Nope, No Right-Wing Extremists Here

Ken AshfordGun Control, Rightwing Extremism/Violence, War on Terrorism/TortureLeave a Comment

A couple of years ago, The Department of Homeland Security released a report entitled Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment, the thrust of which was that the nation faces an internal threat from domestic terrorists with right-wing political ideology.

The right blogosphere howled, but, as I discussed here as well as here and here, they simply were casting a blind eye to the fact that political extremists on the right, incensed by Limbaugh and Beck and all, do commit atrocities against Americans.  Starting with Timothy McVeigh and going through the assassination of Dr. Tiller.

And now, this weekend, another one strikes.  Six senseless murders at a Sikh temple.  The suspect, who served in the U.S. Army, had many tattoos which indicated he had some kind of radical or white supremacist views.

Already, wingnut forces are gathering to assert, "Well, he couldn't be a Tea Party patriot.  A Tea Party patriot would know the difference between a Sikh and a Muslim".

Uh, no.  No, they wouldn't.

But most right wing blogs, which covered the Colorado shootings breathlessly, haven't even mentioned the Milwaukee shootings yet.  Michelle Malkin's site, which used to rail against any accusations that right wing domestic terrorism exists, is completely silent on the subject.  It's as if it never happened.

But this hardly matters, really.  There will be further discussion on gun control, as there was in the aftermath of the Colorado shootings.

And nothing will be done.


The Southern Poverty Law Center identifies the man in this photo as Wade Page, the shooter. Page was apparently the lead singer of the skinhead band End Apathy.