It is a fact of human nature that people in certain socio-economic groups will seek each other out for companionship, mutual assistance, and to form groups of like-minded people. In these groups members will share their concerns and hopes, particularly if they are socially unacceptable, until they reinforce each other’s beliefs. At some point they will become more open with their beliefs, even with people who are not members of the group, no matter how silly or stupid these beliefs seem to the masses.
And while the Libs might think I was talking about the Tea Party phenomenon, I actually was referring to the Liberal group-think exemplified by the Obama Administration. We’ve had liberals in Washington (Biden, Kennedy, Schumer, etc.) who have been careful to avoid spouting their neo-socialist views in public lest they be found out for the tax-and-spend liberals they truly are. “Tax-and-Spend” = Re-election death before the Obama Administration.
But now that the Obama administration has been so frankly liberal and nearly socialist, socialism and confiscatory taxation have become the new laws of the land — and anyone standing in their way are “unpatriotic” and “radicals.”
Jumpin’ Jiminy Crickets — when did we get to THIS point?
Which brings us back to the Tea Party movement; as the middle america mainstream has become marginalized. Note this article yesterday from The American Thinker:
According to the Department of Homeland Security, Texas fits the Department’s profile of potential domestic terrorism described in their newly released report titled, ” Right-wing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment”.
Islamic extremists’ acts of domestic terrorism were recently given the dignity, by Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano and President Obama, of being classified as man-made disasters, and abroad, the “war on terror” has been reclassified as an “overseas contingency plan”. But an entire non-Islamic class, or perhaps by extension entire states, according to the report, are not afforded such considerate and cordial titles if they are anti-abortion, tend to harbor returning soldiers stationed in the Middle East, aid and abet the reintegration of military personnel into civilian life within their borders, are anti-illegal immigration, are anti-gun control, possess Christian views, are against high taxes, and are opposed to the overreaching power of the federal government. They fit the assessment of “extremists” that was
“provided to federal, state, local, and tribal counterterrorism and law enforcement officials so they may effectively deter, prevent, preempt, or respond to terrorist attacks”
It is the opposition of the “overreaching power of the federal government” that may have sealed Texas’s fate as a terror state. Rick Perry’s statement on the Governor’s website, may have doomed the state of Texas by supporting HCR 50, which supports states’ rights under the 10th Amendment. You know the 10th Amendment–the one that expounds on Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution and spells out explicitly the limits of the federal government, just in case the federal government became confused of their limits. Perry stated,
“I believe that our federal government has become oppressive in its size, its intrusion into the lives of our citizens, and its interference with the affairs of our state. That is why I am here today to express my unwavering support for efforts all across our country to reaffirm the states’ rights affirmed by the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
The remaining text of the declaration:
A number of recent federal proposals are not within the scope of the federal government’s constitutionally designated powers and impede the states’ right to govern itself. HCR 50 affirms that Texas claims sovereignty under the 10th Amendment over all powers not otherwise granted to the federal government.
Let’s test Texas’s terror threat assessment capabilities based on voting habit:
Against high taxes (no state tax in Texas)–check, check
Against an overreaching federal government–check
Understands Article 1, Section 8–check
Understands the 10th Amendment–check
Rejects federal authority in favor of state or local authority–check
That sums it up: Texas is most definitely a terror state in the eyes of Secretary Napolitano and her agency.
While this article is so good I’ve already posted 90% of it here (Sorry, American Thinker!) there is, indeed, more there at The American Thinker site
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