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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

 
Are You Now, Or Have You Ever Been, A Conservative?

The Rottweiler has uncovered a couple of gems. First, this piene of satire: According to Janet Napolitano, You Are a "Right Wing Extremist" If You--- I take issue with this item: "Miss WF Buckley, Ronald Reagan, and Richard Nixon." Nixon was one of the pioneers of the hyperactive regulatory state, so conservatives have no reason to miss him.

I'm a deep South conservative who owns no Confederate flags. That should make some heads explode.

This appears to have been inspired by the second item, an DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis report titled "Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment."

Michelle Malkin makes this key observation:

I have covered DHS for many years and am quite familiar with past assessments they and the FBI have done on animal rights terrorists and environmental terrorists. But those past reports have always been very specific in identifying the exact groups, causes, and targets of domestic terrorism, i.e., the ALF, ELF, and Stop Huntingdon wackos who have engaged in physical harassment, arson, vandalism, and worse against pharmaceutical companies, farms, labs, and university researchers.

By contrast, the piece of crap report issued on April 7 is a sweeping indictment of conservatives.

Note that the report title does not specify criminal activity - you know, the sort of thing DHS is supposed to be watching for. It flashes vague buzzwords. Extremism? Radicalization? What are the legal definitions for those words?

Better not let DHS catch you with this book in your possession.

Update: Powerline has an excellent analysis.

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