Words Have Meaning – More on the DHS Report

President Obama’s DHS created a stir in conservative circles a few days ago with the release of a controversial report on the potential rise of “right wing extremism.” Emotions are still raw. It didn’t help that the liberal website “Media Matters” made light of the concerns of the right, calling the reaction a “ conservative media freak-out.” Media Matters then offered this defense of the DHS report:

…while the report addressed potential issues that could spur right-wing extremism, it did not allege that someone is an extremist simply because he or she holds conservative views.

Well, that’s good to know.

However, Media Matter’s conclusion contradicts a number of big-name Democratic Party figures who have used the exact same label of “right wing extremist” to describe mainstream Republican leaders.

Vice President Al Gore accuses President George W. Bush as being a “renegade” Right Wing Extremist. Source

Senator Hillary Clinton accuses President George W. Bush of being a Right Wing Extremist. Source

The Clinton Whitehouse accuses Whitewater critics of being a “Cabal” of Right Wing Extremists. Source

President Bill Clinton accuses President George W. Bush and Senator John McCain of being Right Wing Extremists.
Source

Time after time for years now, prominent figures on the political left, including the past Democratic administration, have used “Right Wing Extremist” as a pejorative label to refer to mainstream Republicans.

But now, all of a sudden, we’re not supposed to believe that the new Democratic administration means the same thing when talking about “Right Wing Extremists.” Oh no. We’re over-reacting, hyperventilating even.

My B.S. meter is pegged out.

It’s time for the political left to get this.

Words have meaning.

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You might just be a “right wing extremist”

If you have read the Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, and U.S. Constitution more than once … you might just be a right-wing extremist.

And, if you believe that labor unions should be subjected to anti-trust laws … you might just be a right wing extremist.

If you have never committed adultery or had gay sex … you might just be a right wing extremist.

If you believe that preventing voter fraud is more important than empowering illegal aliens, felons, and the deceased with the vote … then there’s no doubt about it. You, my friend are a right wing extremist.

John Lillpop has the definitive look at the scourge of right-wing extremism.

If You —

# Were born in the Deep South
# Believe that 9/11 was more serious than Watergate
# Wear an American flag in your lapel
# Knowingly listen to Rush Limbaugh
# Speak and write perfect English, but no Spanish
# Own more than two Bibles or one Confederate Flag
# Believe that Jesus Christ means eternal life
# Support the rule of law and maintenance of law and order
# Want America’s borders secured
# Believe that Mexico is a foreign nation and Spanish a foreign language
# Thank God that the U.S. won both world wars
# Oppose affirmative action, abortion, same-sex marriage, and gun control
# Believe that fighting higher taxes is more patriotic than paying them
# Prefer “Patriot’s Tea” to Obama Kool-aid
# Doubt that Islam is really a “Religion of Peace”
# Believe that a baby Jew born to a virgin 2009 years ago saved mankind from sin
# Send out Christmas cards
# Attend a Christian church on occasions other than Christmas and Easter.
# Sing the National Anthem with your hand over your heart
# Fly Old Glory on Flag Day and Independence Day

you just might be a right wing extremist

*with a wink and a nod to Jeff Foxworthy

Update: n2l has a picture of the extremist that Obama’s DHS is so afraid of …
dhs_rightwing_extremist

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