Remember that report by the Department of Homeland Security that was released in April warning that right-wing extremism is on the rise throughout the country? Remember the outrage from the right wing? Remember how they demanded the report be retracted and that Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano apologize and step down? Remember how they claimed that there is no threat from right-wing extremists like abortion activists, immigration activists, and white supremacists? Remember that?
The report compares the current climate to the 1990s, “when right-wing extremism experienced a resurgence fueled largely by an economic recession, criticism about the outsourcing of jobs, and the perceived threat to U.S. power and sovereignty by other foreign powers.” It specifically cites concerns about disgruntled war veterans, anti-government activists, anti-abortion activists, anti-Semites, and anti-immigration activists who work alone of in small groups.
The right-wing insists that there is no threat.
Saturday, April 4, 2009:
Richard Poplawski shoots and kills 3 police officers in Pittsburgh, PA during a 4 hour stand-off with SWAT officers.
Sunday, May 30, 2009:
Scott Roeder shoots and kills Dr. George Tiller in his church in Wichita, KS.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009:
James von Brunn, an 88-year-old gunman shoots and kills a security guard inside the crowded U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum before being shot by other officers on duty.
Disgruntled war veterans? Check (x2) Anti-government activists? Check. Anti-abortion activists? Check. Anti-Semites? Check (x2). The only box unchecked is anti-immigration activist. How long until we get one of those? Maybe someone from The Minuteman Project will make their fantasies a reality and kill some immigrants crossing the border?
Oddly, Shepard Smith from Fox News sums it up nicely:
And yet many other right-wingers out there are doubling down on their position and are insisting that the DHS report is a disgrace and simply picking on conservatives and that Shep and the left-wing are fools for suggesting otherwise.
You right-wingers are all crazy! I hope you enjoy the political wilderness, because I don’t see you coming out for a while.