committee in Virginia called for an armed revolution if Obama was reelected.

What’s the difference between the Boston bombing and Sandy Hook?!

The government was quick to call the Boston bombing an act of terrorism, but why does it fail to do the same about all the shootings that kill thousands of Americans every year? Is it because certain corporations and the NRA cannot profit from home-made bombs?

Guns kill 30,000 Americans every year! Last week Congress voted down the Background Check amendment. Congress ignored the testimony of plenty of victims of gun violence. All the libertarian-NRA madness, all the ridiculous arguments put forth by the NRA won.

Since Obama was elected, madness hijacked every unfortunate event that has happened in the United States. And I’m not an Obama fan. In fact, I agree with Noam Chomsky who says that the President is a moderate Republican. Point being that the Tea-Party madness has prevailed.

Whether economic (recession), environmental (BP explosion or Arkansas oil spill more recently), or mass-shooting, every tragedy allowed the extreme-right to push their destructive agenda. That is the case of Louie Gohmert (R-TX) who used the Boston bombing to push against an immigration bill when he said something as ridiculous as ‘Radical Islamists…Are Trained To Act Hispanic’

Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) used the occasion to push his Keystone agenda by saying “I think Exxon should be patted on the back” and promoted the Keystone Pipeline because “would we rather buy oil from the Middle East that sponsors the acts that we see like at the Marathon that we just saw yesterday?”

When Sandy Hook happened, delusional right wingers from government, media, and the clergy tried to sell us more god, more arms, and more government control of the vagina:

Huckabee was first to say that “We don’t have a crime problem, a gun problem or even a violence problem. What we have is a sin problem…And since we’ve ordered God out of our schools, and communities, the military and public conversations, you know we really shouldn’t act so surprised… when all hell breaks loose.”

Tennessee Pastor Sam Morris said “We get all up in arms about 20 children being shot in a day care but we don’t give one good-glory rip about the 4,000 that were removed violently from the wombs of their mothers [in abortion procedures] the same day”

And some right-wing government officials repeated like parrots the message from the NRA that the problem aren’t guns but the lack of them: “If people were armed, not just a police officer, but other school officials that were trained and chose to have a weapon, certainly there would be an opportunity to stop an individual trying to get into the school”. Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R)

“Allowing teachers and administrators with concealed-carry permits the ability to have weapons at school events would provide both a measure of security for students and a deterrent against attackers” Sen. Ralph Shortey (R)

“Say some madman comes in. The first person he would probably try to take out was the resource officer. But if he doesn’t know which teacher has training, then he wouldn’t know which one had [a gun]…” Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (R)

For a party that advocates freedom, the GOP is very good at pushing a social agenda. Nothing, however, matches the GOP ability at spinning an economic crisis to fit their senseless ideology, so extremist that you get people Gingrich to say that the solution to end child poverty was to eradicate child labour laws, bust unions, and make poor children clean the school’s
bathrooms. Or you get another presidential hopeful, Rick Santorum, to tell a sick child and his mother that they shouldn’t complaint about the costs of medication because “People have no problem paying $900 for an iPad, but paying $900 for a drug they have a problem with” and “We don’t need food stamps because obesity rates are so high”.

This mad rhetoric that pushes the right-wing agenda happened then, it’s happening now, and it will continue to happen as the Unites States erodes further. The effect of this mad rhetoric is as terrifying to the people who have to live through unnecessary economic and environmental crises, as those who experience a shock of terror.

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