In the wake of the tragic Boston Marathon bombings, it took mere hours for CNN to strongly hint – without anything so significant as evidence or proof – that right-wing extremists were responsible.
In this, CNN is merely following the trend over the last five years or so in which the government tries to criminalize anyone who disagrees with it. Therefore it should come as no surprise that Americans who support the Constitution and Bill of Rights are now being reclassified as domestic terrorists, despite the fact that we haven’t done anything wrong.
In the 148-page straw-man document entitled “Challengers from the Sidelines: Understanding America’s Violent Far-Right” (published Jan. 15, 2013), author Arie Perliger identifies three groups who “self-identify with the far-right of American politics” who are responsible for “the dramatic rise in the number of attacks and violent plots.” These groups listed are 1) the racist/white supremacy movement; 2) the anti-federalist movement; and 3) the fundamentalist movement.
The first category, the racist/white supremacy movement, is fairly self-explanatory, though I question how many people actually belong to this group.
The third category, the fundamentalist movement, is defined as “mainly Christian Identity groups such as the Aryan Nations [which] fuse religious fundamentalism with traditional white supremacy and racial tendencies, thus promoting ideas of nativism, exclusionism, and racial superiority through a unique interpretation of religious texts that focuses on division of humanity according to primordial attributes.” Once again, I question how many people actually belong to this group.
However the second category, the “anti-federalist movement,” is the one I found most disturbing … because it could conceivably include literally half the population of America.
Perliger writes: “Violence derived from the modern anti-federalist movement appeared in full force only in the early to mid-1990s and is interested in undermining the influence, legitimacy and effective sovereignty of the federal government and its proxy organizations. The anti-federalist rationale is multifaceted, and includes the beliefs that the American political system and its proxies were hijacked by external forces interested in promoting a ‘New World Order’ (NWO) in which the United States will be absorbed into the United Nations or another version of global government. They also espouse strong convictions regarding the federal government, believing it to be corrupt and tyrannical, with a natural tendency to intrude on individuals’ civil and constitutional rights. Finally, they support civil activism, individual freedoms, and self government. Extremists in the anti-federalist movement direct most their violence against the federal government and its proxies in law enforcement.”
Similarly obsessive sentiments can be found in 2009 DHS document “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment.”
In short, anyone who disagrees with the government is now considered a potential domestic terrorist. But WHY do people believe the federal government is corrupt and tyrannical? Let’s examine some evidence.
- Vice President Joe Biden calls for the creation of a new world order. In a 1990 speech, so did George H.W. Bush.
- A training presentation in the U.S. military defines “evangelicals” as an extremist threat to America, ahead of groups like the Muslim Brotherhood, KKK, Nation of Islam, al-Qaida, Hamas and others. (Training presentation can be seen here.)
- SWAT teams raid dairy farms for the horrible crime of selling fresh raw milk to willing customers.
- The IRS is bypassing warrants and sifting through the email and other electronic communications of American citizens.
- In early 2009, the Missouri Information Analysis Center called for careful observation of people sporting third-party candidate bumper stickers, since they could be identified as potential domestic terrorists.
- The federal government is sending drones into our skies to spy on American citizens.
- The government believes that confiscating our guns will make us safe against criminals who have guns.
- Our children are being brainwashed with a federally driven progressive public school agenda of revisionist history, socialist propaganda, gender neutrality, anti-religious views, anti-family literature, the evils of the Second Amendment and the convenience of abortion.
- The abortion industry (often government-funded) hides hundreds of thousand of cases a year of statutory rape against young girls.
- One of the premier magazines in the nation publishes an article indicating that deeply held religious beliefs are a sign of mental illness.
- Police are becoming increasingly militarized and performing unconstitutional raids on legitimate businesses and private individuals.
- MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry claims children do not belong to their parents, but to the “collective.” And the federal government acts under this premise while attempting to repeal the previously-granted asylum of a German homeschooling family.
- The government forcibly passes Obamacare, despite the fact that 67 percent of people oppose the program’s individual mandate.
- Executive Orders, which bypass Congress and circumvent the Constitution, are commonly used to implement unpopular or unconstitutional laws.
- Mental-health issues are being nationalized, setting the stage for Soviet-era-style psychological warfare on American citizens.
- The current administration is arming foreign terrorists.
- The current administration wants to invite millions of illegal aliens to settle permanently, most of them on welfare.
- Those who like being prepared for hard times or emergencies – in other words, those who prefer not to seek government help – are see as “extreme” and are painted as suspicious and potential terrorists.
I could bring up literally dozens – hundreds – more examples, but I’m limited to 1,000 words in this column, so I had to stop somewhere. (Feel free to add your own.)
So, based on the cases listed above, do you understand why “anti-federalists” believe the federal government is corrupt and tyrannical? Because let’s be honest: IT IS. As the saying goes, just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean you’re wrong.
Demonstrating that these issues are age-old, consider the words of Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman Citizen (106 B.C.–43 B.C.): “A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague.”
Now I ask you: who is working to bring down America, to rot the soul of our nation, to bring treason from within? Who is working to fracture our families, undermine our national security and crash our economy? Who is working to penalize small businesses, prosecute producers and reclassify innocent people as domestic terrorists at the stroke of a pen?
In short, who are the REAL domestic terrorists in America?