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?
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.)