Andrew McCarthy writes about the Department of Homeland Security’s report about “rightwing extremism.”
For eight years, we’ve been treated to hysterical rhetoric from Democrats, including Barack Obama, about the scourge of “domestic spying.” Now that the Obama administration is openly calling for domestic spying — the real thing, not the smear used against President Bush — they’re suddenly silent.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in coordination with the FBI, has issued an intelligence assessment on what it calls “Rightwing Extremism.” It is appalling. The nakedly political document announces itself as a “federal effort to influence domestic public opinion.” It proceeds, in what it acknowledges is the absence of any “specific information that domestic rightwing terrorists are currently planning acts of violence,” to speculate that “rightwing” political views might “drive” such violence — violence, it further surmises, that might be abetted by military veterans returning home after putting their lives on the line in Iraq and Afghanistan. And for good measure, in violation of both FBI guidelines and congressional statutes, the Obama administration promises scrutiny of ordinary Americans’ political views, speech, and assembly.
The insinuation: If you think the federal government has gotten too big, if you believe that the Tenth 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”) is still part of the Constitution, if you are concerned about unborn life, or if you want the immigration laws of the United States enforced, you are a terrorist waiting to happen. If you are resistant to immersion in the global community because of “the perceived threat to U.S. power and sovereignty by other foreign powers,” you are a potential subversive. If you are concerned that the government might interfere with your right to legally purchase and possess firearms, you are on the federal radar.
How fast are we losing our freedom in America? Consider this: within seven years of the founding of the Department of Homeland Security, which was supposed to protect America from the threat of foreign terrorism, a political party has used it to stigmatize its political opponents.
For all the shouting about Bush’s violations of civil liberties, the minute the Democrats got control of the DHS, they recognized it as a weapon to be used against their domestic opponents.
The DHS should not exist. There would be no terrorist threat if Bush had waged a serious war to wipe out all states that sponsor terrorism. But that would have been an assertion of our national self-interest, which Bush and the neocons, good altruists that they are, didn’t have the will to do. As John Lewis noted, the creation of the DHS signaled to the world that America will not try to wipe out militant Islam, but is willing to live with it. Instead of striking fear into the heart of the enemy, Bush preferred to keep the American people in a low-grade, permanent state of fear.
And now the Democrats are using the DHS to smear their political opponents by implying they are all potential Timothy McVeighs.
Events are moving fast… tension mounting… building to a climax. Someday, I fear, all hell is going to break loose. And that day is getting closer. As they say, it’s not the end of the world, but you can see it from here.
(HT: TIA Daily)