It started in Grand Junction, Kansas. A white man, seething with hate and addicted to gun shows, blended in when he rented a Ryder truck. He packed the large van with 4,000 pounds of explosives, drove a short distance to Oklahoma City, and blew the Alfred P. Murrah federal building to smithereens. That was April 19th. The year was 1995.
Timothy McVeigh is the deadliest American terrorist, having killed 168 people.
In an interview conducted by an SMU journalism student, Michelle Rausch, outside the Waco Compound in 1993, McVeigh said a crazy thing that could pass for a Breitbart editorial today: “The government is afraid of the guns people have because they have to have control of the people at all times. Once you take away the guns, you can do anything to the people. You give them an inch and they take a mile. I believe we are slowly turning into a socialist government. The government is continually growing bigger and more powerful, and the people need to prepare to defend themselves against government control.”
Fast forward to Kansas on April 18, 2018.
Three white men from Dodge City were convicted in federal court of trying to blow up a local apartment building where Somali immigrants lived. The leader called himself the Orkin man, and referred to Muslims as cockroaches.
Later yesterday, another federal court held in contempt Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach— the person whom Donald Trump named to lead the so-called national voter fraud commission. Kobach imposed unconstitutional requirements that Kansas voters appear with a passport or birth certificate to prove that they are American citizens. He’s refusing to back down. Will the president pardon him?
Maybe Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz was right. We're not in Kansas anymore. We’re in a strange land where a small man blusters behind a Praetorian guard and a curtain to stir fear throughout the land.