You Might Be a “Radicalized Right-Wing Extremist” If…
What and who exactly are President
Obama`s homeland security officials afraid of these
days? If you are a member of an active conservative
group that opposes
strict immigration enforcement, lobbies to protect
Second Amendment rights, protests
federalism or represents veterans who believe in any
of the above, the answer is: You.
Homeland Security Sec. Janet Napolitano has turned
her attention away from acts of Islamic jihad on
American soil (which she now refers to as
"man-caused disasters"). Instead, her department
is sounding the alarm over an unquantified
extremism activity." On April 7, DHS sent a
nine-page warning memo [PDF]to
law enforcement offices across the country titled
"Right-wing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling
Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment."
The report includes a sweeping
definition of the threat:
"Right-wing extremism in the United States can be broadly divided into
those groups, movements and adherents that are primarily
hate-oriented (based on hatred of particular religious,
racial or ethnic groups), and those that are mainly
antigovernment, rejecting federal authority in favor of
state or local authority, or rejecting government
authority entirely. It may include
individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such
as opposition to abortion or immigration."
You cannot ignore the context or
the timing of this DHS report. It`s no small coincidence
that Napolitano`s agency disseminated the assessment
just a week before the nationwide April 15 Tax Day Tea
Party protests. The grassroots events organized by
fiscal conservatives, independents, Libertarians and,
yes, even some Blue Dog Democrats were fueled by the
and political climate" of
bipartisan profligate spending and
endless taxpayer-funded bailouts. The growing
success of the loose-knit movement has invited scorn,
ridicule and fear-mongering from Obama`s supporters.
Liberal bloggers have likened the Tea Party movement to
neo-Nazis, militias and even
Weather Underground terrorists.
These attempts to demonize the Tea
Party movement come on the heels of widespread
conservative-bashing over the recent shooting sprees in
Binghamton, N.Y. Taking Hillary Clinton`s advice to
"never waste a
good crisis," left-wing pundits and analysts have
blamed the tragedies on everyone from Rush Limbaugh to
Fox News to the NRA.
The DHS spokespeople I talked to on
Monday insisted that the report was not a politicized
document and that DHS had done similar assessments on
extremism" in the past. But past domestic terrorism
reports have always been very specific in identifying
security threats—such as the
Liberation Front and the Earth Liberation Front—and
very specific in identifying their methods and targets,
including repeated physical harassment, arson and
vandalism against pharmaceutical companies, farms, labs
and university researchers.
By contrast, the Obama DHS report
is an overarching indictment of conservatives.
extremist chatter on the Internet continues to focus on
the economy, the perceived loss of U.S. jobs in the
manufacturing and construction sectors, and home
foreclosures," the assessment warns. When I asked
DHS spokeswoman Sara Kuban to explain who was
responsible for this
"extremist chatter," she could not and would not name names.
Moreover, the report relies on the
work of the left-leaning Southern Poverty Law Center to
stir anxiety over
"disgruntled military veterans"—a citation that gives us valuable
insight into how DHS will define
groups. The SPLC, you see, has
designated the venerable American Legion a
for its stance on immigration enforcement. The report
offers zero data, but states with an almost resentful
attitude toward protected free speech:
appropriate immigration levels and enforcement policy
generally fall within the realm of
protected political speech under the First
Amendment, but in some cases, anti-immigration or
pro-enforcement fervor has been directed against
specific groups and has the potential to turn violent."
turn violent"? So did the
hysterical fervor whipped up by Capitol Hill over
the AIG bonuses, which prompted
ugly death threats from across the country. No
mention here, though. Not
enough. Nor will you see Obama DHS warnings to police
and sheriff`s departments about self-proclaimed bank
terrorists such as
Bruce Marks of the aggressive Neighborhood
Assistance Corporation of America or the mob activists
of ACORN who have committed burglary, stormed corporate
executives` homes and vowed to conduct
necessary" in response to the
"current economic and political climate."
If you can redefine dissenting
"hate," you can brand your political opponents as
you can marginalize electoral threats.
Feeling taxed enough already and
"radicalizing" your friends and neighbors through
"chatter on the
We are all right-wing extremists
now. Welcome to the club.
CREATORS SYNDICATE, INC.
Michelle Malkin [email
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Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists,
Criminals, and Other Foreign Menaces to Our Shores.
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