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15th April
written by Sean Noble

Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano wants you to be afraid.  Very, very afraid.   What is the imminent threat to our national security?  People like me, Rob Haney, Tom Jenney and Cathi Herrod.  What, you ask, do the four of us have in common and how are we a threat?  Let me explain.

The Washington Times reports that the Department of Homeland Security has issued a report entitled:  “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment.”  DHS is warning local law enforcement officials that there is a rise in “extremist rightwing activity.”  It includes in that definition groups or individuals who “reject federal authority in favor of state or local authority.”  And, “It may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single-issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration,” the warning says.  The report also says that groups have been using President Obama as a recruiting tool.

So I’m a threat as an “extremist” because I happened to believe the 10th Amendment should be followed and that States should have more say in things like education, welfare, etc.  Because I recruit “using President Obama” when I encourage like-minded folks to become Precinct Committeemen in the Republican Party, I’m now a threat to your safety.

Because Rob Haney is dedicated to opposing immigration, and a big-time organizer, he is now a threat. Because Tom Jenney is organizing “extremists” for tax-day protests – tea parties – he is now a threat.  Because Cathi Herrod organizes people to raise their voice against abortion, she is now a threat.

How ridiculous would this sound if it were a report from Bush’s DHS, and it claimed that “Code Pink” was a threat to national security.  He would have been vilified. (Even though Code Pink’s policy ideas would, in fact, be bad for our national security).  Cathi Herrod, Tom Jenney, Rob Haney and I are about as much a threat to national security as my five year-old daughter with a jump rope in her hand.

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  1. Niki

    Is the goal here to eliminate everyone with a political philosophy contrary to the Administration’s? I’m pretty sure that this makes all Conservatives, by definition, “right-wing extremists.” This is a joke…and scary.

  2. Amanda

    Your 5-year-old daughter IS a threat… to this Administration. Any one who doesn’t think like it wants people to is a threat. And isn’t she the one who “votes McCain” ( I’m sure the DHS will put out a warning against people like her and her jump rope soon.

  3. Jake

    I’m going to start passing out copies of 1984 on the street. I hope people see where things like this could very well lead us.

  4. Frankie

    goodness gracious, the local police are agreeing with the report. it is no different than reports that put warnings out about left-wing extremist groups. the report has nothing to do with you, sean, it has everything to do with the neo-nazi groups whose ranks are swelling. get a grip. i thought you weren’t going to join the ranks of michelle malkin on this one. i thought you were a little better than this.

  5. Carol

    This is like watching a symphony. First tone down the trumpet section by re-naming it a “man-made disaster” instead of a “war on terror”; then bring up the violin section using the “right-wing extremist” pitch to drown out the steady drum beat of the timpani which represents true and demonstrated attack capability. That’s the first movement of the piece. The second movement will feature the harps and flutes to lull us to sleep.

  6. Samantha

    Interesting that this Administration is willing to put a clear title on some threats and risks, but not others. I guess conservatives pose more of a threat than radical Islamists since they are yet to be acknowledged as a risk.

  7. Nick

    Let me see. I’m a pro-life, gun-owning, veteran who believes the federal government has grown too large, that our immigration laws should be enforced, that taxes should be cut, and that entitlement programs should be drastically reduced. Do you suppose I’m on Nappie’s list?

  8. Zach

    With the Texas governor suggesting secession, maybe the DHS is on to something. Maybe there is a threat to government as we know it. Part of me hopes so.

  9. 15/04/2009

    I read the report Sean — and don’t worry — you were not mentioned. BTW — Is the Washington Times a real paper? Oh and the Tea Parties? HAHAHA. Where was this group the last 8 years when the “charge and spend” Republicans were in control??!!

  10. 15/04/2009

    “National security” – two words with so many definitions – depending upon who you ask

  11. 15/04/2009

    How about this…

    Tom Jenney in Enemy of the State II – The Recasting

    I like it.

  12. Woody

    From, definition of “Fascism”
    –noun 1. (sometimes initial capital letter) a governmental system led by a dictator having complete power, forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism, regimenting all industry, commerce, etc., and emphasizing an aggressive nationalism and often racism.

    ‘nuf said.

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