Federalism, the New Extremism (and more!)

By definition, threat assessments released by the Department of Homeland Security contain warnings and cautionary statements which are eye-opening, even scary, and for good reason. In the past, after all, such assessments have included information about the mechanisms by which radical Islamic terrorist groups were planning to carry out jihad against infidels in the United States of America and the west. The assessment released yesterday by Janet Napolitano’s DHS, however, was terrifying for an entirely different reason.

The report, entitled “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment,” is entirely focused on security threats from within by “rightwing extremist” groups, but it is Napolitano’s characterization and definition of just who fits into these groups which is so frightening.

You and I are right-wing extremists, my friends. According to Napolitano, single-issue groups like those who oppose abortion or oppose illegal immigration are “rightwing extremist” groups. According to Napolitano, even believing that our federal government should be limited in scope is enough to garner the “rightwing extremist” group moniker.

To be fair, DHS did indeed recently release a similar assessment of the threat from “leftwing extremist” groups. Released on January 26, 2009, six days after President Barack Obama’s inauguration, the assessment entitled “Leftwing Extremists Likely to Increase Use of Cyber Attacks over the Coming Decade” focused more, however, on acts of civil disobedience from environmental groups and Internet-borne hacking attacks on sensitive installations.

Looking at them side by side, the most striking thing about the pair of assessments is that, in the “leftwing” assessment, groups and individuals which pose threats were never characterized as “domestic leftwing terrorists” or members of “small terrorist cells” or “lone wolves,” but instead were merely “leftwing extremists” whose tactics and actions are painted to look more like irritations and Internet pranks than “real” terrorist actions such as those apparently posed by concerned Americans on the political right — including those weirdo American veterans returning from combat to their country, or whatever remains of it.

In fact, while the ten-page “rightwing” assessment uses the recently-verboten term “terrorist” or “domestic rightwing terrorist” or variations of same no fewer than eleven times, in its “leftwing” counterpart, the worst that the leftists are called is “extremists.” The leftist report uses the term “terrorist” only twice, and even then only in generic terms. And the one reference to “terrorist activities” points to the Appendix, which discusses only animal rights and environmental “extremists” and “anarchist extremists,” the latter of which are as close to “terrorists” as the assessment comes.

Curiously enough, the assessment focusing on the threat from the right was released on the very same day when thousands upon thousands of concerned Americans gathered to voice opposition to an overreaching, bloated federal government, a government so far removed from the ideas, ideals and principles put forth by our nation’s founders. As it turns out, each and every one of those thousands and thousands of people are “rightwing extremists.”

It’s all so typical of an administration and political party bent on defusing and silencing dissent by any means possible; any means, that is, other than actual substantive debate. It’s the same tactic employed with the so-called Fairness Doctrine: can’t compete with common sense? Silence the opposition through legislation. The difference here, however, is that Janet Napolitano has not simply quashed dissent, but in the process has indicted tens of millions of Americans as “terrorists” at a time when she seems incapable of calling true, unadulterated evil by its name.

Whatever happened to the same people who, just a matter of months ago, argued that dissent is the highest form of patriotism? Now, merely voicing an opinion about unconstitutional actions taken by elected officials who take an oath to protect, uphold and defend our Constitution makes concerned Americans in fact public enemy number one.

One of the telltale signs of right-wing extremism, according to Napolitano, are so-called single-issue groups like those who oppose abortion. A dozen pro-life Christians gathered outside abortion clinics are now deemed “rightwing extremists.” Curiously, however, no mention was made in the “leftwing” report of activists from Planned Parenthood or NARAL.

Another single-issue group listed by DHS as a “rightwing extremist” group were those who oppose illegal immigration and advocate increased border security and the enforcement of immigration laws currently on the hook. Want to remind people that being in America illegally actually means that laws are being broken? Congratulations, Janet Napolitano thinks you’re an extremist. Concerned “with the perception that illegal immigrants” are “taking away American jobs through their willingness to work at significantly lower wages?” You guessed it. You’re an extremist. DHS, you see, feels that anyone who is in favor of actually enforcing American laws should be scrutinized, but issues no such be-on-the-lookout for Mexican drug cartel operatives who cross our border illegally and kidnap or kill American citizens on American soil. DHS, you see, finds it extreme to want our laws to be upheld, but says nothing about illegal May Day protesters who actively protest against those laws, or violent MS-13 gang members actively killing in cities across the country.

