Well, never let a crisis go to waste may be the droning theme of the Obama Administration. But his water-carriers in the Old School Media, never wanting to be challenged as the least intellectually curious bunch in the room never lets a tragedy go without blaming it on the Tea Party movement (Unless, of course, there are ties to the Left wing. In that case, it’s “Move along! Nothing to see here!“)
Here we are, without even a sunset between us and the ranting suicide of an Austin lunatic (and having lived there, I can tell you, they’re countless), and the Leftist press has blamed Joseph Stark’s attack today on the IRS offices in the Texas capital on (wait for it…) the “the Tea Party movement”. While admitting that “[t]here’s no information yet on whether he was involved in any anti-government groups or whether he was a lone wolf,” Jonathan Capehart of the Washington Post nevertheless, concludes that: “after reading his 34-paragraph screed, [he is] struck by how [Stark’s] alienation is similar to that we’re hearing from the extreme elements of the Tea Party movement.”
Capehart then goes on to quote at length specifically chosen bits and pieces of Stark’s “manifesto” (available here, from Smoking Gun), to support his claim. Naturally, however, the link isn’t included in Capehart’s shoddy reporting, because it might have revealed to anybody who chose to read it many other facets of this lunatic’s (Stark’s, not Capehart’s) aggravation.
To wit: Stark specifically calls out the Catholic Church and organized religion in general, an obscure tax provision from 1986, the lack of universal health-care, Enron, the Justice Department, oh, and this guy who used to be president that all those tea-baggers hate, George W Bush!
In fact, poignantly missing from Capehart’s clearly political representation of Stark’s comments is the very end of the diatribe, printed in bold so that it couldn’t be missed:
The communist creed: From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.
The capitalist creed: From each according to his gullibility, to each according to his greed.
Well, couldn’t be missed, that is, unless you had a political agenda and were trying to misrepresent what Stark was all about. Is this really what Capehart and his fellow morons at WaPo find to be “similar to that we’re hearing from the extreme elements of the Tea Party movement”?
Now, I’m not going to say that Stark was some sort of Leftist. He was clearly deranged and had his own personal motives that bled oddly into politics. But just remember, as these ugly reciminations will no doubt continue over the next few days who brought up his politics, and how dishonest they are about it.
-Nick (ColoradoPatriot, from HQ)