There is no reason to wonder why so many Americans are filled with fear of foreign-inspired terrorists. The mainstream media never shuts up about it.
But while they’re quick to point their cameras at people with guns, rogue truck drivers and homemade bombs, they rarely shine a light on the death and suffering right-wing Republicans inflict on millions of Americans, who deserve better than what’s on their radical conservative menu.
Terrorism takes many forms. The kind that takes the most lives on an ongoing basis, doesn’t come from the stuff ‘breaking news’ headlines are made of. It comes from the real world consequences of anti-social, anti-democratic, profit worshippers we call radical conservative Republican lawmakers. They do the bidding of people like the Koch brothers, often with terrifying results.
A disturbing example of this was cited in Facing South‘s review of the 2011 documentary, “EXPOSED: Koch industries and Cancer Risk.”
“Something is wrong on this street, Penn Road, where I live,” David Bouie, a pastor and reserve deputy sheriff, says as the video opens. “Something is wrong here in this community.”
What’s wrong is the fact that dark money has been allowed buy a government that is supposed to keep its citizens safe – a government that is willfully turning a blind eye to industrial terrorism from a Georgia Pacific mill owned by Koch Industries in Crossett, Arkansas.
“The Crossett plant released over 913,000 pounds of toxic chemicals to the air in 2010 and another 136,000 pounds to nearby waterways, and buried over 444,000 pounds in the soil to degrade.
Among the chemicals that the plant emits to the air and water are known carcinogens such as formaldehyde and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons as well as probable carcinogens including acetaldehyde and lead. 913,000 pounds of toxic chemicals.”
As the documentary discusses, just about everyone in that community, adult and child, had either died from cancer, or was about to die from cancer.
Why is there no public outrage about this? Why are citizens not lining up outside their state capitals demanding new laws to protect them? Because the mainstream media does not consider the death of an entire community newsworthy if it does not happen with a homemade pressure cooker planted by a man with a Muslim-sounding name.
It doesn’t matter if 12 people are killed by 1 terrorist, or 26 bodies are piled up in a school yard after a mentally unstable person lets loose with an assault rifle. The MSM loves to cover death by terrorism of every sort. The exception, of course, is the kind that is inflicted by Republicans hell-bent on denying people access to life-saving health care, food assistance programs for low income pregnant women, children, the disabled and the elderly – all in the name of ‘good, wholesome’ conservatism.
And let’s not forget the terrorism that comes from making low-income communities dumping grounds for toxic waste that sends local cancer rates soaring.
Forms of terrorism are different, but the results are the same; people die sooner than they should. Just because it doesn’t happen with a spectacular blast, doesn’t make it any less deadly.
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Maryann Tobin is the author of “Afterlife: The Journey Of A Dog’s Spirit” This heartwarming story is told through the eyes of an animal spirit that has been sent back to earth in the body of a small dog. His mission is to help a young woman discover that their destinies are connected to the powers of the Spirit World more than either of them ever imagined. If you’ve ever shared your life with a dog or any other pet, you will never look at them the same way again after reading this book. It’s available now on Amazon.com.