The assessment also lists people who stockpile food or ammunition as “extremists,” yet the previous administration went as far at one time to recommend that every American have duct tape and extra water in their homes in case of a chemical attack. But according to Janet Napolitano, stockpiling food and water makes you an extremist, as does buying extra ammunition because prices are rising exponentially with each passing week.

Even though the department is incapable of saying anything derogatory about illegal immigrants breaking the law by being here, DHS has no problem whatsoever indicting returning combat veterans as having the potential for extremism, as so-called “rightwing extremist” groups will somehow actively seek to recruit them for their military skills. These are people who just returned from laying their lives on the line for America, sacrificing their time with family for America, watching friends die for America — and Napolitano has the gall to herald them not for their bravery, courage or honor, but instead for some purported tendency for “extremism.”

Amazingly enough, considering the nature of the protests seen yesterday from coast to coast, the DHS list of “rightwing extremist” criteria even includes people who believe in the merits of a limited federal government, as intended by the founders of our republic. It matters not that this country was founded on the principles of a limited centralized government, or that in its infancy was embroiled in the great debate over governmental scope between Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson, in Napolitano’s DHS, would be considered an ex post facto “rightwing extremist.” Nancy Pelosi, on the other hand, would make Alexander Hamilton look like Jefferson on steroids.

One question for our disgrace of a Homeland Security Secretary: Considering the damage caused by a mere four thousand leftist protesters outside the recent G-20 meeting in London, why was there no damage whatsoever from the hundreds of thousands of so-called “rightwing extremists,” believers in a smaller government, who took to streets throughout America yesterday?

Napolitano’s assessment is absolutely revolting, and unfathomably terrifying. She has indicted, as extremists, people who dare object to the federal government’s blatant disregard to the U.S. Constitution. She has indicted, as extremists, anyone who refuses to fall in lockstep with the Obama administration’s self-destructive plans for our republic. Napolitano has used her position to launch an unprecedented, thinly-veiled political attack on an opposing party, and considering the precedent set by the extraconstitutional search and seizure powers permitted the Bush Homeland Security department, an already terrifying report could be even worse.

Speaking of the former president, I don’t recall ever seeing George W. Bush’s Homeland Security department labeling the Code Pink crowd as an “extremist” group. Then again, Bush was more concerned with actual terrorists — I’m not certain Janet Napolitano could even spot an actual terrorist if he had a knife at her throat and had just finished chanting “Allahu Akbar.”

Napolitano’s half-hearted, limited-scope, so-called “apology” to veterans this morning is far from enough. I’d ask for her head, but that would constitute a “man-caused disaster.” Therefore, I simply call President Obama to ask for her resignation — immediately. She is an embarrassment and a disgrace to the United States of America and everything for which She stands.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Politico has a short article about Napolitano appearing on “Morning Joe” this morning. They were only allowed to ask her ONE question about this report. That’s REAL transparency, huh?

    Again, as I’ve written before on this blog site, we all became terrorists, in the government’s eyes, with the signing of The Patriot Act on 9/12.

    The Patriot Act, THOUSANDS of pages long, printed out and stacked neatly on Georgie’s desk for penning on 9/12. And, remember, Congress was NOT allowed to read it. 9/11 was, sadly, the turning point of this takeover.

    The Tea Party I attended yesterday, at a small West Texas town, had a number of Veterans with signs indicating their service to this country now has them be viewed as terrorists. I felt sad for them.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Given that, other than 9/11, the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil was indeed committed by a “right-wing extremist”–the attack at Oklahoma City–this is an odd response to the report. Reading over the report, it’s clear that it does not at all consider “millions of Americans” to be a terrorist threat, but only a small number of fringe group members. The report does not at all imply that merely having just one of the characteristics or tendencies highlighted in this blog post automatically mean someone is a terrorist. I think this blog post distorts the meaning of the report.

  3. goddessdivine says:

    Great analysis, Jeff. I guess this means I’m a ‘right-wing extremist’ for wanting limited government and more border control. Oh, I also have stockpiled for emergency preparedness. Gosh, I didn’t realize this was unacceptable in the eyes of the govt. This is despicable.

