Advocates for gun rights, strong border security, and a government whose only legitimate role is to "secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity" have long been branded "right-wing extremists" by those who insist on seeing their own views as more "progressive." Liberty advocates have often responded by observing that America's Founding Fathers would be textbook examples of that definition of "right wing extremist."
Last Thursday, Judicial Watch obtained Department of Defense training materials that show that the DoD agrees--and not in a good way:
Under a section labeled “Extremist Ideologies” the document states, “In U.S. history, there are many examples of extremist ideologies and movements. The colonists who sought to free themselves from British rule and the Confederate states who sought to secede from the Northern states are just two examples.”
And, lest one is tempted to give the DoD the benefit of the doubt, under the theory that perhaps they refer to "extremism" in the same light as Barry Goldwater did so famously almost 50 years ago, keep in mind how "extremist" is defined in the training manual:
The document defines extremists as “a person who advocates the use of force or violence; advocates supremacist causes based on race, ethnicity, religion, gender, or national origin; or otherwise engages to illegally deprive individuals or groups of their civil rights.”
That's right--the military is being trained to think of the Founding Fathers as being akin to Hezbollah or the KKK. Speaking of the KKK, National Conservative Examiner Anthony Martin reports an even more outrageous passage from the manual:
Nowadays, instead of dressing in sheets or publically [sic] espousing hate messages, many extremists will talk of individual liberties, states’ rights, and how to make the world a better place.
In other words, an expression of the vital importance of the Second Amendment, or indeed reverence for any of the rest of the Bill of Rights, is really just code-speak for racial hatred. The Judicial Watch article ironically notes that the manual was prepared with extensive assistance from the extremist hate group Southern Poverty Law Center.
This is just the latest example of this administration's evident intent to use the U.S. military against its political enemies among the U.S. citizenry, but perhaps the first time it has acknowledged seeing the Framers of the Constitution as the ideological forebears of today's "extremists" whom they intend to be prepared to kill. The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence must be thrilled.
Has the case for the vital importance of the Oath Keepers ever been stronger?
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- CSGV backs government 'right' to political violence against citizens
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- Believe 2nd Amendment is last bastion against tyranny? CSGV wants you dead
- Say WHAT?!?
- Gun ban proponents provoke possible civil war
- Government prepares for war with the people, and mass media approves
- Justice Department memo reveals "legal" case for drone strikes on Americans
- Power to kill citizens leads to Senate threat over Obama appointees
- Congressman: If the president can kill Americans overseas...
- Obama wants to ban 'weapons of war' for Americans, use them to kill Americans
- Defense Dept. defines conservatives as hate group, Framers as extremists