Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Free Speech = Extremism

The Washington Times and other media outlets have announced the Department of Homeland Security's new "analysis" of rightwing extremism. It's a true departure from what you and I may have thought to be the job of Homeland Security.

We might have thought that our security was threatened by the declaration of war on America by Islamist radicals years ago but, apparently, you'd be mistaken. The true threat comes from those radical Rightwingers! And so begins the persecution of free speech in this country.

A footnote attached to the report by the Homeland Security Office of Intelligence and Analysis defines "rightwing extremism in the United States" as including not just racist or hate groups, but also groups that reject federal authority in favor of state or local authority.

"It may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single-issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration," the warning says.

So, I suppose yours truly is now considered a Rightwing Extremist. According to the DHS definition, our Founding Fathers would be on the "watch list" as well. No complaints from me then; I'm in grand company!

This is all very interesting with regard to timing... those Tea Parties scheduled to be held across the fruited plain are going to be crawling with liberty-loving Extremists tomorrow.

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