Americans Are Not The Enemy

Spring ColorsIn my previous post, I introduced you to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security assessment titled “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment” (PDF).

As you know from reading my first post, our government now considers “groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration” to be rightwing extremists and possible domestic terrorists.

If you look at the top of page 3 of the assessment, you will read that our government also feels that the proposed imposition of firearms restrictions and weapons bans would likely attract new members into the ranks of “rightwing extremist groups” and potentially spur some of those people into planning and training for violence against the government.

The second amendment to the U.S. Constitution reads, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. “

The right to bear arms is guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. Standing up for your rights under the Constitution is not extremist. Well, it hasn’t been, and shouldn’t be, but apparently the Obama administration and the Department of Homeland Security have something else in mind.

It’s unclear exactly how the Department of Homeland Security defines the term “extremist groups”. For all we know, they may consider anyone who refuses to relinquish their right to bear arms an extremist and if they live in the same town as others who have done the same, they may very well be a “group” of extremists.

The assessment places extraordinary emphasis on “proposed firearms restrictions” which is rather vague and left open to interpretation by the reader, but there is no doubt what the assessment is hinting at. There will come a day when all guns will be banned or the government will require you to report (on the federal level) each gun you own and the quantity of ammunition you are stockpiling (aka storing on the shelf for target practice).

Don’t worry though, they won’t stop there. If you’re a veteran who served your country faithfully, you need to watch your back too.

According to the assessment, our returning veterans possess combat skills and experience that are attractive to rightwing extremists, which makes them an easy target for those extremists who may want to boost their “violent capabilities”.

While quick to cite the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing by Timothy McVeigh as a cause for alarm and proof that our veterans may flock to extremist groups, the assessment completely ignores the fact that 42 million other veterans have worn our nation’s uniform without cause to believe they may have “turned extremist” when they were discharged.

The insinuation that our military men and women may snap and become domestic terrorists is so insulting that it sparked a response from David K. Rehbein, the National Commander of the American Legion, who writes,

Dear Secretary Napolitano,

On behalf of the 2.6 million-member American Legion, I am stating my concern about your April 7 report, “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence and Recruitment.”

The best that I can say about your recent report is that it is incomplete. The report states, without any statistical evidence, “The possible passage of new restrictions on firearms and the return of military veterans facing significant challenges reintegrating into their communities could lead to the potential emergence of terrorist groups or lone wolf extremists capable of carrying out violent attacks.”

I would be happy to meet with you at a time of mutual convenience to discuss issues such as border security and the war on terrorism. I think it is important for all of us to remember that Americans are not the enemy. The terrorists are.

The assessment goes on to discuss the current economic and political climate by citing the recent violence of one man in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania who killed three police officers because of his racist ideology and belief in anti-government conspiracy theories. There is no mention of any other specific cases but it’s obvious from this report that the Department of Homeland Security believes that this one man, acting alone, represents the potential for rightwing extremists across the country.

Unemployment, foreclosures, and the historical Presidential election are also cited as causes for concern, but fear itself is the overriding theme of the assessment. Fear of unemployment. Fear of foreclosure. Fear of the black man living in the White House. The assessment leads the reader to believe that all of these conditions help foster an increase in rightwing extremist beliefs, yet it fails to state a single statistical fact to back up any of the claims made within its pages.

But you should be afraid. Very afraid. No. You shouldn’t be afraid of unemployment numbers, the threat of possible foreclosure, or the black man living in the White House. You should, however, fear what this President and your Congress are doing together to undermine your rights as an American citizen.

They are spending money faster than your children’s children’s children can pay it back, and they have no intention of stopping. They are working to strip American citizens of some of their most important (and Constitutionally guaranteed) rights. And they are quickly labeling anyone who voices any dissent as an extremist (in some cases even terrorists). It’s our job as citizens to question our government, but they no longer like the questions.

Remember, once they label you as a rightwing extremist, or an “American Terrorist”, they can further strip you of your rights, hold you indefinitely without a trial or representation, and never be held accountable for their actions. Remember that Guantanamo style facility I was telling you about?

It’s time to tell them enough is enough. It’s time to stand your ground and refuse to give your government any more power. It’s time to remind them that Americans are not the enemy, before it’s too late.

Tomorrow I will wrap up my thoughts on the Department of Homeland Security assessment, which I hope you have read by now. Don’t depend on me or anyone else to do your reading for you. Get your head out of the sand and read it yourself. Only then will you realize the reality of what your own government is attempting to do.