We all know how absolutely nutty the Left was about civil liberties being eroded, destroyed, wiped out, and shredded under President Bush. So, given their hyper-jealous streak where that is concerned, surely they will be up in arms over the DHS’s memo on “Right-Wing Extremists” right? Ah, not so much actually
The United States Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis issued a report last week suggesting that current political and economic conditions are energizing right-wing extremist groups, that many of these groups follow extremely conservative ideologies and that some may seek to recruit and “radicalize” veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
True, true and true.
But, conservatives reacted by throwing a knee-jerk hissy fit. They twisted the report’s meaning to imply that they, and more importantly our war heroes, were being vilified by a partisan document.
Their argument seeks to suppress and subjugate two rather unfortunate facts: while only a tiny number of conservatives and veterans are members of hate groups, nearly all hate groups do indeed follow far-right ideology. And they covet members with military experience.
Got that kids? Not only does this jealous defender of civil liberties not get upset over the asinine DHS report, he AGREES with it!
Just two questions here. If that report had been done on Left-Wing extremists, and done in , oh, say 2005, would this columnist still say Yes! Good on the DHS?
Second question, would this columnist EVER get caught saying that while not ALL Muslims are terrorists, almost ALL terrorists are, well, you know.
I think we all know the answer to both questions is NO!