Last week The Washington Times ran an article on a report issued by the Combating Terrorism Center at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. According to this report, titled "Challengers from the Sidelines: Understanding America’s Violent Far-Right", there are three movements within our society that they consider important enough to include in their assessment. Normally focused on such outside terror threats as Al-Quada and other Islamic extremists, the Center has turned their attention inward, pinpointing three domestic movements it identifies as “a racist/white supremacy movement, an anti-federalist movement and a fundamentalist movement.”
So why give it so much significance and publish it under the auspices of West Point? This misleading paper attempts to lump such fringe groups as the Neo-Nazis and Skinheads (that would be your racist/white supremacy groups) with nut jobs who bomb abortion clinics (there's your fundamentalist group). Granted, these movements have exhibited violent tendencies and their actions are abhorred by all moral segments of society. But the most spurious and fraudulent aspect of this report labels an "anti-federalist" movement as sharing the same goals and actions as these criminal elements.
Just how does the Mr. Perliger describe a member of the anti-federalist movement? He describes an advocate of this movement as a person who "tends to have strong opinions about the federal government, believing it could be corrupt or tyrannical; that the federal government has a natural tendency to intrude on individuals’ civil and constitutional rights. Finally, they support civil activism, individual freedoms, and self government. Extremists in the anti-federalist movement direct most of their violence against the federal government and its proxies in law enforcement." (Of course, he fails to cite specific instances of this so-called violence).
But he doesn't stop there. It's just a tiny leap of his twisted logic to connect the mainstream conservative ideology to his fabricated anti-federalist movement. Of course, in his (wink, wink) impartial opinion, he chooses to describe liberals as “future oriented” and conservatives as "living in the past". He sums up this conclusion by stating, “The far right represents a more extreme version of conservatism, as its political vision is usually justified by the aspiration to restore or preserve values and practices that are part of the idealized historical heritage of the nation or ethnic community.”
Unfortunately, as all Progressives tend to do, he could not disguise his disdain for "far-right groups’ [whose] ideology is designed to exclude minorities and foreigners. The liberal-democratic system is designed to emphasize civil rights, minority rights and the balance of power.” There you have it! He has allowed us to see his political bias front and center.
What has happened to the study and research of the blatant foreign extremists that wish to commit violence against this land? Do any of these "experts" at West Point think it might be more productive to determine what mayhem and bloodshed they plan against the Homeland?
But what is so upsetting and dangerous about such "studies" is that they are promoted from within the sacred halls of our most venerated Military establishments and accepted as Truth! How many law enforcement agencies will receive this spurious report and develop policy based on the bogus facts and research that was conducted? Why are our Military leaders silent on this publication?
Perhaps even more disturbing and long-reaching is that Mr. Perliger teaches at West Point. How many minds is he poisoning with this bitter attack on Constitution-loving Americans? It is a sad day when our political heritage and a love for a free and independent citizenry can be painted with such a broad and black brush. We must not let these aspersions define us. As James Madison said, "The citizens of the U.S. are responsible for the greatest trust ever confided to a political society". We have been entrusted with the Republic they left us, and it is our duty and our responsibility to safeguard it. I will not be deterred by false labels or phony provocations. There is too much at stake.
Psalm 27:11-12 "Teach me your way, Lord; lead me in straight path because of my oppressors. Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes, for false witnesses rise up against me, spouting malicious accusations."