By Irene F. Starkehaus -
Over the weekend, Jerad and Amanda Miller of Las Vegas entered a CiCi's Pizza, shot two police officers, and covered the bodies with swastikas and a "Don't Tread on Me" flag that is frequently associated with the Tea Party movement. They then fled to Walmart where they allegedly fulfilled a bizarre murder-suicide pact by killing themselves after shouting that the revolution has begun.
Now, I'm admittedly a natural born skeptic, but I've got to say this. Something seems off about the whole homicidal rampage. I can't put my finger on why and maybe I'm completely wrong, but the story just doesn't connect. The sickening feeling that the specifics are artificial has me concerned. Of the Tea Party conservatives that I've met, this is what I do know. Reputation is of supreme importance to conservatives. They are skittish sorts of activists right out of the gate – this from having lived through decades of attacks from the Left and increasingly from the RINOs. The suggestion that this heinous crime might have been committed by a fellow Tea Partier will have hordes of Reagan Republicans diving for the nearest rabbit hole over a desperate fear of beig associated with murderous lunacy.
Now, I'm not going to tell conservatives that they shouldn't be shouting disavowals from the rooftops. It only makes sense to proclaim one's innocence in the face of unjustified accusations. But what I would caution is that before giving themselves immediately over to the passion play that will come from the media and an administration that is itching to justify its misuse of power through harassment of conservatives, and before conservatives start peeling off their "NObamacare" bumper stickers and replacing them with "I'm pro-union and I vote" out of fear of recrimination, they should take a deep breath and reconsider.
As of this writing, the only thing we know is that Jerad and Amanda Miller sought to associate white supremacists with Tea Party conservatives. But skinheads and Tea Partiers share no ideological similarities, so we're facing a discrepancy created by these individuals over who they really were versus what they wanted us to think they were. We need to reconcile what we know from what we are being led to believe. To do this, we should be confident enough in our own political ideologies to ask some fair and necessary questions.
There are some answers that I would want to have before I'd be willing to throw in the Gadsen flag over the Left's persistence. Remember that the Left shows utter genius in remaking and redefining motives and affiliations to suit their own political agendas. So let's feel free to wonder aloud…were the Millers really skinheads or members of the Tea Party or both? To that end, what exactly was their political party affiliation? Who did they commonly associate with? Is there any paper trail or online history that suggests who they might have voted for in the last election? As we know, Tea Party organizations have mailing lists and there are white supremacist organizations with membership rolls. Were the Millers associated with any? Which ones?
If the Millers were members of a white supremacist organization, is there a money trail that leads from that organization to either or both of the nation's political parties. How much has been donated? Did the Millers donate to one or both political parties? How much?
You see, the killers left us many clues that should as a matter of course lead us to the supposition that the Tea Party has become radicalized, but – from my personal experience – this doesn't jibe with the Tea Party's methodical means of reform through elections and political activism over the last six years. As a matter of fact, every time there has been an attempt to besmirch the good name of conservatives by attaching an act of radical, violent murder to them, it turns out that the sociopaths were leftists and anarchists.
Think about what we know of conservatives and never mind that a member of the Tea Party would sooner sign a gun control petition than start a "revolution" at a CiCi's Pizza or Walmart. Conservatives are pro-business. They wouldn't befoul a political message by disrupting commerce, murdering police officers or – Lord, help us – making a mess. A friend of mine once summarized her involvement in the Tea Party as "organizing the protest along with the list of cookies I served." Rules for Radicals is the Left's recipe book…not the Right's:
Tea Party conservatives (TPCs) detest fascism; they are generally pro-Israel and welcome minorities into the conservative movement…scratch that, they unabashedly beg them to join. The swastika and the burning cross are abhorrent to them as symbols of oppression, death and big government.
TPCs would never target police officers or anyone else for that matter. They respect the law. They respect authority. They respect life.
TPCs are mind-numbingly aware that the Left looks for any excuse to restrict Second Amendment liberties. I have never met a conservative that would use a gun to take the life of a human unless it was an act of self-defense.
The Millers have been characterized as "militia and white supremacists" by CBS News in Las Vegas and since the Millers left the Gadsen as their calling card, we must promptly acquiesce (as if on cue) that the Tea Party made them do it without anything like proof, but CBS also revealed Facebook pictures of the Millers dressed up as the Joker and some other gothic sociopaths. CBS has yet to provide the picture of them dressed as Ben Franklin and Betsy Ross, so I'd like to see them donning a tri-cornered hat if you don't mind…you know, before we label them as Tea Party.
But keep in mind that there are a lot of young people associated with the anarchy movement that identify with and admire the psychosis of the Joker, Guy Fawkes , the Scream guy, Freddie Kruger, et al. Anarchists often mask who they really are and too often detach from their humanity by taking on one persona or another.
One last point and this bears repeating. Conservatives are overwhelmingly pro-life. The taking of an innocent life is abhorrent to Tea Party ideals. You want to shake in fear over the circumstances surrounding the mayhem of Jared and Amanda Miller and worry that people will assume that TPCs are cop-killing white supremacists? Ask yourself these questions:
Who promotes abortion on demand, and where are abortion clinics invariably located?
Who brainwashes minorities into believing that the American dream cannot be obtained?
Who keeps minorities segregated in substandard schools and neighborhoods where they learn dependence on the federal government?
Who keeps legal guns out of the hands of minorities so that they cannot defend themselves against criminals?
Who places aging anarchists and radicals in positions of authority at universities so that they can instruct your children in the ways of subversion?
When you see a picture of someone defecating on a police car, is it a Reagan Republican or an Alinsky Democrat that has his drawers around his ankles?
It's not the Tea Party that is hell-bent on destroying minorities, my friends. It's not the Tea Party that works overtime to defame and destroy American institutions. Was there a Gadson flag left by cop-killers as a way of signaling the racism of Tea Party conservatives? Well, all that proves is that the Millers had enough purchasing power to afford one. I wouldn't care if the Millers played fife and drum to the beat of Yankee Doodle while they committed their mindless acts of terror. They reek of Leftism and that may be a very important clue to the direction that the Left has decided to take leading up to the 2014 election and their so-called revolution.
There are a lot of questions that remain unanswered in the massacre choreographed by Jared/Amanda Miller. The most important may turn out to be: As the GOP stands poised to hold the House of Representatives and possibly retake the Senate in the 2014 election, how far is the Left willing to go to suppress Republican votes and Tea Party momentum?