By now most have heard of the Hutaree Militia
group that planned "to attack a law enforcement officer and then detonate improvised explosive devices to kill more officials gathered for the first officer's funeral procession."
According to many people the word Hutaree isn't in the dictionary, but the group claims it to mean "Christian Warrior" and believed that Jesus wanted people to take up arms to prepare for the end times to keep the testimony of Jesus Christ alive. They wanted to murder in the name of Jesus Christ.
According to reports, this plot was to take place on April 24. I was surprised it wasn't scheduled for April 19, the Anniversaries of the end of the Waco Siege and the Oklahoma City Bombing. The very idea of Minutemen and Patriots originated on April 19th, 1775.
That date is celebrated among many militia groups. It's also worth noting the Columbine High School Massacre was on April 20. Some have speculated that it was to have occurred a day earlier, but due to scheduling problems, it was moved to the next day. April 20, coincidentally, is Adolf Hitler's birth date.
April 15 is in 2 weeks, and we will be seeing the end of the first year of the Tea Party movement. On April 19, a Pro Gun Rally is scheduled on the National Mall in DC
My gut feeling is that the date is not a coincidence. Since the 90's it seems, and when a Democratic President is in office, the rumbling of domestic violence and violent acts seem to go hand in hand with the month of April. Almost always, these rumblings come from far right paranoid anti-Government groups. You wouldn't know it listening to people in the media. I have heard a number of times this week that the crazy comes from both sides. That simply isn't true. Eugene Robinson
But for the most part, far-left violence in this country has gone the way of the leisure suit and the AMC Gremlin. An anti-globalization movement, including a few window-smashing anarchists, was gaining traction at one point, but it quickly diminished after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. An environmental group and an animal-rights group have been linked with incidents of arson. Beyond those particulars, it is hard to identify any kind of leftist threat.
By contrast, there has been explosive growth among far-right, militia-type groups that identify themselves as white supremacists, "constitutionalists," tax protesters and religious soldiers determined to kill people to uphold "Christian" values. Most of the groups that posed a real danger, as the Hutaree allegedly did, have been infiltrated and dismantled by authorities before they could do any damage. But we should never forget that the worst act of domestic terrorism ever committed in this country was authored by a member of the government-hating right wing: Timothy McVeigh's bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City.
For people to equivocate the left and the right regarding these acts of violence in our nation is false.
Everyone in this nation has a right to protest and to free speech, but when the hyperbole gets ratcheted up to the levels we have now, there will be people who act upon those sentiments. I am glad that federal law enforcement stopped this group. I am happy that for once people were arrested for sedition. I am not happy that the media consistently tries to tell us that the "Anti-Healthcare Reform" protesters were not associated with this group. It's another false equivalency framed by the media.
The "Anti-Healthcare Reform" protesters do not exist. By and large they ARE
Tea Partiers. They were protesting last April for Tax Day and went on to protest Health Care reform. They will protest ANYTHING that has to do with this administration, and the majority in Congress. They use dangerous terms and phrases like "The tree of Liberty needs to be watered from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." Phrases like that are quite popular with militia groups and their anger against the government is the same as the Tea Partiers. As I have said before, when the media fans the flames with talk of revolution, the end of the world, armageddon, marxism, socialism - even nazism - someone or some group is going to take the rhetoric seriously and act upon it. We've already seen it happen.
April starts tomorrow, and historically these acts of violence seem to occur on a far larger and more terrifying scale. I don't for a minute think that this is coincidence. I don't think the Government does, either.