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    The Constitution Is A Subversive Manifesto Per DHS

    The Constitution Is A Subversive Manifesto Per DHS

    Update: Welcome NY Times readers. Do not be alarmed. You have not landed on the set of the movie Deliverance. I just happen to have a point of view you don’t hear at The Times. See my related post, I’m Seething Over The NY Times Calling Me Seething

    The Department of Homeland Security Report titled “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment” was first brought to light by Stephen Gordon at The Liberty Papers Blog. The Report was issued a week before the scheduled Tea Parties across the country, and is all over the news today. Reading the report is depressing, not because it reveals any current threat, but because of the shoddy definitions and analysis.

    One thing that is not clear from the news reports, to begin with, is that the Report specifically states that there is no current real threat, even from the most extreme White Supremacist groups: “Threats from white supremacist and violent anti-government groups during 2009 have been mostly rhetorical and have not indicated plans to carry out violent acts.” From the news accounts, you would think there was an actual threat, but that is not so.

    But the even bigger vice is how a “rightwing extremist” is defined. I don’t disagree that the few remaining White Supremacist groups should be in any definition, but DHS puts a distinctly political spin on the definition (emphasis mine):

    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.

    This definition is so broad as to include anyone who seeks to preserve the foundation of our federal-state constitutional distinction, under the 10th Amendment (“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”), because such a person could be deemed to “reject federal authority in favor of state or local authority.” So Texas Governor Rick Perry, who has come out in support of preserving the constitutional integrity of Texas now should be on the DHS‘ extremist and radical watch-list.

    Similarly, the reference to “abortion or immigration” is purely political. Why pick those two subjects? If someone is planning violence, that is one thing. But vocalizing one’s view on a subject and seeking to influence the government are protected by the 1st Amendment (“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances”).

    Only in a highly politicized bureaucracy could the Constitution be viewed as a subversive manifesto. UPDATE:
    Michelle Malkin has a detailed analysis of the Report.
    The Anchoress has a good discussion.

    American Power and The Sundries Shack are collecting sources on the Tea Parties tomorrow.
    And So It Goes In Shreveport has a countdown.
    Whiskey Fire has penis envy so bad it hurts.

    UPDATE No. 2: Transterrestial has a copy of what a DHS Report on left-wing extremists would look like, using the same pathetic reasoning (h/t Instapundit).

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    submandave | April 14, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    Conservative Scalawag: DHS has previously issued threat reports on groups such as ELF that have used violence in theor goals. Where this report is markedly different, no specific “Rightwing” groups have been identified, nor has any consideration been given to any actual history of violence. The previous report warned of association with known violent groups, not a potential for violence based upon political beliefs.

    In generally I have a problem with using either “left” or “right” to identify animal rights, enviromental or supremecist wacko groups, as these terms are more properly used to describe political philosophies, not dogmatic and obsessive adherence to one specific agenda item. If one insists on using these labels, though, it is instructive to note that major national candidates and pols from the “right” routinely denounce would-be supporters from supremecist groups while major national candidates and pols from the “left” routinely excuse and pander animal rights and environmental groups

    submandave | April 14, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    If I had to guess why anti-abortion and immigration were singled out, maybe it’s because extremists on both issues have killed people in the past and/or are walking around armed to the teeth?” – Jonathan

    Any you base this assumption upon what? Would it surprise you to know that the most recent anti-abortion murder in the US was over ten years ago (1998). In fact, Wikipedia (not exactly a rightwing source) cites only seven murders in the US. National Abortion Federation (NAF) states that there have been 17 attempted murders in the US since 1977. Violence by an anti-abortion zealot is always wrong, but based only upon the evidence and teh fact that in every case the attack was performed by a lone wacko I see no reason at all to even consider anti-abortion violence as a DHS concern.

    It’s all part of the Left’s demand that everyone else shut up.

    Pre-1/20/2009: Dissent is the highest form of patriotism

    Post-1/20/2009: Dissent is treason, not to mention racist.

    I am wondering…if these Vast Right-Wing Groups that the Obama administration sees under every bed do anything, will it be called terrorism or “man-made disaster”?

    "In generally I have a problem with using either "left" or "right" to identify animal rights, enviromental or supremecist wacko groups, as these terms are more properly used to describe political philosophies, not dogmatic and obsessive adherence to one specific agenda item."

    Exactly. That the report deems these nut cases as "rightwing" indicates flagrant political bias by the authors.

    So do we not have to worry about potential "leftwing" terrorists? No concerns about a resurgent Weather Underground now that the MSM protects the veneer of respectability of Ayers & Dohrn? How about the executive hunters of the Working Families Party? Increasingly powerful ACORN has plenty of skeletons in the closet — are we to believe they're benign?

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