“Nowadays, instead of dressing in sheets or publicly espousing hate messages, many extremists will talk of individual liberties, states’ rights, and how to make the world a better place.”
— Department of Defense Training Manual
Over the last four years we’ve had several reminders that our government is scared of conservatives, and they’d like to make sure everyone else is too. The conservative “good government” group, Judicial Watch, obtained Speaking of the ACLU, in 2009 they also uncovered some “surprising” information that the DoD had labeled protests as low-level terrorism. What group had the DoD focused in on when investigating these low-level acts of terrorism? The Tea Party, of course. The FBI had been keeping close tabs on some Tea Party activists from around the country.
Also in 2009 the state of Missouri was training its police to keep an eye on certain conservative groups that would be more inclined to terrorism. These groups included small government supporters of Ron Paul, Bob Barr and Chuck Baldwin.
In just the past year The Combatting Terrorism Center, which is based at U.S. Military Academy in West Point, issued a new report on the dangers of right-wing extremism. This latest report reaches some dubious conclusions about terrorism in the US today.
“The Center’s report lumps together entirely legitimate tea-party-style activists with three groups it says represent “a racist/white supremacy movement, an anti-federalist movement and a fundamentalist movement.”
The Washington Times, which first broke the story of the Center’s study, explains that the report “says anti-federalists ‘espouse strong convictions regarding the federal government, believing it to be corrupt and tyrannical, with a natural tendency to intrude on individuals’ civil and constitutional rights. Finally, they support civil activism, individual freedoms, and self government. Extremists in the anti-federalist movement direct most their violence against the federal and its proxies in law enforcement.”
The Post also notes the interesting dichotomy of the analysis between the conservative and liberal agendas in the United States. The report seemingly speaks glowingly of liberal activism, while almost continually implying evil in the agendas of conservative activists. The writer of the report seems enamored with the left’s approach, while equally terrified with the actions and beliefs of those on the right. “While liberal worldviews are future- or progressive -oriented, conservative perspectives are more past-oriented, and in general, are interested in preserving the status quo… The far right represents a more extreme version of conservatism, as its political vision is usually justified by the aspiration to restore or preserve values and practices that are part of the idealized historical heritage of the nation or ethnic community. While far-right groups’ ideology is designed to exclude minorities and foreigners, the liberal-democratic system is designed to emphasize civil rights, minority rights and the balance of power.”
A few months later Homeland Security, working in concert with the Colorado State Police to train their local police forces on combatting home grown problems, went further and labeled Christians as one group to watch out for. The concern is that various Christian organizations may be more inclined to support “sovereign citizen” movements, and in effect, make themselves more likely to become terrorists.
“Among those groups, Kluczynski had listed, were those who believe America was founded on godly principles, Christians who take the Bible literally, and “fundamentalists”. Kluczynski did not explain what he meant by “fundamentalists” but from the context it was clear he was referring again to those who took the Bible literally or “too seriously.”
Some of these issues have had a greater impact on culture at large and some of them have stayed mostly off the radar, only spoken of by conspiracy theorist groups and at tea party rallies. There have been other examples of overzealous government infringing on the Constitutional rights of Americans, but a general pattern has emerged. One that shows that the liberal tendencies of our government are constantly working to consolidate power in the hands of the federal government. Make no mistake — that is the end game for the leftist movement. If they can marginalize those of on the right who act as prophets preaching a return from the wilderness… then they’ll have an open road to continue pushing our government leftward.
Don’t let them marginalize us, dear reader. Speak clearly and intelligently when confronted by the lies of the left. Allow them to use their emotional pleas. We must continue to stay grounded in reality, using facts to defeat their ridiculous ideas and plans. We must elect men and women who do the same, speaking clearly to the important issues of our day. Conservatism is not some extreme belief system expounded only by those who may one day be terrorists… conservatism is the philosophy that says people deserve to be free of an encumbering government, and they must take responsibility for their own lives.
That is what the Obama administration fears so much. They fear a free people ready to accept responsibility for their own thoughts, beliefs and actions. If more Americans were to embrace this philosophy, it would put big government nannies like President Obama and Hillary Clinton out of business. We don’t need the government to live our lives folks. RISE UP and take back the liberty our founders fought so hard to secure. Let’s give the Obama administration something to really be afraid of — a free and responsible electorate.
“A government afraid of its citizens is a Democracy. Citizens afraid of government is tyranny!”
— Thomas Jefferson
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