the guy who wanted to shoot people at the Tides Foundation, mentioned on Glenn Beck's show
You mean Byron Williams, who listened to Glenn Beck propaganda against Tides and decided to do something with it. Glenn Beck <> Tea Party. Facts 1 - Frank 0
The bomb that was found near an MLK parade.
You mean Kevin William Harpham, the accused attempted bomber. Neo-nazi and 9/11 conspiracy theorist. Not affiliated with the Tea Party. Facts 2 - Frank 0. Plus, you lose another point for suggesting that a bomb - a non-sentient physical item - meets Lori's citation criteria. Facts 3 - Frank 0.
A guy who killed parisioners [SIC] at a Unitarian church, because he was hunting liberals.
You mean Jim David Adkisson, who conducted said shooting on July 27, 2008. Utter time-line failure since the first notable Tea Party public protests were in 2009. Facts 4 - Frank 0.
The Gabrielle Giffords mook
And finally, you mean Jared Loughner. Who has been shown to NOT to be affiliated with the Tea Party in any fashion.
That makes the final score Facts 5 - Frank 0. And the funniest thing is that you threw the shutout against yourself, and STILL didn't manage to answer Lori's question.
All that said, Frank Hampton's murder was, indeed, the worst kind of abuse of governmental power, but I really don't see the FBI opening fire indiscriminately on a black man carrying a gun to a rally if he's legally entitled to do so. Hassle? Probably a safe bet. Open fire? Dubious claim #7,328.
Lori - Do they espouse violence? That depends on whether the Tea Party wants to be closely related to Glenn Beck. Beck uses a variety of violent images and calls to action. For example (http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,594343,00.html
) on his June 10, 2010 program, Beck said the following:
“Tea parties believe in small government. We believe in returning to the principles of our Founding Fathers. We respect them. We revere them. Shoot me in the head before I stop talking about the Founders. Shoot me in the head if you try to change our government. I will stand against you [liberal Democrats] and so will millions of others. We believe in something. You in the media and most in Washington don’t. The radicals that you and Washington have co-opted and brought in wearing sheep’s clothing — change the pose. You will get the ends. You’ve been using them? They believe in communism. They believe and have called for a revolution. You’re going to have to shoot them in the head. But warning, they may shoot you. They are dangerous because they believe. Karl Marx is their George Washington. You will never change their mind.”
The argument comes down to whether one considers Glenn Beck credible on ANY topic. I grant that Byron Williams was tuned into Beck, and Beck espousing views that incite someone to violence makes Beck a credible threat; but the question is just how tight Beck is to Tea Party leadership. I think that oversimplifying Beck to equal "the Tea Party" is a lot like saying Fred Phelps speaks for all Baptists.