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.