I shouldn’t blame Mother Jones for this, after all it is their source that is biased, and completely wrong.
Links to the appropriate sources The first link is the Mother Jones article I am debunking here, the second link is their source:
In this article, MJ and their source try to prove that so called right wing terrorism has killed more people in our nation since 2001 than has islamic extremism. This discussion, however, depends on the definition of terrorism we use. So now might be a good time to do just that.
the systematic use of terror especially as a means of coercion
that definition comes from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/terrorism .
Let us start with the first ‘terrorist attack’ on the list.
Wade Lay, and his son, Christopher Lay, attempted to rob a bank in September 2004, the plan of the bank robbery was to fund a terrorist attack in retribution for Ruby Ridge. Unfortunately for them, they were arrested after the bank job gone bad, leaving a bank guard dead.
I don’t care what they intended to do with the money, a bank robbery isn’t terrorism by any sane persons accounting. This wasn’t a terrorist attack, though it could have prompted one later on certainly.
Next on the list is Jim David Adkisson , and this would count as a hate crime certainly, but are we now calling hate crimes terrorist attacks?
Jim David Adkisson, motivated by hatred for ‘democrats, liberals, blacks, and homosexuals’ burst into a church with a Remington Model 48 shotgun and killed two people. Hate crime, yes, terrorism? Not according to our definition up above.
Ok, well then number two on our list also falls short of being terrorism.
Third on the list is Keith Luke, another racist who in 2009 went on a spree in Boston killing two and violating a third, can we call it terrorism?
The problem here is the left is now attempting to redefine terrorism into whatever it wants it to be, and I will prove this by using a more broad definition, that doesn’t actually come from any dictionary.
political violence: violence or the threat of violence, especially bombing, kidnapping, and assassination, carried out for political purposes
Using this definition of terrorism, we find that the first attack, was intended to fund a terror attack, but non the less wasn’t one. The second one could be argued under this broader category as a terror attack, but the third one, the Boston attack in 2009 wouldn’t be.
After reviewing the list, and using the broadened definition of terrorism, I find exactly one that I would count as a terrorist attack. With a couple in the gray area between hate crimes and terrorism. If we are going to define hate crimes as terrorism, then our list is going to become increasingly long, and the left will find that it is committing far more of these than it is receiving, as minority on white crime is higher than white on minority crime.
This means the left is stretching to make the Boston bombing a non-event. They want it to be a minor blip on the face of a new immigration push. Mother Jones, Salon, and their ilk desperately want to change the dialogue of this nation, and push us further away from the ideals we once represented. They are, to a person, traitors who seek to undermine the people of this nation and they will lie their way to success. The left constantly tries to rewrite the rules and redefine the words, we need to stop them cold now.