David Neiwert is having multiple orgasms tonight as a ridiculous government report confirms every zombie-filled nightmare he has ever had about those Awful Rightwing Extremists.
The report is here and it’s ridiculous. I guess I’m a rightwing extremist, because here’s your definition:
Rightwing extremism in the United States can be broadly divided into those groups, movements, and adherents that are primarily hate-oriented (based on hatred of particular religious, racial or ethnic groups), and those that are mainly antigovernment, rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority, or rejecting government authority entirely. It may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration.
I’m mainly antigovernment, preferring state and local authority to federal authority. And I go on kicks where I get obsessed with partial-birth abortion and illegal immigration — particularly the need to Deport the Criminals First.
Rightwing extremists are harnessing this historical election as a recruitment tool. Many rightwing extremists are antagonistic toward the new presidential administration and its perceived stance on a range of issues, including immigration and citizenship, the expansion of social programs to minorities, and restrictions on firearms.
I don’t care whether social programs are expanded to “minorities,” but I am concerned about the expansion of social programs. I’m plenty antagonistic towards the new administration. (DID YOU HEAR ME, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY? I AM PLENTY ANTAGONISTIC TOWARDS THE NEW ADMINISTRATION OF BARACK OBAMA!! AND I AM A RIGHTWINGER!!!!)
I’m also far less than thrilled with the administration’s stance on immigration, and (while I don’t own a gun) I am apprehensive about its attitude towards firearms restrictions.
Rightwing extremists were concerned during the 1990s with the perception that illegal immigrants were taking away American jobs through their willingness to work at significantly lower wages.
Me too. Only I’m less concerned with the “perception” and more concerned with the reality.
Are you taking notes, Secret Service agents?
Some might argue that if you read the report in context, the main concern appears to be with people who take matters to the point where they are threatening violence. I don’t care. This is the nose in the tent: the government’s chance to take your legitimate views and turn them into Something Dangerous.
I may begin blogging more about abortion, immigration, federalism — and (if it’s possible) about Obama’s crappy, crappy job on the economy. Just to make a point.
UPDATE: Here is the alleged analogue to the report linked above: a government report on left-wing extremists. A quick read suggests to me that it is far less politically charged than the “rightwing extremists” report — and far less susceptible to the interpretation that the government might be monitoring left-wingers simply for their political views.
Just leave our political views out of it, government officials. We are going to continue to hold our views and express them strongly. Because we’re Americans . . . and we get to do that.