Pottery Barn Terrorists: You Broke ‘Im, You Bought ‘Im
By Juanita Jean, Crooks and Liars
So, here’s what we know about Robert L. Dear, the Planned Parenthood terrorist, so far: old, white, southern, male, Christian (read his bible “cover-to-cover-to-cover” per his ex), conservative, gun owner, conspiracy theorist (cover your roof in metal to save you from government?) who handed out anti-Obama leaflets to strangers and claimed “no more body parts” during his arrest.
Throughout the Right Wing Nutjob-o-sphere, they are seizing on any odd detail or rumor to make this man liberal, a drug addict (because he like pot), or transgender (because he checked off the wrong sex on his voter registration) or just a vanilla maniac who descended from the woods and started shooting. This after they tried to claim he was a bank-robber who fled to PP afterwards, all while claiming that the “body parts” hoax is actually true, but had nothing to do with the crime.
The vehemence bordering hysteria with which they thrust this man away from themselves belies the horrible verdict that fair-minded people will reach: the Right Wing created Rob Dear, put the gun in his hand and shoved him toward Planned Parenthood.
Stochastic terrorism is the mechanism by which so-called lone wolves like Dear became, in fact, the product of relentless programming specifically designed to radicalize malcontents to action.
The media must be made to acknowledge that, in fact, the radical Christo-fascists are creating a bunker-mentality army of “lone wolves” and anyone who stands idly by, or worse yet, actively encourages the hate-propaganda is complicit in these murders. The minute the Republican leadership started fawning over Rush Limbaugh in the 90s, rather than ostracizing him and his ilk, is the minute America started down this slippery slope of legitimizing hate and fomenting terror.
Ah, vain hope. Nothing our vaunted Versailles Villagers do is ever wrong. They are our best and brightest. Our neoliberal elite!