The Demonization of Liberty
Bill Wilson, President, ALG, writing in the Daily Caller:
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.
Look, I know we’ve commented on this before here, but I thought it deserved another rehearsal: at West Point, the poison of leftist activism is being drilled into the heads of future officer candidates as a way to infiltrate the military ideologically, in the same way the Gramscians have previously infiltrated journalism, popular culture, primary public education, academia, and both the soft and hard sciences. That is, this is part of the long march through the institutions, and as we’ve seen with political animals borne of the military’s PC dynamic — Colin Powell, Stanley McChrystal, Wesley Clark — we are facing a very real attempt to undermine the military from within, not only by way of onerous funding cuts, but in particular by installing into leadership roles those figures who are steeped in progressivism and who are more willing to answer to a charismatic despot than they are to uphold the Constitution, which is increasingly painted as antiquated and irrelevant.
Soldiers are taught to follow their chain of command. To follow their leaders. So the left has determined that to control the military, you control the military leadership. It is the very formula relied upon by leftist despots, who look for loyal military commanders. Particularly when what they are doing is attempting to finish off a bloodless coup that may or may not remain bloodless in its final stages.
I know it’s unpopular to voice such things — unhelpful, if we’re to win over the trust of low information voters, in its alarmism — but the truth is the truth, and we do ourselves no favors by pretending not to see what is happening before us so as to appear willing to embrace comity with those who are actively working at “fundamental transformation.”
Forget the political implications of telling the truth. Just tell it. Confidently. And make it clear that you are prepared to fight to retain your liberties, no matter how the left tries to shame you into subservience and docility by labeling you fringe, or trying to paint you as a dangerous sub-human, mentally unstable and perhaps best suited for some sort of gulag refigured as a mental health facility.
In the end, the left will rely most on compliance to achieve its end game. It will rely on having beaten us down, having demonized us, to create the impression that we are viewed as the enemies of the state by those “moderate” and “common sense” advocates of progress and compromise and peace.
But it will fail if we refuse to accept the premise and stand strong. Because their power is such that it exists only so long as we allow it to. Which is why they so desperately, nearing the finish line, are hoping to disarm us in a significant sense, while militarizing police forces and government agencies.
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.
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.
That’s one way to handle it; me, I advocate something else entirely. Namely, that he be ordered, as part of an Army outreach program, to deliver public seminars — complete with Q & A sessions — at town hall meetings across the country. Let him explain to those Americans who identify with the founding principles and the framing of laws that protect individual sovereignty and were intended to prevent centralized governmental tyranny by way of a stable legal framework, how their identification with the very history of American exceptionalism relegates them now to would-be terrorist and “far-right” extremist status, while a rejection of those founding principles, articulated in the progressives’ Fabian socialist / liberal fascist ideology, is “future-oriented”.
If its a Great Leap he wants, then let him step outside his bubble and sell it to the simpering bitterclingers. Otherwise, he doesn’t have the courage of his convictions — nor is he willing to open his scholarship up to any serious public consideration.
Which makes him like most leftists a coward of the worst sort.