After all the wonderful grilled chicken, 7-layer salad, and lots and lots of cream soda, I found myself quite full and happy that it was the 4th of July. However, something always seems to bug me about how Americans celebrate Independence Day.
Do we truly know what was at stake during those times of struggle against the English Empire? What was it that convinced farmers, blacksmiths, preachers, and businessmen alike to stand in a field, firing their muskets at the blood-red lines marching towards them?
History says that it was a fight for Independence, to claim a land that was bent on being the last beacon of law, upholding personal liberty and self-governance. While many could scowl and say that they went to war over a tiny tax, they knew that, “Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master.” Those were the words of our first President, Ret. General George Washington.
Now, this nation is very different. Just recently, Virginia’s Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, said in regards to the ACA,
This unprecedented decision says that Congress has the authority to force citizens to buy private goods or face fines — a power it has never had in American history, and a power King George III and Parliament didn’t have over us when we were mere subjects of Great Britain,”
One could even say that US has been dragged far beyond the level of tyranny, of which King George III could have dreamed. Imagine, if you will, that King George III decided to send a letter to his officials in the colonies, saying to round up,
groups that believe that one’s personal and/or national “way of life” is under attack and is either already lost or that the threat is imminent (for some the threat is from a specific ethnic, racial, or religious group), and believe in the need to be prepared for an attack either by participating in paramilitary preparations and training or survivalism. Groups may also be fiercely nationalistic (as opposed to universal and international in orientation), anti-global, suspicious of centralized federal authority, reverent of individual liberty, and believe in conspiracy theories that involve grave threat to national sovereignty and/or personal liberty.”
As these would be considered terrorists, and enemies of the state. You can bet that original 8% of colonial Americans that were in support of Independence would have grown exponentially. The British Army would have been overwhelmed in a fortnight.
Yet, the words I just quoted were from a recently published DHS document, singling out those who love personal liberty as ‘right-wing extremists’. That’s correct: if you fly an American flag, are proud of the sacrifices of your fathers, cherish your liberties that are protected by the law of the land, and would find yourself in a field, holding a musket with your fellow countrymen before you give that up …then you’re a right-wing extremist and a terrorist.
However, as you read further through the document, you find that there are other terrorists abroad in the US. In addition to right-wing extremists, you have left-wing extremists, religious, and ethno-nationalist/separatist terrorists. The document analyzed the geographical ‘hotspots’ where terrorism happens most. The most interesting fact was the overall numbers of hotspots of each type of terrorist attack since the 1970′s.
When you look at the numbers, here’s what you find:
Religious – 14
Right-wing extremists – 58
Ethno-national separatists – 320
Left-wing extremists – 364
[Excluding 'single issue' terrorists, as they are non-systematic and irrelevant to this analysis.]
These numbers blast a message that President Barack Obama should understand, loud and clear. The two lowest numbers by far were religious and right-wing extremist categories. While he may be afraid of our ‘guns and religion’, it is not the right-wing extremists that Americans should fear.
If you wish to fear any terrorists, it is those supporting ethno-national separatist and left-wing extremist causes. That’s correct! The most dangerous groups are the terrorists that lean left and play the race card.
And that really does make sense. Give a religious paramilitary-trained libertarian, conservative, or survivalist a gun …and they’ll leave you alone. Give a gun to someone supporting a violent revolution of the proletariat, or someone who wishes to promote a single race through force …and they are likely to use it. Ladies and gentlemen, these numbers are right from the DHS’s own documents.1 2