Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Radicals on Right?

Warning, if you read this blog, or others like it, and care about the direction this country is headed, you may be labeled a radical extremest:

I just read a disturbing article in the Washington Times: Federal agency warns of radicals on right

The article starts with the disturbing news that:
"The Department of Homeland Security is warning law enforcement officials about a rise in 'rightwing extremist activity,' saying the economic recession, the election of America's first black president and the return of a few disgruntled war veterans could swell the ranks of white-power militias."

So, because we are concerned about the recession and the war -- we are automatically associated with white-power groups. Excuse me, I don't think so!

The article continues:
"A footnote attached to the report by the Homeland Security Office of Intelligence and Analysis defines 'rightwing extremism in the United States' as including not just racist or hate groups, but also groups that reject federal authority in favor of state or local authority."

So, if we read and believe the Constitution limits federal authority -- we are rightwing extremists? All of the anti-federalists amongst our Founders would have been so labeled.

And the article, and the report continues:
"'It may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single-issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration,' the warning says." If to be opposed to abortion makes me a rightwing extremist, then I hope I am in good company!

The report in question, was apparently sent out by Homeland Security last week with the disturbing title: "Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment."

Searching for information on the report, I found a couple of interesting looking blogs that I will have to go back to including The Liberty Papers: Life, Liberty, Property, Defending Individual Freedom and Liberty One Post at a Time

I'll have to revisit the idea that my concern makes me a radical later: I'm off to prepare for my Government Club meeting, for today's T.E.A. Party, and an Economics class on the real problems (the government) in the Great Depression.

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