Prog Canon (today’s reading: rights vs far rights)

Please pardon my repeat poster.

A West Point think tank has issued a paper warning America about “far right” groups such as the “anti-federalist” movement, which supports “civil activism, individual freedoms and self-government.” The report issued this week by the Combating Terrorism Center at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., is titled “Challengers from the Sidelines: Understanding America’s Violent Far-Right.”

The center — part of the institution where men and women are molded into Army officers — posted the report Tuesday. It lumps limited government activists with three movements it identifies as “a racist/white supremacy movement, an anti-federalist movement and a fundamentalist movement.”

Y’mean “civil activism, individual freedoms and self-government” are bad things?

Y’know, I don’t think this propagandist knows what “anti-federalist” means. those terms had meanings had perfectly good definitions before this jackass used ‘em.
Maybe the author knows the difference, but they’re trying to demonize the term, our history, or the “right.” Or all three. Yeah, undoubtedly at least two out of three. It’s called “doublethink.”
“Anti-Federalists” — The Founding Fathers who opposed a strong central gov’t. (see: Thos Jefferson)
“Federalists” — The Founding Fathers who supported a stronger central gov’t for those functions better done by a national gov’t, but only those absolutely necessary, which they itemized in the US Constitution.
Both Federalists and Anti-Federalists strove to prevent centralized, authoritarian European-style governments.
The US Constitution has a “Federalist” architecture, amended by the Bill of Rights which was insisted-upon by the “Anti-Federalists.”

The current administration could be described as “authoritarian” or “collectivist” or “fascist” or “proto-totalitarian,” not “federalist.”
The bulk of what they’re calling “fundamentalist” or “far right” are actually constitutionalists, i.e. “federalist.”
(Also, I’m sure the supremacist groups they include in the “far right” are actually warped “nationalists” and fundamentally “collectivist/fascist,” not “anti-federalist.”)
The Left is fundamentally an “anti-constitutionalist” form of this newly warped definition of “federalism.” You know, “centralized/collectivist/authoritarian-except-about-irresponsible-stuff-they-personally-want-to-do.”
(What? Yeah, I’m skipping the whole “socialist” quagmire for now. It’s a distraction.)
Oh, wait … maybe they’re talking about violent anarchists. You know, like the #occupy hangers-on.
Okay, sure. That must be it. I’m with ya, now.

The West Point center typically focuses reports on al Qaeda and other Islamic extremists attempting to gain power in Asia, the Middle East and Africa through violence. …

But it’s evidently now a wholly owned left-wing propaganda mill dedicated to making Americans look like the enemy. Well, okay, their enemies, maybe, just not, you know, America‘s enemies.
Wait … whose side are they on, anyway?

It says anti-federalists “espouse strong convictions regarding the federal government, believing it to be corrupt and tyrannical, with a natural tendency to intrude on individuals’ civil and constitutional rights.

You know, like that Jefferson guy I mentioned.
Wait, and does she not?

Finally, they support civil activism, individual freedoms, and self government. Extremists in the anti-federalist movement direct most their violence against the federal government and its proxies in law enforcement.” … The report says there were 350 “attacks initiated by far-right groups/individuals” in 2011. …
Details about what makes an attack a “far right” action are not clear in the report ….
“While far-right groups’ ideology is designed to exclude minorities and foreigners, the liberal-democratic system is designed to emphasize civil rights, minority rights and the balance of power.”

Pure, vicious, dishonest, propagandistic, vile slander.
Now, if you’ll ecuse me, I’m off to a Tea Party riot and lynching.

The far right represents a more extreme version of conservatism, as its political vision is usually justified by the aspiration to restore or preserve values and practices that are part of the idealized historical heritage of the nation or ethnic community.

Ohh, I see what you did there. Equate constitutionalism with white supremacism. Cuuute …
I’m beginnin’ to smell a rat RATS nest.

The report … describes liberals as “future oriented” and conservatives as living in the past. “While liberal worldviews are future- or progressive -oriented, conservative perspectives are more past-oriented, and in general, are interested in preserving the status quo.

Wait … yearning to restore past principles is “preserving the status quo?”
Did this jackass even read her own paper?

Okay, new-poster time:

Somebody in this administration needs to condemn and disavow this jackassery,
or they’re gonna get the extreme right wing they’re lookin’ for.
(What? Yeah, pro’bly is their actual goal, now that you mention it.)

