Sinema and the Supreme Court, empowered and enabled by the filibuster, have through the supposedly “democratic processes” Congress invented, extra-constitutionally, invited extremism into mainstream American politics.
"An MP has highlighted the growth in far-right extremism in the UK, saying young neo-Nazis are becoming a bigger problem than Islamist extremists."
Trump has effectively functioned as a smoke screen for the remarkably consistent orchestration of a Republican scorched earth policy at the state level
Maybe now it is time for sane Americans to stop laughing or shaking their heads in disgust at Trump and follow President Obama and other Democrats in addressing Trump's open hostility against any non-white and non-Christian for exactly what it is; patently un-American, hate-filled bigotry and genuinely inhumane.
In a deeply flawed analysis, George Friedman claims that Trump's popularity stems less from ideology and more from an imagined authenticity
People for the American Way reports that yesterday, Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins said that “legal immigration is a big problem” because “people that have come in from Muslim Countries” may “threaten our country from within.”
Listen courtesy of Right Wing Watch:
Apparently, Perkins thinks the military can’t protect us because he also claimed that the U.S. military has “turned…into a parade that looks like the bar scene in Star Wars.” Which doesn’t sound all that bad, when you think about it. That looked like a tough crowd:
Surprise, surprise. They’ve destroyed religious freedom in our military, they’ve turned it into a parade that looks like the bar scene in Star Wars and they are wondering why they can’t recruit people. It’s beyond words.
Maybe Perkins thought it was a gay bar, or he saw a bunch of people who weren’t white males, and assumed they must all be, well, you know, inferior genetic stock.
It’s an ethnic nationalist thing Hitler would understand.
Of course, religious freedom in the military was not destroyed. What happened in truth is that religious freedom was preserved in the military, which was never intended to be, after all, a crusading army out of Islamic nightmares.
Of course, we already have people threatening our country from within. Including Tony Perkins. A few immigrants hardly seem a problem for a country that has withstood a sustained, decades-long assault on the United States Constitution by the Religious Right.
Liberals and progressives tend not to take Tony Perkins very seriously, but as PFAW points out, “2016 Republican candidates have extensively praised and courted Tony Perkins in the past”:
Too much can be made of the plethora of Republican candidates for 2016 - after all, they are all virtually clones of one another
Republicans are ardent defenders of right-wing extremists posing the greatest terrorism threat to the United States and since they are loyal supporters of their so-called champions of freedom; what better way to protect the real threat to America than shut down the Department of Homeland Security?
The President put violent extremism into context when he said of the Chapel Hill shootings, "Many Muslim Americans are worried and afraid. We stand with you."
Despite the insistence of Republicans that the War on Terror is unidirectional, that it extends only outward, in the direction of Islam, it is omnidirectional, and extends inward as well as outward. The Western World, like the Middle East, is facing terror from within.
Fox News and Republican politicians would have you believe that Islam is waging a Jihad against America and Christianity. But Islam is actually engaged in a civil war, into which we have allowed ourselves to be drawn.
The real war is much broader in context: it is against violent extremists – any violent extremists. And those violent extremists are a global phenomenon, not limited to radical Islam. Yes, Islamic youth have been radicalized. So have Christian. Homegrown terror is a very real cause of concern in the Western world.
At the three-day-long CVE Summit, or Summit on Countering Violent Extremism, which begins today in Washington D.C., and includes representatives from over 60 countries, the Obama administration is showing that it recognizes this. The struggle against violent extremism is, as a senior administration official has stressed, “a long-term investment.”
The White House summit was previewed in a background conference call with senior administration officials, yesterday afternoon. It was suggested that for more information, listeners appeal to 2011’s Empowering Local Partners to Prevent Violent Extremism in the United States.
While the idea that “the government does not have all the answers in combatting violent extremism” will no doubt appeal to Republican sensibilities, the idea that there are terrorists other than the Islamic kind must rankle.
According to a senior administration official during yesterday’s call,
CVE efforts are premised on the central goal of preventing violent extremism and the extremists themselves and their supporters from inspiring, radicalizing, financing or recruiting individuals or groups in the United States from committing acts of violence.
Scott Walker, Sam Brownback, Rick Perry, Rick Snyder, and others, are ideological and religious extremists, and their hate, win or lose, does matter.
One would be hard-pressed to find any difference whatsoever between Republicans and their teabagger cohort except their willingness to openly state their goals.
The mainstream media loves to talk about right wing extremism in Europe while ignoring our own, who are more a threat to us than al Qaeda
The Pew survey should disabuse Americans of the notion that the teabagger or Republican movements are not havens for right wing extremism,.
As Republicans try to justify their Benghazi email distortions, they use the word 'terrorist' as interchangeable with 'extremist', which only proves Obama right.
Sixty-six Americans were killed in mass shootings by non-Muslims in 2012 alone, twice as many fatalities as from Muslim-American terrorism in all 11 years since 9/11
At CPAC, conservatives lambasted Obama for all manner of fallacious sleights, but in one panel the underlying reason for all Republican extremism and hate was laid bare; sheer racial animus.
Between Ryan's budget and the CPAC lineup, it should be painfully apparent that the new extremist Republicans will not rest until poverty is rampant, children starve, and seniors perish.
The biggest threat to America, its people, and government is from domestic right-wing extremist groups that fall under the purview of the Republican Party.
In America, the crackpots are close to controlling the very government that they are bound and determined to destroy.