    I wonder how she’d classify all the anti-war protesters we’ve seen in the past decade. If their violence and shouting and down-right ugliness doesn’t land them as an extremist, this is a complete double standard. Hypocrisy at its best. You are so right on: They are targeting anyone who doesn’t fall in line with the Obama administration. Tyranny here we come.

  4. Anonymous says:

    My 13 yos came up with this analogy last night after we returned from our local TEA party.

    He said, “It’s like the pilots in the airplanes flying toward the twin towers looking out and waving and saying, ‘We are simply man-made disasters,” and then their pointing down at everyday American citizens and saying, ‘Those are the real terrorists.’”

    He has more understanding than the vast majority of Americans.

    We are an active pro-life family. As one protester sign said……I went to sleep a housewife and woke up a terrorist.

    Karen

  5. Anonymous says:

    Great analysis Jeff…I just want to comment about your last paragraph-saying Obama should ask Napolitano to resign. I completely agree but want to relay what I heard from a caller to Rush’s show last week. He previously lived in the former Soviet Union. He said that many people would talk about all the horrid things that were going on around them and his parents would say “If only Stalin knew what was happening…..”
    It all starts at the top…make no mistake, the current “boss” is the author.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I AM REPUBLIC,CONSERVATIVE, RIGHT WING EXTREMISTS. IN FLORIDA/2000, ALL MY FAMILY FOUGHT FOR BUSH. I AM CUBAN-AMERICA SUCCESSFULL.
    I BELIEVE IN A LEGAL IMMIGRATION AS YOUR ANCESTORS BUT YOU ARE WRONG WHEN YOU SAID HORRIBLE SPANISH,THE SPANISH IS A LANGUAGE
    MY SON STUDY CIVIL ENGINEER AT UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI. HE IS NATURAL BORN WITH TWO LANGUAGE THAT HE HAS MORE OPPORTUNITY, BETTER SALARY IN ANY JOB.

  7. Gail B says:

    Yep–Napolitano needs to resign her leftwing extremist terroristic self from Homeland Security. She is causing tempers to flare all over the country. She’s liable to cause a revolt!

    Jeff, you call that an apology of any description? What she said was political a$$-covering bull$hit!

    Our congressional representatives need to hear from us so they, too, can appropriately protest.

  8. Gail B says:

    Uhmm–I’m supposed to be a lady. Make that “political hogwash to cover one’s rosterium.”

  9. Anonymous says:

    This is so sad, when are Americans going to read the Constitution and the Bill of Right, not to mention American History. This little document spits in the face of all of these. Obama wants to control all industry and all people, look up fascism in the dictionary (a political philosophy, movement, or regime that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and SOCIAL regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition.) sound familier? This is where we are headed if we let this government continue on this road! It is time to wake up America!

  10. Cromagnum says:

    There outta be a law

    Any democrate with the first name Janet should be denied any Cabinet appointment.

    That’ll fix it. lol

    No seriously, i heard the DHS say that the “Right-Wing Evildoers” report had been in the works for more than 6 months. (aka BLAME BUSH) Yeah well, then ya throw newstand libtard trash away, not publish it. BLAME OBAMA, the Taxocrats, and the Taxicans.

  11. tm says:

    Ms. Napolitano is a speaking “tool” of who really ordered this piece of garbage.
    Wonder who that is?…..
    I personally think the arrogant marxists cannot believe that all of us could actually “out” oraganize the #1 organizer.
    They are scared, and it shows.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Hmmmmmm. The more that I mull over the stated characteristics enumerated in the DHS “Threat Assessment” of those who should be on a terrorist “watch list”, it would appear to me that Obama might find himself at the top of the DHS list.

    Based on the DHS “risk assessment”, if I had a documented, life-long,history of associations with Marxists and terrorists like Obama has, I’d be looking over my shoulder. Those “black ops” guys from the DHS may be hot on his trail.

    Old Bob

  13. Gail B says:

    A friend and I were discussing the assessment and the fact that it was issued right before the tea parties. I thought that it was meant to intimidate the party-goers. Danny said that he took it as a message to the “ACORN Army” to stay away from them, to keep the head count down!

    Good point!

