Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Secretary Napolitano is the real extremist

DailyIllini
Note to liberals: Watch out for tea partying grandmas with framed Reagan pictures, blue-collared manufacturing workers in the unemployment line, and U.S. veterans who just returned from military combat.
They might sneak up behind you with a club if you start eyeing Al Franken's latest book at Barnes and Noble! That is, according to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.
Last week Napolitano, Democrat and former Arizona governor, released an intelligent assessment titled "Right-wing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment." The report outlines which political beliefs enforcement officers should use to evaluate if someone is a "right-wing extremist," which is evidently synonymous with a national security threat.
How exactly does the DHS profile a supposed right-wing extremist? The report lists a series of traditional (and I would argue rational) conservative views to beware of. Here are a few of my favorites: Opposes the policies of President Barack Obama to expand social programs - Basically, if you're not a socialist, you are now getting classified as a dangerous extremist.
Upset with the loss of U.S. manufacturing jobs to China and India - Guilty, as charged. If wanting to keep Americans working in well-paying jobs makes me a right-wing extremist, so be it.
The positions this report warns of do not come close to defining an extremist; instead, they describe someone who genuinely supports the United States.

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