Wilson: Demonizing Freedom

By Bill Wilson || Individuals enlisting in the U.S. Armed Forces must swear an oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” But what happens when the only crime perpetrated by the “enemy” is supporting and defending the Constitution? Such is the…

By Bill Wilson || Individuals enlisting in the U.S. Armed Forces must swear an oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” But what happens when the only crime perpetrated by the “enemy” is supporting and defending the Constitution?

Such is the dilemma facing future military officers at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point — who are being taught to view freedom-loving Americans as violent, racist terrorists-in-waiting. As part of the federal government’s ongoing jihad against common-sense fiscal conservatism and constitutionally limited government, West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) has issued a new report making some dangerously irrational generalizations about the “far-right.”

Entitled “Challengers from the Sidelines: Understanding America’s Violent Far-Right,” the West Point report provides a stunningly one-sided demonization of conservative ideology — and simultaneous embrace of “progressive” liberal thought.

Written by Dr. Arie Perliger, director of terrorism studies at the CTC, the report warns of the rising militancy of so-called “anti-federalists” — or Americans who embrace radical notions like “civil activism, individual freedoms and self-government.” In other words, anyone expressing support for the fundamental democratic ideals upon which our nation was founded could be a terrorist.

According to Perliger, these “anti-federalists” are dangerous because they “espouse strong convictions regarding the federal government, believing it to be corrupt and tyrannical, with a natural tendency to intrude on individuals’ civil and constitutional rights.”

Wait — government isn’t corrupt? And warrantless wiretaps, forced participation in a Social Security Ponzi scheme and Barack Obama’s health insurance mandate aren’t intrusions on our liberties?

Of course they are — but apparently exercising one’s First Amendment freedom to speak out against these assaults on liberty is a one-way ticket to a government watch list. However, advocating vociferously in support of these anti-American policies is completely permissible.

“While liberal worldviews are future- or progressive-oriented, conservative perspectives are more past-oriented, and in general, are interested in preserving the status quo,” the report claims. “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.”

In case those racial undertones were too subtle, Perliger’s report proceeds to put a much finer point on it.

“While far-right groups’ 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,” he writes.

Translation? “Extreme right wingers” aren’t just terrorists, they’re racist terrorists.

This shameful playing of the race card is nothing new. Who can forget the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s insidious “See Something, Say Something” video — a disgusting bit of race-baiting propaganda which portrayed white men in hoodies as menacing figures intent on attacking African Americans, Asian Americans and Latinos.

Like so many myths propagated by the far left — i.e., “gun control reduces violence,” “tax cuts must be paid for” or “government spending stimulates the economy” — the whole “right-wing radical” myth is easily debunked.

In fact, according to a DHS-funded study released last year by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism, America’s militant left is far more likely to engage in acts of violence than its militant right. According to the report — entitled “Hot Spots of Terrorism and Other Crimes in the United States, 1970-2008” — the overwhelming majority of domestic terrorist attacks in America have been “extreme left-wing” in their ideological origins (364) followed closely by single-issue groups whose ideologies were classified as “other” (337).

By comparison, “extreme right-wing” groups accounted for far fewer (58) attacks.

In other words, it’s not tea partiers we need to watch out for, it’s people like Obama’s terrorist buddy Bill Ayers.

As the Obama administration ramps up its assault on our liberties, we must not forget that these intrusions affect Americans of all creeds and colors. It’s also important to remember that taking a firm stand against these intrusions doesn’t make one a radical, a right-winger or a racist — just an American exercising your right to free speech.

This is why West Point must immediately fire Perliger — and publicly repudiate his reckless statements.

Bill Wilson is president of Americans for Limited Government. Follow him on Twitter @BillWilsonALG.  This column – reprinted with permission – originally appeared in The Daily Caller.


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? January 31, 2013 at 11:24 am

“Wait — government isn’t corrupt? And warrantless wiretaps, forced participation in a Social Security Ponzi scheme and Barack Obama’s health insurance mandate aren’t intrusions on our liberties?”

Now, now Bill.

You are getting dangerously close to conspiracy level crap, which gov’t tells us does not exist.

If you continue to say otherwise then you can expect to live a life inside non western empire friendly embassy’s for the duration of it-just like Julian Assange.

Or better yet, you can just give yourself up like Bradley Manning when you uncover proof of conspiracy cover up and corruption and rot in jail under suspension of habeas corpus.

Remember, the gov’t has told you conspiracy’s don’t exist and it is not corrupt.

If you continue to say they are and they can’t label you crazy or a kook then you are going to force them to put you in jail. It will be your fault.

Gov’t will put in jail because conspiracy’s don’t exist and are not corrupt. Now behave.

? January 31, 2013 at 2:37 pm

edit: “put you in jail”

mph January 31, 2013 at 12:16 pm

Ha! I wonder if all those radical left-wing activists are plotting from their wheel chairs.

“When assessing time trends in terrorist attacks we found that the majority of extreme left-wing terrorism was concentrated in the 1970s…”

mph January 31, 2013 at 12:19 pm

That’s right, ?, OKC was an inside job and the President has kill squads roaming the country.

