What I’ve Learned…

As we all know, tomorrow marks the 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombings, which killed 168 people — including children. I could remember that day like it was yesterday. I was 12 at the time. I was at a social studies class at Martin Luther King, Jr. School in Hartford when American militia sympathizer Timothy McVeigh detonated a truck filled with explosives outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Downtown Oklahoma City. It sent shock waves down to my spine that terrorism, be it domestic or foreign, can leave a devastating blow to our freedoms.

Terry Nichols, McVeigh’s co-conspirator, had planned the bomb preparation. In total, more than 680 people were injured, while buildings, homes, and cars were damaged or destroyed. The estimated cost of damage was at least $652 million.

Could anti-government protests be to blame for the Oklahoma City bombing? To discover how the tea party works, you must follow the history books. Colonists living in America circa 1773 were fed up with taxes issued by the British government and, as a result, refused to return the taxed tea to Britain. Thus, the Boston Tea Party became a battle cry against unfair taxing by the British parliament. The slogan is simple: No taxation without representation.

What’s the tea party of the 21st century? You may think President Obama is radical, but the hard right takes the cake on extremism. Their mantra is based on hate, anger, and destruction. They hating because now that we have our first black president (or African-American president), they think they cannot win back this country. And they refuse to back down without a fight. This oftentimes results in violence, including death threats, against public officials, senators, federal employees, and other service workers. Also, do not be fooled by Sarah Palin’s high heels. She’s not afraid to get down and dirty on “stickin’ it to the man,” if you will. And the labels such as “baby killer,” “liar,” and “hypocrite?” All of them used by the hard right tea partiers are intended to attack the party in power. When is this B.S. going to stop?

That’s my 2¢, but the lives changed by the Oklahoma City tragedy are priceless.

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