President Obama continues to offer us his unique brand of “change you can believe in.” First, he and his allies on Capitol Hill essentially locked Republicans out of any discussions shaping the stimulus bill, testily telling Republican lawmakers who objected, “I won.”
Now, word comes that the Anointed One’s Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, has found the real threat to America. And it’s not al Qaeda.
A report issued by Napolitano’s department warns of the danger posed by “the return of military veterans facing significant challenges reintegrating into their communities could lead to the potential emergence of terrorist groups or lone wolf extremists capable of carrying out violent attacks.” You see, it’s not Muslim extremists armed with box cutters we need to be on the lookout for, it’s future members of the American Legion.
What’s galling about all this is that, back during the Dark Years of the Bush Presidency, folks on the left regularly railed against the Patriot Act. They warned us that intercepting calls between U.S. citizens and foreign terrorists was the worst attack on civil liberties since Abraham Lincoln suspended habeas corpus. (Strangely, when President Obama compared himself openly to Lincoln a few weeks back, no one brought Lincoln’s disregard for civil liberties up.)
Now, though, the Secretary of Homeland Security can label returning veterans, as well as “groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single-issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration,” potential domestic terrorists. It’s a wonder Napolitano’s report didn’t list listening to Rush Limbaugh or owning Toby Keith CDs as prima facie evidence of membership in a right-wing hate group.
Particularly alarming is that the report says the federal government “will be working with its state and local partners over the next several months” to gather information on “rightwing extremist activity in the United States” and that the joint federal-state intelligence-gathering activities will have “a particular emphasis” on the causes of "rightwing extremist radicalization.”
That’s right: the federal government is going to be keeping tabs on those pesky right-wingers.
This is the stuff of the old East German Stasi. It has no place in America. It’s time for Barry to send Janet packing.