11 Comments!

  1. JFH
    Posted January 18, 2013 at 1:54 pm |

    Federalism and Federalist are difficult terms to define because, like “liberal” it can have opposite meanings…

  2. DougM (Progophobe)
    Posted January 18, 2013 at 2:00 pm |

    ^ In US historical parlance, “federalism” has one meaning.
    Sure, in general poli-sci parlance, it has a few meanings.
    In propagandistic parlance, though, it has whatever meaning it needs to have.

    The modern term “liberal” is a propagandistic substitute for the disgraced early-20thC term “Progressive.”
    “Progressive” is now a substitute for the disgraced term “Liberal,” since hardly anybody knows what Progressivism was or that it had common roots with fascism and socialism.

  3. mech
    Posted January 18, 2013 at 2:47 pm |

    I was evermore greatly dismayed until I read at the end of the article:

    A Republican congressional staffer who served in the military told The Washington Times: “If [the Defense Department] is looking for places to cut spending, this junk study is ground zero.

    “Shouldn’t the Combating Terrorism Center be combating radical Islam around the globe instead of perpetuating the left’s myth that right-wingers are terrorists?” the staffer said. “The $64,000 dollar question is when will the Combating Terrorism Center publish their study on real left-wing terrorists like the Animal Liberation Front, Earth Liberation Front, and the Weather Underground?”

    I fully agree with that. At least someone out that way (unidentified in the story) has something useful between their ears.

  4. Fat Baxter
    Posted January 18, 2013 at 4:43 pm |

    The fuckers in that think tank need to be fired. They bring shame to West Point’s legacy.

  5. Caged Insanity
    Posted January 18, 2013 at 5:05 pm |

    I think it was around 4 years or so ago that I commented here on this very blog that the agenda of the left was going to be to slowly poison the mind of the public into believing that conservatives are terrorists.

  6. Posted January 18, 2013 at 5:15 pm |

    Well, I haven’t shot anything for about … oh… 25-30 days now. And I’m running out of cats.

  7. Merovign
    Posted January 18, 2013 at 6:10 pm |

    Somehow the serial left-wing crank got himself a comfy government job.

    Probably time for *change* there.

  8. Brad
    Posted January 18, 2013 at 9:39 pm |

    Whether patriot or terrorist or insurgent or assassin or murderer or madman or hero can depend on, perspective.

    The author of the report has a perspective that accurately reflects the perspective of one alligned with the forces of .gov.

    In other words, no matter the label she might choose to use, she is correct, we are enemies.

  9. LLoyd
    Posted January 18, 2013 at 10:33 pm |

    Theater is going on up on the Hill: Financial Cliffs, OH MY! Keep your eye on that ‘shiny object’. Meanwhile, all the writing of script is going in the “RATS’ nest as you say Doug. All the new regulations costing in the hundreds of Billions of Dollars.

    While the spiritual Commie gets ready for another Inauguration where all the fluff from the Rainbows and Unicorns will be spouted America will once again wake up and find out the major butt f**king there’re in for. And your Prog Canon on the words is damn right on! Always was. Will always be.
    these bastards know what the hell they’re doing! Sorry to have to say but they have planed their work are working their plan.

    From their ‘Bible’ Alinsky:
    In this book we are concerned with how to create mass organizations to seize power and give it to the people; to realize the democratic dream of equality, justice, peace…. “Better to die on your feet than to live on your knees.’ This means revolution.” p.3

    “An organizer working in and for an open society is in an ideological dilemma to begin with, he does not have a fixed truth — truth to him is relative and changing; everything to him is relative and changing…. To the extent that he is free from the shackles of dogma, he can respond to the realities of the widely different situations….” pp.10-11

    “Change comes from power, and power comes from organization.” p.113

    4. “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules. You can kill them with this, for they can no more obey their own rules than the Christian church can live up to Christianity.”

    5. “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counteract ridicule. Also it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage.”

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  10. Lucius Severus Pertinax
    Posted January 19, 2013 at 1:15 am |

    E-Mail aperliger@notes.cc.sunysb.edu

    Here is an email addy for this worthless fuckstain, Arie Perliger

    Go ahead and tell him what you think of him, I did!

    He is also on Linked In and Facebook.

  11. Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause*
    Posted January 19, 2013 at 7:20 am |

    Calumny.

    The report says there were 350 “attacks initiated by far-right groups/individuals” in 2011.

    This Porch keeps a pretty good eye on Teh Nooz: anyone remember one of these? BTNIN.

    I believe I actually resent paying for someone to call me an Enemy of Teh State.