Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Rightwing Extremism and DHS

The Department of Homeland Security is warning law enforcement officials about a rise in rightwing extremist activity. This is detailed in the 7 April 2009 document Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment. It was prepared by the Extremism and Radicalization Branch, Homeland Environment Threat Analysis Division, Office of Intelligence and Analysis and coordinated with the FBI.
The DHS/Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) has no specific information that domestic rightwing terrorists are currently planning acts of violence, but rightwing extremists may be gaining new recruits by playing on their fears about several emergent issues. The economic downturn and the election of the first African American president present unique drivers for rightwing radicalization and recruitment.
Sure there are some extremists; there are extremists in every society. But what the DHS is claiming to be extreme is a rather wide swath.

DHS defines right-wing extremism in the U.S. as "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 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." But pro-gay marriage, anti-Judeo-Christian, legalization of certain recreational drugs, stop-global warming, gun control advocates, pro-fairness doctrine, pro-abortion, and pro-illegal immigration -- the bastion of left wingers -- are not? (In being fair and balanced, the DHS did warn of left wing cyber attacks in January.)

Terrorism in general is fueled by hopelessness. It happens all over the world in all societies. Why would a young person sacrifice his time, talents and future for a life of destruction? People chose good or evil. Thankfully, most make the right choices. But many are weak. Gangs, terror cells, social and political causes are easy escapes for those wanting an identity -- a place to belong. I think it is a cop-out to assume that the recession is causing this latest "rightwing" activism.

The cause of these tendencies is due to the direction the country is heading. Educated Americans do not want government to have greater control over our lives; want to pay more taxes; want centralized control over major industries; see personal freedom stripped away. It is not because we have a black president; rather his socialist / communist ideology.

From the Declaration of Independence...
That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
We will see more states asserting what is rightfully theirs, starting in Texas. We have to respect a governor (Gov. Rick Perry) who reaffirm his states’ rights affirmed by the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution:
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

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