Archive for September, 2009
Wednesday, September 30th, 2009
As reported in “Son Sure Ky. Census Taker Was Slain” (Washington Post 9/29/09) and “Slain Census Worker Warned of Job’s Dangers” (Washington Post 9/25/09) about Bill Sparkman, a 51 year old part-time census taker found Sep. 12 in a remote Kentucky forest bound and gagged with a rope around his neck and “Fed” scrawled on his chest with a felt tipped pen. Government is bad + census is nefarious socialist/fascist plot = this is what happens. This is what Nancy Pelosi was talking about in “Pelosi Says Anti Obama Rhetoric Sounds Familiar” (9/18/09 Washington Post).
Evil government’s encroaching,
Black helicopters are approaching,
Everything’s a socialist/fascist conspiracy,
There are some that would agree.
Bill Sparkman was killed this month.
We’re not completely sure why.
But one thing we’re sure of:
He didn’t have to die.
They bound and gagged him and strung him to a tree.
In the far-off woods of Kentucky.
Was it because he was a “Fed”?
(That’s what they wrote beneath his head.)
He was a good man,
A teacher, a cancer survivor, and a dad.
Did he knock on the wrong door?
What did they kill him for?
Words have impact.
You can’t put back what’s out.
This is what Pelosi
Was talking about.
Here’s a video clip of Pelosi’s statement.
Update 11/29/09: It’s now believed that Bill Sparkman committed suicide, but the fact that his murder by right-wing anti-government zealots was so easy to believe is not a good sign. I’m happy to have been wrong on this one, although still sad for Mr. Sparkman and his family.