Wednesday, April 15, 2009

I Shall Not Be Moved!

I am a little more than troubled over the release of a recent unclassified report by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) entitled: "Right-wing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment" that was dated April 7, 2009. This report addresses the possible threat of "radical Americans" who object to such issues as illegal immigration, increasing Federal power, firearms restrictions, and the loss of United States sovereignty.

There is also a disturbing accusation in this report concerning returning war veterans posing a threat to national security because of a possible resentment some may harbor. In other words, our government fears those who have fought for our freedoms may return and become a Timothy McVeigh. In addressing this issue, the report states: "the return of military veterans facing significant challenges reintegrating into their communities could lead to the potential emergence of terrorist groups or lone wolf extremists capable of carrying out violent attacks."

But the report doesn't stop there. "Extremism" has taken on a whole new meaning by our newly-elected government. It also includes those who stand for the unborn. "It may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration", the report states.

Furthermore, the report warns that "'end times' prophecies could motivate extremist individuals and groups to stockpile food, ammunition and weapons. These teachings also have been linked with the radicalization of domestic extremist individuals and groups in the past, such as the violent Christian Identity organizations and extremist members of the militia movement."

Last month a report was issued by the "Missouri Information Analysis Center" and released to Missouri's law enforcement agencies. It was compiled with the aid of the Department of Homeland Security. WorldNet Daily reports that it "warned law enforcement agencies to watch for suspicious individuals who may have bumper stickers for third-party political candidates such as Ron Paul, Bob Barr and Chuck Baldwin. It further warned law enforcement to watch out for individuals with "radical" ideologies based on Christian views, such as opposing illegal immigration, abortion and federal taxes." (April 12, 2009) Because of the outcry against it by the Missouri highway patrol, an order to cease its distribution was issued and a promise to investigate its origin and purpose was made by the highway patrol Chief, James Keathley.

In the past, a report such as this would perhaps have been classified a little differently. If there had been a dark motive such as this brewing within the hallowed halls of Washington DC, the government would not have wanted to let the left hand know what the right hand was doing. But in our current Administration, that seems not to be the case. Their bold arrogance defies any common reasoning. Why raise the ire of millions of Americans by singling out individuals with faith, or those who object to an oppressive government that is bent on removing our Constitutional rights and freedoms of speech? Are they so arrogant they believe we won't notice and cry foul when people like myself - one of those "Christians" who opposes their own ideologies as an abomination to God and a destruction of what this nation was founded on - object and speak out?

Perhaps there is a more sinister reason behind the report's release. I am not a "conspiracy" nut, folks. I am a Christian American who fears for the loss of her individual liberties, and among those liberties is the ability to object when my rights of worship are threatened. I am one who will speak out when my government moves to make it common practice to kill the unborn. I will defend God's values, both ethical and moral. Although I am not a "survivalist" who believes we should stockpile food and ammunition, I am also one who believes we are in the "end times" and are awaiting the rapture of Christ's church which, by the way, I believe is closer than we think. If this makes me an "extremist" or a possible "terrorist", and if my government wants to add me to a "list" and perceive me to be a threat, then let them do it.

As the old song goes, "Like a tree that's planted by the waters, I shall not be moved!"