  14. Mike says:

    Uh,

    yes you and others are rightwing extremists here, there’s no doubt about that.What else do you call yourself? A moderate republican believing that B.O. is a fascist/communist?

  15. NO LIKEY MIKEY says:

    I hope Mike is not receiving a Federal salary to troll our site. He sure sounds like a left-wing extremist to me.

  16. Anonymous says:

    “Mike said”

    Uh, would you like to debate the facts?

    Let’s start with a list of Obama’s life-long (pre-campaign) friends, mentors, associates, preachers, benefactors, etc, etc. We’ll make two columns, one for conservative, pro-american, limited-government Constitutionalists and another for racists, anarchists, domestic terrorists, Marxists/Socialists, Black Power advocates, etc, etc. Then we’ll decide, based on the preponderance of the evidence, where his tendencies lie.

    Old Bob

  17. TAKE THAT says:

    Old Bob for President !!!!

  18. batgeek says:

    Great piece Jeff!

  19. Mike says:

    Old Bob,

    We should implement a court system through your awesome approach. Every person will get a column, and we will analyze his “tendencies” and fill it up with assumptions. We will then go ahead and prosecute these folks. Everyone will have a different definition of a marxist/socialist/terrorist but we will believe what our holy gospel Fox News or Hannity says. They are always right.

    Get back on your medications, please.

  20. COMRADE MIKE says:

    Mike,

    that ‘court system’ couldn’t be ANY WORSE than the system we have now, now that The Constitution MEANS NOTHING.

  21. PAGING MR. HINCKLEY says:

    You know, Jodie Foster is STILL way cute.

  22. Anonymous says:

    Mike is a good example of liberal lunacy and hatred. Twisted, mean-spirited, and drastically lacking in any common sense and dignity. Of course, he’s going to troll again and lob one of his insults because that’s all he’s got in his arsenal. That’s right, Mike, go ahead and try it again…it only reinforces what we already know about your type. The gap between the two mindsets is monumental. The far left is usually made of those who are hateful, crude, insulting, mean-spirited, lacking in common sense and reality, rude, often resorting to violence and lies….twisters of truth…and it only gets worse. Especially when they see their lunacy threatened and squashed.

  23. Mike says:

    Hatred? Violence? Seems like one of those Palin rallies.

  24. POLISH THE LIBERTY BELL says:

    Seems the colonists had hatred and violence toward the throne. You begrudging them as well? Let Freedom ring.

  25. Anonymous says:

    Ah,Mike, you don’t get out enough. How about you post list of the books that you have read in the last year and how much research you have done – not based on “sssumptions” or Fox News, but on the historical evidence and the words and actions of the persone themselfs. Acutally, I think that’s how our court system is supposed, if that’s the analogy that you would like to use.

    Facts, Mike, facts, based on actual records, not myths and political speeches. Don’t be afraid of the truth because it upsets what you want to believe. It will set you free.

    Old Bob

  26. Anonymous says:

    Wow! I think that I set a new record for misspelled words and typos in my last comment. My apologies to those who actually speak English.

    Sitting in my RV with my computer on my lap, watching TV and bantering with my wife, all at the same time, may play some small part in it but, as my “friend”, Mike, kindly alluded to, the real cuprit is probably my age.

    Sorry. I’ll try to pay more attention next time.

    Old Bob

  27. Anonymous says:

    The sad thing is that, if one actually reads the report, it says nothing to typecast veterans or single-issue protestors. It merely says that the extremists will try to recruit from among those groups, not that those groups are particularly susceptible to such recruitment.

    Much ado about nothing. I’m a Christian, a veteran and a gun owner, and there was nothing in that assessment that I found threatening in the least. It’s an assessment–a judgment of what might happen, or is likely to happen–and, in that sense, it was as accurate as such a thing can be.

  28. Mike says:

    Bob, you’re still not getting it.

    Your so called facts are twisted and unreal.

    Our court system does not arrest or execute anyone primarily based on his upbringings. A crime has to be committed which is then tied back to the upbringings.

    Your whole so called ‘list’ is debatable, and so are your sources. I don’t see any Marxist or terror tendency in B.O. unless I put my right-extremist spectacles on.

    And I don’t root for B.O cause of his political speeches or think that he’s our savior.

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