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On July 18 2010, on a stretch of I-580 freeway in Oakland California, Byron Williams, a 45-year-old ex-felon and Tea Party supporter, engaged in a prolonged gun battle with law enforcement officers. A police affidavit says  that Williams was armed and wearing body armor and said he was on his way to San Francisco to “start a revolution” by killing staff at progressive organizations, including the Tides Foundation, a group frequently targeted by Glenn Beck.  Armed with three firearms and a small arsenal of ammunition, including armor-piercing rounds for his .308-caliber rifle, his body armor allowed Williams to continue firing at police for 12 long minutes before surrendering, despite being hit numerous times.

Both the weapons and the truck he drove belonged to his mother. She said Williams was was upset by “the way Congress was railroading through all these left-wing agenda items.

So we have a 45 year-old convicted felon sympathetic to the Tea Party who is unemployed and living with his mother, steals her guns and truck in order to go on a murderous rampage against left-wing groups. Did you read that Glenn Beck? Let’s see how your inflammatory rhetoric has consequences.

In a series of interviews and correspondence, Williams explained how much he relied on right-wing media – and in particular Fox News host Glenn Beck – for news. Beck, who has declared himself a “progressive hunter,” put Tides at the center of an alleged left-wing conspiracy, and the conspiracy theories featured on Beck’s chalkboard were the basis for Byron Williams’ dark revenge fantasies.

Williams, who said Beck was “like a schoolteacher on TV,” explained:

“I would have never started watching Fox News if it wasn’t for the fact that Beck was on there. And it was the things that he did, it was the things he exposed that blew my mind. I said, well, nobody does this.”

What Williams learned from Beck and the right-wing media inspired him to depart on a journey that could have had deadly consequences. Williams’ rhetoric and his worldview are shaped by, and echo, the conspiracy theories and falsehoods of the hard-right TV and radio talkers he cites as his inspiration. In his interview, Williams says he was pushed over the edge by anger over a conspiracy involving George Soros, Obama, a Brazilian oil company, and the BP oil spill — a conspiracy theory loudly touted by Beck throughout 2010.

Byron Williams took up arms because he thinks an evil cabal of left-wing extremists is trying to destroy the country and engaging in “hideous corruption.” He believes that lie because that’s the “very good information” he heard, constantly, from the sources he trusts — sources like David Horowitz, Michael Savage, Alex Jones and Glenn Beck.

Williams has said:

“Beck is gonna deny everything about violent approach and deny everything about conspiracies, but he’ll give you every reason to believe it. He’s protecting himself, and you can’t blame him for that. So, I understand what he’s doing.”

And as if on cue, Glenn Beck did just that when he issued his “pledge against violence” immediately after the Tucson tragedy. Not a pledge against violence at all, it is in reality a series of paranoid, Tea Party dog whistles to his audience. In reality Beck’s pledge is a call to reject not violence but the “the vast progressive conspiracy that is plotting even now to fundamentally change America.” Half of the items in his pledge aren’t about violence at all – they’re about people who want to “bring down” or “tear down” our “system,” and replace it with something else. It is another attack on those on the Left that Beck has made a fortune attacking, and a renewal of his calls for action from the most paranoid of the 2nd Amendment supporting, gun-toting crowd that one sees in Arizona and spawned Jared Loughner.

In the end, three CHP vehicles had their windows shot out, but no officers were shot. This time.

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From March 28 to March 30, 2010, nine members of the Hutaree Militia and Michigan Tea Party were arrested in police raids in Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana for a plot to kill various police officers and civilians using assault rifles and homemade bombs.

Who were these lowlife asshats, running around in the woods in camouflage fatigues and making bombs? The Hutaree Militia was part of the Christian Patriot movement, based in Adrian, Michigan.

BEFORE

The Hutaree Militia in greener days

AFTER

The Hutaree Militia now. The green jail jumpsuits are a nice touch.

And why were these monuments to ignorance and gun culture running around armed in the woods and making bombs? For the Antichrist, of course.

According to their former website, they were preparing for an apocalyptic battle with the forces of the Antichrist, who they believed would be supported and defended by local, state and federal police departments (Don’t they always?). On their website, all police and military members who would support the current U.S. system of local, state or federal government were described as members of the “brotherhood”, and were considered by the Hutaree to be “enemies”. And the Hutaree were going to do what any good, self-respecting paranoid survivalist, sovereign citizen, conservative  Christian paramilitary nutjob would do: Prepare for the Second Coming by training to take out the “enemy,” police and civilians attending a funeral, with bombs and frontal assaults. It’s unclear whether bayonet charges to “Onward Christian Soldiers” were planned for the mopping up operation.

