2 Are you pro-life?
3 Are you against ILLEGAL immigration?
4 Are you one of our military heroes, returning from Iraq or Afghanistan?
5 Are you in favor of a smaller Federal Government?
6 Are you concerned that we may be printing too much money?
7 Do you prefer that government spends less of the taxpayers money?
8 Do you feel that public welfare programs do more harm than good?
9 Do you support the constitutional RIGHT to own a firearm?
10 Are you living during a recession?
11 Do you consider yourself a Conservative or a Libertarian?
According to the Department of Homeland Security, if you answered yes to any one of the first 10 in conjunction with a yes to number 11, you may be a right wing extremist and must be watched.
I could not believe my eyes when I read THIS DOCUMENT produced by the Obama Administration.
Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment
Some key findings in the report?
The possible passage of new restrictions on firearms and the return of military veterans facing significant challenges reintegrating into their communities could lead to the potential emergence of terrorist groups or lone wolf extremists capable of carrying out violent attacks.
Rightwing extremists are harnessing this historical election as a recruitment tool. Many rightwing extremists are antagonistic toward the new presidential administration and its perceived stance on a range of issues, including immigration and citizenship, the expansion of social programs to minorities, and restrictions on firearms ownership and use. Rightwing extremists are increasingly galvanized by these concerns and leverage them as drivers for recruitment. From the 2008 election timeframe to the present, rightwing extremists have capitalized on related racial and political prejudices in expanded propaganda campaigns, thereby reaching out to a wider audience of potential sympathizers.
Over the past five years, various rightwing extremists, including militias and white supremacists, have adopted the immigration issue as a call to action, rallying point, and recruiting tool. Debates over appropriate immigration levels and enforcement policy generally fall within the realm of protected political speech under the First Amendment, but in some cases, anti-immigration or strident pro-enforcement fervor has been directed against specific groups and has the potential to turn violent.
Open source reporting of wartime ammunition shortages has likely spurred rightwing extremists as well as law-abiding Americans to make bulk purchases of ammunition. These shortages have increased the cost of ammunition, further exacerbating rightwing extremist paranoia and leading to further stockpiling activity. Both rightwing extremists and law-abiding citizens share a belief that rising crime rates attributed to a slumping economy make the purchase of legitimate firearms a wise move at this time.
Weapons rights and gun-control legislation are likely to be hotly contested subjects of political debate in light of the 2008 Supreme Court’s decision in District of Columbia v. Heller in which the Court reaffirmed an individual’s right to keep and bear arms under the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, but left open to debate the precise contours of that right. Because debates over constitutional rights are intense, and parties on all sides have deeply held, sincere, but vastly divergent beliefs, violent extremists may attempt to co-opt the debate and use the controversy as a radicalization tool.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS/I&A) assesses that rightwing extremists will attempt to recruit and radicalize returning veterans in order to exploit their skills and knowledge derived from military training and combat. These skills and knowledge have the potential to boost the capabilities of extremists including lone wolves or small terrorist cells to carry out violence. The willingness of a small percentage of military personnel to join extremist groups during the 1990s because they were disgruntled, disillusioned, or suffering from the psychological effects of war is being replicated today.
Antigovernment conspiracy theories and “end times” prophecies could motivate extremist individuals and groups to stockpile food, ammunition, and weapons. These teachings also have been linked with the radicalization of domestic extremist individuals and groups in the past, such as violent Christian Identity organizations and extremist members of the militia movement.
DHS/I&A will be working with its state and local partners over the next several months to ascertain with greater regional specificity the rise in rightwing extremist activity in the United States, with a particular emphasis on the political, economic, and social factors that drive rightwing extremist radicalization.
I am a Veteran who participated in conflict with a muslim nation. I am a Christian. I beleive in the right to bear arms (and ammunition) even though I have not owned a gun for decades. I'm not pro abortion. I'm not happy with the course our Government is taking us on at all (nor the LAST administration). You see, I beleive in a smaller government. Shall I go on?
This is the most blatent example of how progressives operate. In one giant brush, they have painted millions upon millions of Americans as potential right wing radicals.
The radicals seem to be on the left. You know...Code Pink, the Weather Underground, Bill Ayers, animal rights terrorists, enviro-terrorists, etc, etc.
I was not actually planning to attend the local Tea Party, but now I have simply had enough. I am going to rearrange my schedule so I can do my bit.
THIS IS WHY WE ARE HAVING TEA PARTIES. It's not all about taxation. It's about a federal government that has become too large and oppressive. An honest history of the genesis of these tea parties can be found on Michelle Malkin.com, just in case you get all of your news from MSNBC or other leftwing propaganda instruments. It really is a grass roots phenomenon, not a Sean Hannity or Rush Limbaugh thing. In fact, it's not even a Republican thing.