Thursday, October 7, 2010

Disappearances, Political Violence and Tea Parties....

Not often in the history of our small city have two bodies been pulled out of the waterfront a scant month before an important general election; a general election that could radically alter Washington State's tax structure. Should you wish to read about the "Smiley Murders" that Mr. Clark's case could possibly resemble, I found these sites useful:

Should you wish to read about a history of reactionary intimidation and political violence in the Pacific Northwest and Whatcom County, I would recommend this bibliography:

The War Against the Greens” David Helvarg 1994, 1997, 2004
In God's Country: The Patriot Movement and the Pacific Northwest” David A. Neiwert 1999
The Politics of Righteousness: Idaho Christian Patriotism” James A. Aho 1990
Brotherhood of Murder” Thomas Martinez with John Guinther 1988
Blind Spots: A Citizen's Memoir” Jay Thomas Taber 2003
or anything you can get a hold of by journalists Paul deArmond and/or Cathy Logg.

These websites below contain excellent historical information on the political 'reign of terror' that reactionary groups inflicted upon Whatcom County environmentalists, reformers, and activists during the mid 1990s:

Should you wish to read Matt Taibi's (October 15th) scathing characterization of the "Tea Party" as a co-opted, industrialist sponsored reactionary movement, you can check it out  in Rolling Stone Magazine. Here is a sample:

"Vast forests have already been sacrificed to the public debate about the Tea Party: what it is, what it means, where it's going. But after lengthy study of the phenomenon, I've concluded that the whole miserable narrative boils down to one stark fact: They're full of shit. All of them. At the voter level, the Tea Party is a movement that purports to be furious about government spending — only the reality is that the vast majority of its members are former Bush supporters who yawned through two terms of record deficits and spent the past two electoral cycles frothing not about spending but about John Kerry's medals and Barack Obama's Sixties associations."

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