In light of the recent conference on extremism and the DHS warning us that America is under more of a threat from domestic extremists than it is from Islamic extremists. I asked myself, who are these domestic violent extremists? I had the sneaking suspicion that such vague descriptions would, (at some point) mean anyone who disagrees with whomever is in power.
Of course, anyone listening to or reading the news, knows that they are speaking about people who believe the government has too much power, or has grown too big. That sounds a lot like people I know: Conservatives. The tolerant Left likes to call them “Tea-baggers.”
I went through a few files and found this article on Floyd Lee Corkins. Chances are that you have never heard of Corkins. Corkins was convicted of walking into the Family Research Council, a Christian, Conservative think tank, and attempting to commit mass murder. In addition to weapons and ammunition, Corkins also carried a bag of chick – fil – a sandwiches with which he had planned to smear all over his victims. Of course, if Corkins had been a member of the Tea Party, or the FRC, his name would have been all over the paper and would even now be tossed about as proof of the depravity of the Right. However, Corkins is a professed activist of gay marriage and an avowed Leftist, so his case barely made a blip on the cultural radar.
Mr. Corkins is a REAL violent extremist, but somehow, I don’t have the sense that Mr. Corkins or his ideological brethren were the topic of discussion at said summit. Though the Tea Party has never shot anyone or threatened violence, they remain the target of this governments scrutiny.