Memories of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing in Oklahoma City seem fresh although that incident happened 20 years ago today. McVeigh hoped to inspire a revolt against what he considered as a tyrannical federal government. He was a war veteran plagued by vivid memories of pulling the trigger and watching people die because of what he had done. Apparently, the wall of protection he built for himself was to say the evil United States government did it, not him. He personalized Ruby Ridge and Waco in that same light. The government was making innocent” people kill “innocent” people. McVeigh’s twisted mind turned his horrendous act of killing people, who worked for the government, as inspiring a revolt against this tyrannical federal government; I assume he felt a revolt of the people would make “his” government a better government.
Somehow, intently hating a government a person had honorably served seemed vaguely familiar. A thirty-something-year-old all-American person who grew up in small town USA, a military veteran with combat experience, and committing a horrendous unpatriotic act turning against what he suddenly saw as a tyrannical government. The conflict of trying to destroy what you love is not new, but also we do not understand where or how such feeling originate.
There was no hideous bombing, but there was an equally destructive letter signed by 46 Senators written by a Senator ‘who grew up in small town USA, a military veteran with combat experience”. The letter was a horrendous unpatriotic act against what this senator saw as a tyrannical government. That Senator was 37-year-old, Iraqi war veteran Tom Cotton from Dardanelle, AR. Like McVeigh, he hoped to inspire a massive uprising against that government. They both had to know that the entire nation elected the government and very few people held their point of view; however, in their mind, their view was not only right, but also massively held by a silent majority.
Before the tyrannical government he loved put Tom McVeigh to death, he understood he failed to inspire the revolt he had hoped to inspire but still did not understand why. I wonder if Senator Tom Cotton, and others like him, will ever come to understand why his act of treason failed.
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