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Domesticating Terrorism: Upshot of "Don't Retreat, Reload"

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  Domestic terrorism on the rise, here ONE year ago/http://www.crooksandliars.com

Is there a more incendiary, compact, unapologetic cover for domestic vigilantes than "Don't Retreat, Reload"?  Though domestic terrorism occurred before and after Palin's pandering war cry, her loaded gun imagery decoying as political rhetoric, gave itchy-fingered zealots free passes when "feeling endangered." Overall, what the Bush Doctrine distilled into unilateral pre-emptive perfidy, executed by Rumsfeld's dire "shock and awe," then justified by Cheney's One Per Cent Doctrine, was domesticated by this in-your-face mandate from a presumptive national leader.  

 

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With the Christian right playing the chorus, what our rogue government sustained endlessly "over there" has come home to roost, with literal vengeance, a slaughter of innocents. For if this "exceptional" nation has God's consent to smote foreigners any time because a few belligerents "feel endangered," even by fabricated enemies, why can't a Florida punk delude himself that one hooded black boy presents a mortal threat? What shouldn't our no retreat foreign policy inhabit, with poisonous payoffs, all sorts of abuse against the "other," whether minorities, immigrants, or a top dog with Kenyan anti-colonial biases?      

 

Forgive my focus on the Wasilla Witch, but few others, as ardently pro-life, so glorify hunting, guns, and domestic vigilantism, far more a threat to our streets than teens armed with snacks.  What we initiated far away now invades backyard Neighborhood Watchers. Scope aside, can we distinguish irate stalking, warned off by police, from hate crimes and/or domestic terrorism? Indeed, despite our 9/11 victimization by rogue fanatics, 26 state laws now legalize rogue retribution, unconscious or not, in the name of self-defense. That informs avoidable tragedies like the fleeing Trayvon Martin, plus blowing up tyrannical government buildings or shooting down Congresswoman Giffords or abortion doctors attending church.  Violence works for too many.

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Dead Victims Don't Talk

 

Promoted by misreading sacred texts, the mania of "don't tread on me" emerges as a national call to anything goes for the aggrieved. Thus, a take-no-prisoners mindset voiced by abortion fanatics, Tea Partiers, gun extremists, anti-Obama scapegoaters -- alongside shrill GOP primary campaigners (intact and fallen) and House militants eager to punish the youngest, the poor, the sick, the indigent old, the homeless and the jobless.  

 

Whether called "hold your ground" or "no retreat" free passes, an obsessed predator shoots first, fabricates defenses, and escapes accountability. What humane public order survives unstable people imagining lethal threats in a void? That way lies madness, if not vengeance and retribution. Captured by Palin's gun sights on her "enemy maps," domestic, pre-emptive barrages erupt, incited by crude conspiracy theories and guilt by association, few of which bear scrutiny. Just like Saddam = 9/11, Taliban = al Qaeda, Iraq=mushroom clouds, today's "Reload, Don't Retreat" killers tragically equate skin color, time of night, and hoods with lethal menace, threatening civilization itself.  

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If you dismiss utterly real-world evidence for the big issues, like terrorism, climate change, or evolution, why demand actual behavior to justify violent urges and reactions?  Facile surfaces rule all, and what white child, even hooded, would have incited "fears that one's life was in danger," the threshold by which goons defy police, decimate children, and leave no one to tell his tale?  

 

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