Meth and anti-government extremism not mutually exclusive
Census-taker Bill Sparkman was found hanging from a tree in a cemetery with a noose around his neck and the word "Fed" scrawled on his chest. The authorities haven't determined whether the death was a homicide or a suicide.
Richard Benjamin asks whether Sparkman was a casualty of Methland, USA or a victim of anti-government bile. That's a false dichotomy.
If Sparkman was murdered, whoever killed him committed an act of political violence. It doesn't matter whether the killer was also trying to protect a drug operation. The perp took a page out of the old fashioned lynching playbook--stringing up the victim and defacing his corpse as a warning to others.
Clearly, whoever did this wanted to send a message. Someone who simply wanted to conceal a drug operation wouldn't dispose of the victim's body in such a spectacular fashion.
We tend to think of drug traffickers as non-ideological capitalists--but it's worth nothing that the drug trade funds militias and insurgencies all over the world.