Enemies of The State

April 17, 2009

Enemies Of The State

By INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY | Posted Thursday, April 16, 2009 4:20 PM PT

Authority: The secretary of homeland security equates dissent with extremism. If you’re pro-life or support the right to bear arms, you need to be watched. And did you know Timothy McVeigh was a disgruntled veteran?

If we are to believe the report released this week by Janet Napolitano’s Department of Homeland Security, “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment,” the vast right-wing conspiracy is alive and well and dangerous.

The Tea Party activists who demonstrated against onerous taxation past, present and future are “right-wing extremists” who bear watching as they conspire against government authority. Perhaps we’d better check their trunks for guns and ammonium nitrate.

Is Perry’s state a sponsor of terror?

Where are those who fiercely opposed the Patriot Act and its provisions that focused on real terrorists such as al-Qaida and its operatives? They objected to monitoring conversations between actual foreign terrorists and their U.S. contacts. But if you have a bumper sticker opposing gun control or open borders, you’re fair game.

Found on the second page of the report is this ominous warning:

“Rightwing extremism in the United States can be broadly divided into those groups, movements, and adherents that . . . are mainly anti-government, 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.”

So if you’re pro-life and want to control our borders, don’t be surprised if you wind up on a terrorist watch list, especially if you’re also a veteran. The report warns that the “possible passage of new restrictions on firearms and the return of military veterans facing significant challenges reintegrating into their communities could lead to the potential emergence of terrorist groups or lone wolf extremists capable of carrying out violent attacks.”

The evidence DHS presents is somewhat less than compelling. We are told:

“After Operation Desert Shield/Storm in 1990-1991, some returning military veterans — including Timothy McVeigh — joined or associated with rightwing extremist groups.”

So if you happen to have a “Don’t Tread On Me” flag like those flown during the American revolution, hide it along with your picture of Rush Limbaugh.

Unlike genuine left-wing extremists, such as the Earth Liberation Front, that routinely commit life-threatening terrorist acts, this document targets mere political thought — conservative political thought. Are you now or have you ever been a conservative? We disagree with what you say and will defend to the death our right to investigate. Put down that bumper sticker and back away slowly.

Is Perry's state a sponsor of terror?Among the “anti-government” types who reject “federal authority in favor of state or local authority” is Texas Gov. Rick Perry. He recently endorsed a Texas state House resolution affirming the state’s sovereignty under the 10th Amendment of the Constitution.

That resolution urges that “all compulsory federal legislation that directs states to comply under threat of civil or criminal penalties or sanctions or that requires states to pass legislation or lose federal funding be prohibited or repealed.” This is radical stuff.

Since Texas, site of a Tea Party at the Alamo, abounds in supporters of state sovereignty who believe in things such as the right to bear arms and lower taxes, and in light of Perry’s views, maybe DHS should list Texas as a state sponsor of terror. Don’t forget: Texas has many military bases and a lot of returning veterans looking for jobs.

In announcing his support of HCR 50, Perry said he believes “that our federal government has become oppressive in its size, its intrusion into the lives of our citizens and its interference with the affairs of our state. That is why I am here today to express my unwavering support for efforts all across our country to reaffirm the states’ rights affirmed by the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.”

Those right-wing extremists are everywhere. We’d better keep an eye on them.

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