• Let's All Play "Domestic Terrorism or Patriotic Protestation?"

    Okay, the rules are simple: I'll show you a clipping from a recent news story, and you try and guess if the incident you're reading about is an example of dangerous Domestic Terrorism or just plain ol' down home, apple pie and BBQ-lovin' Patriotic Protestation.

    Easy enough, right? Okay, let's go!

    Law enforcement authorities are investigating the discovery of a cut propane gas line at the Virginia home of Rep. Thomas Perriello's (D-Va.) brother, whose address was targeted by tea party activists angry at the congressman's vote for the health care bill.

    Seems pretty cut and dry, right? So, make your guess and look for the correct answer after the jump…

    If you said Domestic Terrorism, then sorry, but you're wrong. And probably harboring some socialist sympathies. No, the correct answer is Patriotic Protestation.

    Your first tip-off should have been that Rep. Perriello's brother incorrectly* was "targeted by tea party activists." What part of "tea party activists" didn't you understand? Everybody knows that these overwhelmingly white, Christian people — despite their frequent use of violent imagery, hate speech and imaginative interpretations of the Constitution — are pretty much the definition of American patriotism. So, how could anything they do be terrorist? They're not even Muslim or brown-colored.

    And then there's the reason behind their actions. You see, they were mad because Perriello voted for something they didn't like. What were they supposed to do, not cut his brother's gas line? That's just ridiculous. And National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Andy Sere makes an excellent point about this: The teabaggers — not Perriello and his family — are the real victims here

    "Central and Southside Virginians are the ones who are going to have the bear the burden of increased taxes," Sere told The Roanoke Times. "What you're seeing is a frustration among his constituents who believe he's not listening to them."

    Alright, so, you're 0 for 1. But don't worry. You'll almost certainly have many more opportunities to play.

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    * The genius who originally posted the address online got the wrong Perriello.


    Tags: Domestic Terrorism or Patriotic Protestation?, Games and Challenges, Health Care, House of Representatives, Protesters, Republicans, Tea Party, Terrorism, Virginia

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