Monday, August 26, 2013

Those 'Extremist' Founding Fathers..

Well yeah, they were 'extremist'.  They had this radical notion that the 'divine right of kings' was a really stupid idea. They developed this idea after trying for years to get some sort of comprise and having troops quartered in their homes and shot at for their trouble.  For thinking these radical thoughts, a government "Equal Opportunity" training manual has lumped them into the same category as the KKK and New Black Panthers. 

Unfortunately I'm not kidding:

3. Extremism – A term used to describe the actions or ideologies of individuals or groups who take a political idea to its limits, regardless of unfortunate repercussions, and show intolerance toward all views other than their own.
4. Extremist – A person who advocates the use of force or violence; advocates supremacist causes based on race, ethnicity, religion, gender, or national origin; or otherwise engages to illegally deprive individuals or groups of their civil rights.(pg 35)
In U.S. history, there are many examples of extremist ideologies and movements. The colonists who sought to free themselves from British rule and the Confederate states who sought to secede from the Northern states are just two examples.(pg 43)
And what do 'extremists' do?
 2. According to George and Wilcox, there are a number of specific traits or behaviors that tend to represent the extremist style. As a caution, we are all fallible human beings, and some of us may resort to these behaviors from time to time without bad intentions. With extremists, these lapses are not occasional; rather, they are habitual and a strongly established part of an extremist’s character.
a. Character assassination
b. Name calling and labeling
c. Irresponsive sweeping generalizations
d. Inadequate proof behind assertions
e. Tendency to view opponents and critics as essentially evil
m. Emphasis on emotional responses, less so on reasoning and logical analysis
Hmmm. Sounds like every anti-gunner I've ever met but I digress. They go on to list other 'extremist' historical events.  The Holocaust, Cambodia, OKC and 9/11.  (pg 44). 

And motives? 
Nowadays, instead of dressing in sheets or publicly espousing hate messages, many extremists will talk of individual liberties, states’ rights, and how to make the world a better place.
These buttnuggets are about as subtle as a truck bomb aren't they? 

But of course this isn't the first time (nor the last) the government has put out things like this.  Reports, pamphlets, and alerts are regularly issued to try and dehumanize those who follow the nations historical ideals. Just one more category to add to my 'insurrectionist' credentials.

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Chas said...

An extremist is someone who rapes the US Constitution, by violating the Second Amendment, by infringing the right to bear arms at every opportunity. In other words, your basic New York politician.

lee n. field said...

The "Wilcox" referred to is Laird Wilcox. AFAIK, he's one of the good guys. He's made a lifelong study of left and right extremists.