There is of late a brouhaha brewing regarding the recent release of a report by the DHS with Napolitano’s approval that warned of ‘right wing extremist’ terrorism. This is from the administration that is no longer using the term ‘terrorist.’
I appear to fit into the definition of a ‘right wing extremist’:
(U) Rightwing 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 groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration.
Any casual reader of this blog knows that I am a single-issue voter as regards abortion and that I am deeply wary of expansive government intervention. As for ‘hate-oriented’ I don’t care at all that we have a black president and most of the people I know who are annoyed with the way things are don’t care, either. However, I am openly against homosexuality, and in today’s day and age that means I am hate-oriented. I have also warned about the demise of America, and also the decline of the Church in America.
So I guess I fit.
The report does an extremely poor job distinguishing between ‘law abiding’ citizens and ‘right wing extremists.’ As illustrated by the above quotation, the tone of the document suggests that merely having these views is what makes you an extremist.
Personally, I am prepared to believe that actual right wing extremists have gained followers and even begun plotting. Decent people who fit the above description showed up by the thousands yesterday at ‘tea parties.’ Unlike in protests from the left, no stones were thrown, no windows were broken, no riot police were dispatched, nobody was spit on, and nobody harassed. Yet I would wager that most of the ‘tea party’ participants fit the above description.
Here is what I think. I think that the recently admitted NSA over-collection of American domestic communications revealed that people- even decent people- are really, really, really, really, really, POed about the way things are and the way they are going. I think that material helped drive the DHS report, but I think the DHS was just looking for an excuse.
This report is likely to produce the very thing it is warning about. With this report, every conservative American became subject to the Thought Police and a target of scrutiny by the Federal government. I believe it will put some people over the edge. I believe the intent was to put them over the edge. I think they want a ‘right wing extremist’ to engage in some sort of attack so that the Obama administration can then use the sensibilities of all those law-abiding citizens to turn public opinion against anyone with strongly held views about abortion and government and ‘hate.’ They will use any kind of incident as a justification for the imposition of the gun laws we know that the Obama administration would like to pass, and then, when people react, they can point to that reaction as justifying the need for the gun laws. It will also be used to justify increased monitoring of the ‘extremist groups,’ as well as any number of measures which if they were proposed today would make even the tea party participants blow their top, but if passed after an ‘incident’ would compel them to re-consider. Because they are decent people.
And decent people are the easiest to manipulate by authorities.
That’s what I think.