Although I do not believe that this is the only reason people behave in the way they do(our very unbalanced wealth in this country is another aspect of this), I do believe that we do have a very large problem with right wing rhetoric on the media dehumanizing who or what they consider "the Left". Iâ€™m not speaking about right wing as in William Buckley, Jr. type, but the lies and hysterics that are seen on TV on a daily basis at this time of our history.
The definition of stochastic terrorism is the use of communication(media) to stir up â€œlone wolvesâ€ to carry out the violent/terrorist acts that are statistically predictable, but individually unpredictable. Two very high profile uses of this type of terrorism would be under Hitler(radio stations which had programs that supported turning in neighbors/relatives/shop keepers for alleged â€œcrimesâ€) and when Bin Laden releases a video that piques the interest of random people in the world who take up his cause and commit a bombing or other forms of violence because of â€œthe causeâ€.
Both Hitler and Bin Laden could excuse the behavior of others because they did not personally tell the person to cause this terror, this mayhem, all they did was some talk, for those to take up his cause and change words into action, wellâ€¦.of course that wasnâ€™t the actual idea behind it, is it? At least Bin Laden is â€œhonestâ€ enough to say, yepâ€”thatâ€™s what I want.
But this term is actually the same definition for Hannity, Oâ€™Reilly, Beck, Coulter, Palin and others. And this act causes the â€œlone wolfâ€ (I call them batguano crazy) to â€œsee the lightâ€ in the lone wolfâ€™s mind. This doesnâ€™t mean that Glenn Beck calls the crazy directly and tells him to do somethingâ€”it means he(and others) plant the idea with his off the wall hysterics and lies.
So, some definitions:
Stochastic terroristâ€”this is the person with the pulpitâ€”the ones that talk about â€œAmerica will turn red with the spilled bloodâ€,Â â€œIf ballets donâ€™t work, bullets willâ€, how about, â€œDonâ€™t retreat, reload!â€ or â€œSecond Ammendment remediesâ€.
All of these phrases are filled with violent rhetoric which, for 90+% of the population is only that â€“ rhetoric. But for those unstable individuals, who already feel at least partially outcast from society, these are true fighting words.
Lone Wolf â€“ â€œcop jargonâ€ for the mentally/emotionally unstable who is usually not involved in â€œnormalâ€ criminal activity(as in gangs, drugs, etc.) but seems to come out of nowhere and commits a violent act or an act that is considered domestic terrorism(since many of them are citizens of the country they target). Another problem is because these people usually donâ€™t have many, if any friends and keep to themselves and keep their plans to themselves, they donâ€™t talk about their intentions to anyone and are harder to keep tabs on from the law enforcement communityâ€”until itâ€™s too late.
So, how can I have the audacity to compare the right wing rhetoric with the right wing rhetoric of Nazi Germany? Or the right wing rhetoric of Father Coughlin in the 1930â€™s in this country? Very easily with the following acts of domestic terrorism in the last 2-3 years:
7/27/08 - Jim David Adkisson walked into the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church and shot nine people, killing two and wounding seven. Â He said he was motivated by hatred of "Democrats, liberals, n*****s, and f****ts â€œ. When police searched his home, they found books by Hannity, Oâ€™Reilly and Savage. He pled out to guilty(2 cts) murder-natural life sentence.
4/4/09 - Richard Poplawski shot five Pittsburgh PA police officers, leaving three dead and two seriously wounded. People who knew him said he was a birther and white supremacist and was fearful that Obama was going to take away his guns. When the police searched his computer, they found his postings on Stormfront.org Â and some links to Glen Beck videos. His trial is scheduled for April 2011.
5/31/09 - another lone wolf, Scott Roeder, shot and killed gynecologist Dr. George Tiller while Tiller was attending church services with his family. Â Although he asserts he was acting alone, he does have some ties to one of the anti-abortion terrorist groups, Operation Rescue(and had been arrested in the 90â€™s for possessing bomb making materials. At that time he claimed membership in the group, the Montana Freemen). He has been found guilty of murder of Dr. Tiller.
For months before the assassination, Bill Oâ€™Reilly had been had led a tirade against Dr. Tiller, calling him â€œTiller the baby killerâ€ 30 times(and even carried this tirade on AFTER the murder). He also wrote an article that was published on the Operation Rescue website. Of course, BS Oâ€™Reilly has denied any type of responsibility for the murder.
1/6/11 - The Tuscon shootings. Although there has not been any"proof" of the killer listening to right wing media or seeing Sarah Palin's target map, but he does have at least some of the extreme right wing's ideology(words mean nothing and living on the gold standard).
My next article will include information on the less than deadly acts of right wing terrorism that has been stoked by the hysterics of the right by the criminals themselves or people who knew them.