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

    It's time for another All American round of "Domestic Terrorism or Patriotic Protestation?"!

    See if you can guess whether this news item is reporting on a genuinely disturbing incident of the use of violence, threats and destruction of property being used to intimidate and coerce for political overtly purposes, or if it's simply a case of concerned citizens showing their disappointment with their elected officials…

    "So, if you wish to send a message that Pelosi and her party [that they] cannot fail to hear, break their windows," [57-year-old former militiaman from Alabama Mike] Vanderboegh wrote on the blog, Sipsey Street Irregulars. "Break them NOW. Break them and run to break again. Break them under cover of night. Break them in broad daylight. Break them and await arrest in willful, principled civil disobedience. Break them with rocks. Break them with slingshots. Break them with baseball bats. But BREAK THEM."

    In the days that followed, glass windows and doors were shattered at local Democratic Party offices and the district offices of House Democrats from Arizona to Kansas to New York. At least 10 Democratic lawmakers reported death threats, incidents of harassment or vandalism at their offices over the past week, and the FBI and Capitol Police are offering lawmakers increased protection.

    This is a little bit trickier than the last one, but give it a moment and see if you can solve it. Answer after the jump…

    You probably thought one was definitely an incidence of Domestic Terrorism, didn't you? Well, sorry, but you're wrong again.

    You see, the Washington Post interviewed Mr. Vanderboegh, and he assured them that in urging people to go out and terrorize politicians he was not acting as a terrorist, but as a helpful warningist…

    Vanderboegh was unapologetic in a 45-minute telephone interview with The Washington Post early Thursday. He said he believes throwing bricks through windows sends a warning to Democratic lawmakers that the health-care reform legislation they passed Sunday has caused so much unrest that it could result in a civil war.

    "The federal government should not have the ability to command us to buy something that it decides we should buy," Vanderboegh said. The government, he added, has "absolutely no idea the number of alienated who feel that their backs are to the wall are out here . . . who are not only willing to resist this law to the very end of their lives, but are armed and are capable of making such resistance possible and perhaps even initiating a civil war."

    You see, it's just a warning. Kind of a friendly reminder that we might kill you and hang your stripped and bludgeoned bodies upside down in front of your offices. And friendly reminders fall under the category of Patriotic Protestation.

    Sorry, you lose again. That's 0 for 2. You've gotta get your head in the game!


    Tags: Alabama, Arizona, Domestic Terrorism or Patriotic Protestation?, Games and Challenges, Health Care, House of Representatives, Kansas, Mike Vanderboegh, New York, Protesters, Republicans, Tea Party, Terrorism

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