Good lord. Go get a job and take a break from posting this nonsense.

? January 31, 2013 at 12:25 pm

Did I ever say the President has kill squads roaming our country?

Tell ya what Douchey, when researching for your next “contract” position with whatever gov’t agency has mercy on you for your next paycheck…try to remember where that “spellcheck” button is before submitting your PHD level work.

Maybe you should be working on a steady income before lecturing others on the merits of a “job”.

? January 31, 2013 at 12:28 pm

Oh, I didn’t say “OKC” was an inside job either-but I expect that from you given your apparent spelling & reading abilities.

You are truly an embarassment to whatever institution awarded you a PhD.

Lance Riprock January 31, 2013 at 1:46 pm

Bill, I’ll bet you a hundred dollars to a mouthful of piss that you’ve never served in combat, and you can hold both bets.

Original Good Old Boy January 31, 2013 at 3:13 pm

Such a point might matter if someone were arguing that we should send troops to such-and-such a place, but of what relevance is it here?

Lance Riprock January 31, 2013 at 4:21 pm

OGB, you don’t know what West Point is, do you?

Original Good Old Boy January 31, 2013 at 5:34 pm

I have a vague memory of visiting some academy on the Hudson River when I was younger.

That still does not explain the relevancy of your post.

Lance Riprock February 1, 2013 at 6:36 am

OGB, I’ll make the same wager with you that I offered Bill. If you don’t understand that there is a relationship between West Point and military combat, you’re fucking hopeless (or FUBAR, but you wouldn’t understand- it’s a military thing).

Original Good Old Boy February 1, 2013 at 10:46 am

No shit there’s a relationship between West Point and combat.

But what does combat experience have to do with a criticism of the subject of “terrorisim studies” at West Point? What difference would it make if the author was a coward or a war hero? The point he made is still the same.

And I disagree with much of what the author said. Based on rickie’s post below, it sounds like much of it was taken out of context. There are valid reasons for criticizing the author’s premise, but his lack of combat experience is not one of them.

Lance Riprock February 1, 2013 at 1:57 pm

Original Goober, you never served in the armed forces, did you? You’ve never really been there, so you don’t really know, and I’m not talking about Mexico.

Original Good Old Boy February 1, 2013 at 2:21 pm

Rather than addressing me with juvenile ad hominems, why don’t you answer the question: what does combat experience have to do with the author’s opinion?

Based on the fact that you keep dodging the question, it’s safe to assume that you have no good answer.

rickie January 31, 2013 at 2:00 pm

From the West Point book:

It is important to note that this study concentrates on those individuals and groups who have actually perpetuated violence and is not a comprehensive analysis of the political causes with which some far-right extremists identify. While the ability to hold and appropriately articulate diverse political views is an American strength, extremists committing acts of violence in the name of those causes undermine the freedoms that they purport to espouse.

? February 1, 2013 at 11:45 am

So the SPLC now has curriculum being taught at West Point?

That’s beautiful.

Let’s just rename West Point the Israeli Guard Academy and get it over with.

Old Bike Dude January 31, 2013 at 3:56 pm

That same oath swears one to obey the officers appointed over them including the POTUS, which happens to be the CinC.

RAS January 31, 2013 at 6:49 pm

These latter-day patriots are all lathered up because they have lost two elections in a row to a black man. Enough to piss off any real American.

9" February 1, 2013 at 8:14 pm

I may not agree with you, and wouldn’t do shit for if you paid me,Mr Wilson but keep spouting your bullshit,you crazy ass motherfucker


rightwingnut February 2, 2013 at 9:25 am

Here’s a news flash for you: Extreme right wingers are nuts, but dangerous ones. They and religious nuts pose a great threat to the freedom of this country.

SparkleCity February 4, 2013 at 11:39 am

One of the best quotes I have ever read was in the “Verbatum” column in “Air Force” magazine some years back.

It went something like this:

“The biggest threat to individual liberty and freedom is not communism but religious zealotry”

I wish I had kept that quote but I will NEVER forget the gist of that quote

sid February 4, 2013 at 12:42 pm

I think you probably mean “Verbatim,” SC. I recall seeing similar quotes in the past, but they were all in reference to religious zealotry among extremist muslims, and in the form of despotic states and terrorist enterprises overseas. I think if you are trying to apply the “quote” to “religious nuts” here in the US, then you actually have forgotten the gist.

SparkleCity February 4, 2013 at 11:43 am

Just 58 attacks from right-wings vs 300+ from liberal/far left.


Oklohama City and Timothy McVeigh was just one of those “little” 58 attacks.

So was Eric Rudolph’s Atlanta bombings as well………..

sid February 4, 2013 at 12:50 pm

Who said any of the attacks, from either right or left, was “little”? Are you not familiar with the difference between the terms “fewer” and “little”? For your edification, “fewer” means less in number, not that any one of the “fewer” incidents were less in scope. So, when the author wrote “far fewer (58) attacks,” he merely stated the fact that there were fewer attacks, not that any one particular attack should be considered less important because it came from a smaller subset.


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