The opponents to the Tea Party movement are busy setting up the grassroots protesters as angry, potential homegrown terrorists like Timothy McVeigh, so it's no surprise that New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg assumed that the Times Square Bomber could be someone "that doesn't like the health care bill."
Bloomberg later told CBS Evening News Anchor Katie Couric that the suspect behind the bombing attempt could be a domestic terrorist angry at the government who acted alone.
"If I had to guess 25 cents, this would be exactly that. Homegrown, or maybe a mentally deranged person, or somebody with a political agenda that doesn't like the health care bill or something. It could be anything," he said.
It turned out to be a young, Islamic-extremist immigrant.
You don't say.
Why is it that Progressives ignore the danger posed by Islamic extremists, despite hundreds of examples of attempted or executed terrorist attacks by them over the last few decades, but they jump to conclusions that Tea Partiers, who have turned out in the millions to protest government expansion with nary an arrest, are inherently violent?
One reason is that they're drinking their own Kool-Aid. Almost all the high-profile Progressive leaders are on record worrying about Tea Party violence and shaking their fingers at Fox News and talk radio, sending a warning that they'll be blamed if some crazy extremist from the right blows something up. When they heard of the terrorist attack, they immediately assumed that their PR campaign was about to be validated.
In their haste to blame the Right, they overlooked the obvious--that terrorists are almost always young, Islamic-extremists.
While I believe that one day some nut from the right will commit an act of violence--the movement is so large that there has to a few of them amid the millions that take part in it--it's wildly unfair to blame the movement as a whole. Similarly, it's unfair to blame the Islamic religion for Islamic extremism.
But we shouldn't cast aside common sense either and pretend that most terrorism isn't committed by Islamic extremists.