So in my microcosm of a world, I heard some folks saying last week they were going to start getting active with the Tea Party again.
I suppose that's to be expected in the days right after the terrorist attack in Austin.

Charlton Heston and his goul squad always had a recruiting bonanza whenever children got gunned down. Nutjobs thrive on attention and chaos... being stupid, the details don't matter. An incident that should make right wing fanatics take a hard look at themselves only serves to get them whipped up and back on the bandwagon... truth, facts, details... none of that matters to a wingnut. Another radical is in the news and people are dying... quick, let's have more rallies to support the cause the terrorists believed in!!!
Strike while the iron is hot! (and before the bodies are cold)

For normal people this might be a time to rally together AGAINST the causes that our attackers hold dear. Remember the Alamo! Remember Pearl Harbor! And so on and so forth. Although for my part, I don't think we should be rallying efforts to protect ourselves from radical fringe groups after they attack us... I'd like to make people wake up and take a look at the policies and intentions of such people all the time... preferably BEFORE attacks. Or before more attacks, anyway now.

So I haven't been rallying about specifics of the right wing in this or the last journal, instead I'm trying to draw attention to the way people react. Particularly the way people you and I might meet on a daily basis, or interact with online, and the ones who rationalize away and minimize the common interests they share with these violent criminals. And in the case of today's journal, the people who get even more entrenched in their rightwing dogma and more agitated in the cause after such tragedies occur. What the hell's wrong with these people?

Maybe part of it is defiance. An intuitive compulsion to fight the notion they might feel towards guilt, shame or any sense of decency or responsibility! These things are anathema to the fringe groups like the TeaBaggers, NRA, neocons, anti-choice, al quaeda, christian fundies, muslim fundies, ayn rand fundies, my pretty pony fundies, et al. They bristle and rebel at any feelings (their own or perceived from others) that they should be held accountable for what their fanatical devotion to ideology results in.

Heaven Forbid, they formed their ideas based on how the world works rather than selectively describe the world based on their preconceived whakadoodleness!
Or for that matter... just stopped rallying behind murderous causes.