Now that the Department of Justice has created a new position to combat domestic terrorism, conservatives, as predicted, are hopping mad. Their response is to do some Republican math to transform themselves from the threat to the victims.
Breitbart was quick to pick up the story of course, and warn that Obama sees veterans as terrorists, and Alex Jones’ Infowars warns that “Given past history, DOJ’s “domestic terrorism counsel” will politically persecute libertarians and conservatives.”
Muslim-baiter Pamela Geller (who was actually criticized by Donald Trump for her “draw Mohammed” contest) had a predictable response, proclaiming on her site, “TREASON: Obama’s DOJ Colludes with Extremist Hate Group SPLC to Create “Domestic Terrorism” Division.
Under the guise of “tracking domestic terrorism,” Obama’s battering ram, the Department of Justice, is colluding with the radical hate group, the Southern Poverty Law Center, to target Americans who oppose Obama’s anti-American domestic and foreign policies. Will Obama employ his “global police force” to go after patriots, vets, tea parties, and counter jihadists?
Not to be outdone, Jihad Watch warns conservatives,
The Justice Department’s teaming with the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) means that all Americans who oppose the Obama Administration’s hard-Left agenda will be under suspicion (or worse) of being “domestic extremists” — including those who criticize the Administration for refusing to tell the truth about the nature and magnitude of the global jihad threat.
Sweet six-and-a-half-pound baby Jesus’ high capacity magazine…This stuff writes itself, folks.
In fact, as The Atlantic reported in 2012, you are more likely to be killed by your own furniture than by any sort of terrorist.
World Net Daily, in their “New Obama Czar Will Hunt ‘Right-Wing’ Extremists,” also claims that the new domestic terrorism counsel will “become the vehicle through which the Justice Department can target those who oppose the Obama agenda,” adding, “If a totalitarian leftist had to write a description for a government operation to suppress his enemies, this would be it.”
“I’m sure it’s gun laws,” said Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, another watchdog agency. Fitton says the Justice Department is teaming up with the Southern Poverty Law Center to “go after” the Obama administration’s political enemies while downplaying the threat of Islamic terrorism on U.S. soil.
Domestic terrorists, on the other hand, are killing Americans. Heck, toddlers shooting guns have killed more Americans than Islamic terrorists.
As Assistant Attorney General John P. Carlin explained, “We recognize that, over the past few years, more people have died in this country in attacks by domestic extremists than in attacks associated with international terrorist groups.”
Fitton complains a black man can kill a white cop and not be identified as a terrorist, but the motivation for every white shooter, he claims, is “mental illness” and is wrongly identified by the authorities as a domestic terrorist.
Inevitably, after arguing away all the people killed by homegrown terrorists, conservatives turn around the charges we have been leveling at Republican governance since Obama took office, that of creating solutions looking for problems:
As the Obama administration comes down to its final months in office, look for more brazen, racially charged steps that target law-abiding American citizens who express political views that don’t line up with those of the administration, Fitton said.
“This is going to become the vehicle through which the Justice Department can target those who oppose the Obama agenda,” he said. “This is a solution in search of a problem.”
Apparently, we imagined this:
According to Fitton, it’s all a “liberal fantasy.” That’s right. We’re all imagining there is anything to these people who in response to right wing propaganda, like Dylann Roof, go off and kill people.
“The fantasy of right-wing extremists trying to overthrow the government has always been a liberal fantasy,” Fitton said. “They write books off it. They make movies off it and raise money off it. Now they’re endorsing it as reality, and it’s truly frightening.”
If you want fantasies, try John Whitehead of the Rutherford Institute, who complains to WND:
“Anybody with a gun now, in my opinion, is an extremist, at least as viewed by this government,” Whitehead said. “You’re going to be watched. Be careful what you say on Facebook. The wrong kind of joke will put you on the extremist list, because the government agents – I will tell you this – they do not have a sense of humor.”
If you want to see the future of law enforcement, watch the film “Minority Report,” a drama about “pre-crime” fighting police engaged 24/7 with a population addicted to social media and the Internet, Whitehead said.
“They’re already saying ‘we’re going against violent extremists,’ but who are they?” Whitehead said. “Well automatically under the Obama administration you are an extremist if you own a gun.”
Mind-boggling, but yes, he is claiming Obama thinks you are an extremist if you own a gun. No evidence of that, but why bother with pesky facts when you can just invent something more congenial to your extremist views?
It’s truly bizarre to here people who live in a fantasy land created and sustained by Fox News accuse others of living in a fantasy land. We have watched them collectively sail right off the edge of the world and then wonder why we aren’t following.
All they can do at this point is continue doing Republican math to sustain that reality bubble, and the efforts of WND and people like Fitton fall flat when compared to the real world facts cited by Carlin and the DOJ.
There is a reason Dylann Roof posed with a Confederate flag and then went off to kill some black people. And it’s the same reason lone Islamic terrorists go off and kill people they see as their enemies: he was radicalized.
It is not a fantasy, liberal or otherwise, but reality, and all the false dismay by Fitton and others won’t change one single, unwelcome fact.
Hrafnkell Haraldsson, a social liberal with leanings toward centrist politics has degrees in history and philosophy. His interests include, besides history and philosophy, human rights issues, freedom of choice, religion, and the precarious dichotomy of freedom of speech and intolerance. He brings a slightly different perspective to his writing, being that he is neither a follower of an Abrahamic faith nor an atheist but a polytheist, a modern-day Heathen who follows the customs and traditions of his Norse ancestors. He maintains his own blog, A Heathen’s Day, which deals with Heathen and Pagan matters, and Mos Maiorum Foundation www.mosmaiorum.org, dedicated to ethnic religion. He has also contributed to NewsJunkiePost, GodsOwnParty and Pagan+Politics.