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Obama’s War

April 19, 2009

Every American president has to face certain international and domestic issues and risks.  Obama is no different, he has certain risks to face, too. 

We are living in dangerous times.  Iran has stepped up its nuclear ambitions and threatened the very existence of Israel.  North Korea has tested fired an intercontinental ballistic missile.  The Government has borrowed so much money from China that they now virtually own the US.  And now China’s “President” has called for international control over the US economy.  We are fighting a war on two fronts, contending with Somali pirates, and facing a civil war in Mexico that is spilling across the border into the US.  Luckily, we have “President” Obama on the job.  He knows who the real enemy is, his administration knows who the real enemy is, and they are on top of everything, they will stop the real enemies of this country. 

Obama is more than willing to talk to Iran, North Korea, Al-Qaeda and the Taliban.  But those hateful, evil conservatives have to be stopped.  Certain members of Obama’s administration, thought it was unreasonable that they couldn’t scream irrationally in opposition to President Bush’s agenda.  It was Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that said,

“We need to stand up and say we’re Americans, and we have the right to debate and disagree with any administration.” 

Apparently that “right” only applies to democrats that want to debate and disagree with republican administrations.  It certainly doesn’t apply to republicans that want to debate and disagree with a democratic administration.

For the republicans that disagree with the Obama administration there is a new set of rules, and a new way for the Government to deal with that disagreement.  Step one of dealing with debate and disagreement with the Obama administration is the MIAC Strategic Report of 02/20/09 titled “The Modern Militia Movement.”    That report singles out “rightwing extremists.”  The report claims that “rightwing extremists will join anti-government militias because they disagree with Obama’s agenda regarding the Ammunition Accountability Act, and the Universal Service Program, that have all been proposed and sent to Congress as bills since Obama’s “election.”  Some of the ideologies singled out as indicators of militia involvement or susceptability are christian identity, anti-abortion, tax resistors, and anyone that opposes illegal immigration. 

Likewise, there are indicators given that indicate how to spot the “rightwing extremist militia members.”  They are easy to spot.

“Militia members most commonly associate with 3rd party political groups.  It is not uncommon for militia members to display Constitutional Party, Campaign for Liberty, or Libertarian material.  These members are usually supporters of former Presidential Candidate: Ron Paul, Chuck Baldwin, and Bob Barr.”  

Since most people that voted for the McCain/Palin ticket subscribe to the ideologies of “christian identity, anti-abortion, tax resistors, and anyone that opposes illegal immigration” it would be fair to say that anyone who considers themselves to be republicans are also anti-American militia members.  We can be distinguished from the rest of society by the bumper stickers on our cars.

“Militia members commonly display picture, cartoons, bumper stickers that contain anti-government rhetoric.  Most of this material will depict the FRS, IRS, FBI, ATF, CIA, UN, Law Enforcement, and the “New World Order” in a derogatory manor.  Additionally, Racial, anti-immigration, and anti-abortion, material may be displayed by militia members.”

An interesting point of contention here could be made that everyone engages in anti-government rhetoric regarding the IRS, even democrats don’t like to get a letter from the IRS. 

If the only attack on conservatives had come from the Missouri Highway Patrol, it could be overlooked as a fluke.  Unfortunately, that isn’t the case.  Obama himself has made remarks against conservatives, Rush Limbaugh specifically and the rest of us in general.  Secretary of Homeland Security just released a report to the police departments around the country titled “(U//FOUO) Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment.”  Secretary Janet Napolitano did make an apology, when forced by public outcry, for essentially calling America’s veterans “potential domestic terrorists.”  But she stood by the report in general, and made no mention of the fact that it also pointed the finger of guilt at anyone who opposed Obama and his agenda, without specific evidence of wrongdoing.

“The DHS Office of Intelligence ad Analysis(I&A) has no specific information that domestic rightwing terrorists are currently planning acts of violence, but…” 

We also have this…

“Threats from white supremacists and violent antigovernmentgroups during 2009 have been largely rhetorical and have not indicated plans to carry out violent acts.  Nevertheless…”

The nine page report makes numerous claims that “rightwing extremists” are a threat, but no evidence is ever given that these extremists are truly a threat, have made any threats, or even made any plans.  Instead the report relies on language like, “proposed imposition of firearms restrictions and weapons bans likely would attract new members into the ranks of rightwing extremist groups…” or, “rightwing extremist chatter on the Internet continues to focus on the economy, the perceived loss of US jobs in the manufacturing and construction sectors, and home foreclosures.” 

On page four of the report is this gem, ” Most statements by rightwing extremists have been rhetorical, expressing concerns about the election of the first African-American president, but stopping short of calls for violent action.”  This particular statement should be troubling for any conservative.  It condemns conservatives as “potentially” violent, but ignores that there is more liberal violence and actual threats against conservatives than there is conservatives making threats against liberals.  

“Historically, domestic rightwing extremists have feared, predicted, and anticipated a cataclysmic economic collapse in the United States.  Prominent antigovernment conspiracy theorists have incorporated aspects of an impending economic collapse to intensify fear and paranoia among like-minded individuals and to attract recruits during times of economic uncertainty.” 

Liberal democrats have used these same conspiracy theories to polarize voters and to “win” elections when they have nothing of real value to add, only the anti-republican rhetoric that democrats always use, but no mention is made of democrats using these fears and tactics.

“Many rightwing extremist groups perceive recent gun control legislation as a threat to their right to bear arms and in response have increased weapons and ammunition stockpiling…”

Gun control legislation is perceived as a threat?  Honestly?  Has Janet Napolitano read any of the gun control legislation being considered?  Maybe she should read HR 45 which does more damage to the Second Amendment than any bill before it.

The DHS’s report makes clear that any one who opposes Obama’s policies and agenda is a racist and rightwing extremist and domestic terrorist.  Anyone who attended or supported the Tea Parties, opposing massive and wreckless government spending and ever-increasingf taxation, is a racist rightwing extremist and domestic terrorist.  Anyone who supports the Constitution and states’ rights, you are a racist rightwing extremist and domestic terrorist. 

When asked for a comment on the report, White House spokesman Nick Shapiro said, “The President is focused not on politics but rather on taking steps necessary to protect all Americans from the threat of violence and terorism regardless of its origins…”  Did he say the President doesn’t believe conservatives are anti-American terrorists?  No.  Did he respond that in America we all have a right to our opinions and to “debate and disagree”?  No.  What he did is the typical political approach to agree with a report while not agreeing with it.  In other words, Obama agrees but doesn’t yet think it is politically expedient to agree with it. 

Welcome to the New America, under the leadership of Barack Obama.

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