Not only were these feckless, potentially murderous clowns Tea Party members, they were Ron Paul supporters as well. Their leader, David Stone, was a “Ron Paul fanatic” and their website contained a number of Ron Paul videos.

An event organized with the Hutaree, which they fortunately missed due to being in the pokey

As usual immediately upon the arrests Tea Party members rushed in to defend the Hutaree Militia. Hilbert William Gavel Jr at Tea Party Patriots, “Official Home of the American Tea Party Movement,” wrote:

“The problem as I see it is that although we all stand together in dissapproval with the Government as it is now we as a group need to show the politicians that if necessary we will all fight for what we believe in by every means necessary. If it comes to it we must all be ready to make sacrafices to include ourselves if it comes to it. The politicians have to know that if they follow the current path the American people will revolt. FEAR HAS TO BE INSTILLED IN THEIR HEARTS and by this I dont mean resort to violence immediately but if it has to happen we must be ready. Our forefathers knew this when the country was founded and everyone also knew it when we had the Civil War.”

I can just see Hilbert Gavel now, running for cover, clutching his Daisy Red Ryder BB gun as the black helicopters in his head sweep past…

Welcome to the Tea Party’s response to not getting their way.

One more example of the Tea Party’s chronic culture of intimidation.

One Monday evening in March of 2010, two Tea Party fools posted the address of a home on the Internet, mistakenly believing it was the home of Rep. Tom Perriello, the former U.S. Representative for Virginia’s 5th congressional district. One of the activists urged others to “drop by” and “express their thanks” for Perriello’s vote in favor of health care reform.

In typical Tea Party ignorance, these incompetent asshats had the wrong address. The address they posted was for Bo Perriello, Tom Perriello’s older brother. And Bo promptly received a threatening letter in the mail the next day and someone apparently severed a gas line at his home. Tuesday evening, Bo’s family smelled gas and discovered the propane line of a gas-powered grill on their screened-in porch had been slashed.

Not only were these Tea Party bullies dumb enough to broadcast on the Internet their role in an attempt to threaten a member of congress, but they couldn’t even get the address right. Whoever sent the threatening letter and cut the gas line is still at large. And a moron.

 

This Tea Party douchebag felt that speaking up for voting for Obama warranted breaking pool stick in half across his victim’s face, causing severe injuries. His victim, Patrick O’Neill, then 24, was hospitalized for five days and endured a months-long recovery, after suffering numerous facial fractures.

Jurors convicted Larry Morgan of aggravated assault and two counts of aggravated battery and sentenced to serve eight years in prison for the Jan. 31, 2009 incident — a few days after Obama’s inauguration. Deliberations took only an hour.

The Tea Party’s toxic brew of xenophobia, racism, violence (carefully couched in ‘plausible deniability’), glorification of ignorance and flat-out paranoia is a magnet for violent asshats like Morgan, and just as powerful a trigger for their violent rages.

In response to Jared Loughner’s murderous rampage, we’ll be listing all of the violent episodes of Tea Partiers here in order to highlight the impact the violent rhetoric and culture of intimidation of Tea Party promoters has on the most paranoid and gun-crazed of their members and supporters and what it has done to our once fine and rational nation.

While as of yet there is no evidence that Loughner was a Tea Party member, his actions and views place him squarely in the areas that Tea Party has focused on: Hatred of Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, admiration of the works of Ayn Rand, favoring the gold standard, etc. Even if his actions were nothing more than politically tinged schizophrenia, it is appropriate, however, to consider the context external to whatever was going on inside his addled mind. His target, Giffords, has herself been previously targeted by the highest ranks of the Tea Party, Sarah Palin. And the anti-government, pro-gun, xenophobic populism that flourishes in Arizona and the Tea Party movement did make it appreciably more likely that a disturbed person like Loughner would react, would be able to react, and would not be prevented from reacting, in the crazy way he did.

Just as one cannot stand in a crowded room and yell ‘Fire’! and not expect people to react, the hyper-charged, paranoid partisan rhetoric used by the Tea Party and its professional promoters like Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin was bound to have consequences. So here we will list those violent loonies who have Tea Party ties for all to see.