At a meeting in Redding a man named Bert Stead stood up and called himself a "proud right wing terrorist". Now, I'm not going to jump on the bandwagon and condemn this man. Instead, I'm going to post the video and let you all make a decision for yourself. The video is just over two minutes long.
And for a bit more information, here's a news article from Redding.com about the event.
What if the man proclaiming himself 'a proud right wing terrorist' had been of Middle-Eastern descent? Would the people have cheered then? Men have been tortured and held for years in Guantanamo Bay for being suspected of being terrorists, let alone loudly proclaiming they are. A few examples: Maher Arar, Muhammad Faraj Ahmed Bashmilah and countless nameless others. Bert Stead is a white guy and so there's no ensuing investigation, no detention and nor should there be. But Congressman Herger should've corrected him and told him that use of the word terrorist, particularly in today's world, is unacceptable. If Herger failed to say that at the time, which he did, then after the fact he should apologize and attempt to correct his mistake. It's irresponsible on his part and I hope the people who vote for him take it as seriously as I do.