Janet Napolitano, Director of the Department of Homeland Security in her natural habitat.
It is one thing when unreasoning panic strikes the popular imagination of a portion of the common people.
It is quite another and much more dangerous thing when it seizes the minds of national security government bureaucrats and law enforcement agents with guns.
When THEY react without thinking and falsely label the portion of the populace who in all other times are their most steadfast friends, they force upon us the worst of all worlds -- a landscape of frightened power without reason. And people die as a result. People most surely die.
History proves this beyond argument. The prospect of a politicized national security heirarchy leaping at shadows is for me the most ominous event in an administration which has thus far made a cottage industry of ominous events.
What will this country look like in three more months? Six more months? Another year?
The collective unreason embodied in the MIAC Report and the DHS screed on so-called "right wing extremists" would be hysterically funny were it not deadly dangerous.
Yet, what are we to do? How do we throw cold water in the faces of frightened anonymous bureaucrats and tell them to "get a grip"? The truth is, we cannot.
Thus these panicked partisans fulfill their own prophecy. They take law-abiding people who are already suspicious of the government's competence and motives and provide evidence that convinces the citizenry that their suspicions are fully justified.
Normally the people should be able to count on the adult supervision in the Congress to prevent a reckless executive branch from compounding its error. Nixon and Clinton come to mind.
But in the present circumstance the hysteria is fully embraced by the Democrat leadership in Congress and by the talking heads of the liberal media.
There ARE NO ADULTS on this playground and the frightened bully has a submachine gun.
I know this because I have seen it before. The same kind of false facts and faulty logic were trumpeted in the aftermath of the Oklahoma City Bombing.
Yet this is more dangerous because in Bill Clinton we had a president who was merely cynically using a golden opportunity to slander his opponents with a broad brush to boost his re-election chances.
These people actually BELIEVE this excrement and are preparing to act upon it.
Even our military is not immune from the virus. The Maryland National Guard warning about "threats" from the Tea Parties is, as most current-serving military personnel know, just so much "Force Protection" boiler plate.
But we must ask how it is that the threshhold for "threats" is so low as to incorporate traditional forms of American political speech? What's next? Advisories about roaming gangs of Girl Scouts selling cookies at extortionate prices?
And aren't these the same Democrats who chanted "Bush lied and people died" about faulty WMD intelligence?
At least the truth about WMDs was concealed beyond the borders of a far-off country run by a brutal dictatorship, thereby making verification difficult. These folks have no such excuse.
If the national security apparatus of the United States of America wants to know the philosophical and operational underpinnings of the constitutionalist movement, they need only read a book by the historian Robert Churchill, To Shake Their Guns in the Tyrant's Face and the extensive end notes in the documentation at the back of the work.
Yet why do they not take this simple step? Because they fear that what they will find is that the historical legitimacy of the constitutional militia paradigm of armed and active citizenship as the gaurantor of individual liberty would challenge every prejudice and pre-conception thay had and would shake them to the very core.
It is exactly this question of legitimacy that is at the heart of the issue here. It is why they lie. It is why they feign ignorance, why they slander and why they attack.
I submit to you that there is more legitimacy that the Founders would recognize in the simple oath of a soldier;in the practice of the armed citizenry; in the "leave us the hell alone" cry of the home schooler, the entrepreneur, the farmer entangled in redtape, the rancher plagued by BLM environmental nit-wittery and the feeble protest of a ten year old condemned to indentured servitude, chained to the national debt for the rest of his life than in ANY of these so-called "official experts" who take our money in order to lie about us for their own political power.
There is no doubt that in the space of two national election cycles the Democrats have achieved total political power. They believe that this and this alone provides them with the political legitimacy to do to us what they may.
They do not understand that this is supposed to be a constitutional republic and that when democracy turns to tyranny, we STILL get to vote.
When you boil it down, the wages of official lies is future death. The DHS right-wing extremist canard will, if unrebutted, get a whole lot of people very dead in the fullness of time.
These are not innocent lies. They are what is known in military parlance as intelligence preparation of the battlespace. The conflation in the public mind of veterans, political speechmakes and constitutional militia men with mad dog neoNazi terrorists is not just to make us ignorable or to discredit us in the court of public opinion but to kill all of us for what they perceive as a good cause.
They understand this. And so must we.
The lines of future conflict over what sort of nation this will be are being broadly spray-painted with an imprecise aim in day-glo colors for a reason.
Like the Bolsheviks and the the National Socialists before them, these collectivists have long lists of the enemies they intend to deal with. The only question is will the intended victims -- you and me -- sit still and allow them to do it.