A report by the Department of Homeland Security found its way into the public realm within the past week. The report titled “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment.” The report, directed to law enforcement personnel purportedly alerts them as to what to look for in identifying potential “Rightwing Extremists”. Instructions concerning handling of the report included the notice,
“This document is UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY (U//FOUO). It contains information that may be exempt from public release under the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552). It is to be controlled, stored, handled, transmitted, distributed, and disposed of in accordance with DHS policy relating to FOUO information and is not to be released to the public, the media, or other personnel who do not have a valid need-to-know without prior approval of an authorized DHS official.”
Being one of the “paranoid, rightwing extremists” profiled in the report, I cannot help but suspect the timing of its “leak” to the public might be a preemptive attempt to downplay and discredit the hundreds of thousands of “extremists” participating in the Tax Day, “tea parties”. It is really a rather informative report though. Not that it contains anything noteworthy about conservatives; instead, it reveals volumes about the paranoia the left has concerning patriotic Americans who hold to traditional American values.
According to Homeland Security, a conservative extremist is anyone who believes in the principles found in the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights. For example, in a footnote on page two, we find this little gem.
“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.”
In reading the document, we learn that the members of groups that are “primarily hate-oriented”, are those who take offense at the events of 9/11, oppose gay marriage, frown on illegal immigration and are opposed to the socialist direction President Obama is taking us. Oh yeah, those who oppose abortion or believe in a God given “right to life” are also included in this group, along with the Bible thumping, gun loving hicks of Pennsylvania.
The authors’ insight into the thoughts of conservatives is nothing short of amazing when you consider this statement.
“Rightwing extremists were concerned during the 1990s with the perception that illegal immigrants were taking away American jobs through their willingness to work at significantly lower wages.”
It’s hard to imagine how these rightwing extremists could possible believe that illegals working for less than minimum wages and working “off the books” to avoid payroll taxes might be attractive to some employers.
And then there is this one,
“Many rightwing extremist groups perceive recent gun control legislation as a threat to their right to bear arms.”
Well, Duhh… How’s that for genius thinking?
Just when I am feeling a sense of admiration for the authors’ insight into the conservative mind, I ran across this statement that made me wonder if they are not looking in a mirror or engaging in what psychiatrists refer to as “transference”.
“Rightwing extremist chatter on the Internet continues to focus on the economy, the perceived loss of U.S. jobs in the manufacturing and construction sectors, and home foreclosures“.
If my memory serves me correctly, President George H.W. Bush lost the ‘92 election partly because Bill Clinton convinced voters we were in the “worst economy since the Great Depression.” Ditto, John McCain and Barack Obama. It is the left that has been inundating us with predictions of impending economic disaster for the past sixteen or so years, not the conservatives, who are by nature optimistic.
My favorite though, is the phrase in the quote, “…those that are mainly antigovernment, rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority.” Would someone please send the Director of Homeland Security a copy of the Tenth Amendment, evidently she has never read it. While you’re at it, why not just include a copy of the entire Constitution.