A recent finding by the organization Judicial Watch found that a Department of Defense training manual associates the American colonists fighting against the British with extremists who are currently considered a threat to the United States. In fact, the document states that, "an ideology is a set of political beliefs about the nature of people and society. People who are committed to an ideology seek not only to persuade but to recruit others to their belief. 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." The document is steeped in the radical ideas of the progressive-socialist movement and cites the Southern Poverty Law Center to give credence to its instructions.
Another issue raised by the document is that members of the U.S. military are prohibited from actions that fall well within their First Amendment rights such as "publicly demonstrating or rallying," "fundraising," "recruiting and training members," and "organizing or leading such organizations." Therefore, a member of the military could be forced to answer to the authorities for participating in a Tea Party rally, or perhaps even speaking at a commemoration of the Bill of Rights, or even attending an Independence Day celebration. Strikingly, the Department of Defense views people who revere the founding of the American public as a direct threat not dissimilar from the terrorists responsible for the Boston Marathon bombings, and considers a a member of the armed forces (who also happens to openly revere the founding of his country) as an even greater risk to commit crimes against the United States.
The fact that a U.S. government training manual portrays the American colonists as an example of extremists should be alarming to everyone who values his liberty and security. At the same time, this view should not come as a surprise, for it fits in perfectly with the new way that history is being re-written by progressives. For many years our children have been educated with textbooks that call those who fought against the British "terrorists" and disparage the founding fathers as racist, dangerous men responsible for all that is wrong with our society today (mainly racism, sexism, commercialism, among others). More broadly, this type of document provides us with keen insight into the minds of those who seek to completely transform the United States in a way that would fit in perfectly with Barack Obama's vision of the future.
Historically speaking, the views of the colonists and the founders were radical for their time. Yet, these views were only a threat to those who wanted to impose tyranny upon them, not the other way around. The American founding is considered one of the most seminal events in world history in terms of the inherent goodness of its principles and for establishing the most free, prosperous civilization the world has ever known. The American colonists were no more extremists than were those who marched with Martin Luther King, Jr. for civil rights or those who publicly denounced slavery or those who spread the ideas of women's suffrage. All of these events, by the way, were made possible by the colonists and the war they fought and the documents they crafted.
Not long ago, Rush Limbaugh opined that there has been a coup d'Etat in America, and while many dismissed his words as nothing more than a right-wing conspiracy theory, the language of this government publication only validates Limbaugh's ideas. For if the current government and military of the United States views the colonists as extremists and terrorists, as they do anyone who associates with the Tea Party movement or someone who writes or speaks with reverence for the founding fathers, then we are much further down the road of tyranny that even the Alex Joneses of the country have warned. Essentially, those who believe in the principles and ideals of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution are Enemy Number One with no distinction from the men who flew planes into the World Trade Center towers in 2001.