I came back to the house, downloaded, printed & read the recently released "Assessment" from the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security entitled "Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment".
I am sick every time I think about this report. I am disgusted there is no data to substantiate the charges put forth in this piece of trash. I encourage you to download a copy, read it thoroughly & then decide if you are now a 'rightwing extremist'.
Are you white?
Are you Conservative?
Are you Christian?
Are you fed up with the spending in Washington?
Are you fed up with the national debt?
Are you concerned the U.S. is not as safe as it once was?
Are you fed up with politicians?
Are you worried about your job or have you lost your job?
Are you bothered by so many jobs being outsourced overseas?
Are you concerned about the new legislation to further restrict firearm ownership?
Are you in favor of stopping illegal immigration?
Are you against abortion on demand?
Are you against bailouts for companies that have run themselves into the ground?
Are you against paying someone else's mortgage when they lied to get one?
Do you own a gun?
If you answered 'yes' to any of the above questions, you just may be labeled a "rightwing extremist". In fact, by writing this, I will likely be labeled one.
Much of the information denoted in this "Assessment" claims origins from the 1990s. But, Bill Clinton was the President for most of the 90's & liberals are always talking about how fabulous it was back then. Yet, to quote the report "The current economic and political climate has some similarities to the 1990s when rightwing extremism experienced a resurgence fueled largely by an economic recession, criticism about the outsourcing of jobs, and the perceived threat to U.S. power and sovereignty by other foreign powers."
So, I am now confused. Again. Didn't we spend 8 years of President Bush hearing from Democrats how fabulous, wonderful, easy, & prosperous life was with President Clinton? Wasn't it all the fault of President Bush that the economy collapsed? That the Twin Towers were destroyed and thousands of people lost their lives? Oh, wait. That last one was because of terrorists who HATE us. They wanted - & still want - to see all of us DEAD. But all the rest was laid at Pres. Bush's feet. He didn't try to blame predecessors for the terrorists' acts, he blamed the terrorists.
Now we have a President who, after being in office 3 months, is blaming President Bush for mistakes he is currently making. Such as the one of putting Napolitano in charge of DHS. This someone who says illegal immigration is a "CIVIL" matter of law, not a "criminal" matter of law. Excuse me? She should get her boxtops back for whatever diplomas she got when she sent them. After the disgrace of this report on 'rightwing extremists', she should be fired. If it had been a Republican appointee in this position, the hue & cry would have been to burn them alive. Then fire them. Immediately.
As I read this report, I felt surreal. I could not believe this was possible to be published & taken seriously. This is America, I kept reminding myself. Yet this report tells me that we are in for far rougher times ahead. And I do not mean from 'rightwing extremists' either. My own government is trying to silence any dissent. How can this be? This country was founded because our forefathers were fed up with 'taxation without representation'. Their dissent against England was the birth of our nation.
Finally, I will leave you with this last tidbit from the report. To me it is the most offensive of all the 'assessments'. "DHS/I&A assesses that rightwing extremists will attempt to recruit and radicalize returning veterans in order to exploit their skills and knowledge derived from military training and combat. These skills and knowledge have the potential to boost the capabilities of extremists - including lone wolves or small terrorist cells - to carry out violence."
If you have a Veteran in your family, as I do (several), I believe you will find this as offensive as anything that could ever be published BY OUR GOVERNMENT. There is no basis to believe any so-called 'rightwing extremists' are planning problems anywhere - the report states that - so why publish trash such as this? Why insult the very men & women who are working to make certain our country stays free?
Napolitano could not have been more insulting if she had personally slapped the face of every Veteran who served & sacrificed this country. She should be ashamed but isn't. She should be fired, but will not be. She should have the good sense to resign, but she will not. That would take, as I said 'sense'.