Democratic-Republican Politics and Homegrown Suicide Terrorism: Cause and Effect?

The immediate politicization of Joe Stack's final act by partisans of the Democratic and Republican Parties simultaneously demonstrates both its success as an act of political terrorism and the degeneracy of Democratic-Republican politics. Examples are not hard to come by. At No More Mister Nice Blog, Steve M. writes:
So how do you think the more shameless howler monkeys of the right blogosphere and punditocracy are going to react? They're going to accuse Stack of "class warfare." They're going to say he hated God. In other words, they're going to call him "Liberal Terrorist Joseph Stack" -- probably before the day is out, and for weeks to come . . . And so it begins:
Andrew Wilcow of the Sirius XM Conservative Talk Radio Show - The Wilcow Majority, was able to pull down a copy of Joseph Stack’s "manifesto," before the FBI pulled it off the web. It proves Joseph Stack was anti-Bush, anti-founding fathers, anti-constitution, pro-Obama and pro-communist. The left wing will get their ass handed to them on a platter when they suggest that he was an anti-establishment "tea bagger." He was in fact a left wing radical domestic terrorist.
On the other side of the duopoly divide, Michelle Malkin writes:
within minutes of the story breaking, a furious, left-wing blogger at the popular Daily Kos website – where countless Democrat leaders have guest-posted – fumed: “Teabagger terrorist attack on IRS building.” . . . At the eponymous mega-website of Arianna Huffington, a 2,000-plus comment thread was filled with allusions to “teabaggers”: "I would bet he has a membership card to teabag nation and the Glenn Beck fan club!" . . . "I hope teabaggers are proud!!" . . . "Great opening day for CPAC [the Conservative Political Action Conference] isn’t it??" . . . "He was a Tea Party Terrorist."
The obvious glee among Democrats and Republicans as they each identify Stack's motivations with the ideological impulses of the other is matched only by the clear enjoyment they extract from the act of denouncing the other for doing so. When confronted with the absurdity of ideological Rorschach phenomena such as this, sometimes the most appropriate response is simply to consider the two lines of attack together and take them to their logical conclusion. To wit: suicide terrorism is the result of Democratic-Republican Party politics. Stack implies as much in the opening paragraphs of his suicide letter:
While very few working people would say they haven’t had their fair share of taxes (as can I), in my lifetime I can say with a great degree of certainty that there has never been a politician cast a vote on any matter with the likes of me or my interests in mind. Nor, for that matter, are they the least bit interested in me or anything I have to say.
There are likely a great many Americans who would basically agree with this statement. Indeed, consider the results of a Rasmussen poll released today:
Seventy-three percent (73%) of U.S. voters agree . . . that “Washington right now is broken.” . . . 75% of all voters now say they are angry at the government’s current policies, up four points from late November and up nine points since September. Sixty percent (60%) think neither Republican political leaders nor Democratic political leaders have a good understanding of what is needed today . . . Scott Rasmussen observes that the American people are “united in the belief that our political system is broken, that politicians are corrupt, and that neither major political party has the answers.” He adds that “the gap between Americans who want to govern themselves and the politicians who want to rule over them may be as big today as the gap between the colonies and England during the 18th century.”
The longer the Democratic-Republican political class is allowed to wage its undeclared war of attrition against the people of the United States in the interests of maintaining and expanding the power of the global warfare and corporate welfare state, the more likely we are to see a rise in acts of violence directed at the symbols of state power.


Samuel Wilson said...

It's sad that so many Americans have succumbed so completely to Bipolarchy consciousness that they can't imagine someone belonging to neither of the two great camps. I don't know if Stack was the sort who could ever be a joiner, but he clearly felt that there was nothing out there to join. I can see him attending a Tea Party but not as a "Tea Bagger," just as many Americans have been to these events without joining any movement related to them. Likewise, his disgust with capitalism wasn't the sort likely to be assuaged by conventional Democratic party liberalism. The danger Stark represents is the mentality alienated by the establishment and the Bipolarchy but so distrustful toward institutions that it doesn't consider building better ones but wastes itself (and innocent lives)in politically impotent tantrums of rage.

d.eris said...

Indeed, the choice between the Democrats and Republicans is no choice at all, and people who feel that they have no choices left are often given to apathy, indifference and despair.